Brent Amaker & the Rodeo Release "Howdy Do" This Saturday

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"You're No Good," which is not on Howdy Do

Traditional country bands, with that true Western sound, can be hard to come by in the

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Brent Amaker & the Rodeo Release "Howdy Do" This Saturday

  • Brent Amaker & the Rodeo Release "Howdy Do" This Saturday

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    "You're No Good," which is not on Howdy Do

    Traditional country bands, with that true Western sound, can be hard to come by in the indie rock-centric Northwest (but there is Shake the Shack on KEXP, which makes me happy to be alive; you can forget about country radio, unless you want to mess with that blind-patriotism, redneck Hank Williams II shit.) But there are a few local bands that bring the country to the city, and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo are one such act. Between Amaker's booming bass and the lonesome-prairie twang of his Rodeo, I've managed to fill at least a little of the space that Johnny Cash left in my heart when he died. Only it's a sort of quirky, updated country music, with funny lyrics that remind me it's not 1955 after all. Like, I don't remember Johnny Cash ever calling someone a "candy ass" in a song. Or saying "Suck on this!" in an outro. The vulgarity of the 21st century meets country music, the most conservative of genres (unless you count gospel or something).

    If this intrigues you, or if you like the song posted above, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's first album on GraveWax Records, Howdy Do, comes out on November 18, but their CD release show happens on November 1st at High Dive (after which the band heads right back out on tour again). And after seeing them at the Admiral Theater, I'd like to mention that their live shows are a real hoot, and because the High Dive is a 21+ venue, we might just get a whiskey baptism this time (and if you don't want to get doused in whiskey, get outta the splash zone first.) Plus, the openers are great: there's Hazelwood Motel, a folk band we've been loving on lots lately, and smooth electronica purveyors Animals At Night.

    The thing starts at 9, and it costs $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. You know you want to come!

     
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