Well, folks, it’s been a minute, but better late than never! Thankfully we’ve caught up with many of you in person since our cross country journey but if anyone’s wondering, here’s how it went!
When last we left off, we were preparing for the “Go West Young Band” tour in Colorado and getting ready for the release of our single “Gallow Bird”. We’re happy to report that, both the tour and release were most excellent successes thanks to our old buddies here in Richmond, as well as a whole slew of new friends out in this great country of ours!
We had a lot of debaucherous adventures, saw some mighty awe inspiring sights, made a lot of great music, made some drunk music, and ate a lot of bad roadside food. But before I get into any of that, I have to take a second to mention, that on this trip we were joined by our good buddy Jameson Babbowski, who came along as part of his new Richmond based promotion company “Jet Trails Media”. The trip would not have been quite as successful or nearly as fun without the lad and we’re all looking forward to seeing Jet Trails grow and flourish along with the RVA music scene it’s setting out to enrich. And as a side note, as I write this it’s Jamie’s birthday, so here’s to you bud!
As great an amigo as Jamie has become, he is an equally fantastic bad influence and took the opportunity of being on the road to take us all out to show us the finer points of Kansas City’s fantastic gambling establishments and strip clubs. Wait, strike the last one… Both Miller and Hudgins actually came out on top (click here for video proof), whereas Wes, much like so many characters in our songs, lost everything but his hat. But even with the losses, we all had a fantastic time.
In Colorado we had the pleasure of running into a surprising number of old Richmond friends, one night at the Park house in Denver it seemed you couldn’t throw a rock into the crowd and manage to not hit one of them, not that we’d do such a thing. The Park House was like our own El Dorado after a rough Monday and Tuesday night stand across town at a venue which will remain unnamed where we barely made it out with our pay and our hats! Another Colorado highlight was in Aspen, probably the only place we’ll ever have people throwing hundred dollar bills in our tip hat and covering our very large tab. What a town!
Overall, we saw a lot of beautiful places, the desert and mesas out around Grand Junction, the collegiate peaks and the jaw dropping views along highway 70 through Glenwood Canyon. We went through Woody Creek on a little pilgrimage to see the old haunts of one of our heroes, the great Hunter S Thompson. We had a drink at the tavern where he ran his campaign for sheriff of aspen where we asked around and found our way to his old ranch to pay our tributes. We all felt the altitude from time to time, so we even stopped in to an oxygen bar before our gig up in Crested Butte. Of course that was the gig with two floors of stairs for load in.
Bits of the long drive home were trying (KANSAS), but there were more great times on the way. One of Jamie’s other contributions was introducing us to Serial the most addictive podcasts ever that we listened to for an entire 7 hour stretch at one point! On our way back from old CO, we played the infamous Tonic Room in Chicago, supposedly the most haunted bar in town having a rap list replete with drug rings, orgies, and ritualistic murder, yikes! We got to hang out with even more old friends from Richmond and went to hear some killer blues after our show. A Richmond transplant Roger sat in with us on his sax which was louder (and sweeter) than the rest of the band combined! Hope to have some video of that soon as Jamie continues to work through his mountain of archival footage from the tour.
We also had the pleasure of finishing out our tour back in our beloved Virginia at Albemarle Cider Works. We were a little road weary, but about as warmed up and finely honed as a band can be. The room has brilliant acoustics for Acapella singing so we decided to end the tour with a sea shanty, Leave Her Johnny, traditionally the last shanty of a long voyage.
Once we were home, we had just enough time to catch our collective breath before we had our double gig release of our 7” single “Gallow Bird” at Blue Bee Cider and Hardywood Brewery. It was a wonderful homecoming and it was a pleasure to see so many faces that we’d been away from for what felt like far too long. By the way, Gallow Bird was released with your support of our Kickstarter campaign. It ain’t always easy making sure you’ve delivered everything to folks that you’ve promised, so please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if we still owe you something! We will get it to you, we promise!
We’d like to once again thank all of the friends who came out to support us along the way, especially Rocky Mountain Artists and Jet Trails Media.
What a ride, yall! Let’s do it again soon!
