...Welcome to the Church of The Rodeo...
Howdy, pardners! After a long Halloween weekend of shows and parties, SouthSide still had enough energy (and party stamina) for one more on Monday night. She saddled up at the Elbo Room Ranch for a rockin' rodeo band known as Brent Amaker and The Rodeo blowin' into town from Seattle, WA. Now, this little filly reviewer does admit she had her doubts about Brent and band stirring more than dry tumbleweeds with their music despite what Dave (saloon owner/bartender) saying she would have a fun time with their whiskey-country sound. Was this little filly totally wrong, blogspot readers. Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will certainly rock your Stetons off.
Currently on tour promoting new CD, Please Stand By, this energetic quintet rocked the stage with its Texas country/western sound but it's not like any ordinary country you might be use to. It definitely didn't sound slow ...or contain sadness about lonely broken hearts. No - Brent and the boys kept their music very lively and fun for this cowpoke audience. There was plently of wit and humor to be found in songs about hillbilly gals making him weak at the knees or how girls are made for a lot of things (except for one). Besides the modern country sound with some hardcore guitar twang, SouthSide was weak at knees from Brent's deep vocal falsettos which added depth and emotion the songs especially one about breaking his heart. The highlight of the night was when the band opened its sacred doors to the Church of The Rodeo during a lively whiskey song. Lucky participants were formally baptized (with the holy whiskey water) by "Preacher" Brent as he fed "communion" shots to them. This reviewer would have partaken in the act but she already had her fill of the "good word" over the weekend.
SouthSide recommends saddling up to the nearest ranch for the next hoedown featuring the energetic country/western rock of Brent Amaker and The Rodeo. She's guarantees a rockin' time doing the two-step to this band's swinging' beat. For more information, visit http://www.brentamaker.com or http://www.myspace.com/brentamakerandtherodeo.
Until next time, support your local scene,