Columbus, OH (September 21, 2019) – Roger Clyne & PH Naffah at the Rumba Café with special guest Dalton Domino. As founding members of the Refreshments, an Arizona based alternative southwestern rock band, both Roger and PH Naffah found themselves arriving into Columbus in an area where students abound and college housing is famous front porch hangouts. It just so happens the Rumba Café is located in the heart of Ohio State University, alive and bustling with an afternoon football game in full swing. There’s something to be said for the vibe of a college town, with all the cool shops, eateries and venues. For Roger and PH, it’s especially nice when the venue is directly across the street from a vintage record shop where they had a few minutes to browse and pick up a few vinyl albums for the road.
The Refreshments, as super popular as they were back in the mid 1990’s, the band is no longer, but the Refreshment’s spirit and songs live on as Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. With a discography of 13 albums, Roger is proud to announce Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers were recently inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame on July 2, 2019.
The dynamic duo of Roger Clyne & PH Naffah are on tour celebrating 20 years of their twangy rock debut album, Honky Tonk Union. Hitting the billboard top ten of internet sales back in 1999, Honky Tonk Union launched the band into independent stardom. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers would amazingly repeat this trend with the next five subsequent albums. To the delight of the fans, the tour has Roger and PH playing Honky Tonk Union in it’s entirety.
Roger & PH took to the stage in front of a packed venue with many maneuvering for front row spots along the perimeter of the stage. The crowd was tight and rightfully so, as Roger is known to tell stories between songs and often engages with the audience for that added personal touch, let alone the shots of tequila that magically find there way from the bar to the stage.
The night kicked off with Beautiful Disaster, a Bruce Springsteen inspired song with highway metaphors about being exuberant about one’s power and freedom. Followed by City Girls, a symbolic story of a girl that had taken a liking to a friend, but instead left for Hollywood. Only to return many years later and marry that friend. Much like the label cutting ties early on with the Refreshments, only to have Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers be a huge success years later through the devotion of their fans.
Easy is a song that tells the story of band independence, while the album title, Honky Tonk Union, is about a place where Roger learned how to swing pool sticks and survive bar fights. A place known as The Stake Out, which burned down, only to be resurrected and become locally famous. Tell Yer Momma is a song about Roger’s parents getting a divorce, and his father realizing in order to gain her back, he must change his ways. His father does so through the whispers into Roger’s ear of all the things he’s reconciling in the hopes Roger will tell his Momma.
The set continued with a story about a bet and a late night drive in west Texas to finish an album that are short on songs. The bet was to have the song done upon arrival, and if so, the reward was any bottle of Tequila to Roger’s liking. Roger ended up with a $200 bottle of Tequila and the song, West Texas Moon was born. My Heart is a UFO is a funny story about an all-nighter out in a field under the stars, tripping on mushrooms, the quest to gather around a 30 foot bonfire and an encounter with UFO’s, all before daybreak.
Green & Dumb is a song about Roger getting kicked out of his house by his wife telling him to sleep it off out in the bunk house amongst the salt bricks. That night, Roger writes the song and serenades his wife in the hopes she’ll allow him back in to sleep on the sofa. It worked. Never Thought is a sad story about Roger’s beautiful and prized horse at his ranch that had a tragic incident and didn’t survive. Rounding out the set, was the last song, Tow Chain that talks about Roger’s relationship and the realities of two humans running a different race.
Roger and PH came out for two encore songs, one being a popular Refreshments tune, Mexico, that harkens back to the days where Roger would frequent traveling between the border that was not too far from his house. For the crowd that reveled in all the stories behind the songs, Roger and PH made everyone feel at home, taking everyone on a southwestern journey, making you feel young again, remembering a time of absolute freedom, wild antics, getting knocked down but getting back up again, and of course, having a few tequilas along the way to make sense of it all. Just remember folks, “no drugs”!