Rainger

Rainger

Deming, New Mexico, USA
DuoFolkAmericana

Paul Smith and Sue Wise Smith, a.k.a. Dos Locos, began their musical partnership 20 years ago in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The music that Paul and Sue create is a carefully crafted mix of styles that include folk, rock, blues, Latin and country that is seen through a lens of the Southwest Border.

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Biography

Rainger

Paul Smith and Sue Wise Smith, a.k.a. Dos Locos, began their musical partnership 20 years ago in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The music that Paul and Sue create is a carefully crafted mix of styles that include folk, rock, blues, Latin and country that is seen through a lens of the Southwest New Mexico border land. Almost all of the songs featured in their act are original compositions as both singers are able to slide easily from lead vocal to harmony backup. Paul and Sue are two accomplished solo artists that are able to blend this musical soup into a unique style that defies category.
Paul and Sues musical journey has taken many twists and turns. After several attempts to make an acceptable studio recording Sue and Paul decided to buy a home studio. Then came a reunion with an old band mate of Pauls who happened to be a technical and creative genius: Pat Vaisvil. Pat joined forces with Paul and Sue to create the first Rainger album, Where You Are. Since that time, Rainger with Pat Vaisvil as producer and engineer have recorded over forty songs from the catalogues of Sue Wise Smith and Paul Smith. Songs from these sessions will be featured on Raingers upcoming album, The Other Side, due in the fall of 2009.
Sue and Paul continue to perform their truly one-of-a-kind act whenever and wherever possible. Rainger has turned its focus to writing songs for licensing opportunities in advertising, television and film. Sue and Paul offer melodic songs with strong lyrics written in several genres. With a catalogue that spans more that thirty years from two prolific songwriters, the music of Rainger probably has the perfect song for almost every situation.

Lyrics

Let Me Hear the Birds Sing

Written By: Paul Smith

Turn off your TV and your radio
Go somewhere far far away
Turn off the noises of the modern world
Make 'em all just go away

Let me hear the birds sing
Their gentle melodies and choruses
Let me hear the wind in the trees
To put my mind and soul at ease
Let me hear
Let me hear the birds sing

Sitting, dreaming, staring into space
Imagining a time so long ago
Back before this human rat race
Got so out of control

Let me hear the birds sing...

Hush now baby, and listen
Won't you listen?
To the birds sing!

Magdalena

Written By: Sue Wise Smith

Magdalena
My breaking heart
Don't saddle up your pony, girl
Don't ride out in this storm

Magdalena
Hear the wild wind
There's danger on the trail tonight
I'm begging you with all my life

Magdalena...

My restless soul
I've poisoned you with greed and lust
And all my talk of gold
Was just to lure you way out here
To keep you for my very own
A treasure no man will ever know

Magdalena...

You try to deceive me
But your hatred shows
You think you betray me
But you only betray yourself

Magdalena
My cold hard breath
I give you no other choice
You must stop me where I stand

Magdalena
I'm the wild wind
And I'm taking everything you are
And I leave you with my blood on your hands....

Magdalena...

The Other Side

Written By: Paul Smith

My mind is weary from too much worry
I just can't seem to get ahead
I feel discouraged and down-hearted
My hands are aching from holding on...

But I believe we will weather the storm, girl
Just hold my hand when the winds get strong
And when lightening strikes and the rain pours on you
We'll push on through
To the other side.

When that storm rolls through
It will leave you shameless
It will test your spirit
And it will try your soul
But the summer storms, girl
They move quickly
And then the clouds break
To leave a rainbow there.

My soul's been searching for some direction
Is the path I'm taking the path I should be on?
And I'm tired of waiting
My heart is yearning
Lord, I've been working so hard for my time to come...

Where You Are

Written By: Sue Wise Smith

Blue, blue hearts, and cloudy skies
Green, green trees remind me of you
Blue, blue hearts, and cloudy skies
Green, green trees remind me of you

And, I send the wind to you with my love
Cuz, the wind, the wild wind
Knows where you are

Big, big moon, and blue, blue eyes
Stars stand still and life goes by
Big, big moon, and blue, blue eyes
Stars stand still and life goes by

And, I sing to the moon to send you my love
Cuz, the moon, that big old moon
Knows where you are

Brown, brown skin, and tired hands
Red, red earth, home again

These Hands

Written By: Sue Wise Smith

Drivin' down this old road for 27 years,
It's funny how the miles just pass by
I never thought you'd get older than what I am right now
Time has a way of "marchin"
And, the sun rises, and the sun sets
On these hands, and,
These hands.....wait

There's mornin' fog, looks like smoke
Memories seep through the valley floor
The Bosque's a fire, and I realize
I am changing too
And, the sun rises, and the sun sets
On these hands, and
These hands..wait

You know the days, they are blue skies
But, the nights are colder than before
And, the years know why

I stand my ground, and I face the wind
All this beauty I take with me, within my soul
How can I know the reasons why
The circle takes us away,
To bring us home

And, the sun rises, and the sun sets
On my hands
And, my hands wait

You know, the days, they are blue skies
And, the nights are warmer, than before
And, the years know why

Discography

Rainger-Where You Are
Rainger-The Other Side (December 2010 release)
Paul Smith (solo instrumental)- Theme for a Windy Day
Radio airplay on KRWG FM 90.7 Las Cruces.

Set List

We have lists for 45 min. sets and 1 hour sets. We have 4 sets of original music plus 1 set of cover songs. We mix in 2-4 cover songs per set. The following is a typical set list.

The Feeling That Never Ends
Let Me Hear the Birds Sing
Angel from Montgomery (John Prine)
The Number Song
Raise Your Hands
The Well is Dry
Silver City
The Lake Valley Waltz
Where You Are
Desert Mystery
Rio Grande Blues

Break

Mexico (Firefall)
Coyote
Oh! Little Deming
Chains
Land of My People
The Man of Hermit's Cave
Window Rock Rodey
Love is a Wheel
Orphan Girl (Gillian Welch)
Magdalena
Mind Your Own Business (H. Williams)
The Other Side