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Livin’ Life Like A Country Song

Livin’ Life Like A Country Song

To many my life here on my little farm in NE Victoria appears idyllic. The landscape is picturesque with lush green pasture surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains covered in our native forest. Little goats run around my paddocks and the kids play with me and jump on my back. I can pat and feed the cows by hand. All the animals have names.

I often refer to it here as God’s country. A river runs literally fifteen meters from my house and the water is so clear and full of trout. The hills have Sambar deer and myself and husband often go hunting and hiking in pursuit of venison so we can live more sustainably.

For most people, they often say my lifestyle is their dream, but just like a country song, its not always about the good times. There is hardship and there is heartbreak. I’ve had to get use to death. I’ve had to get use to dangers everywhere, every day. I’ve had to get use to environmental extremes. I’ve had to get use to being prepared for everything without letting my anxiety get on top of me.

I’ve had many animals die this year. I love all my animals so much that losing any one of them is hard. We had the bushfires at the start of the year with a major fire right behind my property. It lurked there for almost two months and it was absolutely terrifying for me. I was evacuated from the property three times and thought I would lose everything. I was blessed it never touched my property. The winters’ here are harsh and it is not uncommon to wake up in the morning and the temperature is well in the minuses. One morning I woke up and did my farm duties in -8 Celsius. During the summer though, I’ve seen it peak at 48 degrees Celsius.

At the moment, the snakes are out and about. We have the worst type here and the most common I see is the deadly brown snake. To be frank, if I get bitten here on the property I will die. That is the reality of where I live. I live too far out of town to make it to hospital in time, even with a snake immobilisation bandage. I keep guinea fowl that I let free range as they help with keeping the snakes away from the house and yard area. I still have to be extremely vigilant during the warmer months.

Now, its starting to all sound like a very depressing country song, but it’s not depressing nor is it all happy-happy, joy-joy. It’s country life. It’s my life and I’m living it like a country song.

 

Written by Brooke Strahan.

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My Top 20 Songs To Get Through The Pandemic

My Top 20 Songs To Get Through The Pandemic

Well it's almost cliché to start a blog post this way, but Bloody Hell! It’s been a tough year all around the world.

 

Music is one of the things that seems to get me through any type of adversity.

Here is a list of some of my favourite songs that have been on repeat on my stereo and headphones over the last eight months.

*In no particular order:

 

  1. Stick that in your country song – Eric Church: Eric is my one of my favourite artists, he consistently packs a punch with well written lyrics and thumping guitars and drums. 
  2. I wish Grandpas never died – Riley Green
  3. Loud and Heavy – Cody Jinks: I was on the TikTok bandwagon earlier this year and heard this song for the first time and couldn't get enough of it.
  4. Bloody Valentine – Machine Gun Kelly
  5. Flowers on a Grave – Bush: I haven't listened to these guys in a long time, but this song is great for the gym.
  6. Wolf Totem (Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach) – The HU: This is a powerful song that is great for any type of workout, use the brutal vocals to help push you further than your thresh hold.  
  7. A ROCK – Hardy: Hardy just nails a cool song with one simple word.
  8. 7 Summers – Morgan Wallen
  9. More than my Hometown – Morgan Wallen: Typical Morgan Wallen, just makes you want to crack a cold beer whenever I hear one of his songs.
  10. Georgia Time – Riley Green
  11. My ex’s Best Friend (with Blackbear) – Machine Gun Kelly
  12. Forget Me too (Feat. Halsey) – Machine Gun Kelly: The Tickets To My Downfall album is super dope from MGK, with travis Barker on the drums, it takes me back to the Blink 182 glory days.
  13. Won’t Let Up – Papa Roach
  14. Anger Left Behind – Atreyu
  15. When Legends Rise – Godsmack
  16. Trials – Startset
  17. Unbreakable – Of Mice & men
  18. Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder: I've always been a huge fan of Eddie Vedder, this song is off the soundtrack of feature film 'Into The Wild'.
  19. Young Man’s Blues – Parker McCollum
  20. Cold Beer calling My Name – Jameson Rodgers, Luke Combs.

 Let me know what you think,

 

Cheers, Anthony-SR.

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BEHIND THE BRAND

BEHIND THE BRAND

 

For those that don’t know me.

My name is Anthony Symes, I created Second Rodeo Clothing one Sunday in March 2017 from a Regimental guard room.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I believe when buying from a brand, it’s nice to know where they started and why.  

T-shirts, well T-shirts were one of the things that I bought the most when I started making money as a teenager, that and beer for high school parties anyway, but mostly tees. I was really into streetwear, wearing brands such as Famous Stars & Straps and Hurly.

I was this kid who played the drums, and could play several different genres of music. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks & Brooks & Dunn and although punk rock was my favourite genre, I certainly didn’t mind throwing some beats down to a country song. 

Fast forward from my drumming emo band days to the year 2011, I joined the Australian Army and became a Cavalryman in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. I have lived and worked as a soldier in Puckapunyal, Darwin, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The mates and camaraderie that I have gained in the military is something that I could never appreciate enough or replicate anywhere else. I've had tough times, good times and great memories, all of which I was surrounded by my brothers in arms.

My wife and I have been together for nearly ten years and we have a beautiful daughter. These two people are the reason I put so much effort into everything I do.

Second Rodeo Clothing was created as a passion project to take my mind away from just knowing Army stuff. I had always wanted to build a clothing brand and I loved the thought of running a business. I have always been into country music and thought maybe I could combine these passions, so that’s exactly what I did. The reason for naming the brand Second Rodeo you ask? Well “This ain’t my first rodeo” was a saying that was thrown around a lot in the Army and I thought it was perfect for what I was creating. Some people don’t get it but I don’t think it’s cocky or arrogant, it's just a cool brand name.

My goal for Second Rodeo is to bring people together through shared interests and rad clothing designs. I aim to consistently provide quality goods with eye popping designs at a price that won’t leave you broke.

When I see people in a bar, a festival, a rodeo wearing Second Rodeo Clothing it brings a huge smile to my face. The fact that there are people out there that share this passion for cool T-shirts and caps especially ours means the absolute world to me.

I will continue to design and release the best apparel into the future, building our humble clothing brand brick by brick. 

The best is still to come.

 

Anthony - Second Rodeo.

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