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Freedom Of The Rolling Plains

by Bill Rhyne & The Coronados

A "recorded live in the studio" honky tonkin' rockabilly shit-kicking country sounding band transported to your living room via digital technology and a good home stereo. These songs were shaped in the bars of San Francisco, CA.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Singing the Blues
2:03 $0.99
2. You're My Friend
4:11 $0.99
3. Comfort Me
2:00 $0.99
4. Texas Taoboy
3:30 $0.99
5. Cardiac Unrest
2:37 $0.99
6. Invitation to the Blues
2:25 $0.99
7. Cold Feet
1:56 $0.99
8. Christmas Letter Blues
3:35 $0.99
9. Sleepwalk
4:32 $0.99
10. Freedom of the Rolling Plains
3:02 $0.99
11. Abilene
3:54 $0.99
12. Chuck-a-luck, the Sailor
3:30 $0.99
13. Postcard from Tanzania
3:45 $0.99
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Album Info

The Coronados' album "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" was recorded "live" in the studio at Randy Rood's Emeryville Recording Studio in Emeryville, California in one afternoon in 1992. The recording is a direct to digital live stereo mix with no overdubs. This is what we really sound like. That is why we sometimes call the album "Really Billy". Consequently, the album has a really lively sound as if we are in your living room right next to you. There are five cover songs of traditional country tunes and seven original songs that were "road tested" in the clubs around Northern California. The arrangements were all drums. bass, alternating lead and rhythm guitars, lead vocals with two harmonies. If you drink Jack Daniels straight in a shot glass, you will like this album. It is the next best thing to hiring us to play at your party.

Band Info:

Band members are Bill Rhyne on guitar and vocals, Jim McCulla on guitar and vocals, Chito Galvan on bass and vocals, and Kirk Felton on drums. Bill, the band leader, sings and plays guitar in the band. In addition to writing original songs for the band, he shares lead singing duties with Chito and Jim, as well as sharing harmony duty. Bill sings blues, rock, and traditional country tunes, as well as an occasional Hawaiian tune. In addition to using his '54 Telecaster, Bill plays an 1982 Ibanez Roadstar "Strat copy" guitar that has been outfitted with Seymour Duncan Vintage Tele Bridge, Vintage Strat, and Jazz Humbucker pickups. He calls the guitar his "Telestrat"—able to achieve the sounds of a Telecaster, Stratocaster, and fat jazz Les Paul/Gibson guitar with the flick of a switch. The guitar is also outfitted with a Roland GK-2A hexophonic pickup for use with his Roland GR-30 Guitar Synthesizer. The synth sounds used most often are the organ or sax sounds to fill out the band sound. Chito, an electrician and excellent chef, has a beautiful high voice that we use for lead on Vince Gill tunes and for harmonies on songs requiring three parts, such as Eagles' songs. Kirk, a mastering engineer at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, has been playing drums for many years with jazz, rock and country bands in California and his home state of Oklahoma. Jim, a computer network engineer by day, sings lead on many songs by artists, such as The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Allman Brothers, and other blues, rock, and country artists. Jim also plays some serious lead guitar on his trusty Fender Stratocaster.

The original version of The Coronados in 1988 included Dee Lannon on vocals and rhythm guitar, John Beard on bass& vocals, and Scott King on the drums. After Dee left to pursue her solo career in 1989, Gina Del Vecchio sang and recorded with the band till 1990. Gina was replaced with Jim McCulla on guitar and vocals. Tracy Rose replaced Scott King. After performing together for several years, the album project was next. The musicians who appear on the "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" CD album are: Tracy Rose--drums, John Beard--bass/ vocal harmony, Jim McCulla--guitar/vocal harmony, and Bill Rhyne--guitar/lead vocals.

Bill's Bio
Bill Rhyne was born in Russell, Kansas. His father played Country & Western music in western Kansas in the 50's. He was a guitar player and his mother played piano, so Bill was exposed to music very early in his life. His father gave Bill his 1954 Fender Telecaster guitar to him when he was 12 years old. This was, according to Bill's father, the first electric guitar sold in western Kansas. He ordered it directly from the Fender company through the local music store in Hays, Kansas. Bill still plays this guitar.

In 1970, Bill started playing music in rock and roll bands in Kansas and in 1974, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to study music at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He studied music composition and classical guitar. He studied classical guitar with George Gilmore and Byron Yasui. He also attended jazz improvisation seminars delivered by Kim Richmond, Dan Haerle, and Rich Matteson (formerly of the Dukes of Dixieland). He also attended the Howard Roberts Jazz Guitar Seminar. He also performed in the UH jazz ensemble,jazz quartet, Hawaiian chorus, marching band, and the symphony chorus. While attending college, he played music in rock and roll bands to pay his way through school.

