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“Outrageously interesting arrangements!” 
-Weekly Alibi 

“Best live show I’ve seen in Albuquerque!” 
-Bruce Ponder 

"Hunton's ... perfectly and poetically deranged 
sentiment can raise a smile as well as a shiver" 

-Musically Speaking


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About Us

About Us

We are Dust City Opera, an eccentric folk-rock orchestra lead by singer/songwriter, Paul Hunton. We came together in 2018 to play a show with a few friends and unexpectedly grew into an exciting, long-term commitment.  Our songs are an eclectic stack of dark, absurd, silly, and even sometimes serious stuff. We have a lot of songs about dying. We’ve got some drinkin’ songs. We’ve even got an anthem for gay cowboys.

Our 2019 debut album, "Heaven," sparked a wave of media appearances and captured international attention with industry leaders such as Eric Alper and Movimento Country. We were subsequently named Modern Musician’s 2019 Gold Artist of the Year and had just solidified our first major tour plans when the pandemic drew touring to a halt. 

Now in 2021, we are embarking on the next exciting chapter of our independent music-making journey, including the release of our second independent record this summer and a tour this fall.   

At the end of the day, we just want to make great music, play fun shows, and connect personally with our friends and fans …And drink craft beer. And eat snax.

 See you on the road soon! 

Meet the band! (left to right):
Jared Putnam (lead guitar): J-Rod aka Hot Licks. His skills are much tight and very rad. Travis Rourk (trombone): He is a trombone slayer. He is the most sick. Jackie Chacon (drums): She’s an SLP and leads her own rock band and still makes time for us. Justin McLauchlin (synth, bass): Our most eligible bachelor. Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar): Fabulous. Impersonable. Fortuitous. Also, hot. Scott Brewer (bass): Plays bass. Also a doctor. Just kidding. Also a pilot. Not kidding. [not pictured] Clara Byom (clarinet, accordion): When she’s not with us, she’s milking cows.