Tequila Mockingbird‘s infectious repertoire of original, catchy tunes steeped in American roots music has been delighting audiences across the Rocky Mountain Region since 1996, proving they have the drive, endurance, talent and stamina worthy of acclaim. They’ll help celebrate Independence Day in the next free admission Sundays @ Six concert presented by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) this Sun., July 4 at 6pm in Alamosa, Colorado’s Cole Park.
Tequila Mockingbird is singer/songwriter Wendy Clark, Daniel Paschke and Mark Mauldin on guitar, Rhett Haney on bass and vocals, and the backbone beats of drummer Rob Cameron. Together, they’ve been a mainstay of the greater Denver music scene, acting as support for national acts like Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (at the Bluebird Theater) and playing shows at respected venues such as the Soiled Dove, the Gothic Theatre and the Ogden Theatre, as well as one of their favorite frequented venues, the Toad Tavern.
“The point of our band is to give people a refreshing dose of sing-along hooks and an intelligent variety of lyrics to consume and apply to their lives,” Clark said. “I write to tell stories and to ask questions, hoping that our audience will find themselves in a bit of what I say and relate it to the human condition,” she added.
The band’s latest album, “Luck and Trouble,” produced by Bill Thomas and mastered by multi-Grammy award-winning David Glasser of Airshow Mastering in Boulder, Colo., presents a stronger, fiercer and yet even more sensitive Tequila Mockingbird. Clark’s vocals are teeming with strength and conviction and the instrumental work is some of their finest to date. Alamosa County resident, singer-songwriter and filmmaker Eric Shiveley wrote one song on the recording, “Actual Size.”
The band strives to make every moment as memorable as possible. For the members of Tequila Mockingbird, writing, recording and performing music is as essential to their existence as water is to a fish. No doubt their song-stories will touch listeners with their meaning as well as get them on their feet, to rejoice in all the fun and good feelings of the band.
Surprising traditionalists is nothing new to bluegrass Grammy-nominated Pete Wernick. The Hot Rize banjoist and 15-year president of the International Bluegrass Music Association is “among the most creative and just plain fun musicians in (blue, new, jazz) grass,” according to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and he brings his band Flexigrass, playing a supercharged blend of bluegrass with classic jazz and originals, to Cole Park Sun., July 11 at 6pm.
Vendors will be offering food for sale at the shows. In case of inclement weather, the shows will take place in Leon Memorial Hall on Richardson St. on the Adams State College campus. ALMA’s gracious members and business sponsors support the free summer “Sundays @ Six,” concerts and other ALMA events.