Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward
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For over a decade, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward have lingered on the fringes of the Texas Music Revolution, building a cult following of fans who thirst for a sound more cerebral and musical than what the status quo has had to offer.

Since 2002, the Pesos have shaken off the norms of the modern Texas music establishmenttaking a more radical approach. The bands' sound is not any more southern rock than Steve Earle, and not any more outlaw than Robert Earl Keen. One writer called the Pesos the band that "Just might kick Old 97's in the teeth", and another called the Pesos "Weezer meets Waylon". This may be the best rock band country music has to offer. Parkers songs are more introspective and respectful of consequences than the songs of many of his country music peers. Clever and intelligent, Parker is reminiscent of Butch Hancock, a brusque and less tragic version of Slaid Cleaves.

While Parker and the Pesos found regional success in Texas on the strength of their 2004 debut, "Blow the Soot Out," the Denton, TX based quintet broke out nationally with their 2008 release, "The Lonesome Dirge" - a breath taking, often heart stopping album brimming with Americana Anthems, harrowing Southern Gothic balladry, and shit-kicking roadhouse rockers that channel the likes of Steve Earle, Son Volt, and even Dropkick Murphys at times. The Lonesome Dirge spent 17 weeks in the top twenty on the Americana Chart, and produced three top twenty singles on the Texas Music Chart. The band upped the ante in 2010 with their third release, "The Apology: Part 1," a five song EP produced by Mike McCarthy. The record included the wildly popular top ten single, "Guitars," plus two other top 30 singles. In 2011 Rodney and the Pesos released a daring full band acoustic recording, "Live in The Living Room," which was in fact recorded live in Rodney's living room in Corinth, TX. 2013 brings the release of Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward's fifth record, "The Apology: Part 2," produced by Grammy award winner Tre Nagella.

Rodney Parker & the boys have placed thier mark on the last decade of Texas music and continue to have a stake in its future. Parker is part of a generation of borderless musicians who are stealing the thunder of the status quo Texas sound, forcing the directions of popular Texas music onto a new, more substantial and satisfying threshold.

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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 45

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  08/02/2011            
Wadley D.
'Live in the Living Room' delivers!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/20/2011            
best texas music band iv heard in a long time em !!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  02/21/2011            
My favorite by far!! These are a great group of guys!! love them!!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  02/21/2011            
My favorite by far!! These are a great group of guys!! love them!!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  08/20/2010            
ali sue
I can't wait!!! Rodney is so perfect! YAY! :)
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  04/26/2009            
This band is what music is all about! They truly love what they do and their music shows it. Inspiring...
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  02/26/2009            
ali sue
OMG! I absolutely love Rodney Parker! Lonesome Dirge is a perfect album. I love "Tell Me What It Is", its one of the best songs ever! Its awesome. I cant wait for Rodney to come out with new stuff! if its anything like Lonesome Dirge, I will absolutely love it! I recommend this cd to everyone!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  02/12/2009            
Shawn L
After having this cd a while now I feel compelled to write a review. It really is a great album. If your a Springsteen fan you'll really like his version of Atlantic City. Check this album out!!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  10/07/2008            
If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing these guys live, you get the feeling that one day you'll be saying, "Yeah, I saw 'em play at this tiny little bar when they were in their 20's". With Rodney Parker there is no pretense. You get energized watching them play because you know that they're not putting on a "show", they play the music because it's what they were born to do. You won't find any cliche lyrics or rehashed melodies here. The depth of the lyrics and breadth of the music is inimitable. Each song on "The Lonesome Dirge" is as unique as the band itself.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  10/03/2008            
Rodney Parkers Lonesome Dirge without a doubt is one of the top three albums to be released this year! I am not always sure of what all of the songs are about,however the sound,songwriting and delivery are unique and refreshing.Not since Bob Woodruffs Dreams and Saturday Nights or Earles Guitar Town has there been since a groundbreaking album bondinmo
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