Goin' Out in Style
Transistor Rodeo is pure Americana. Not only does Transistor Rodeo write and perform catchy, heartfelt tunes, but the deliver them with an intensity and immediacy not often found in their genre. T.R. write intelligent songs with great, rootsy, pop hooks and thoughtful lyrics. Though they have been compared to other "alt-country" and "twang rock" acts, that only scratches the surface. Picture Hemmingway smothered in zesty southern bar-b-que sauce. The band began in 1996 as a writing project by founding members Bob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Doug Goldberg (guitar). Bob & Doug penned tunes at breakneck speed and before long it was apparent that they would need a full band to complete their vision. At that point they recruited Tim Reeder (drums & vocals), Joe McClure (bass & vocals) and Judy Burke (violin & vocals) to round out the unit. The members of the band hail from all over the USA (Kentucky, Ohio, Delaware, Brooklyn, NY) but they all share a love of music that moves people and says something. The band finished their debut CD, "Plastic Palomino" in 1998 and started playing live shows around the Philadelphia area. T.R.'s spirited live show and dusty heartfelt tunes started getting a lot of attention. Soon they were packing saloons and the CD was selling briskly. Bob & Doug continued writing all the while and in 2000, Transistor Rodeo started recording their follow-up CD "White Trash Honeymoon". The CD, which was recorded in a barn with a budget of about 500 bucks, became the band's landmark work. The CD contains 10 songs that vacillate from straight ahead "alt-country" rock to soft "California" ballads while maintaining a strong continuity. During the recording of "White Trash Honeymoon" the band signed a recording contract with A.I.R. Records, an independent, Philadelphia based label. "White Trash Honeymoon" was released in March 2002 and has enjoyed solid worldwide sales since it's debut. The band has continued to perform live shows to a growing list of fans. In February of 2003, They began work on a new CD 'Goin' Out in Style" which was released on June 6, 2006. 'Goin' Out in Style' showcases the band's ever evolving songwriting and musicianship, and features higher standards of production (in layman's speak, the CD sounds great!). The songs contained on Goin' Out in Style range from rockers such as 'Sit Down' and 'Can't Save me Now', to intimate ballads like 'Or So They Say', and all the while Transistor Rodeo maintains a sense of cohesiveness and individuality. Transistor Rodeo's music is instantly accessible and comfortably familiar, but the band also remains extremely recognizable and unique (not an easy thing to do by any stretch of the imagination!).