Premiering today on Northwest Music Scene is “Rodeo” from The Hasslers.
The narrator of the song is singing to his lover, a girl who has recently died, and feels regret that he didn’t get to properly say goodbye. He recalls a time when she said to him, “why don’t we go to the rodeo? Some fun like that could raise the dead.” In grief and desperation, he sings the same sentiment to her now, hoping it might bring her back from the dead one last time.
A mix of pedal steel, honky tonk piano, and Marty Robbins style classical guitar bring this idea to life in the song. For the artwork, The band had local artist Melissa Miller draw from day of the dead imagery.
The track was recorded with Tom Myers at Ground Control Recording in Ballard.