Live Video: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Live Video, Local Music
05/19/2016
Zach Frimmel
photo by Alex Crick (view set)

You've probably watched a lot of our in-studio videos, but you probably haven't seen one quite like this one from Seattle's eccentric, Johnny Cash-saddled Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. Having been around for ten years, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo certainly have their sound and live performance down pat. First off, there's Mr. Amaker's zany, frontman personality and Sam Elliott-deep voice that he uses to sing lyrics like "I've got eyes for you, you know I do / everyone else can go to hell." He entertainingly begins the set coming up to the mic, taking off his cloak, and being dressed up with his guitar while his band serenades him via their foot-stomping, twangy opener. Also, there're subtle quirks lurking in the shadows. When's the last time you heard xylophone riffs and saw Zorro masks in alt country? Then there's the eye-catching, B&W quality of the video offset by dramatically stark lighting, which complements the intentional aesthetic of the band. Moreover, the band plays a completely fluid set leaving DJ Troy Nelson's interview until the end where they then talk about some rules of the Rodeo, staying in costume (even on airplanes), and the reason behind their setlist artwork. Check out the sensational spectacle that is Brent Amaker and the Rodeo below:

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