Get Early Access To New Music, Exclusive Content,  & Merch Giveaways!

Get Early Access To New Music, Exclusive Content, & Merch Giveaways!

“Outrageously interesting arrangements”  
-weekly alibi 
 

“Tasty tone and daring directionality”  
-a. march 
 

“Best live show I’ve seen in ABQ”  
-B. Ponder 
  

"Hunton weaves compelling tales of light and dark using a vocal 
tone and range that buries listeners in a rich tenor that sometimes shocks.” 

-weekly alibi 
 

 "the band's arresting debut album [has] an unusual and distinctive range of textures" 
-M. Minter

tour dates

music

Heaven

Dust City Opera

In cart Not available Out of stock

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.

Read more… close
0:00 / ???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:13
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:00
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:16
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:35
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:58
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:15
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:11
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 2:48
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 4:01
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:07
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:10
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 4:58

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 (bass), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet(s), keyboard), 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 (bass), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet(s), keyboard), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar). Not pictured: Jackie Chacon (drummer)

press

abq magazine

songs of violence, sadness & humor

read more 1.2 MB

npr radio 89.9 kunm

live from studio a

fox new mexico

dust city opera to release debut album

weekly alibi

show up: local scene strikes a chord

gallery

videos

contact us

connect with us