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The Bingo Band

Categorized as: Nightlife & Entertainment
Event tags: music, Pioneertown, Pappy''S



in the Joshua Tree desert, WICHITA is led by the vocal, guitar and

songwriting talents of Kevin Richey, who has worked with artists

including Victoria Williams; Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal,

Queens of the Stone Age); the Holy Modal Rounders; Proud Mary; Elliot

Smith and the Decemberists.


songs for WICHITA’s debut EP “Sons of Fury, Daughters of Lust” were

recorded at the Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree in early 2011,

with guest contributions by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, UNKLE,

Duke Spirit), Brian O’Connor (Eagles of Death Metal) Dave Catching

(Queens of the Stone Age, EODM, Earthlings?), and Dusty Wakeman

(producer, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams). The songs were mixed by

Eric Ryan (Proud Mary, UK).


reactive music, not machine-made,” says Richey, who grew up in

Wichita, Kansas, hence the project’s name. Inspired by 1960s and 70s

radio treasures, with a new vintage pop rock sensibility, WICHITA sounds

like “Steve Miller hanging out with U2 at a picnic hosted by Jack

Johnson,” he adds.


charismatic performer and exceptionally talented songwriter, Kevin

Richey has been playing music since the age of two, when he was given

his first guitar and sang “Joy To The World” in front of his amazed

family. He studied the banjo, guitar and sitar in Lawrence, Kansas and

then moved to Portland, Oregon to immerse himself in the vibrant folk

and Americana music scene. He relocated to Joshua Tree, California and

took his place in the thriving desert rock scene. He recently toured

Europe, playing lead guitar with British band Proud Mary, Noel

Gallagher’s first signing to his Sour Mash label, returning home to the

desert to work on the songs for WICHITA.


is a reflection of Richey’s lifelong obsession with the power of music

to transport both him and his listeners to another place. And with his

influences and inspirations worn clearly on his sleeve, he’s now taking

his place among the same stars that first inspired him to create music.


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