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Joe Peña - "Dust of Our Love" Album Release

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Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Joe Peña - "Dust of Our Love" Release with special guests Corey Gloden, Betsy Ganz, and Gene Moran. / Doors at 8pm / $7 pre-sale / $10 door

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When Tucson folk comes to mind, so do images of the Sonoran sunset, dusty cacti, orange-tinged mountains and the vast blue skies. But Joe Peña's debut album, Dust of Our Love, challenges this notion. The sliding strings and rough vocals are indeed there, but they're surrounded by dark storytelling, curtained walls and the ghosts of lost love.

Although this is Peña's debut solo release, his musical history begins far from this album. And if you've been paying any attention to Tucson's music scene over the past few decades, you'd already know that. Peña sings and plays guitar for Greyhound Soul, a local desert rock band that has consistently released records since the mid-90s. So it should come as no surprise that big local names like Gabriel Naim Amor, Liza Byrne, Bruce Halper and Mike Semple all lent a hand in the creation of Dust of Our Love.

Much of the album feels intensely personal, as it should be. Not only are the lyrics about intimate life struggles, but Peña had a hand in the entire process of creating the album: songwriting, performing, recording and producing. Many of the tracks play like warped journal entries or inner monologues set onto sheet music. For over an hour, his folk rock songs are adorned with cello, organ, lap steel and flute. And when instrumental segments play, they are given enough space to breathe and expand, eventually saying all they need to without words.

Peña worked on Dust of Our Love for more than four years. His debut began as a series of songs he was working on by himself, but they gradually were re-recorded and fleshed out and developed into the atmospheric and cinematically gothic tracks found on the finished album. It could be seen as a breakup record, but it just as easily could be seen as a rebirth record.

TUCSON WEEKLY - Jeff Gardner

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