Texas style progressive rock and roll coming to you from the southern tip of Texas on the Gulf coast along the Texas-Mexico border.

“Music is merely an expression of a multitude of emotions, personality, and experiences brought forth and conveyed through instrumentation and voice. From the club stage to the concert stage and all points in between, Sidewinder hopes to see you sometime soon!”

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The progressive rock and roll trio, Sidewinder, from the southern tip of Texas in the USA was founded in August of 1984 by guitarist/vocalist David Valdez and drummer/vocalist Paul Pederson. Performing in various other bands yet, never together, Valdez and Pederson, joined forces under simplistic common ground which was their shared passion for high energy rock and roll music. Influenced by music and artists over a broad era from the 60's through the 80's, Sidewinder's sound and style evolved into a unique distinctive original blend.

As a trio, the bands trademark sound is based not only on Valdez's ability to literally shred on the guitar combined with the broad full tone, clarity, and wall of sound coming through his amplifiers yet, his technique, approach and conviction as he plays. Pederson's approach to the drum kit is complimentary to Valdez's blazing guitar work. He has enough drums around him to make two drum kits out of his one. With his arsenal, he is able to provide a solid foundation while, simultaneously, incorporating fills and accents to accentuate the bass lines along with Valdez's blistering guitar riffs.

Throughout the years, Sidewinder has built a following starting from their home base in Brownsville, Texas, USA playing local venues and onward through their extended travels performing in every setting imaginable from the club stage to the concert stage. Sidewinder has performed on more than one occasion at the South By Southwest Musical Festival in Austin, Texas, USA and has been featured in various other showcase events across Texas. As well as doing their own shows, they have opened for other artists including: Head East, Joe King Carrasco, Jon Anderson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Loverboy, Kansas, and most recently Texas outlaws, Kevin Fowler and Pat Green. In 1989, Sidewinder released its own self titled debut LP featuring such crowd favorites as Dreamers, Cruisin' On the Levee, Ready To Rock, and Flyin' High which received FM radio airplay in select markets across Texas and Mexico. The 2012 release, My Country, with its patriotic title track of the same name expressing the concerns of the general populous of their disgust and misguidance of the US government, was released on the independent label, Cactus Curtain Music. In 2014, they re-released the re-mastered original “Sidewinder” on CD and digital download.

Sidewinder has always been a dedicated supporter of charity and non-profit organizations. Over the years, they have contributed their time and efforts in performing benefit concerts for such causes as The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Toys For Tots, United Blood Services, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Campaign For A Drug Free America. Also, they were featured as the house band for several episodes of a local television talk show.

Although the core of Sidewinder, Valdez and Pederson, has never changed, other members have come and gone along the way. The original bass player was St. Louis, Missouri native, Mike Arent (1984-87) followed by Brownsville,Texas’ JJ Pena (1987-89), Rey Ybarra (1989-91), and Elias Longoria (1992-2011). Contributing to the band briefly as lead vocalist was Raul Garcia of Alamo, Texas (1989-90).

Joining Valdez and Pederson in the present lineup is the return of bassist, Rey Ybarra. Ybarra returns bringing back his exceptional talent with a rock solid yet, spicy style on the bass guitar. Along with the bass, he brings his talents as a vocalist as well. Ybarra's exceptional ability in moving around the fret board provides the third and final element to the recipe for the distinctive Sidewinder sound.

Music is merely an expression of a multitude of emotions, personality, and experiences brought forth and conveyed through instrumentation and voice. From the club stage to the concert stage and all points in between, Sidewinder hopes to see you sometime soon!
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