Magic has, at long last, been captured in a bottle. The award-winning Rancho De La Luna Mezcal is as much a product born from the agave of Oaxaca, Mexico, as it is from the legendary song smithing, collaboration, and kinship cultivated over 30 years at the Joshua Tree recording studio it is named after. At the helm are the highly revered musicians, Dave Catching and Bingo Richey.
ABOUT RANCHO DE LA LUNA: If the walls of the Rancho could sing, you’d hear the music of Daniel Lanois, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, Kurt Vile, Victoria Williams, earthlings?, UNKLE, Masters of Reality, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Duke Spirit, Desert Sessions, and so many more. Here, recording artists glean from the collective creative energy that has saturated the walls over time where rock and roll’s favorite sons and daughters have divined riffs on instruments that lay in wait for the next artist to wield.
Founded by Catching in the early 90s with the late, great, Fred Drake, Rancho De La Luna has become the Holy Grail for musicians around the world. Richey worked beside Catching and Drake from its earliest conception. Bands and artists have stayed at the studio/house for weeks at a time while they record,
and Catching has hosted them with food, camaraderie, barbeque, and of course, libations.
THE MEN OF THE RANCHO MEZCAL: David Catching: The Memphis born axe wielder helped start Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) with Joshua Homme. They worked together on a single called, “18 AD’ for a compilation record called, Burn One Up. Catching played with QOTSA from 1997-2000, and went on to play with earthlings? (a band he formed with Fred Drake), Mondo Generator, Eagles of Death Metal (2003-2017), the late Mark Lanegan. In 2013, Catching and Richey formed Mojave Lords, a band whose show with earthlings?, inside Joshua Tree National Park, August of 2021 (a fundraiser for Joshua
Tree National Park Association), sold out within an hour. That concert and a follow up concert at Pappy + Harriet’s, was part of a documentary, “No New Normal,” described on IMDB as “Mojave Lords and earthlings? – Underground musical bands from the California high desert embark on their first concert after COVID shutdowns on music venues. The bands are testing the new evolving concert regulations by playing on exterior venues and fighting harsh environments, playing a concert inside Joshua Tree National Park – Indian Cove Amphitheater – and the desert’s iconic Pappy and Harriets venue. The No New Normal concert documentary tells a story of musicians endurance and a selection of live songs that showcase the spirit of the Californian desert music scene.”
“I met Bingo when he first moved to Joshua Tree and started working with Tony Mason at Rancho De La Luna,” Catching shared. “I would go to Pappy + Harriet’s every Sunday to see the Sunday Band featuring Bingo, Victoria Williams, Travis Cline, Ray Woods, Carol Ann Crandall, Bobby Furgo, and a lot of other amazing friends/musicians. Bingo and I became fast friends. He is one of the smartest, coolest, funniest people I have ever met.”
“As far as roles go in the Mezcal partnership,” Catching shared, “Bingo is the brains behind Rancho Mezcal and does all the heavy lifting. I help host events and spread the word.”