Roger Clyne isn’t a fan of being too comfortable in his performing career. So he and his Peacemakers bandmates will mix things up for their shows at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27.
“We’re trying to figure out how to make it a little risky for the band—maybe change up an instrument for a set, or do an ‘all-request-on-the-fly’ set,” Clyne says. “We’re trying to decide what sort of novelty we can add to it. But I know we’ll be providing something really fun for our awesome audience.”
Clyne and the Peacemakers are wrapping up the tour cycle for their album The Independent, which debuted at No. 7 on the iTunes Rock Chart. Clyne says he’s unsure why the album fared so well.
“I’m very happy that it did, though,” he says. “I don’t know what might have propelled it so high on iTunes and Billboard charts. I’m just glad that people are paying attention. It’s really hard for artists to get people’s attention. Our American attention span is so short. I’m so glad that people are still interested in what we have to say—especially when we release it as a full-length album.”
Following its release, the band toured The Independent live across the country and journeyed down to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, to perform at Clyne’s acclaimed, self-produced annual music festival, Circus Mexicus.
Each show on the bill was different, Clyne says, much like the gigs at Talking Stick Resort.
“We never play the same set twice,” he says. “I always make up a new setlist for every show. If we’re playing two shows in a row, one night will be different from the other.”
That included the AZ Highways Tour, a seven-stop jaunt that took the band on the outskirts of Arizona. Each venue on the AZ Highways Tour featured signature cocktails of Clyne’s brand of premium sipping tequila, Mexican Moonshine Tequila. The line of tequila was named after one of Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers’ songs titled “Mexican Moonshine” off of the critically hailed album, “¡Americano!”
The Mexican Moonshine Tequila brand features three award-winning types, including the Silver, Reposado and the new Añejo. The Añejo was awarded gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its harmonious blend of the sweet and dry tastes of agave, tobacco and hints of vanilla.
“The tequila line is coming along slowly but surely,” he says. “Those who know it, like it. We’re working on getting competitive with the big brands
“We’re garnering lots of accolades from the World Spirits community. We’ve gotten several gold and silver medals when we enter contests. We’re very proud of that. We’re working to get the word out. It’s difficult without million-dollar budgets. But person by person, shot by shot we’re getting there.”
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 480.850.7734, ticketmaster.com, Friday, December 26, 8 p.m., $45