LEGENDS of the Desert Vol. 3 Releases March 24th, 2023

Cover photo by Sasha Middleton

The third volume of the successful Legends of the Desert compilation series by Desert Records features two old school veterans of desert rock, Fatso Jetson and Dali’s Llama. After kicking off the first two volumes with new bands, it was due time to work with veterans of the Palm Desert scene.

Fatso Jetson is an American desert rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1994 by Yawning Man and The Sort of Quartet members Mario Lalli and Larry Lalli, along with Tony Tornay, and Dino Von Lalli (son of Mario). Fatso Jetson has remained an active force in underground rock for almost 25 years. They are often credited as originators of the desert strain of stoner rock made most famous by their younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, Fatso Jetson incorporates a variety of musical influences that includes punk, art rock, blues, and psychedelic hard rock.

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Dali’s Llama is a desert rock band from the Palm Springs/ Palm Desert area of Southern California. Dali’s Llama was formed in 1993 and released their first album that same year. The band, started by the husband-and-wife team of Zach and Erica Huskey, have remained the only two original members from the beginning. Zach is the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, and Erica is the bass player. Dali’s Llama has released 15 albums so far. Their music is in five films, including being featured in the desert rock documentary, “Lo Sound Desert”. They have performed and/or toured throughout the southwestern United States, including the ‘Stoner Hands of Doom’ and ‘Doom in June’ fests. “This is Dali’s Llama’s 30th year together,” shared Erica Huskey. “We want to thank our amazing band mates, Craig Brown (drummer extraordinaire), and our second guitarist, Joe Dillon, who is a natural multi-instrumentalist. It’s been a pleasure working with these two friends of ours all these years, and it ain’t over yet.”

This is the soundtrack to the New Wild West. The focus of the Legends of the Desert series is to provide a modern perspective to the antiquated ‘Wild West’ we have etched in our brains. These songs and tales are not told by the same ol’ perspective of the white male cowboy. These are narratives told by those who never got their stories heard. We will hear from musicians, artists, Natives, outlaws, desert rats, desert dwellers, cactuses and mesas, ravens and roadrunners, snakes, and endless skies.

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The bands are curated by label owner, Brad Frye. The requirements for bands to appear on the Legends series is that they must hit certain criteria (besides making original and amazing desert rock music). Bands must be located geographically in the American Southwest.

The states within this boundary include California (southern part), Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. The bands must be currently active. They also are in line with the Legends series ethos of offering an updated perspective of Wild West. Fuck John Wayne and all the outdated Wild West bullshit that we have been fed by movies and media.

Vol. 1 featured two popular modern day bands, Palehorse/Palerider (Denver, CO) & Lord Buffalo (Austin, TX). LISTEN HERE on BANDCAMP: Legends of the Desert: Vol 1

Vol. 2 featured two new bands, The Penitent Man (Salt Lake City, UT) & Cortége (Austin, TX). LISTEN HERE on Bandcamp: Legends of the Desert: Vol. 2

ALBUM COVER by artist Joshua Mathus

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