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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Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  08/16/2006            
eddie - belgium
I've seen the Pesos five times in a week during their Belgian tour. This is the best kept secret from Denton TX. 'Blow the soot out' is the best début cd since years ! Go to see them and buy the cd!!! Very cool guys btw.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  08/12/2006            
Picked up the album because a buddy said they were good. What a freaking understatement. This is by far and away the best cd I have gotten in 5 years. I love it.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  06/13/2006            
Go see these guys. They are the best show I have seen in quite some time. Get the album...there's not a dull moment on the entire record. Can't wait for the next one to come out. It's only a matter of time before these guys hit it really big.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  11/08/2005            
kenny h
i saw this guy twice this summer in fort worth and was probably my favorite show to date. Great show and great music.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  10/13/2005            
jeremy barnes
i enjoy his music and love his live show. it is like social distortion meets country. i love it, everyone should hear this guy!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  06/01/2005            
I saw these guys at Woody's in Fort Worth and thought they were great. Bought the cd while I was there and just love it. Great music!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/15/2005            
Otto Fontanive / Switzerland
hey there ! got your cd !! beautiful !! i like it a lot !! hope to see you soon your friend Otto / Zürich Switzerland
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/11/2005            
Simply put, I've never heard a better record
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/11/2005            
These KINGS will absolutely amaze you everytime you pop this one in or see them live! If you don't have it, buy it now. There is no sense in passing this album up. Best I've heard in many years. Next time they are in your area, check them out, you won't be dissappointed. '200 Acres' will just rock you. Then they cool it down with the nice and mellow 'Take the Wheel', or 'Highway Blues'. It is not possible to get tired of this album.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/07/2005            
This group is awesome! They now how to have a good time and make good music. We enjoy seeing them everytime they're in Amarillo. My 18 month daughter can dance away to this album. She gets so excited when she hears it. At the end of the day, I just can't wait to get in the car, 'drive away', and jam out to these guys. 'Just the sounds' will make you 'shake'. This is a must have album. Can't wait to see ya again guys! Keep up the good work!
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