Arizona-based recording artist Roger Clyne has, for the past twenty years, created a fan-focused community that meshes music with all forms of merriment infused with southwestern culture and mythologies. To that end, he created the award-winning Mexican Moonshine line of fine tequilas.
The smokey Añejo boasts honey and woody notes, with hints of tobacco and vanilla and has won Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It joins Mexican Moonshine’s Silver with it’s light citrus hues and subtle white pepper notes that keep it flavorful in any cocktail without being too invisible has won Silver at the SF World Spirits Comp. as well as the Denver World Spirits Competition. Reposado is the flagship marque, with an official birthday of 2011 when it took “Best of the Best” at Tequila.net and then Gold at the Spirits of Mexico in San Diego boasts buttery oakey overtones. In addition to being a tequila aficionado, Roger is eco-conscious. He developed Mexican Moonshine with Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, SA de CV, a notable boutique tequila distiller in the city of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The distillery uses a clean, sustainable, and progressive process that removes impurities from the waste water. The exceptional quality of the end product is reflective of how the tequila starts.
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have been hosting a music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico for many years (2016 was the 25th event) called Circus Mexicus. In 2004 a small experimental batch of Mexican Moonshine was created as a test run at an unofficial distillery for the Circus Mexicus show and all 1,000 bottles sold out over the festival weekend. It was clear, Mexican Moonshine had a future. A few years later, official paperwork, official distillery and business design in place, the fledgling tequila was to debut again at Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point but almost didn’t happen. A trusted friend of the band did his own little cross-Mexico moonshine run to make sure the tequila made it in time for the music festival. He got it there the first day of the festival to an exuberant welcome by festival goers!
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have released six consecutive albums that have debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Internet Sales chart, the first independent band to ever accomplish that feat. Two of those albums, 1999s Honky Tonk Union and 2004s ¡Americano!, debuted at #1. That streak of creating timeless rock music continues with RCPM’s most recent studio album, Unida Cantina. In addition to Circus Mexicus (with attendees from more than 32 states and 7 countries) and their headline shows, RCPM have opened for Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty,Willie Nelson,Barenaked Ladies, Live, Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar and Kid Rock, among others.
“The music they play is impure, dirty, raw, immediate and larger than life; yet it comes squarely from its center; it’s timeless…” – All Music Guide
“…the Bruce Springsteen of the Southwest.” – Asbury Park Press
Clyne enjoyed an accomplished stint with The Refreshments, a late-90s rock band whose cult-classic album Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy produced the hit singles “Banditos” and “Down Together.” Clyne also wrote and performed the theme song for FOX’s animated hit “King of The Hill.”
Whether you are looking for amazing tequila or great rock & roll, look no further than Roger Clyne and his Mexican Moonshine Tequila!