Well folks, the bucking bronco that is this band keeps on rolling down the road this month. We played in Maryland for the first time with shows in Baltimore and Tacoma Park, we played our first amusement park, King’s Dominion and jammed with their one and only clown Marching Band, we played our favorite little metal bar Wonderland in downtown Richmond in full war paint, and we wrapped up our Cary St. Café residency with a bang, hosting our friends Mink’s Miracle Medicine and Space Canoe. As usual we had a grand ol’ time doing it all. Thanks to all the friends and fans that made it out to these shows.
We have a real treat coming up tomorrow when we’ll be playing Ashland coffee and Tea. It’s a great little listening room where we’ll be playing our finest and getting the chance to show off our talents without competing with the din of a noisy barroom. We’ll be sharing some stories about the songs, our time on the road and playing a bunch of stuff we don’t often get the chance to. We’re also all excited to be headed down to our first show in Asheville North Carolina at the Mothlight for their country night with Hearts Gone South. If you can’t make it to Ashland or Asheville, keep an ear out and check out the “tour” section of our site as May will be just as busy as April for us!
We’ve also been hard at work getting our video done for our upcoming Kickstarter to help fund our vinyl 7 inch single, we’ll have a link to that for you up shortly. We are really excited about these tunes and this project and can’t wait for you to hear it!
As always folks, hoot and holler, and have yourself another swaller!
As seems to be the norm these days this past month was a big one for the Rodeo. Biggest of all we had a wonderful show with the one and only David Allan Coe. Love him or hate him, he is undeniably a legend of outlaw country music. And it was a privilege to share the stage with him as well as the boys of Honky Tonk Heroes. It was a hell of a show and thank you to all who came. We had our first lighter sing-a-long to Liquor and Whores which would have made Bubbles himself tear up.
Mr. Hudgins, our own fearless bass bandito is still down in sunny Puerto Rico. But don't ch'all worry, he will be back in time to hold down the bottom on our upcoming run westward. We'll be starting out in Richmond at our usual spot, Cary St. Cafe this Wednesday. Then we are on to Wolf Hills brewing in Abingdon, VA and Crozet Pizza on Friday. Then we’ll be finishing up at the ever popular Byers St. Bistro in the charming town of Staunton Virginia. So if you have friends or family in these towns, please tell them to come check us out!
If you want to know where else you can find us coming up, check out the "shows" section of our page for events near you. We've got lots of dates filling in for the Spring and Summer and plan to keep burning the breeze throughout the year. And as always, say it with me now, RED, LIGHT, RODEO!
For those in the Richmond area, we are returning to Ashland Coffee & Tea (also an excellent listening room) Friday the 23rd. This show we will be co-billing with Asheville's folky outfit The River Whyless, who from my understanding are stellar musicians who have been playing together for many years in one form or another, and who are described as much like a titular body of water - a mingling of currents, a flow of time and physical space, all brought together in a murmuring sense of purpose. I also believe they are touring supporting a brand new album. Click here to buy tickets!
We are very excited for both of these shows, both are sort of a vacation from our normal, rowdy bar type gigs and give us a chance to focus more on our originals. We will also be at Cary Street Cafe on Wednesday night, the 21st with Jordan Tarrant opening up the night, so that is sure to be a fun one. We hope to see you soon!
Folks, it’s official, this website has been launched! Welcome, welcome, make yourselves at home, there’s beer in the fridge and you can smoke on the porch. While you’re at it, have a look around and be sure to check out the awesome new videos we just shot at High Point barber shop.
Over this past weekend the Rodeo boys were out burnin’ the breeze in western Virginia, first in Staunton at Byers St. Bistro where we spent the night with our buddies from fellow VA band the Judy Chops, Then in Crozet at Crozet Pizza. We had a great time getting lost in the fog in the mountains, hanging out by the river in Sugar Hollow and we even ended up staying the night and pickin’ some old time tunes in a log cabin from the 1700’s (thanks Liz!).
Tonight we’ll be starting our new residency at Cary Street Café, we’re now playing the first and third Wednesdays every month, 10 till close. So all you RVA people should come out and party down with us. Hoot and holler, have another swaller!