Welcome to the Gino Ruberto & Durango "LIVE VIDEO" 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.
There's definitely a time, place, and NEED to showcase the
more intense, thoughtful, and introspective "Singer-Songwriter" hues in my
musical pallette, and that has been one of the liberating advantages
to performing solo. But when it's time to rock out, man, there is strength in
numbers. There's really nothing more powerful or musically satisfying for me
than being part of a band where everything clicks and there's a true sense
of brotherhood. It was fleeting for us, but that's the part I miss the most.
Here's to y'all.
-- Legend has it that Chris Buchanan moved back to Philadelphia,
where his band THE BUCHANANITES won the coveted "Wildest Live & Local"
People's Choice award at the 2003 Philadelphia Music Honors banquet.
-- Word on the street is that Shawn "The Animal" Olson moved back
to Fredric, Oklahoma and took over operations on his family's farm,
where hired help been overheard telling Shawn, "Y'all got a purdy mouth..."
-- I lost track of The Road Dawg, but I'm sure that wherever he is
these days, he's working his tail off and doing one hell of a good job.
-- Alex remains in high demand. He can be seen posing semi-nude on
BEEFCAKE calendars across the nation, and freelancing his musical
talents anywhere a fiddlin' madman is needed.
-- After a year in Tibet, Nicole is back in Minnesota and is once again
instructing Advanced Martial Arts/Street Kung-Fu self-defense classes.
-- I returned to my folk-rock songwriting roots, occasionally doing
solo acoustic shows. I spend most of my days aimlessly wandering
the desert, hoping some higher power will steer me in the direction
of a healing wind that leads me to The Promised Land...
Hey, wait a minute! What about ole Chip-a-roo?
I wish I could make sense of what happened with Chip. Can't do it.
We parted on less than amicable terms, and I feel bad about that,
because I always figured we'd have an enduring friendship.
Whatever it was, he wouldn't tell me to my face. Major communication break-down.
Well, wherever you are, Chip, I hope you're doing alright.
As for the rest... I wish 'em all the best that this mixed-up, muddled-up,
shook-up world has to offer.
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VIDEO: "Thunder Road" (Live at Lake Pepin Golf Course in Lake City, MN 3-23-02) [5.8 MB Real Player video]
This is my acoustic version of the song Bruce Springsteen chose to open his masterpiece album, BORN TO RUN. He wrote it when he was a hungry and relatively unknown 22 year old. I was 16 when I first heard Bruce sing the opening lines in his now famous Jersey roadhouse rasp: "The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves..." It made me stop dead in my tracks, and I stood frozen until the song was finished. "Thunder Road" has been my favorite song of all time ever since. VIDEO: "Sweet Home Alabama" (Live at RODEO NIGHTCLUB in Cottage Grove, 11-23-02) [6.4 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Gimme Three Steps" (Live at Lake Pepin Golf Course in Lake City, 5-4-02) [6.9 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Working Man Blues" (*Check out
ROCKIE RASH filling in on Lead Guitar - Live at Mully's on Madison in Mankato, 8-24-02) [4.7 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (Live at POVLITZKI'S ON 65 in Spring Lake Park, 11-27-02) *Featuring the freakishly talented Alex Nyhus on fiddle! 3.5 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Minnesota Redneck" (Live at POVLITZKI'S ON 65 in Spring Lake Park, 11-27-02) [4.1 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Ice Cream Man" (Live at POVLITZKI'S ON 65 in Spring Lake Park, 11-27-02) [3.6 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Desperado" (Live at POVLITZKI'S ON 65 in Spring Lake Park, 11-27-02) [3.8 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Let 'Er Rip" (Live at POVLITZKI'S ON 65 in Spring Lake Park, 11-27-02) *Featuring my li'l sister NICOLE on the lead vocals! [5.2 MB Real Player video] VIDEO: "Alex's Banjo Extravaganza" (Live at Mully's on Madison in Mankato, 8-24-02) [5.2 MB Real Player video]