Welcome to the Gino Ruberto & Durango "LIVE AUDIO" Page
GINO RUBERTO and DURANGO spent 2001-2003 gallivanting across the Midwest, playing every nightclub, tavern,
ballroom, and road house that would let us in the door. In that time, we were able to bring big
smiles to the faces of club owners, bar staffs, and patrons alike. Some of the most talented musicians
I've ever had the honor of working with were in this band. Together, we were a potent formula, but keeping
a band united with all members happy, focused, and motivated is a tricky balancing act that required a
smidge more patience and finesse than we were able to muster.
We had some unforgettable times together onstage and off, but our individual goals and artistic visions
began to grow in vastly different directions. When we realized that a future of solidarity and teamwork
was no longer possible, we made the difficult decision to part ways.
Emotions can run pretty high in such situations, but the bottom line is this: Alex, Chris, Chip, Shawn,
and The Road Dawg weren't just "former business associates..." They (along with
their zany dames: Joyce, Becky, Leslie, Vernie & Dixie) were like a second family to Nicole and
me. (Comically dysfunctional? Definitely! But FAMILY, nonetheless...) I will
always care about these people, and I truly wish them only the best that this mixed-up,
muddled-up, shook-up world has to offer.
*If your internet connection is slower than DSL or Cable Modem speed, these files work best if you download
them to your hard drive and play them from there. This will eliminate all those annoying "buffering"
THIS PAGE FEATURES:
on Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals, & more!
WYLIE SWANGER on Acoustic Guitar, Bass, & Backing Vocals
NICOLE RUBERTO on Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals
CHIP KOEHLER on Bass & Backing Vocals
SHAWN OLSON on Drums
HARRY STOUT on Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals (All Anoka County Fair song links!)
ROGER PATCH on Lead, Acoustic, & Pedal Steel Guitars
ROCKIE LYNNE (i.e. ROCKIE RASH) on Lead Guitar
GINO RUBERTO on Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Piano, & Acoustic Guitar
And for this page's final song link... Something you just don't normally hear
from Gino Ruberto & Durango!
(You probably won't hear too many OTHER country bands breaking into THIS little ditty on the spur of the moment, either!)
It was recorded the first night ROCKIE LYNNE took the stage with Durango to temporarily cover our
lead guitar duties. When it came time to do "Mustang Sally" Rockie used an ultra-funky guitar "wah-wah" pedal with
that theme from "SHAFT" sound. (The stereotypical 70's porn music type funky guitar sound!)
...Um...er...or so I'm TOLD, anyway...