Many people in bands consider their band mates as their “family”. In the case of the Orange County, CA band Fallborn, they are truly family. Fallborn is composed of a literal band of brothers - Jules, Nic and Matt Rodriguez on drums, bass/background vocals and guitar, respectively, together with Adam Watts on lead vocals. Watts found the brothers through the Orange County music scene, where he’d built a following as a singer-songwriter, providing most of his own musical accompaniment at gigs.
The musical—and personal—rapport between Watts and the Rodriguez brothers was instant and more effortless than any of them could have imagined. Something organic and powerful took hold through rehearsals, gigs, recording sessions at Watts’ studio, and co-arranging. The idea of their collaboration being a singer-songwriter project with a backing line-up quickly fell away, and the foursome morphed into a taut and true band.
“We loved the same things in music, it just gelled,” says Adam—“and it was great for my creative process to be less solitary. The friendship part of it gave me a new outlook.” Nic—who is Jules’ twin, with Matt being the youngest—agrees: “My brothers and I have been jamming together since we were little. We had an unspoken musical language. Adam naturally fit right into that. He’s the honorary Rodriguez.”
It’s with great sadness that the band has announced the passing of patriarch, Art Rodriguez - a famous and beloved pro drummer for Manhattan Transfer, Tom Scott, Melissa Manchester, who died Thursday, October 1st from a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The band is scheduled to perform at 92.1 KFMA’s Fall Ball Concert in Tuscon, AZ this Saturday, October 3rd at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Despite the Rodriguez family loss, FALLBORN would like fans to know they have decided to continue with this show as a tribute to their dad. "Our father would want us to do the gig and this show is to honor him", says Nic Rodriguez.
Those wishing to make a donation in Art Rodriguez’s name their charity of choice is The Veterans Administration Hospital, Attn: Oncology Dept., 3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161 Donations (858) 642-3267. www.sandiego.va.gov.