The phrase “puritan rodeo” is a paradox if there ever was one. “Puritan” evokes a picture of someone straight-laced and uptight, while “rodeo” brings to mind a raucous good time.
Though local outfit Puritan Rodeo’s music falls more under the “rodeo” description, the dozen tracks on its self-titled release blend components of Americana, rock and country to form upbeat and dance-y tunes fit for a honky tonk.
The album is reminiscent of an alternate-universe Squirrel Nut Zippers record, had the fellow Chapel Hillians taken a turn toward country instead of jazz. It has a pleasant twang to it throughout, and the roughness around the edges adds to its charm.
Dive verdict: 3.5 of 5 stars
A banjo merrily jangles along with intermittent fiddle and mandolin across the rest of album. The rhythms on this record are simple but powerful, hitting hard and fast.
Most of the tracks stay pretty short, lingering long enough to sound like a complete thought but not so long that they lose your interest.