Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward | The Lonesome Dirge

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The Lonesome Dirge

by Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward

Insurgent, insurrectionary country music.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Firefight
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2. 10 Lb Test
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3. Atlantic City
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4. In the River
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5. Brother
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6. Ghost
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7. Wild Man From Borneo
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8. A Knife Beneath Your Pillow
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9. I'm Never Getting Married
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10. Tell Me What It Is
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11. 11 Hours
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Album Notes
While Parker and The Pesos found regional success in Texas on the strength of their remarkable 2004 self-released debut, Blow The Soot Out, the Denton, TX-based quintet are poised to break out nationally with The Lonesome Dirge – a breathtaking, often heart-stopping, album brimming with Americana anthems, harrowing Southern Gothic balladry and shit-kicking roadhouse rockers that channels the likes of Steve Earle, Old 97s and Son Volt.

The album immediately stampedes out of gate with the unbridled dynamics of the driving opener ”Firefight,” before shooting straight into the passionate number “10 lb Test,” where, amid indelible hooks and stinging guitar, Parker’s warm, whiskey-soaked voice sweetly cracks with a touch of wild honey. “Brother” is a moving ballad that culminates with not only proud, pounding choruses but also showcases the volatile musical dexterity of this explosive outfit, while songs such as “Wild Man From Borneo,” “Tell Me What It Is” and “I’m Never Getting Married” are performed with both fiery passion and clenched-fisted conviction. The band also manages to breathe further life into a spirited reworking of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” while the album’s sparse, haunting closing number “11 Hours,” coincidentally, hearkens back to the ghostly acoustic landscape of Bruce’s Nebraska album.

What these eleven-tracks – alternately capable of touching the heart and loosening the floorboards - prove more than anything else, though, is that Rodney Parker is one of those rare singer/songwriters to be reckoned with. While the word ‘masterpiece’ may seem a bit lofty to attach so readily to any record this early in an artist’s career, The Lonesome Dirge is as worthy a contender as you’re likely to find today.


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gary bond

THE LONESOME DIRGE is as good an album that has been released in the last five years! the passion,songwriting and delivery is on par or superior with anything out there!Bob Woodruffs Dreams And Saturday Nights or Steve Earles Guitar Town are about the only two albums I can think of that carrys this much impact on the sound and style of the times in which it was released!

alison bleich

Rodney Parker has one of the best original voices I've ever heard! I love this cd! Firefight, 10lb test, brother, wild man from borneo are great, awesome songs. 11 hours, is so deep, it gives me goosebumps. Atlantic City is the best version of this song ever recorded and I could listen to it all day. BUT, Tell Me What It Is, IS a PERFECT song. just perfect.brilliant. genious. I love it. That song is one of my favorites to ever sing along to. I love Rodney, and if that was the only song he ever recorded, i would still love him! Buy this cd. It is worth it!

erin hanley

Great, great album! Definitely one of the best I've heard in a while.


Raw Talent
If you haven't heard RP50PR's version of 'Atlantic City' you are in for a treat... and as a bonus, you get ten more songs to tide you over until you hear it again, nine of which are written by the band themselves and each is an epic in its own right. The lyrics are head and shoulders above anyone in their 'league'. These kids have a very bright future ahead of them.