Brent Amaker and the Rodeo are the best kind of country and western band. None of your glossy feathered-hair boy-band yodelly slick crap, I mean real music played by men who know who they are. The best of indie meets the best of country and we are all the better for it -- welcome to the Rodeo.
Recorded in two days on an ancient 4-track reel-to-reel tape machine in glorious mono, the Rodeo's self-titled debut LP has an authentic sound to go with Brent Amaker's authentic songs. The album is scheduled for release February 13, 2007, coinciding with a national press and publicity campaign handled by Team Clermont.
Whiskey, Women, & Wild times.
The spirit of true country music lives on through Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. Raise your glass, take a shot, and watch your back. The Rodeo is here, and it's about time.
- Troy Nelson, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle
[Brent Amaker and the Rodeo] have a distinct, straightforward sound and a consistent look.... Their eponymous debut CD (available now at shows) is single-minded in its musical vision. The Rodeo play old-time country, with clip-clop rhythms underpinning Amaker's low-register growl. Think "Tennessee Flattop Box" and you're right on the money.
- Kurt B. Reighley, the Stranger.
Brent Amaker’s lower vocal octaves are completely reminiscent of Johnny Cash, set against a backdrop of chugging drum lines, “spaghetti western” guitar licks, and pleasantly minimalistic guitar solos. Toe-tappin’ country AND western.