Rodeo Ruby Love

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Rodeo Ruby Love
Origin Marion, Indiana, United States
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–2015
Labels Crossroads of America Records, Pentimento Music Company
Associated acts Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Empty Orchestra
Website rodeorubylove.tumblr.com
Members Zachary Melton
Annie Cheek
Kurt Friedrich
Dillon Enright
Ben Claghorn
Steve Marino
Breezy Fox

Rodeo Ruby Love is an pop/rock band that formed in Marion, Indiana. They are signed to Pentimento Music Company, an independent record label.[1] The band gained prominence in 2011, when they toured with Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish. Rodeo Ruby released its first album, Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful, in 2006.[2] They have since released two EP's, three more studio albums, and a live album.[3]

History[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

Rodeo Ruby Love was founded in 2005 by lead singer Zack Melton. Their music is inspired by the church hyms and pop-country radio of Zack Melton's childhood, and the energy of the scene in central Indiana. The band's name Rodeo Ruby Love was inspired by the name of Zack Melton's grandmother, Ruby, and his second favorite Garth brooks song, Rodeo.[4] Rodeo Ruby Love recorded its first album, Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful (2006), in a basement in Bloomington Indiana. They followed the album by simultaneously releasing two EP's, What Loneliness Can Do To You and Honest To God (2007), and touring through the midwest and southeast. Their second album, Vs. The Great American Cities (2008), was released under Crossroads of America Records.[5]

Rise to prominence[edit]

The band's popularity started to spread beyond the midwest in 2010. The band released their third album, This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things (2010), under Crossroads of America Records, and went on their first self-booked national tour. Rodeo Ruby Love they signed onto the Pentimento Music Company, and kicked off the switch with a re-release of This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things and by going on a national tour with two prominent ska bands, Streetlight Manifesto, and Reel Big Fish, performing to sold out crowds at nationally recognized venues.[6]

Fourth album[edit]

Rodeo Ruby Love released its fourth album, The Pits, on June 11, 2013, and went on a month-long national tour with Streetlight Manifesto and Empty Orchestra. The album was engineered and mixed by Wes DeBoy and mastered by Carl Saff. [7]

News Coverage[edit]

Rodeo Ruby Love has been reviewed and interviewed on several websites. The Pits has been reviewed on Earth to the Ground Music,[8] Obscure Sound,[9] and received a 5 star review in NUVO[10] a Indianapolis Newspaper Zach Melton has been interviewed on Live High Five,[11] and Mind Equals Blown.[12] This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things has been reviewed on Punknews.org.[13]

Members[edit]

Current members

  • Zack Melton - lead vocals, guitar (2005–present)
  • Annie Cheek - vocals (2005–present)
  • Kurt Friedrich - keyboard (2005–present)
  • Dillon Enright - drums (2005–present)
  • Ben Claghorn - bass (2005–present)
  • Steve Marino - guitar (2005–present) [14][15]

Former members

  • Kyle Kammeyer - guitar (2005–2013)[16][17]
  • Stephen Boyd - drums (2007-2010)

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful (2006)
  • Vs. the Great American Cities (2008)
  • This is Why We Don't Have Nice Things (2011) under Pentimento Music Company
  • The Pits (2013)

EPs

  • What Loneliness Can Do To You (2007)
  • Honest To God (2007)

Discography details[edit]

This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
PunkNews.org 3/5 stars[18]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[19]
Real Detroit Weekly 3.5/5 stars[20]

This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things is the third album, released June 29, 2010 on Crossroads of America Records. It was re-released on September 27, 2011 by Pentimento Music Company.[21] The album was engineered by Wes DeBoy, mixed by Ed Rose and mastered by Mike Fossenkemper. [22] The album received generally positive reviews. Indie Vision Music called it a "fun, thoughtful, and all-around brilliant record." [23]

