MOKB Sun King Concert Series
Rodeo Ruby Love
Frank Schweikhardt, Busman's Holiday
1043 Virginia Ave #215
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:45 PM
This event is 21 and over
Rodeo Ruby Love
For the last seven years, Rodeo Ruby Love has tried to become synonymous with Indiana: honest, hardworking, non-assuming and a little bit behind the times. The songs are rooted in the pop-country radio and church hymns that shaped founding member Zachary Melton’s childhood, while the energy and passion bloomed from the central Indiana hardcore scene. Rodeo Ruby Love has always sought to tell real stories, vulnerably exploring truth in the emotions we experience when life and love collide—the heartaches of friendship, the exhilaration of relationship, and the innocent angst of trying to get to second base. The songs were distinctly Mid-western: small town problems of small town boys and girls played to the biggest sound they could muster.
The band put out albums in three consecutive years, its first full-length album recorded in a dank basement with the help of friends in Bloomington, Ind. Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful (2006) was followed by simultaneously released EPs What Loneliness Can Do For You and Honest To God (2007), which kicked off Rodeo Ruby Love’s first tours—long miles in a hot van through the Midwest and Southeast. The band’s second full-length album was released by Bloomington-based XRA Records in 2008 (Vs. the Great American Cities).
In 2010, the band went on its first national tour, a self-booked, two-month, four-van-breakdown adventure in support of their third full-length album, This is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things. The album was re-released by Pentimento Music Co in 2011, when Rodeo Ruby Love joined the label and two separate tours with Streetlight Manifesto and ska legends Reel Big Fish. The band traded house shows and small venues for major nationally-recognized stops, playing to sold out crowds and actually selling records. The band’s fan base began spreading beyond the Midwest in a significant way.
Rodeo Ruby Love’s fourth full-length album is due out on June 11 from Pentimento Music Company, followed by a month-long national tour with label mates Streetlight Manifesto and Empty Orchestra. The latest album carries Melton’s trademark vulnerability, and tells stories about life at home and on the road and his own incredibly likeable imperfection.
As long as I’ve known Frank Schweikhardt he’s rarely stayed in the same geographic location for more than 6 months at a time. Whether he’s driving a truckload of fireworks around the Bible Belt, cruising around southeast Asia on a newly purchased and perfectly rickety used motorcycle, nursing a mixed drink on the beaches of Costa Rica, or experiencing America in his new job driving gigantic tour buses for bands who have ten times his money and only half his horse sense, Frank is perfectly adept at soaking in the places that make up the world and the people that make up those places.
Busman's Holiday is a two person band blending the melodic charm of lo-fi acoustics with the ecstatic showmanship of classic rock 'n' roll. The singer/songwriter duo is accompanied by a string section who fill out their complexly euphonic ballads of love, loss, lust and outer space. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, the pair and their intrepid band of string playing companions have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively the past three years, recently appearing on Day Trotter and If You Make It's Pink Couch Sessions.
Though adept in a D.I.Y. aesthetic of acoustic busking with only a guitar and a suitcase drum set, the brothers are equally at home when sharing the stage with their three talented string players, who add a rich, layered musical texture to their unique songs of wanderlust and first love. Evoking a classic tent-show rock sound joined with the affable atmosphere of the assured vaudevillian, Busman's Holiday both charms and impresses with their own unique blend of humor and assured musical talent.