Burrito Riders League came together in the spring of 2015, after Richmond (VA)-area musician Slim Stanton loudly opined on Facebook, something to the effect of: "Before I die I need to play in a 1970s country-rock cover band." Immediately, singer-songwriter Paulo Franco took up the challenge. Slim had played on a CD of Paulo's and occasionally sat in with Paulo's backing band, The Rateros.
The two originally planned to add a lead guitar and rhythm section, but the first order of business was to get that third voice for harmonies, and one of the best singers around was Andy Vaughan. Andy fronts his own classic country band, Andy Vaughan and The Driveline (in which, to continue the incestuous theme, Slim plays steel). Originally, Andy was to play bass and Paulo would switch to lead, but after the first rehearsal it jelled so well as a trio that the idea of a rhythm section was dropped.
The first performance was in June of 2015, and since then the three have many shows under their belts, and a growing following of country-rock fans.
Gram Parsons - so many songs from the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Parsons' solo albums: Return of the Grievous Angel, Christine's Tune, Hickory Wind, lots of others..
Pure Prairie League: Early Morning Riser, Amie, others.
The Band: Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, many more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Lookin' Out My Back Door, others.
Eagles: Seven Bridges Road, others.
Plus Poco, NRPS, Townes Van Zandt, Little Feat, Jackson Browne and the like.