About Us

The Dust City Opera is New Mexico’s freshest alternative folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. They’re known for their unique instrumentation, vibrant covers, and crafty songwriting, often juxtaposing dark, bold subject matter over whimsical, light-hearted melodies. Hunton’s songwriting is strikingly visual and spans the spectrum from playful to apocalyptic, balancing his powerful voice over exceptional arrangements of dreamy guitar licks and intensely rich horns. 

They are an unusual combination of sounds, including the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more. Their genre is best described as alternative folk-rock with influences from rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, classical, and alt-country. Similar artists include: Cake, Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, the Handsome Family, Chet Atkins, and the Felice Brothers. 

Formed in early 2018, the Dust City Opera has quickly gained attention around the state, completing dozens of performances including the notable 2018 Downtown Summerfest in Albuquerque, NM where they opened for national headliner: The Robert Randolph Family Band. 

DCO was recently featured in a Visit Albuquerque tourism campaign in partnership with Dirt Road Travels, and has appeared in television, radio, and magazine interviews with The New Mexico Inquisition (Aug. 2018), Roots of Indie (Oct. 2018) and NM Entertainment Magazine (Oct. 2018), respectively. They are planning to release their first studio album in the spring of 2019.  

If you'd like to see their dramatic and frivolous musical whimsies come to life, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube to stay up-to-date on upcoming shows and tours!  

Looking to book Dust City Opera for your next event? Head over to  our contact page and shoot us a message!

We are (left to right):                                                                                                  Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, trumpet, vocals), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet, keyboard), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar), Greg Williams (drums),  and Danny "the Harp" Garcia (former bassist), not pictured: Justin McLauchlin (current bassist)

We are (left to right): Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, trumpet, vocals), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet, keyboard), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar), Greg Williams (drums), and Danny "the Harp" Garcia (former bassist), not pictured: Justin McLauchlin (current bassist)