Rodney Parker & 50 Pesos Reward
This fall the Denton, TX-based band Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward will be releasing their long awaited follow-up to their last two studio EPs (The Apology: Parts 1 & 2). Entitled Bomber Heights the singer-songwriter-guitarist is also joined by original 50 Peso Reward bandmembers Brooks Kendall (bass) and Danny Skinner (guitar, banjo), as well as a number of other great collaborations of friends old and new.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years?
I was born in East Texas in a tiny town called Lone Star. But I moved to Dallas/Fort Worth when I was pretty young. The past couple of years we've been staying busy both gigging and writing and recording our new record. It was a long project, to say the least.
How would you describe your music?
That's always been a difficult question for me to answer. And that's true for most guys I think. The thing is, when you are this close to the music you don't really know what it sounds like. It's the same thing after making a new record. You listen and listen so much that you become the last person that should make a judgement as to what it sounds like.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
Well I grew up listening to country music because that's what my parents listened to, and I loved it. Then like a lot of kids when I became a teenager I wanted do my own thing and so then entered rock and roll. It wasn't until I was in high school that I realized it was possible to do both. When I first heard the 97's it was like my own two worlds coming together. And then I knew that country music can be whatever you want it to be.
What are you currently promoting?
My new record "Bomber Heights", which comes out September 16th.
Have you got a particular song you've done that you're particularly proud of, one that might define you?
Yeah I've got some favorites. On this new record it would probably be "Steppin' into Sunshine", which I wrote with fellow peso Danny Skinner. "Tell Me What It Is" and "Guitars" are some favorites from past records.
What are you currently listening to?
Well I'm flying to New Jersey next week to see Bruce Springsteen for the first time. So right now it's all Boss, all the time.
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn't do without?
That's tough. Either "Red Headed Stranger" or "Still Crazy After All These Years".
What are your hopes for your future career?
We're just going to keep at it. Obviously everybody wants to sell more records and put more asses in seats, and that includes us. But more than that we just want to keep making music that we believe in.
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
I think it would be cool to make a record in another country. It seems like the vibe of a new place would definitely make it's way onto a record.
What's the best thing about being a musician?
Being on the road with the dudes. Oh and the beer is free.
And the worst?
Nah, this stuff is easy.
Finally, have you anything you'd like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
Come to Texas, I'll buy you a beer.
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