Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers is often called the biggest unsigned band in America and there’s a good reason for that. Without a label, they’ve managed to build a big following around the country – big enough to be the only band to have 5 consecutive albums debut in the top on Billboard’s internet sales chart. They’ve built a reputation as one of the great live acts in all of rock, a reputation I can tell you is very well deserved, having seen them several times. Roger Clyne deserves to be put in the same conversation with the great rock troubadours like Springsteen, Petty and Seger.
You may have heard them under an older name, The Refreshments. They had a hit with the song Banditos back in the late 90s, then reformed as the Peacemakers a while later. You may also know them as the band that does the theme song for the TV show King of the Hill. It’s tough finding good live clips of them because they don’t put out videos, so the Youtube clips tend to be cellphone recordings or handheld video cameras where the sound isn’t too good. So I’ve tried to pick the ones that sound the best. But if you EVER get a chance to see them anywhere near you, go. I guarantee you a great time. This is just good time music, the kind of music that makes you raise up your drink and yell WOOOO, which is something I almost never do.
Here’s the one hit song you’ll probably recognize, done when they were still called The Refreshments. You’ll probably recognize the infamous line – “But I’ve got the pistol, so I’ll take the pesos; yeah that seems fair.” This is Banditos:
Here’s a live performance of a song called Jack vs Jose. Roger Clyne, being a Southwest guy, is a fan of tequila. And this is the story of the time he ordered tequila in a bar in Memphis where Jack Daniels was the drink of choice.
The video and audio is pretty good on this one. It’s two songs, I Don’t Need Another Thrill and Blue Collar Suicide, both excellent. This gives you a good feel for how much fun their music is live.
Here’s another one from the same show, another great song called Counterclockwise:
Here’s another old Refreshments video called Down Together. It’s funny seeing these videos, where they really tried to make Roger into a pretty boy lead singer. That’s why when they reformed as the Peacemakers, they’ve stayed independent.
A live RCPM clip of European Swallow. The sound is pretty good.
Here’s another old Refreshments clip, also for Blue Collar Suicide, but this one is live and the sound is much better because it’s professionally recorded for a TV show:
Here’s a really recent clip of them performing a new song called Wake Up Call on a local TV show in Arizona. There’s a little pointless chat at the beginning, then the music:
Another clip from that same local TV show called Maybe We Should Fall In Love:
Another new live clip called Hello New Day: