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Kym Register + Meltdown Rodeo / Sam Rise

Kym Register + Meltdown Rodeo is a transgressive and distorted country music outfit based in North Carolina that places queer storytelling at the forefront. Their music intimately grapples with identity, retribution, reconciliation and queer existence in both modern-day and historical (inclusive of mostly all) southern culture.Register is also contributing a queer lens to the southern rock ethos. By way of supporting cast, Sinclair Palmer (bass), Joe Westerlund (drums), and Matt Phillips categorically deliver. Check out the title track for a perfect example of the band's ability to travel between gritty responsiveness and tender reflection at Register's lyrical instruction. Whether grappling with the constrictions of gender expressions on dating apps ("How Do You See Me"), evoking the semi-autobiographical loneliness of Dorothy Allison's Carolina bastards ("Maureen"), or daring white folks to "get right with their history of compliance in racial capitalism" ("Loamlands"), Register affirms that songwriting, at its best, is a gross but necessary confrontation.Ultimately Register and Meltdown Rodeo (both the newly named band and album) have achieved in eleven songs something the south has only half-heartedly attempted - undoing generational curses by retiring "bless your heart" lip service. - SHIRLETTE AMMONS

  • 117 W Main St
  • Durham, North Carolina 27701
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Location:
    The Pinhook
  • Admission:
    $15+, $12+ in advance
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