Track Premiere : Chuck Westmorland “Long Winter Rodeo”

Americana UK is pleased to have the chance to premiere this new song from Portland based troubadour Chuck Westmorland. ‘Long Winter Rodeo’ is the lead single from the album of the same name that is due out on the 1st of June on Black and Gold Records. It’ll be the second album release from Chuck Westmorland, following up on 2016’s eponymous debut. This song is inspired by the real-life Tygh Ridge Rodeo Grounds, and the sparse track unveils a simple love story. “A guy falls for this woman,” Westmorland says, “but she’s already with somebody else.” In an act of serendipity, the two finally end up together. Ultimately, it’s a hopeful tale, though one laced with an inescapable sadness. ‘Long Winter Rodeo’ is a song that is delivered with unflagging directness, and over lightly-strummed acoustic guitars and reverb-tinged lap steel, Chuck Westmorland’s vocal has a lived in quality that’s beautifully balanced out by the almost gospel backing vocals as the song closes out.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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