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Red Light Rodeo / Press

“Ever since George Clooney was a Dapper Dan man in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Virginia’s Red Light Rodeo has noticed a rise in the bluegrass genre. “We think that in a way, the older, more rural music is appealing to a lot of folks today as a push against what’s happening with mainstream pop,” says bassist Zach Hudgins. “Many people would rather hear acoustic instruments, hand-crafted songs, and vocal harmonies as opposed to sounds from a computer, songs written by a committee, and auto-tuned voices.” Red Light Rodeo recently released the hilariously titled Nothing But the Nuts, an honest and catchy EP that pays homage to bluegrass’ roots. “We toyed with ideas of production and extra instrumentation, but after learning a new phrase, ‘Nothing but the nuts,’ we knew we had to record just that — a stripped-down, raw version of our sound that gets folks’ hands clapping and feet stomping,” Hudgins says. Red Light Rodeo is a breath of clean country air for both lis”

“Red Light Rodeo ­ Nothing But the Nuts Red Light Rodeo's new release, Nothing But the Nuts, will hog tie you into loving their sound, whether or not you're already a fan of acoustic string band music. The three piece hints at bluegrass, old­time, and newgrass in the five songs on the album, and the sound is fresh and clean while at the same time rugged and familiar. The roots trio involves three virtuosos on their instruments. Zachary Hudgins plucks his heart out on the double (upright) bass, and he tames the beast of an instrument into heady walking bass­lines and jaunty country riffs. Zack Miller plays the mandolin with his life and even works the fiddle with aplomb on "White Dog." The two also provide heavenly vocal harmonies that blend super­well with lead vocalist and guitarist Wes Canter's tobacco croon. The EP, recorded by Ben Townsend (Hackensaw Boys) ...”

“Red Light Rodeo - Nothing But the Nuts The dudes from Red Light Rodeo have dropped their new string band EP, Nothing But the Nuts, and its sound is as glorious as its title. Recorded and mixed by Ben Townsend (Hackensaw Boys, The Fox Hunt) of Questionable Records and mastered by Bob Rupe, the album is five tracks of acoustic old time goodness. With Appalachia running through their tunes, the three virtuosos manipulate their string instruments with great precision while maintaining a sense of laid-back fun. That is, this is a band who might be able to orchestrate your drinking sessions and encourage untoward behavior with a little loose picking and delicious three-part vocal harmonies. Led by singer/songwriter Wes Canter, the band rolls through traditional tunes to traditional-sounding songs. You have to be an expert to tell the difference. (The first three tracks are OG, the last two in public domain.) Check out The Cuckoo,” a murder-ballad-sounding old-time tune, a song that’”

“And of course, one great country night deserves another, so what better way is there to follow up Old Dominion Playboys at Cary Street Cafe than with the latest edition of Twangtown Thursdays at Balliceaux? Bluegrass fans will be delighted to hear that local pickers Red Light Rodeo will be headlining this fine evening, delighting you with a repertoire of beloved standards as performed on guitar, mandolin, and upright bass by members of The Southern Belles and The Green Boys. Meanwhile, with Miss Alison Self out of town for a while, Twangtown Thursday house band Sweet Fern will have to skip this fine evening, but Alison's partner in crime, Joshua Bearman (also of the Hot Seats) will hold down the fort with a fine solo opening set. Guitars will be strumming, toes will be tapping, and the music will make a perfect soundtrack for hoisting a few brews”

“I’ve described Red Light Rodeo as comfort music before – they’ve got a nice simple makeup (three piece consisting of Wes Cantor on guitar, Zach Miller plucking mandolin, and the ever-solid Zach Hudgins on stand-up, all chiming-in on vocals) which gives their sound a non-imposing touch. And while they may be a great opening act for that reason, I imagine those boys could go on all night. I love nothing more than seeing a band make fun of itself a little bit on stage, a point I’ve perhaps beaten to death. I got a particular kick out of their marginally raunchy, light hearted tune “My Gal’s Pussy.” One thing you simply don’t see enough these days is a nice spot-on three part harmony, which Red Light Rodeo certainly achieves. All this is to say, next time Red Light Rodeo plays out, catch them – in their bluejeans, cowboy shirts, boots and buckles. Words by Dan Mulrooney”