In 1978, he toured Japan with the Hi-Lites, an "oldies" rock and roll band from Honolulu. Upon returning to Honolulu, he joined a Country & Western band, Bill Spilliard and the Nitelife Band as lead guitarist and singer. From 1978-1984, Bill performed with Kathy Paulo's Ports O' Call (Hawaiian Band), Ronny Miyashiro Trio (jazz, latin, popular standards), Bobwire (country-rock), BerryJam (folk music), The Palitones (country/oldies/Hawaiian music)[See Ross Costa's webpage to see pictures of me and Ross with B.B. King in Kyoto, Japan and pictures of our band, The Palitones, in Waikiki in 1982 The website address is:] and other bands. These groups performed in Waikiki nightclubs, on local television and radio, in concerts for various organizations, and, in the case of Bobwire, performed on the film soundtrack to "Crystal Eyes", a surfing movie by Yuri Furan.

During this period Bill also studied Hawaiian Steel Guitar playing with the master, Jerry Byrd and he did volunteer work as a disc jockey and newscaster for KTUH-FM, the University of Hawaii student-run radio station. In 1981, Bill spent 5 months in Europe traveling by train with his ukulele. Two months were spent in Paris where Bill performed at a restaurant, Sue's Place, in Mountainville, a village to the west of Paris.

In 1984, he moved to San Francisco to work as a medical device manufacturer's representative in Northern California. This allowed Bill to invest in a 12-track recording studio and to work on recording original compositions at home. The result of this endeavor was a recording of songs by Bill's brother, Richy Rhyne, titled "Chicken Fried Br'er Rhyne." The band, Br'er Rhyne, performed these songs and blues songs by Memphis Slim, BB King, and other blues artists. The band performed in the San Francisco Bay area from 1986-1988.

In 1988, the band reformed and changed it's name to "The Coronados". From 1988-1989, noted Rockabilly singer Dee Lannon sang with the band and from 1989-1990, the Blues diva Gina Del Vecchio sang with the band. In addition to blues music, traditional country music and rockabilly music were added to the repertoire. Bill started work on the compositions for "Freedom of the Rolling Plains" album. After performing these songs with the band three years, the band went into the studio to record the songs "live in the studio" with a direct mix to digital audio tape. From there, it was mastered digitally at a studio in Berkeley and manufactured for release on Bill's independent label record label, EBC Records. The goal of recording the band like this was to capture the sound of "The Coronados" as they sound in concert so the listeners could get the feeling of a live "honky tonk" band right in their living room. Given the nature of independent releases (limited financial and distribution resources) and Bill's other personal commitments, the album has been trickling out amongst the masses, listener by listener.

The Coronados are laying really low now. Jim moved to Tennessee to explore the environs and Chito is busy being a daddy, an electrician, and playing weekends with other friends at local bars. Kirk is retired from Fantasy Studios where he mastered re-releases for the jazz label.

As for Bill Rhyne, he has been traveling to China for teaching and consequently meeting new people and hearing new music of a different sort. The CD has been played on two radio stations in China so far.

As for performing in California, he switched gears and has been very busy performing with The Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band as a bassist, guitarist, and singer. The band plays all over Northern California for the Hawaiian community as well as for Hawaiian music and culture enthusiasts. Their website is

Radio Info

The Coronados also promoted their CD, "Freedom of the Rolling Plains", in Europe to country DJ's. Over 60 radio stations in about 10 countries reported airplay of the album and it peaked at #15 on the European Country Music Organization Top 30 Album Charts in March of 1999. The most popular songs off of the CD are "Texas Taoboy", "Comfort Me", "Singing the Blues", and "Abilene". In 2000, the CD charted on the Indie Country Charts as high as number 30 and was played on over 100 stations in the USA.

Here is a list of some of the DJ's and radio stations that have played our CD:

RBL 103.4FM Le Drennec, France, DJ-Dominique Lemarechal

Triangle FM 98.4 Guyancourt, France DJ-Dominique Brette

EXPO Radio 107.9FM, Kalmthout. Belgium DJ- Alex Pijnen

Radio 2610 105.9FM, Rodovre, Denmark DJ- Hallne Breum, Bent Poulsen

Kabel 102.6FM, Ether 90.2FM, Radio Venray, The Netherlands DJ-Rein Wortelboer

Nordic Country Music Organization (NCMO) 90.2 MHZ, Maricholm, Sweden DJ- Hank Svensson

"Graham Bell and the Best of Country" Radio Show, Coffs Harbour, Australia DJ= Graham Bell

and the latest one:
Radio CD, Radio Carinzia, Vienna, Austria, programs:"Peter Lenloy Presents", "American Country", and "From Coast to Coast", Dl-Peter Lenloy



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