Get a free song download when you join our fan list!

“Outrageously interesting arrangements”  
-weekly alibi 
 

“Tasty tone and daring directionality”  
-a. march 
 

“Best live show I’ve seen in ABQ”  
-B. Ponder 
  

"Hunton weaves compelling tales of light and dark using a vocal 
tone and range that buries listeners in a rich tenor that sometimes shocks.” 

-weekly alibi 
 

 "the band's arresting debut album [has] an unusual and distinctive range of textures" 
-M. Minter

deal of the month

tour dates

Previous events

Date Event Location
Dust City Opera Sister, Albuquerque, NM Sister, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera * North by North (CHI) * OakVale Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera The Mothership, Taos, NM The Mothership, Taos, NM
Dust City Opera & Still Closed For Repairs Private House Show Private House Show
August Music Series Ageless Living, Los Lunas, NM Ageless Living, Los Lunas, NM
Dust City Opera * Cactus Tractor * Sage + Jared Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM Dialogue Brewing, Albuquerque, NM
Freak Folk Fest Insideout, Albuquerque, NM Insideout, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Dust City Opera at Canteen Canteen Brewhouse, Albuquerque, NM Canteen Brewhouse, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
 —  — CABQ Full Moon Concert Series Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — BillFest Tumbleroot Brewery, Santa Fe, NM Tumbleroot Brewery, Santa Fe, NM
 —  — 2019 UFO Festival MainStreet Roswell, Roswell, NM MainStreet Roswell, Roswell, NM
Dust City Opera with Cactus Tractor Sister, Albuquerque, NM Sister, Albuquerque, NM
STEAM Day at Rail Yards Market Rail Yards Market ABQ, Albuquerque, NM Rail Yards Market ABQ, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Dust City Opera at Marble Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
 —  — Dust City Opera at Poki Poki Poki Poki, Albuquerque, NM Poki Poki, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera at Marble Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera Album Release Party Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Trio at Zinc Zinc, Albuquerque, NM Zinc, Albuquerque, NM
Dust City Opera's 1-Year Anniversary Show! Tractor - Wells Park, Albuquerque, NM Tractor - Wells Park, Albuquerque, NM

music

Heaven

Dust City Opera

In cart Not available Out of stock

Dust City Opera's debut album Heaven (2019). Recorded by Matthew Tobias at Empty House Studio. Mixed by Bill Palmer. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun. Album artwork by Sydney Counce.

Read more… close
0:00 / ???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:13
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:00
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:16
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:35
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:58
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:15
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:11
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 2:48
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 4:01
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:07
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 3:10
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00 / 4:58

About Us

We are Dust City Opera, the American Southwest’s fastest-rising indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton.  We’re known for our unique instrumentation and crafty songwriting, 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.   

We have been compared to the likeness of Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, and Cake with an acoustic, folksy richness that is paired with a unique instrumentation of clarinets, trombone, accordion, the occasional vibraslap, (and YELLING!).  

The release of our 2019 debut album, "Heaven," sparked a wave of media appearances and captured international attention with industry leaders and music bloggers such as Eric Alper (US), Keep Walking Music (Spain), We Love That Sound (Germany), MP3 Hugger (Ireland), Movimento Country (Portugal), and more.   

We are (left to right): Jared Putnam (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Rourk (trombone, vocals), Scott Brewer (bass), Greg Williams (drums), Justin McLauchlin (bass), Clara Byom (accordion, clarinet(s), keyboard), Paul Hunton (lead vocals, guitar)

To keep up with our latest news, please sign up on our mailing list and check us out on your favorite streaming platforms and social media channels. 

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

press

abq magazine

songs of violence, sadness & humor

read more 1.2 MB

npr radio 89.9 kunm

live from studio a

videos

gallery

contact us

connect with us