Saturday Sounds: Red Beans & Rice

From one relative to another, here’s a shout-out to my cousin, Gil Rubio, and his band Red Beans & Rice.

They’re based in Monterey County, California, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. They’ve been playing together for over 20 years and have put out a handful of albums and CDs.

Red Beans & Rice, with Gil Rubio on lead guitar.

Red Beans & Rice, with Gil Rubio (third from left) on lead guitar.

They play a ton of festivals and other gigs around Northern California but they also were invited to play at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival a few years ago. It was great to see Gil and his bandmates rocking the crowd with a tight set of blues.

Gil’s mother, Lupe, is my godmother and the eldest of six sisters in the Flores family. After my mom’s death last year, only two sisters are still alive.

Cousin Gil: musician, singer, songwriter and bandleader.

Cousin Gil: musician, singer, songwriter and bandleader.

Here are three links to the band’s music. Of particular interest, some woman in Russia apparently is a fan. She’s the one who posted “The Dark Side.” (We can all forgive her for the Red Beans & “Rise” reference, right?).

“Can’t Get Enough,” the title track from their 1998 release.

“We Need To Help Each Other”

 

 

 

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