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“Best live show I’ve seen in ABQ”  
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"Hunton weaves compelling tales of light and dark using a vocal 
tone and range that buries listeners in a rich tenor that sometimes shocks.” 

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Previous events

Date Event Location
Dust City Opera DeadBeach, El Paso, TX DeadBeach, El Paso, TX
Music Madness ATX Fest Aussie's, Austin, TX Aussie's, Austin, TX
Dust City Opera Knomad Bar, Austin, TX Knomad Bar, Austin, TX
Tiny Van Concert @ SXSW Austin, TX Austin, TX
Earphoria SX Showcase Austin, TX Austin, TX
Dust City Opera Texas Rose Saloon, Beaumont, TX Texas Rose Saloon, Beaumont, TX
Dust City Opera GROWL, Arlington, TX GROWL, Arlington, TX
Dust City Opera The Alley Way, Norman, OK The Alley Way, Norman, OK
Dust City Opera Pondaseta, Amarillo, TX Pondaseta, Amarillo, TX
 —  — DCO Tour Kickoff Party! La Sala (House Show), Albuquerque, NM La Sala (House Show), Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Stem Ivory Album Release Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Dust City Opera Steel Bender Brewyard, Albuquerque, NM Steel Bender Brewyard, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Dust City Opera The Mothership, Taos, NM The Mothership, Taos, NM
Dust City Opera Sister, Albuquerque, NM Sister, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera * North by North (CHI) * OakVale Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera The Mothership, Taos, NM The Mothership, Taos, NM
Dust City Opera & Still Closed For Repairs Private House Show Private House Show
August Music Series Ageless Living, Los Lunas, NM Ageless Living, Los Lunas, NM
Dust City Opera * Cactus Tractor * Sage + Jared Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM
Freak Folk Fest Insideout, Albuquerque, NM Insideout, Albuquerque, NM

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Heaven

Dust City Opera

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Dust City Opera's debut album Heaven (2019). Recorded by Matthew Tobias at Empty House Studio. Mixed by Bill Palmer. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun. Album artwork by Sydney Counce.

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About Us

Dust City Opera is the eccentric, folk-rock brainchild of singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. 

We came together in early 2018 to play a show with a few friends and unexpectedly grew into a fun, rocking band. 

Paul’s songwriting is strikingly visual and spans the spectrum from playful to apocalyptic, balancing his powerful voice over dreamy guitar licks and intensely rich horns. By and large, the themes of our music are drawn from his affinity for storytelling. Mix this with his dry sense of humor, and you get that bizarre blending of death and whimsy in many of our songs. 

We have been compared to the likeness of Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, and Cake with a folksy richness that is paired with a unique instrumentation of clarinets, trombone, and accordion. 

At the end of the day, we are all about creating quality music, playing quality shows, and connecting personally with our fans.  Our music is rich and diverse and somewhat theatrical. Dust City Opera is a celebration of humor and darkness and levity. 

The release of our 2019 debut album, "Heaven," sparked a wave of media appearances and captured international attention with industry leaders such as Eric Alper and Movimento Country and we were recently named Modern Musician’s 2019 Gold Artist of the Year. 

We’re currently working on a new album and touring. 

Stay tuned.

We are (left to right): Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, vocals), Scott Brewer (bass), Greg Williams (drums), Justin McLauchlin (keys), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar). Not pictured: Jackie Chacon (drummer)

We are (left to right): Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, vocals), Scott Brewer (bass), Greg Williams (drums), Justin McLauchlin (keys), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar). Not pictured: Jackie Chacon (drummer)

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