Jon Stork is yet another one of the young-gun class of Texas country artists that is continuing to gain traction and working to show his personality on social media. As this digital age pushes ahead at ever-increasing rates, it’s the personality that largely creates the brand. The artist can no longer rely on the album and single sales to fund their career. It’s their partnerships with companies and other brands that help to keep things creative, fresh and moving ahead. So, it never hurts when you partner up with someone like Leroy Gibbons to create our first highlighted track of 2018, the twangy rodeo tune, Rodeo Blues.
While much of the rodeo life is reserved for the movies, up here in New England, I am positive that many forget how prominent events like the NFR are down south and for any rodeo lover for that matter. I guess you could say Northerners are a bit sheltered when it comes to southern culture?
As someone who was apparently born in the wrong art of the country, I find myself intrigued by much of the southern way of life instead of the latest, frothy-steamed concoction at the local Starbucks. Personalities like Chad Prather, Dale Brisby and Leroy Gibbons make me laugh, especially in their southern ranch videos with cattle and the like. It’s all part of that southern perspective that people in the North East and cities just aren’t accustomed to and often fail to understand.
When Stork’s latest single, Rodeo Blues popped up on Spotify as I was hungry for new music from this talented artist, I dove right in.
A co-write between Stork and Leroy Gibbons, Rodeo Blues is a good time tune that takes place in a rodeo bar. Stories are told among the riders, recalling their greatest times while the “buckle bunnies” eagerly surround the rodeo heroes, looking for their next man to bring home. There’s no cover, the beer is always cold, and all are welcome at Rodeo Blues.
Songs like this are the ones that an artist keeps in their pocket to turn their shows up to 11. It’s fun and light, yet rooted in an important part of Texas culture. It’s something that has been lost in much of mainstream country radio because the songs often fail to have a story and be a jumbled mess of shallow materialistic ideals or cheap love. While Rodeo Blues is not reinventing the genre, that’s not it’s intention. It’s rather a collaboration between Stork and Gibbons that takes their passion of rodeo life and ties into a good time with friends and some cold ones – something most can relate to. When you then tie that into slick twangy riffs, your left with a solid track that hopefully makes it onto Stork’s upcoming release; which I hear is rumored for sometimes in 2018.
Stay tuned for that and upcoming news out of the Stork camp!
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