BENEFIT for CAPSLO: Sun., June 7, 11:00 – 3:00

This Sunday we’re making our third appearance at “An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights” on the grounds of the Chapman Estate in Shell Beach to benefit Community Action Partners of San Luis Obispo County. Dozens of the best SLO County restaurants and wineries combine for a giant outdoor feast, while bands play on two stages and puffy white clouds sail overhead. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon in June, and CAPSLO makes good use of every nickel they collect in support of “medical, educational & advocacy services for over 10,000 under-served families, women, men and youth throughout our county.”

The good times start at 11:00 AM. R4P gets underway at 2:30 on the Lawn Stage.

Ranching de Mayo: Gigs in May!

The taller Rancher is still not 100% recovered from his prolonged siege of laryngitis, but we’re tired of waiting for that day to come, and are therefore boldly setting forth this week for a brief flurry of shows, high on enthusiasm and low on worries — come on out to a show and see for yourself if we manage to pull it off:

— THIS FRIDAY, May 8, 8:30 PM: Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento, 1414 16th Street, (916) 441-3931, $7

— SATURDAY, May 9, 7:00 PM: PRIVATE SHOW, Sacramento (email for details;

— SAT., May 16, 6:00 – 10:00 PM: Benefit for HANDS in Nepal/EARTHQUAKE RELIEF; Community Center, I Street, Santa Margarita — $20; great food, music, silent auction, prayers and offerings for all those enduring hardship after the big shake. Join us, join HANDS, and join friends from all over the world in helping the good people of Nepal rebuild their lives.

—  SUN., May 31, 3:00: we’re back at St. Benedict’s Church in Los Osos for our twice postponed Benefit for “Outside Now” in support of their great ongoing programs in Nature Connection for kids and adults. Check back here soon for ticket info and further details:

— SUN. JUNE 7, 11:30 – 3:30: “Afternoon of Epicurean Delights” — We return to the ocean-side Chapman Estate in Shell Beach for this great fundraiser on behalf of CAPSLO — crazy amounts of food and drink from top SLO County restaurants; music on two stages, in a beautiful and unique bluff-top setting. If you haven’t tried this yet — you’re missing quite an experience. Tickets $100; info here:

For Music that “Heals the World!”

Friends! Please check out this intensely worthwhile project, co-founded by Rancher Ray — we’re hoping to organize a house show/benefit concert somewhere in CA to help them reach their goal — and we have to act fast, because their campaign concludes in less than 48 hours.

Any ideas? Bring ’em on — and thanks in advance.


UPDATE 4/19 — ON WITH THE SHOW: Ranchers ride again… SORT OF NOT YET!

We were *hoping* that the taller Rancher’s laryngitis was on the mend — but, it has persisted beyond all reason and we were forced to postpone the March shows in Sacramento and Los Osos. The good news is, while the old man’s voice is still sounding a little scuffed up, the shows *are* being rescheduled for May — details soon to follow. Thanks for your good wishes, your patience, and your recipes for weird things to gargle with for medicinal purposes. We will be back in touch SOON with info about how to catch up with us in SLO County — and Sacramento, CA. ¡Gracias!

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Yeah — we’re re-grouping after the taller Rancher’s extended bout with laryngitis; heading north this week for a:

HOUSE SHOW IN SACRAMENTO, this THURS.,  Feb. 19, 7:00 PM (contact us for details)                  (See “UPDATE 4/19” above)

And then, returning to our LIVE RECORDING project, we’re going to be


FRI., MARCH 6, 8:00 PM, PAINTED SKY STUDIOS    (See “UPDATE 4/19” above)

2177 Old Creamery Road, Harmony CA.  info: 805-927-8330; or:

SUN., MARCH 29, 3:00 PM, ST. BENEDICT’S CHURCH (benefit for “OUTSIDE NOW”)                       (See “UPDATE 4/19” above)

2220 Snowy Egret Lane, Los Osos. $15 suggested donation. Tickets/Reservations:

Benefit Concert, Sun., Feb. 8 Los Osos CA, POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS — Update (2/16): *** RESCHEDULED FOR SUN., MARCH 29! *** (See Post Above, Thanks!)

For now, here’s a reminder of what we’re about when we do manage to make it to the show:


Coming Soon: R4P “Live Recording”

Friends, it’s been a while since we’ve posted. Life, as you know, is that which happens while you’re making other plans.

Meanwhile: the big World keeps on turning, Music continues to call to us, and we’ve decided to try to build a bridge between those two Large Realities — by making a live record.

Yup: we plan to document our stage show, hi-fi style, and create a lasting record (in the original meaning of the word) of What We Do. After three and a half years and more than a hundred performances, we figured it was time.

Session Number One is THIS WEEK: Sunday, Dec. 7, 7:00 PM, at our very own Red Shack in Cambria CA. Seating will be *very* limited (it’s a tiny place) — please email for directions and to confirm your seat (click on “Contact R4P”). There will be a hat, and you’ll be free to put money in it if you want ($15 suggested donation), but our main purpose here is to rope in a small but mighty audience for the righteous mojo needed to propel the kind of performance we want to capture. Come on out and help us on our way — here at our first show for R4P LIVE — 2015!

Next date: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 8:00 PM — Painted Sky Studio, Harmony CA.

Further details on that show — as well as Show #3 (tba) — coming soon after the Holidays. ¡Gracias! — hope to see you on the Ranch…


We’re back in San Luis Obispo –*tonight* — to benefit Transitions Mental Health Association; & joining local singer-songwriter Jody Belsher in support of her new Documentary Film “The Other Side of Cannabis” raising awareness of the troubling aspects of the national trend towards legal/social acceptance of marijuana usage.

Show starts, 7:00 PM. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.


Ladies and gentlemen: we’re playing next week in SLO for the last time until next Fall. We have a new song to share, “That Bloody Sun,” about the plight of undocumented trans-border migrants in the American southwest — and we’re sharing the bill with Colorado singer/songwriter Gabrielle Louise:

As somebody once said, “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

$15 suggested donation. Reservations: 805 547-0278

The Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo CA.

“Son of a Gun”

Live at Kulak’s Woodshed, Oct. 4 last year: something to hum under your breath while observing flags flying at half-mast on every UC campus this week:
“Can we lay down our pride and look at what we have done
to turn a child of light into a son of a gun?”