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      May 18, 2013

      Saturday   7:30 PM

      7295 E Stetson Drive
      Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

      Jerry Riopelle

      Jerry Riopelle

      There’s no problem identifying Jerry Riopelle’s distinctive brand of hard driving roots rock. Riopelle’s music reflects a genuine lyrical honesty with heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds. Riopelle is an artist whose work, both in the studio and on the stage, has always refused to be categorized. His natural ability to draw from different contemporary styles while utilizing wide ranging instrumental ideas and rhythmic variations gives the Riopelle sound a very distinct character. Riopelle began his musical career by learning the ropes of independent record production in the ‘60s. After playing drums for the Hollywood Argyles he signed as a staff writer for Screen Gems. Upon hearing a single Jerry had written and produced with Clydie King entitled “The Thrill is Gone,” Phil Spector hired him as a staff writer and producer for Philles Records. Jerry soon produced a Top 20 hit, “Home of the Brave” (recorded by Bonnie & The Treasures). Two independently-produced hit singles for recording artists April Stevens & Nino Tempo and The Parade (of which he was a founding member) landed Riopelle a job as staff producer at A&M Records as well as a staff writer slot at Irving Music. During that time he wrote and produced for The We Five, Brewer & Shipley, The Parade, and Shango, and had songs covered by Herb Alpert, Leon Russell, and later, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge, Meat Loaf and many others. The trademark Riopelle sound caught the ear of radio programmers and their listeners in the Southwestern states in the early 70’s, when Jerry released his first, self-titled album for Capitol Records. Arizona caught on quickly to this L.A. singer/songwriter's talent, and in 1974 Riopelle performed as the support act for Dr. John at the Celebrity Theatre on New Year’s Eve. That coupled with the heavy radio airplay of Riopelle’s hits including “Walkin’ on Water”, “Blues on my Table”, “Red Ball Texas Flyer”, and “Naomi’s Song” ensured that that would be the last time Riopelle would “open” for anyone again on New Years Eve, and that his headlining, high energy shows were a guaranteed sell out. Following 1974’s show, and up until his recent state of “semi-retirement”, he played almost every New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, and to this day still has a loyal following. Since then, DJ’s in Arizona, California and New Mexico have continued to play his music. One Arizona AOR station had as many as eight Riopelle songs on its playlist at one time, and the singer's live performances are still a hot ticket in the Southwest.

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