Brent Amaker & the Rodeo Look Up on "Country Sky"

On Brent Amaker & the Rodeo's new song "Country Sky," the Seattle-based alt-country band looked upward for inspiration. "There's something that happens when you get out of the city and away from all the traffic and lights," says Amaker. "The stars get brighter and your problems slip away. You can get lost in it." He admits that while the song came together rather quickly after a European tour last year, if you listen closely, some of his earlier roots growing up in Oklahoma ingrained within the group's signature, dirty-western sound.

Brent Amaker & the Rodeo began in 2005 as a self-described "cowboy motorcyle club" and right away you can notice familiar nods to classic baritones like Johnny Cash or Nick Cave. "Country Sky" comes from the band's new album, Year of the Dragon. "We've spent most of our time focusing on western cinematic sorts of sounds and experimenting with our own brand of country music," he says. "People have said that our songs sound like they could come straight out of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. We're a gang of cowboys living in the city doing everything we can to get out on the road."

Year of the Dragon is out June 4 on Fin Records. Stream "Country Sky" below: