MP3 Bill Rhyne & The Coronados - Freedom Of The Rolling Plains
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Bill Rhyne & The Coronados play a mixture
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COUNTRY: Country Rock, BLUES: Texas Style
The Coronados'' album "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" was recorded "live" in the studio at Randy Rood''s Emeryville Recording Studio in Emeryville, California in one afternoon in 1992. The recording is a direct to digital live stereo mix with no overdubs. This is what we really sound like. That is why we sometimes call the album "Really Billy". Consequently, the album has a really lively sound like we are in your living right next to you. There are five cover songs of traditional country tunes and seven original songs that were "road tested" in the clubs around Northern California. The arrangements were all drums. bass, alternating lead and rhythm guitars, lead vocals with two harmonies. If you drink Jack Daniels straight in a shot glass, you will like this album. It is the next best thing to hiring us to play at your party.
Band members are Bill Rhyne on guitar and vocals, Jim McCulla on guitar and vocals, Chito Galvan on bass and vocals, and Kirk Felton on drums. Bill, the band leader, sings and plays guitar in the band. In addition to writing original songs for the band, he shares lead singing duties with Chito and Jim, as well as sharing harmony duty. Bill sings blues, rock, and traditional country tunes, as well as an occasional Hawaiian tune. In addition to using his ''54 Telecaster, Bill plays an 1982 Ibanez Roadstar "Strat copy" guitar that has been outfitted with Seymour Duncan Vintage Tele Bridge, Vintage Strat, and Jazz Humbucker pickups. He calls the guitar his "Telestrat"—able to achieve the sounds of a Telecaster, Stratocaster, and fat jazz Les Paul/Gibson guitar with the flick of a switch. The guitar is also outfitted with a Roland GK-2A hexophonic pickup for use with his Roland GR-30 Guitar Synthesizer. The synth sounds used most often are the organ or sax sounds to fill out the band sound. Chito, an apprentice electrician and excellent chef, has a beautiful high voice that we use for lead on Vince Gill tunes and for harmonies on songs requiring three parts, such as Eagles'' songs. Kirk, a mastering engineer at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, has been playing drums for many years with jazz, rock and country bands in California and his home state of Oklahoma. Jim, a computer net work engineer by day, sings lead on many songs by artists, such as The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Allman Brothers, and other blues, rock, and country artists. Jim also plays some serious lead guitar on his trusty Fender Stratocaster.
The earlier version of The Coronados with the musicians who appear on the "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" CD album. Tracy Rose played drums, John Beard played bass and sang harmony, Jim McCulla played guitar and sang harmony, and Bill Rhyne played guitar and sang lead.
Bill Rhyne was born in Russell, Kansas on August 10, 1954. His great-grandparents were pioneers in Kansas in the 1880''s and 1890''s. They settled in Kansas to farm, teach, bank, and ranch. His father worked in the oil industry all of his work career but he also played Country & Western music in Kansas. He was a guitar player and his mother played piano, so Bill was exposed to music very early in his life. His father gave Bill his 1954 Fender Telecaster guitar to him when he was 12 years old. This was, according to Bill''s father, the first electric guitar sold in western Kansas. Bill still plays this guitar.
In 1970, Bill started playing music in rock and roll bands in Kansas and in 1974, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to study music at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He studied music composition and classical guitar. He also performed in jazz ensembles, Hawaiian chorus, marching bands, and the symphony chorus. While attending college, he played music in rock and roll bands to pay his way through school. In 1978, he toured Japan with the Hi-Lites, an "oldies" rock and roll band from Honolulu. Upon returning to Honolulu, he joined a Country & Western band, Bill Spilliard and the Nitelife Band as lead guitarist and singer. From 1978-1984, Bill performed with Kathy Paulo''s Ports O'' Call (Hawaiian Band), Ronny Miyashiro Trio (jazz, latin, popular standards), Bobwire (country-rock), BerryJam (folk music), The Palitones (country/oldies/Hawaiian music) and other bands. These groups performed in Waikiki nightclubs, on local television and radio, in concerts for various organizations, and, in the case of Bobwire, performed on the film soundtrack to "Crystal Eyes", a surfing movie by Yuri Furan. During this period Bill also studied Hawaiian Steel Guitar playing with the master, Jerry Byrd and he did volunteer work as a disc jockey and newscaster for KTUH-FM, the University of Hawaii student-run radio station. In 1981, Bill spent 5 months in Europe traveling by train with his ukulele. Two months were spent in Paris where Bill performed at a restaurant, Sue''s place, in Mountainville, a village to the west of Paris.
In 1982, Bill started another career in the daytime as a medical supplies sales representative and in 1984, he moved to San Francisco to work as a manufacturer''s representative in Northern California. This allowed Bill to invest in a 12-track recording studio and to work on recording original compositions at home. The result of this endeavor was a recording of songs by Bill''s brother, Richy Rhyne, titled "Chicken Fried Brer Rhyne." The band, Brer Rhyne, performed these songs and blues songs by Memphis Slim, BB King, and other blues artists. The band performed in the San Francisco Bay area from 1986-1988.
