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Southern rock comes to Sutter Creek

The way Robert Jon & The Wreck like to describe their unique sound is by saying it’s like “a double shot of southern rock with a blues chaser,” with “whiskey-drenched lyrics.”

The Southern California band has a growing discography and billings alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Sturgill Simpson, and Peter Frampton. Now, they’re bringing their music and stage show to Sutter Creek Theatre for a one-night show on Sept. 30. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $29 and are available at or by calling (916) 425-0077. 

The band is composed of Robert Jon Burrison (lead vocals/guitar), Andrew Espantman (drums/background vocals), Steve Maggiora (keys/background vocals), Henry James (lead guitar), and Warren Murrel (bass). 

This quintet began their musical journey together in February 2011. Within 6 months the band had not only embarked on a coast-to-coast national tour, but also released their first album, “Fire Started.” This album, produced by Robert Jon & The Wreck was mixed by Michael Vail Blum (Pink Floyd, The New Radicals, Prince) and mastered by Dale Becker (Macklemore, What So Not). While this album is not widely recognized as being in canon with their later work, it certainly served as a launching point for the bands wildly successful and travel-filled years to come.

2013’s “Rhythm of the Road,” produced by Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith), engineered by Philip Allen (Adele), and mastered by Robert Vosgien (Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt) at Swing House Studios in Hollywood was filled with new, and even edgier material that simply added more fuel to the fire that Robert Jon & The Wreck ignite while performing. 

The band would release three more albums over a four-year period and toured all over the nation and Europe. In 2018, released their first live album, “Live from Hawaii” and the following year their album “Take Me Higher” and launched a world tour.

Their latest album “Last Light on the Highway,” released May 8, 2020 to rave reviews. Even with the global setbacks caused by COVID-19, the album has done remarkably well, quickly receiving accolades from major publications including Rolling Stone, and having an unprecedented 12-week run of radio play on Planet Rock Radio in the UK with their first single, “Oh Miss Carolina.”