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Puritan Rodeo / Press

"orchestral Americana spin on a Southwestern carnival"

"North Carolina's finest alt-country band"

"The album is reminiscent of an alternate-universe Squirrel Nut Zippers record, had the fellow Chapel Hillians taken a turn toward country instead of jazz. It has a pleasant twang to it throughout, and the roughness around the edges adds to its charm...The rhythms on this record are simple but powerful, hitting hard and fast."

"Twangy guitar, banjo and mandolin share equal partnership with cello, violin, decidedly non-country keyboards and whatever else best serves a song. Nothing feels welded. So when a banjo sidles in to join the rumba drums at the beginning of "Redline," or when a violin gets the solos on the centerpiece "Lucky and the Blessed," it feels natural"

"An up-tempo Americana band battling punk urges, Puritan Rodeo dances between traditional numbers like "Fool's Gold," and more driven, genre-blurring ones. "Whiskey Stains" takes the same high-energy vocal style and adds a more straightforward beat, bringing Puritan Rodeo close to Dead Kennedy's-style early punk rock."

The Herald Sun (Durham)

"Puritan Rodeo’s song writing is brilliant. Along with the melodies that will sear themselves into your unsuspecting brain, their lyrics are pure genius…“I had a pump made out of wood. I would use to push my blood, through these old and dusty, and rusty veins (from Heart Pine).”"

"...inspired..."

Jordan Lawrence - The Daily Tar Heel

"...a wonderful new album"

John Howie Jr. - 8th House Records

"Wrangling three musical genres into one cohesive unit is never easy, but the boys of Puritan Rodeo take the proverbial bull by the horns and ride it just right."

Kathy Justice - The INDY

"...if this CD is an indication of what Puritan Rodeo are capable of they'll be keeping toes tapping for years to come...It's a strong and well-produced effort. "

review - Performer Magazine

"...Puritan Rodeo walks with a honky tonk swagger, a bluegrass rollick and a songwriter's sincerity."

CD Review - The Daily Tar Heel

"The only band that I found on myspace this year that sent me an album I could just listen to the whole thing over and over again."

TJ the DJ - WLUW 88.7

“ "It's just plain good! Well-produced, great vocals and instrumental contributions. It's good and lively and certainly fits what most of us Texans think roots rock ought to be...."”

John Roths - KEOS 891 FM

“Puritan Rodeo's second album, "The Magic Suit Ball—offers the wonderful sense of spinning on a demented, out-of-control carnival merry-go-round."”

Andrew Ritchey - The Independent Weekly

"It's strangely hypnotic and relaxing, even when it's moving like a desperate jamboree, like singing "What shall we do with the drunken sailor"… but only if the sailor was actually a cowboy."

CD Review - The Big Takeover
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