Neyla Pekarek - Rattlesnake Vinyl LP
Neyla Pekarek Rattlesnake Vinyl LP
Neyla Pekarek, formerly of The Lumineers, releases her debut album Rattlesnake. A fitting subject for Neyla's first solo release, Rattlesnake is a concept record about one of the strongest independent women and unsung heroes of the old west, Kate Slaughterback, better known as Rattlesnake Kate. The 13 original songs on Rattlesnake, produced by Matt Ward (M. Ward, She & Him) in Portland, OR, were written as a "Folk Opera" shining a light on some of the incredible tales from Kate's life, including her triumph over a pack of rampaging rattlesnakes, a 40-year love letter correspondence she maintained with a man she never actually met, and more.
Neyla, a Denver native, first discovered Rattlesnake Kate on a visit to a local history museum in nearby Greely, CO. "It was one of the weirdest things I'd ever heard," says Neyla of the fellow Coloradoan's story. "She lived outside of what women were expected to be." Rattlesnake Kate earned her nickname on October 28th, 1925, when she single-handedly defended herself and her 3-year-old son against 140 migrating rattlesnakes. Kate killed all 140 snakes using a shotgun and - when her bullets ran out - a "No Hunting" sign, and later returned to the site of the massacre to collect their skins, which she turned into a flapper-style dress.
Neyla wrote most of Rattlesnake while on tour with The Lumineers, and recorded during stolen moments back home. "I was basically flying off of tour directly into the studio," she says. "Mania can be good in getting ideas out. I'm quite creative in chaos."
Neyla Pekarek Rattlesnake Track Listing:
2. The Attack
3. Better Than Annie
4. Letters To The Colonel (feat. Brian Cronan)
6. Brownie: Ode To A Horse
7. The Perfect Gown
9. Swearing You Off
10. Western Woman
12. I'm A Scoundrel (feat. Brian Cronan)
13. Hold On Tight
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