This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Elizabeth" 1:37
2. "America's Funniest Home Videos" 4:39
3. "Secrets" 2:47
4. "Black Sunday" 3:41
5. "The Melody" 4:33
6. "The Coming Up Roses" 3:53
7. "Beast of Joy" 2:59
8. "Kind to Me" 2:54
9. "Ricky Henderson" 4:15
10. "No One But Us" 3:39
11. "Josephine" 4:10
12. "Careful With That Axe" 3:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Pentimento Music Co." Pentimento Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.<http://pentimentomusic.com/#rrl>.
  2. ^ "Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful | Crossroads of America Records." Crossroads of America Records. N.p. 2006. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.<http://www.xrarecords.com/catalog/your-love-has-made-everything-beautiful/>.
  3. ^ "Rodeo Ruby Love - About." Facebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.<https://www.facebook.com/rodeorubylove/info>.
  4. ^ Allis, Greg. "Interview with Zack from Rodeo Ruby Love." LIVE HIGH FIVE. N.p., 20 June 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://livehighfive.com/2013/07/26/interview-with-zach-from-rodeo-ruby-love-new-album-the-pits-out-now-rodeorubylove/>.
  5. ^ "Rodeo Ruby Love." MFT:Spreading Indiana Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.<http://musicalfamilytree.com/band/rodeo_ruby_love>.
  6. ^ "Rodeo Ruby Love." MFT:Spreading Indiana Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.<http://musicalfamilytree.com/band/rodeo_ruby_love>.
  7. ^ "The Pits - Rodeo Ruby Love | Credits" All Music. N.p., 11 June 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2013 <http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-pits-mw0002543312/credits>.
  8. ^ Price, Barton. "Barton Price on Rodeo Ruby Love – The Pits." Ear To The Ground Music. N.p., 24 June 2014. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://www.eartothegroundmusic.co/2013/06/24/guest-review-barton-price-on-rodeo-ruby-love-the-pits>.
  9. ^ Kearns, Ryan. "Rodeo Ruby Love – The Pits (2013)." Obscure Sound Indie Music Blog. N.p., 24 June 2014. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://www.obscuresound.com/albums/rodeo-ruby-love-the-pits-2013/>.
  10. ^ Martich, Jordan. "Review: Rodeo Ruby Love, 'The Pits' ." NUVO. N.p., 5 June 2013. Web. 15 Aug. 2013. <http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/review-rodeo-ruby-love-the-pits/Content?oid=2609218>.
  11. ^ Allis, Greg. "Interview with Zach from Rodeo Ruby Love." LIVE HIGH FIVE. N.p., 20 June 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://livehighfive.com/2013/07/26/interview-with-zach-from-rodeo-ruby-love-new-album-the-pits-out-now-rodeorubylove/>.
  12. ^ Dodderidge, Tim. "Mind Equals Blown." Mind Equals Blown. N.p., 3 July 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://mindequalsblown.net/2013/07/03/interview-rodeo-ruby-love/>.
  13. ^ Brian. "Rodeo Ruby Love." RSS. N.p., 8 Oct. 2010. Web. 15 Aug. 2013. <http://www.punknews.org/review/9684/rodeo-ruby-love-this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things>.
  14. ^ "Rodeo Ruby Love - About." Facebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.<https://www.facebook.com/rodeorubylove/info>.
  15. ^ Allis, Greg. "Interview with Zach from Rodeo Ruby Love." LIVE HIGH FIVE. N.p., 20 June 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://livehighfive.com/2013/07/26/interview-with-zach-from-rodeo-ruby-love-new-album-the-pits-out-now-rodeorubylove/>.
  16. ^ Dodderidge, Tim. "Mind Equals Blown." Mind Equals Blown. N.p., 3 July 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://mindequalsblown.net/2013/07/03/interview-rodeo-ruby-love/>.
  17. ^ Allis, Greg. "Interview with Zach from Rodeo Ruby Love." LIVE HIGH FIVE. N.p., 20 June 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2013. <http://livehighfive.com/2013/07/26/interview-with-zach-from-rodeo-ruby-love-new-album-the-pits-out-now-rodeorubylove/>.
  18. ^ <http://www.punknews.org/review/9684/rodeo-ruby-love-this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things>
  19. ^ <http://www.indievisionmusic.com/2010/09/01/rodeo-ruby-love-this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things/>
  20. ^ <http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/detroit/rodeo-ruby-love-this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things/Content?oid=1302191>
  21. ^ "This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things | Crossroads of America Records." Crossroads of America Records. N.p., 29 June 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2013 <http://www.xrarecords.com/catalog/this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things/>.
  22. ^ "This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things - Rodeo Ruby Love | Release Credits." All Music. N.p., 11 July 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2013 <http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things-mr0003446047/credits>.
  23. ^ Pettersson, Eric. "Rodeo Ruby Love – This Is Why We Don't Have Nice Things." Indie Vision Music. N.p., 1 Sept. 2010. Web. 15 Aug. 2013. <http://www.indievisionmusic.com/2010/09/01/rodeo-ruby-love-this-is-why-we-dont-have-nice-things/>.

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