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 Meltonís 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 collideóthe 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 Loveís first toursólong miles in a hot van through the Midwest and Southeast. The bandís 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 Donít 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 bandís fan base began spreading beyond the Midwest in a significant way.
Rodeo Ruby Loveís 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 Meltonís trademark vulnerability, and tells stories about life at home and on the road and his own incredibly likeable imperfection.