Roger Clyne

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Roger Clyne
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Background information
Birth name Roger Meade Clyne
Born (1968-01-13) January 13, 1968 (age 50)
Tucson, Arizona
Origin Tucson, Arizona
Genres Rock, Americana, classic rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo
Labels Emma Java
Associated acts Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
The Refreshments
The Mortals
Gin Blossoms
Dead Hot Workshop
The Railbenders

Roger Meade Clyne (born January 13, 1968) is the lead singer, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitar player for the American rock band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. His previous bands include The Refreshments and the Mortals.

Clyne and the Peacemakers (also known as RCPM) released their eighth full-length studio album, "Native Heart", on June 30th, 2017. His musical career has spanned over two decades, including several hits with The Refreshments and penning the theme song for the animated television series King of the Hill. He wrote and recorded the victory song for his hometown Major League Baseball club, the Arizona Diamondbacks, entitled The D-Backs Swing.[1]

Much of Clyne's music throughout his career revolves around life in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. He was born in Tucson and grew up in Tempe where he balanced life as a suburban kid while visiting his grandparents' ranch in southern Arizona, where, he rode horses, herded cattle and fixed fences.

As a youth and young adult, his frequent trips south of the border to Mexico have influenced his music. Clyne attended college at Arizona State University, where he played with several bands.[2]

While at ASU, he did a Spanish immersion class and lived with a family in Enseñada, Mexico. During that same stay, he also did an ethnography for Anthropology credit of his choice of subject, Mariachis. This meant Clyne would follow them around town and interview them while buying them beers and gaining their trust.[citation needed]

Every album since then that Clyne has written for both The Refreshments and RCPM have had mariachi horns on them. His love of a beach town on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico called Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) came through when he decided to have his band play there for a concert in 2000. What started as a one night, one band concert there, grew into what is now a 4 day annual music festival named, Circus Mexicus. The event brings over 5,000 people and two events, the Hot Dog & a Smile and the Rock & Beach Soccer tournament both raise money for charities based in Rocky Point.[3]

Clyne owns his own tour bus and tours all over the United States every year. His other interests include his own brand of ultra premium tequila, named Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila.[4]

He also is part owner of a bar in Puerto Peñasco called Banditos.

Clyne and his wife, Alisa, live in Tempe; they have three children.[5]


Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers at Saint Rocke in 2015

Cultural Impact[edit]

In the 2011 novel Donations to Clarity by Noah Baird (Published by Second Wind Publishing), two characters were named after Roger Clyne- A newscaster 'Echo Clyne' and her cameraman 'Roger'.[6]

In 2016, Popmotion Pictures created a documentary of The Refreshments to celebrate their first album, "Fizzy Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy," turning 20 years old. Named "Here's to Life," the documentary was released in March, 2017 and featured in the Phoenix Film Festival.Template:Cite article: Ed Masley, The Republic



  1. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Ballpark Music". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Artist Biography: Roger Clyne". Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jordan, Lauren. "Q&A: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers". The State Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Hwang, Kellie. "Rocker Roger Clyne unveils Mexican Moonshine". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hwang, Kellie. "Rocker Roger Clyne unveils Mexican Moonshine". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Donations to Clarity". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 

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