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  08/24/2008            
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Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  07/28/2008            
This is seriously one of the best albums I have ever heard. If all Texas music was this melodic, driving, and impassioned then the revolution would have already taken over. The lyrics are raw and ripe all at once, the texture draws you right into the center of the music, and the vocals are so urgent you wish you already knew the words so you could shout along. Just absolutely stinkin' marvelous.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  07/15/2008            
RP sounds really good, and the band (whom i HAVE NEVER HEARD BEFOR) sound very countrish-TEXAN. could someone who knows please tell me if this rp is the same rparker who used to live in alief, texas......strummin his quitar...and putting in reo in his truck.. htat would be awesome, and a big relief!!!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  05/07/2008            
I can't believe they topped the last album, but they did it. Every song is great, and more than a few are amazing. The first time I listened all the key changes seemed a little rough, but they smooth out nicely the second time through. Very gutsy songwriting. And if you haven't seen them live you need to.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  04/23/2008            
My brother, Lance, went to Iraq last year as a civilian. He took Rodney's first CD with him and said it was really neat to see guys from all different nations to bob their heads to one of Rodney's songs. Especially, since most of them did not speak or understand English. This is a great band. They will go far.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  04/08/2008            
I have been waiting a long time for something new and fresh to come out of the Texas music scene and this album is exactly that. Powerful songs like Firefight and Iím Never Getting Married make you want to pick up your air guitar and play along, and slower songs like 11 hours make you sit back and think about those tough times in life. The best part about this album is every song brings something different to the table, no cookie cutter song writing from these guys. This album has it all.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  04/07/2008            
This album is amazing...I really love Firefight, 11 Hours, and Tell Me What It Is are my favorites...but the whole thing rocks!! Way to go RFT for making it the pick of the month for March. Well worth it.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  04/02/2008            
Excellent sound coming from some very talented artists. Buy this CD. Buy one for your friends and family. It has mass appeal. One side note-I don't believe Henry Story is the drummer for this group any longer. Drum credit goes to Gabriel Pearson!
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  03/10/2008            
Somehow I got my hands on this record early. It's awesome. You need to own this record. The closest thing I can compare the Dirge to is early Old 97's. The songs are played with passion, the lyrics are well thought out and well crafted. Just buy it.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward  02/29/2008            
Unbelievable!! I have heard this album on RFT and it is amazing. There is nothing better out there. Period.
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