In 1988, the band reformed and changed it''s name to "The Coronados". In addition to blues music, traditional country music and rockabilly music were added to the repertoire. Bill started work on the compositions for "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" album. After performing these songs with the band three years, the band went into the studio to record the songs "live in the studio" with a direct mix to digital audio tape. From there, it was mastered digitally at a studio in Berkley and manufactured for release on Bill''s independent label record label, EBC Records. The goal of recording the band like this was to capture the sound of "The Coronados" as they sound in concert so the listeners could get the feeling of a live "honky tonk" band right in their living room. Given the nature of independent releases (limited financial and distribution resources) and Bill''s other personal commitments, the album has been trickling out amongst the masses, listener by listener.
In 1994, Richy and Bill Rhyne with their spouses, Benedicte and Callie, started making hard cider and, in 1997, started Rhyne Cyder, Inc. to produce and sell French style sparkling style hard cider. More information can be found at https://www.tradebit.com.
The Coronados are laying really low now in 2005. Jim moved to Tennessee to explore the environs and Chito is busy being a daddy, an electrician, and playing weekends with other friends at local bars. Kirk is still at Fantasy Studios mastering re-releases for the jazz label.
As for Bill Rhyne, he has been traveling to China for teaching and consequently meeting new people and hearing new music of a different sort. The CD has been played on two radio stations in China so far.
As for performing in California, he switched gears and has been very busy performing with The Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band as a bassist, guitarist, and singer. The band plays all over Northern California for the Hawaiian community as well as for Hawaiian music and culture enthusiasts.
In 2000, gig output was low. We did play two corporate functions for Ravenswood Winery. The first one in May was for the grand opening of their new wine production facility in Sonoma. The crowd size was about 2,500 people and we shared the stage with the Brubeck Brothers Band featuring Dan and Chris Brubeck, Mike DiMicco, and Taylor Eichstig. In November, we also played at Ravenswood Winery for their annual shareholders meeting. When we are not playng together as the Coronados, we can be found playing in other bay area groups such as The Rounders, Jimi James, HomeGrown Band, or even the Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band.
Previous gig history:
The Oakland Raiders are back...and so are The Coronados! The Raiders football team has moved back to Oakland and The Coronados were hired by the Oakland Airport Hilton on Hegenberger Road to perform after the home games in the Sports Edition Lounge. Performances were from 4:30 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. Due to popular demand though, we were requested to play till 9:00 P.M. after the September 23 and October 8 games. We played on November 19, December 3 and 10 also. The crowd was very festive and although we still play country, we are delving more into our rock. blues, and jazz repertoire to keep the place jumping. Maybe we have formulated a new genre of rock music. "Raider Rock"?!
In July, we played for the Delta Horsemen''s Club out in East Contra Costa County. This is the second time that we have played for one of their functions. There was barbecue food, dance contests and lessons, and a cow chip tossing contest, and roping demonstrations. It was a lot of fun! Tracy Rose and John Beard, the rhythm section on our album and Coronados alummni, played with us that night. It was fun to play with them again.
We have also played for the Sonoma Cutrer Winery Harvest Party. There was a mariachi band before us and an R&B band after us. In addition to the live music, the winery had an aerial stunt plane demonstration, a bonfire when the sun went doun, barbecue food, contests, and a laser light show. There were over 1,000 people in attendance by my estimation. It was a great party!
The Coronados have been promoting their CD, "Freedom of the Rolling Plains", in Europe to country DJ''s. So far we have over 60 radio stations in about 10 countries reporting airplay of the album and it peaked at #15 on the European Country Music Organization Top 30 Album Charts in March of 1999. The most popular songs off of the CD are "Texas Taoboy", "Comfort Me", "Singing the Blues", and "Abilene".
In 2000, the CD charted on the Indie Country Charts as high as number 30 and was played on over 100 stations in the USA.
Here is a list of some of the DJ''s and radio stations that have been playing our CD:
RBL 103.4FM Le Drennec, France, DJ-Dominique Lemarechal
Triangle FM 98.4 Guyancourt, France DJ-Dominique Brette
EXPO Radio 107.9FM, Kalmthout. Belgium DJ- Alex Pijnen
Radio 2610 105.9FM, Rodovre, Denmark DJ- Hallne Breum, Bent Poulsen
Kabel 102.6FM, Ether 90.2FM, Radio Venray, The Netherlands DJ-Rein Wortelboer
Nordic Country Music Organization (NCMO) 90.2 MHZ, Maricholm, Sweden DJ- Hank Svensson
"Graham Bell and the Best of Country" Radio Show, Coffs Harbour, Australia DJ= Graham Bell and the latest one:
Radio CD, Radio Carinzia, Vienna, Austria, programs:"Peter Lenloy Presents", "American Country", and "From Coast to Coast", Dl-Peter Lenloy