It's probably safe to hitch a ride in Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers' old biodiesel-capable tour bus. After all, lightning doesn't strike the same place twice.
"We couldn't prove [the bus was struck]," Clyne says. "But it was incredibly loud."
Still, no one was hurt in the recent incident, either. In the end, it was just another speed bump on the long and interesting journey of the shamanistic 39-year-old Arizona native. Whereas many of Clyne's contemporaries have become bored and jaded as they've aged, this guitarist-vocalist has found more adventures at every turn.
"Hopefully it'll translate," he says, laughing.
It does. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers' latest release, No More Beautiful World, is the melodic equivalent of rolling down a sunny coastal highway with the convertible's top down. Upbeat and catchy with undertones of twang, it's a mellow but natural progression from some of their older work, which includes the fast-paced rockabilly theme song for the FOX television show King of the Hill.
With a major-label band called The Refreshments fading in his rearview mirror, the difference in Clyne's latest sound is his happiness. Now, he's his own boss, having started two labels of his own a record label and a tequila label. And though the tequila product he put out failed, the record label, Emma Java, is still going strong.
"Generally, historically, there's always a time of great social friction before coalescence," Clyne says. "I'd like to be one of many millions of ushers to bring in a humanistic age."
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers with Shurman
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages; visit ticketweb.com or call 866/468-7621.