Gordon Peterson grew up in Dundas, Ontario. The name Indio came to him while recording the second half of the album Big Harvest in California with Larry Klein. One afternoon, he drove down to Mexico and the last town before he crossed the border was named Indio. At that point Peterson decided he didn't want to use his own name on the album and decided to use Indio. Peterson re-emerged into the public when he filed a lawsuit in December, 2009 against Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, alleging infringement resulting from usage and alteration of Hard Sun without Peterson's permission, although Universal Music, Peterson's former label, granted permission. Vedder recorded the song for the Sean Penn-directed movie Into The Wild.