Rio to Play Old Martina’s Hall


SANTA FE, JUNE 9th 2013 ~ On tour from Montana, Rio has been making waves across the state with their tropical groove and intimate takes on Brazilian Bossa Nova and Jazz. Featuring the intriguing, wistful voice of Julia Yates and lyrical guitar by Tim Drackert, Rio has toured mostly as a duo in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. But according to Yates, the highlight of the tour is their June 21st "Dinner and a Show" at Old Martina's Hall in Ranchos de Taos, featuring Rio's full quartet. Old Martina's is located at 4140 Hwy 68, Ranchos de Taos. Music starts at 8pm. Tickets $7 at the door. Waived for

"The quartet is a riot," says Yates, "You have all the intimacy of the vocal-guitar interplay, but then you get this dynamic lift from the bass and drums— it's like the wind picks up." Yates says the duo has been looking forward to playing with drummer Cal Haines and bassist Asher Barreras. "We've literally been admiring Cal's work for years, since first saw him with the Andy Kingston Trio on our first visit to Santa Fe. And Asher Barreras on bass is one of those blisteringly hip young talents with great energy."

Rio is also excited to participate in the musical rebirth of Old Martina's Hall, a recently restored 200-year-old adobe. "Old Martina's is magic," says Yates. "We stopped by to see it and wow, that place has some ancient mojo. There's spirits standing in all the doorways."

Rio's guitar vocal duo has played in Taos twice before, at KTAOS Solar Center, and will play there again on June 29th, as a duo. "That first KTAOS show was something special for us," says Drackert. "It was only our second date in New Mexico, and we were really touched by the audience response. They were just right there with us."

In 2011, Rio's quartet was featured on Montana PBS's Emmy-award winning series, 11th and Grant, which can be viewed online at Rio's website, Their self-titled CD is available on iTunes and Amazon. Rio plays an lovingly curated repertoire of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and other great Brazilian and American composers. As Yates told Ariana Kramer of Tempo last month, "We're inspired by the way João Gilberto played and sang bossa nova— Like jazz, the harmony, melody, and rhythm of Bossa Nova are highly developed, yet João makes it sounds as natural as humans whispering to one another. Bossa began as music sung for a few friends in tiny Rio de Janeiro apartments— it's minimal, unaffected. The syrup you hear in some recordings— the reverb, the orchestra— that was added by record producers. But as long as you leave the string section at home, there's no schmaltz in Bossa Nova. It's fresh— timeless."

Rio's sound has been compared to Sade and Suzanne Vega, and appeals to fans of Norah Jones, João Gilberto, Billie Holiday, and Pat Metheny. The common thread, according to guitarist Tim Drackert, is "the communion between audience and performer. We live in a hyped up world‚ we're over stimulated, measured out in sound bites and ringtones. It's the information age and we're swallowed up by this stuff. But is there any real communication going on, is there any intimacy? That's kind of what we're about."

For more information call Old Martina's at (575) 758-3003. Watch videos and see Rio's full tour schedule at