The country rock sounds of Burrito Deluxe are at once both fresh and familiar, comforting and exciting. Chances are, you’ve been listening to these guys for a good part of your life, possibly without realizing it. Their combined resumes read like a “Who’s Who” of popular music.
Burrito Deluxe was founded around the signature sound of “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, pedal steel guitar legend and co-founder – with Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and Chris Ethridge – of the Flying Burrito Brothers. The group’s innovative, California-styled sound heralded the arrival of country rock and influenced a whole generation of later bands, including the Eagles, Pure Prairie League, Poco and many others. Although “Sneaky” Pete retired from active performing in late 2005, the style he helped pioneer reverberates in the sounds of today’s Americana music and Burrito Deluxe.
“Sneaky” Pete christened the band Burrito Deluxe in 2000, taking its name from the title of the Flying Burrito Brothers’ 1970 album. The band has recorded two critically acclaimed albums: 2002’s Georgia Peach, a tribute to Gram Parsons; and 2004’s The Whole Enchilada, which included keyboard genius Garth Hudson of The Band.
The new album, Disciples of the Truth, will be released by ZOHO ROOTS worldwide except U.S. ( where it will appear on Luna Chica Records). Recorded with with producer Greg Archilla (Matchbox 20, Neil Young, Santana, Collective Soul), it promises to be the best Burrito Deluxe record yet. Meanwhile, the band flexes its impressive live chops at shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Carlton Moody, the guitarist, mandolin player and lead singer of Burrito Deluxe, has a rich, resonant baritone voice that brings an intimate quality to even the more rocking numbers. He is also the founder and front man of the internationally acclaimed Moody Brothers, who have received multiple Grammy® nominations and performed at such prestigious settings as the White House and the Grand Ole Opry.
Walter Egan shares the electric guitar work and adds lead and harmony vocals. Egan’s ties to the Burrito legacy run deep. He co-wrote, “Hearts on Fire,” recorded by Gram Parsons on his last album, Grievous Angel. Egan rose to fame with the 1978 million-selling single “Magnet and Steel,” co-produced by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. Egan has recorded eight solo CDs and performed with Jackson Browne, Spirit, Wanda Jackson and Linda Ronstadt.
Jeff “Stick” Davis anchors the Burrito Deluxe sound on electric and upright bass. He also contributes to the wonderful vocal blend. Davis, a founding member of the Grammy® award-winning group the Amazing Rhythm Aces, has worked with many musical giants, including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Al Green, B.B. King, and other luminaries too numerous to mention.
Canadian Richard Bell on piano has a true rock ’n’ roll pedigree. He joined The Band in 1991 and can be heard on the albums, Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation. He co-wrote the song, “The Caves of Jericho,” with Band mate Levon Helm. Bell was also a member of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks in the late 60’s, as well as Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band. He played on Joplin’s final album, Pearl. In addition, Bell has performed with Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt and many other artists.
Bryan Owings, drummer, is a Mississippi native who has called Nashville home since the late ’80s. He’s kept the beat for roots-music stalwarts including Buddy and Julie Miller, Delbert McClinton, Patty Griffin, Shelby Lynne, Webb Wilder, Lee Roy Parnell and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Owings played on Buddy and Julie Miller’s 2001 Grammy-nominated duet album, as well as Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer, the AMA’s 2005 Album of the Year.
Although the core members of Burrito Deluxe will stay the same, there will always be an evolution of new players with an illustrious musical heritage. While no one can replace “Sneaky” Pete, there will be featured guest steel guitarists who will carry on his sweet signature sound that is at the heart of Burrito Deluxe. One listen to Burrito Deluxe proves that these musical trailblazers are still finding inspiration and new directions in the sound they helped create.