Forty Miles of Bad Road is a Country and Western band from Espanola, New Mexico. They started playing together in the summer of 2010 and continue to perform in northern New Mexico's saloons and casinos.
The band members are Kip D. Powell on vocals and bass, Lisa Mednick Powell on vocals and piano, Eric Archuleta on vocals and guitar, Gil Sena on vocals and guitar, and Robert Tomlinson on vocals and drums. They rehearse in an adobe bunker at Gil's house and share a genuine interest in cheap beer.
Kip and Lisa moved to Espanola for sunshine and work opportunities in early 2010. One cold day in Febuary they stopped for gas at Bode's in Abiquiu. While browsing for salty snacks, they overheard the guy at the cash register telling somebody that he saw Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in Bakersfield as a kid. Sure enough, questions were asked and phone numbers were exchanged between Robert, Kip, and Lisa.
Only Kip had the wrong area code and never reached Robert. They met again by chance at an art show (country musicians?) in Cordova, NM in July. This time they organized a jam session with guitar players Gil and Eric whom Robert knew and was still talking to, after playing with them in other bands.
They play a mix of Country and Western, TexMex, and Western Swing firmly rooted in the golden era of 1950 through 1980. They really have little interest in Contemporary Country songs and it's unlikely you'll hear one at a Forty Miles of Bad Road show. There are a few original songs in the song list. This hasn't hurt their popularity.
The band name is taken from an instrumental recorded by guitar legend Duane Eddy back in the sixties and is performed by the band.