Kim and the Caballeros
Kim Treiber (guitar, vocals; songwriter): Kim says, 'My mom force fed old country (we're talkin' Loretta, Cash, Waylon, Willie and the boys) to me at an early age, and I rebelled, first playing bass in an 80s rock band, 'The Bohiems', later becoming a folkie, still leaning in the rock genre, but mostly writing totured love songs and political/social stuff in the band 'Burning Joan.' For giggles, in 2003 I recorded a bastardized version of 'Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain' for my mom's birthday, and it all took off from there. I realized my roots had caught up to me and I liked it. We recordered the CD Blue Hearted Girl at Howlin' Dog Studios in Alamosa, Co. and in Nashville. I live in Taos, New Mexico with my children; work with homeless youth at the DreamTree Project garden ride my horse, Nugget, up in the mountains (just like the song says) and sing big 'ol twangy country every chance I get.' Read More about Kim
Chipper Thompson (lead/rhythm guitar, mandolin, & vocals; songwriter): Chipper Thompson was born and raised in Limestone County, Alabama, to a father who played steel guitar in the 'Army-Air Force Country Band' between World War II and the Korean War. Chipper moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1991 and has been a professional songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist ever since. He has released three CD's worth of his own brand of 'folk-n-roll' music, as well as a CD of 'Celto-Appalachian murder ballads' called Am I Born To Die with partner Mason Brown, and a CD of original and traditional music for two bouzoukis, The Janissary Stomp, with partner Roger Landes. Chipper, with Don Richmond of Howlin' Dog Records, co-produced the two Burning Joan CD's (Kim's previous band with Kirsten Parsons) and the Blue-Hearted Girl CD for Kim and the Caballeros. In the Caballeros, Chipper sings and plays lead/rhythm guitar and mandolin. Learn more about him at his website, www.folk-n-roll.com.Read More about Chip
Rob Watt (bass): Multi-instrumentalist Robert Watt has been singing since church choir days and playing in various musical ensembles since junior high school band. He has added his vocal talents to various bands and musical groups. On banjo, mandolin or the bass the powerful beat drives bands forward. Up and coming musician, Rob won first place in the bluegrass banjo competition at the 2004 Santa Fe banjo and fiddle contest. Rob currently enjoys his mandolin, banjo and roles with the popular band Unstrung Heroes. He is also featured on the bass with New Mexico's favorite country western band Kim and the Caballeros.Leonard Kasza (steel guitar, dobro): Leonard was already playing steel guitar in a Colorado band in 1952 and was country before country wasn�t cool! He eventually spent 29 years in Austin, Texas where he played dobro in a top Texas bluegrass band and pedal steel guitars in a number of local country bands. After finishing a career as a computer systems analyst, he moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1995 and again took up his instrument of choice, the steel guitar. In recent years, his focus has been on Hawaiian music.
Leonard Kasza (steel guitar, dobro): Leonard was already playing steel guitar in a Colorado band in 1952 and was country before country wasn’t cool! He eventually spent 29 years in Austin, Texas where he played dobro in a top Texas bluegrass band and pedal steel guitars in a number of local country bands. After finishing a career as a computer systems analyst, he moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1995 and again took up his instrument of choice, the steel guitar. In recent years, his focus has been on Hawaiian music.
Mark Bennett (drums): Mark's bio is coming soon.