About Us

We are the Dust City Opera, New Mexico’s freshest indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton.  We’re known for our unique instrumentation, vibrant covers, and crafty songwriting, often juxtaposing dark, bold subject matter over whimsical, light-hearted melodies. Hunton’s songwriting is strikingly visual and spans the spectrum from playful to apocalyptic, balancing his powerful voice over exceptional arrangements of dreamy guitar licks and intensely rich horns. 

We are an unusual combination of sounds, including the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more. Our genre is best described as folk-rock with influences from rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, classical, and alt-country. Artists we like and are inspired by include: Cake, Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, the Handsome Family, and the Felice Brothers. 

Formed in  early 2018, the Dust City Opera has quickly gained attention around the state, performing numerous shows including the notable 2018  Downtown Summerfest in Albuquerque, NM where we opened for national headliner, The Robert Randolph Family Band. 

We were recently featured in the Visit Albuquerque Local’s Guide in partnership with Dirt Road Travels, and have appeared in television, radio, and magazine interviews with The New Mexico Inquisition (Aug. 2018), Roots of Indie (Oct. 2018) and NM Entertainment Magazine (Oct. 2018), respectively. 

We are currently recording our first studio album, Heaven, to be released in early 2019. 

If you'd like to see our dramatic and frivolous musical whimsies come to life, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube and stay up-to-date on upcoming shows and tours!  

Looking to book Dust City Opera for your next event? Head over to  our contact page and shoot us a message!

We are (left to right): Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, trumpet, vocals), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet, keyboard), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar), Greg Williams (drums),  and Danny "the Harp" Garcia (former bassist), not pictured: Justin McLauchlin (current bassist)

 

What people are saying about us: 

"Unusual, dark... and whimsical. I love it!" -fan hearing our demo for the first time

"Best live show I've seen in Albuquerque!" - guy who attends LOTS of concerts

"We had a BLAST... great show, great venue!" - fan at our Marble Halloween concert