From Broke Down Rodeo
Born of the mountains, Broke Down Rodeo is an Americana reflection of blues, country, folk and rockabilly following the inspirations of lead vocalists and song writers Anna Welcher and Larry Lacerte. What started as the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol holiday party band grew and grew to go beyond the hill to spread its sound to the valleys and flatlands below. Anna came to join together with the band by way of a a mutually realized passion for good music discovered via a steamy rebound make-out session with lead instrumentalist Jonathan Burk. Nick Slaton and Bill Ryan joined up, by strictly platonic measures, bringing the heartbeat of the band with their lively percussion and thumpin' stand-up bass, respectively.
Anna is just about as down-home midwest gone mountain-mama-wild as it gets, her voice has a rich soul that takes over a room and her lyrics are deeply rooted in her own vicarious experience. Raised in the farm lands of rural Iowa, she learned music and persona from her larger than life father and the cast of characters in her surrounding community. Traipsing about to festivals with the family, throwing tomahawks and knives into stumps between jam sessions, she grew to be a force to be reckoned with, inspiring her to travel the country in search of good times and stories from the Rockies to Appalachia. She eventually landed in the role of den-mother to a rare tribe of characters at the Foam Dome in Silverthorne, CO where she was the rock that kept a community of artists together, forwardly pursing their dreams amongst the backdrop of beautiful mountains. Her sound and character are driven by the femme fatale likes of Nikki Lane, Stevie Nicks, Carry Anne Hearst, Valerie June, Janis Joplin, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price and Gillian Welch with a strong dose of the modern American west and her travels peppered throughout her performance.
Larry’s ambitions grew beyond ski bummin’ and powder houndin’ leading him to quit the slopes to pursue his musical dreams full-time. Adventuring from Colorado to Alaska, he filled his life with stories and song, developing an extensive rolodex of genuine original music along the way. The band always came back together when the seasons came around and everyone was in town to play for friends at the local breweries and bar halls of Summit County, Colorado. In this time they began exploring their sound, eventually leading to CCM Studios in Denver in early 2017 to begin recording their debut album.
Jonathan and Nick both grew up outside Fort Worth, Texas where the two were raised on original Texas Country artists and the new wave Red Dirt Country sound. Like most smart Texans, they went quick for the cooler weather of Colorado and have been Ski Patrollers at Copper Mountain while the band grew and the sound came together. The Beast from the East, Bill Ryan, brings the wisdom of the years and the sounds of playing local bar ear-candy throughout the country. A ski-bum with an MBA, Bill loves making music, deep pow, and slappin’ the bass. When not dangling from a rope on high alpine routes across the Rockies and Sierras, Matt ‘Sunshine’ Lovas, is yet another former Copper Patroller who brings his San Diego raised, firebird shred-style lead guitar to the band. Trucking about the western US in his ’87 Dodge Creeper/Climbing Bum van named Mr. Barnes, Sunshine follows the winds where they may blow. You might catch him at our next show, you might not — all depends on the forecast for pow, barrels, and ideal alpine conditions in the 100 mile radius from which he currently exists.