This past weekend I attended the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, better known as ROT Rally. While I ride a motorcycle every chance I get, I don't consider myself a biker per se. I'm just a guy who loves riding and enjoys the craftsmanship of well built bikes. I actually haven't attended this annual rally very many times, even though it takes place near where I live. There are usually plenty of events throughout the year to give me my fix of bike gatherings and custom bike shows without enduring the hot and crowded ROT Rally. This year what got me to commit wasn't the motorcycle related attractions. It was the music lineup.
Several musical acts I was interested in seeing were performing at the best possible spot on the Rally grounds. The Bud Zone tent features plenty of Port-a-Cool units to make a sweltering June day bearable. I actually spent most of my time under this tent, skipping the main amphitheater stage at ROT Rally altogether. Here are some shots of my favorite performances.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton is practically a one man band, thumbing his own bass line while intricately picking with his fingers. Accompanied by a washboard and a drum kit that included an overturned bucket, Peyton put on quite a show with a sound that's a bit of bluesy rock with a good measure of hillbilly thrown in. I loved this band!
Dale Watson is a honky tonk legend in these parts. I'm not much for going to honky tonk bars myself but I can certainly get into his soulful country sound. At the ROT Rally I didn't feel out of place lacking a hat and boots.
Dirty River Boys
I caught the tail end of a set by these guys some time back at The Saxon Pub in Austin and I was thrilled to see that they were play the ROT Rally. They actually had two sets at the Rally - one on the Bud Zone stage and another on the main stage. I was happy to enjoy their music in the cooled tent and to be able to get close to the stage for a few photos.
Billy Joe Shaver
Billy Joe Shaver is a straight up country legend. He's a real deal badass and while he is getting up there in years he still belts out his songs with a passion. He opened his set alone with an "acapulco" number (as he put it) then launched into an energetic set, pausing to tell a few stories along the way. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.
All images taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm f/1.4 lens and a Fujifilm X100F, Classic Chrome simulation. Check out more of my images from the ROT Rally on my gallery site.