The country-rock of Burrito Deluxe is fresh and familiar, comforting and exciting. Chances are, you've been listening to these guys for a good part of your life without realizing it because the bandmembers' resumes read like a "Who's Who" of popular music.
Burrito Deluxe was founded around the signature sound of "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, pedal steel guitar legend and co-founder (along with Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and Chris Ethridge) of the Flying Burrito Brothers. The group's innovative, California-styled sound heralded the arrival of country rock and influenced a whole generation of later bands, including the Eagles, Pure Prairie League, Poco and many others. Although "Sneaky" Pete retired from performing in 2005, the style he pioneered reverberates in the sounds of today's Americana music and Burrito Deluxe.
"Sneaky" Pete christened the band Burrito Deluxe in 2000, taking its name from the title of the Flying Burrito Brothers' 1970 album. The band has recorded two critically acclaimed albums: 2002's Georgia Peach, a tribute to Gram Parsons; and 2004's The Whole Enchilada, which included The Band's keyboardist Garth Hudson.
Burrito Deluxe's upcoming album for Luna Chica Records promises to be the best yet. It's set for a summer release.
Carlton Moody, BD's guitarist, mandolin player and lead singer, is also the founder and front man of the Grammy-nominated Moody Brothers.
Walter Egan shares the electric guitar work and adds lead and harmony vocals. Egan's ties to the Burrito legacy run deep. He co-wrote, "Hearts on Fire," recorded by Parsons on his final album Grievous Angel Egan rose to fame with the 1978 million-selling single "Magnet and Steel." He has recorded eight solo CDs and performed with Jackson Browne, Spirit, Wanda Jackson and Linda Ronstadt.
Jeff "Stick" Davis anchors the BD sound on electric and upright bass. He also contributes to the wonderful vocal blend. Davis, a founding member of the Grammy-winning Amazing Rhythm Aces, has worked with many musical giants, including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ace Cannon, Al Green and B.B. King.
BD pianist Richard Bell was in The Band in the early 1990s. He was also a member of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks in the late 1960s, as well as Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band. Bell has performed with Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt and many other artists.
Drummer Bryan Owings is a Mississippi native who has called Nashville home since the late 1980s. He has played with Buddy and Julie Miller, Delbert McClinton, Patty Griffin, Shelby Lynne, Webb Wilder, Lee Roy Parnell and the Amazing Rhythm Aces.
Although the core members of Burrito Deluxe will stay the same, there will always be an evolution of new players with an illustrious musical heritage. While no one can replace "Sneaky" Pete, there will be featured guest steel guitarists who will carry on his sweet signature sound that is at the heart of Burrito Deluxe.