"Whether raiding multiple eras and musical traditions, or pushing standard love song fare off-kilter with clever narrative twists, A2B still manage to be undemanding and buoyant performers, ready to lively up any venue with their detailed (sometimes devilish) brand of bohemian pop know-how." -- Andrew Russell, Submerge Magazine 

“This band effortlessly takes a range of influences and bends them into one seamless creation, where musical cohesion and excellence reign supreme at each and ever measure.” – The Arc of Music

There are few things more enjoyable than watching a group of musicians truly having fun performing their own music. Anyone who has witnessed a show by According to Bazooka has enjoyed this experience. This retro-pop Americana inspired band offers a unique blend of genres that incorporates modern indie, classic folk, and fun pop-rock sounds. 

This fusion of sound grew out of the original instrumentation of the band which included an Accordion and a Bouzouki, hence the name According to Bazooka. Band members Don Johnston, Jamie Knapp, Daphna Rahmil, René Martucci, and Richard Urbino bring together a rich collection of influences that draw heavily from  classic Americana and California sounds. 

Their unique vintage instruments grab the attention of the audience both visually and sonically. It is quite inventive to find an accordion, violin, upright bass, guitar, and random percussion instruments, mixed with elegant 3 part vocal harmonies. 

An amazing art of storytelling lifts According To Bazooka to an even higher place. They write songs that every listener can relate to while happily swaying along. Catchy, singable songs with an ‘easy come, easy go’ perspective on the absurdities of life that we all share. 

“The members of A2B have an uncommon ability to paint plenty of light into a dark scene, willing the emotional landscape to change through song alone, turning tragedy into light-hearted reflection. It’s really something.” - Noah Hittner, The Arc of Music

According to Bazooka has built up a solid reputation around the Sacramento, California area becoming a staple at local venues and music festivals. Whether at Ruhstaller Farm (Dixon), Chalk It Up! (Sacramento), or the Art Boutiki Music Hall (San Jose), the band brings its intoxicating energy to the stage for each and every performance. A rejuvenated spirit can be felt, transferred from the band to the crowd. True joy is in the air for everyone to share. 

With four full length albums already released, Easy Come, Easy Go (2015), Where We Are Now (2017), The Devil's in the Details (2019), and Swanky (2021), be prepared to open your mind and ears for the fun explosion of sound that is According to Bazooka.


What has A2B been up to? 

NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's new video “Stop That Racket”
New single release: “Stop That Racket (live)”

2023 things

NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's video of "Rhythm" 
A2B plays the main stage for Sacramento Chalk it Up! Fundraiser for the arts
New single of “Bakersfield - Live at Foxtail Sound”  released
Road trip to Art Boutiki Music Hall, San Jose
House Concert at Robin's Nest Concert Series, Davis
The Ark of Music checks back in with an According to Bazooka interview

2022 things 

New Video! 
NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's video of "I'm Not Really Here" 
Songs for a 5th album well underway! 
Daphna joins on violin
Concert for Ukraine: According to Bazooka, Misner & Smith, The Nickel Slots, Kindred Spirits
Thursday Live! Holiday concert 
2 Open Mic America interviews 
The Daily Music Roll reviews “Bakersfield”

2021 things 

NPR Tiny Desk Contest includes A2B's video of "Nothing Fancy" 
New album "Swanky" released 
According to Bazooka featured on  ArtsCalifornia.net  
According to Bazooka & Proxy Moon play Swanky Roof Top Party at The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts 
The Ark of Music reviews Swanky 
Indie Guru reviews Swanky 
Indie Music Discover review of Swanky 
A2B invited to perform at The Hive grand opening 
Richard and Rene are interviewed on Davis Music Connections for a tribute to local icon the late Gary Yoder (Oxford Circle, KAK, Blue Cheer)  

2020 things  

Featured interview on KDVS 90.3 FM Saturday Morning Folk Show with host Bill Wagman 
A2B's Tiny Desk Contest video "Don't Call Me"  included on NPR website  
Nominated for 2 Sacramento Music Awards by News & Review: Best folk/bluegrass & best singer songwriter: Richard Urbino  
A2B is featured on on Listen Up! Sacramento with host Eli Perry  
4th album is underway at Moon Studio, Sacramento 
introduced streaming concerts offerings through the pandemic closures
Make Music Day 2020 "My Song is Your Song" swap with Gary Lee Yoder (Oxford Circle, KAK)

2019 things:    

Davis Chocolate Festival    
Lovers Lane wins Best Song of the month West Coast Songwriters, Davis for Oct 2019    
Video is underway.    
A2B on Good Day Sacramento    
Indie Band Guru review    
Ark of Music reviews The Devil's in the Details    
Submerge Magazine issue #291: Interview with According to Bazooka    
Radio feature on NPR's Insight, Sound Advice: shows you cant miss      
Review of The Devil's in the Details:Indie Music Discovery Review     
NPR includes our Tiny Desk video.     
Nominated for two Sacramento Music Awards (SAMMIES): Best Singer Songwriter & Best Folk/Bluegrass    
Feature on KDRT radio - live broadcast at Armadillo with host Pieter Pastoor    
Third independent album release: "The Devil's in the Details"    

2018 things:    

Richard Urbino was a finalist for the Watermelon music Singer-Songwriter Shootout.    
Tiny Desk video was included on the NPR website    
2018 SAMMIES award nominee folk/bluegrass    
Selected to play Sacramento's First Festival    
Featured on ABC 10's Sac & CO    
Interview with The Arc of Music