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STREAM: Chuck Westmoreland, ‘Long Winter Rodeo’

May 31, 2018

Artist: Chuck Westmoreland
Hometown: Portland, OR
Album: Long Winter Rodeo
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Label: Black and Gold Records

In Their Words: “A lot of the songs on the record are about someone being stuck in a place they don’t want to be or having to leave a place they love. There are a lot of moments on the record where someone is either one step away from total disaster or they’ve just crossed the line into that disaster, but can still see back over to the other side.

These are the first songs I’ve written since having a child, so there’s a lot more on the line for the characters in these stories. They have a lot more to lose now, but there’s also more joy. The backdrop for the record is the Tygh Ridge Rodeo Grounds that I drive by a lot, when I’m fishing. In the morning, it’s all covered up in fog and looks like the most desolate, lonely place imaginable, but when the fog burns off, it looks beautiful and you can see every mountain in Oregon.” — Chuck Westmoreland

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