Wyoming singer Teka Brock applies lessons learned in rodeo to performing, recording country music

2010-06-04T00:00:00Z Wyoming singer Teka Brock applies lessons learned in rodeo to performing, recording country musicJOE KUSEK Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 04, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Teka Brock has been influenced by a wide kaleidoscope of musical tastes.

So it’s no surprise that the swirling palette, mixed in with the flavors from her bandmates, comes through on her debut CD, “Gringos.”

The Teka Brock Band will host a release party Saturday at the Bozeman Trail Inn in Big Horn, Wyo. The event, which will feature sets from the band, along with area musicians joining in, starts at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to share with family and friends,” said the 29-year-old Brock, who lives on a two-acre homestead in Big Horn with her dogs and horses. “We want it to be a big party.”

The CD takes its name suggested by a friend when the band played in Billings during the Professional Bull Riders event in April.

The 11-song CD was recorded over the last few months in Sheridan, Wyo. Of the 11 tracks, seven are originals co-written by Brock and bass player Jarod Judd.

“Jarod’s an amazing songwriter,” Brock said. “We would work two, three hours on a song. Sometimes it took him just 20 minutes to write something.”

The CD falls under the country music classification but offers a variety of arrangements under the genre. Brock said the song list includes traditional country, a couple that are Chris Isaak-tinged, a little rock country and one or two that have a Spanish flavor.

“We have a little bit of everything,’’ said Brock, whose distinctive voice goes from sultry to soulful, from plaintive to powerful through the 11 songs. “We’ve put a lot of time into this album. ‘Gringos’ is a great representation of who we are as musicians.

“It’s all the things we enjoy in music.”

The band began laying down the tracks last December and finished in early May. Brock and Judd produced the CD, along with Gary Small and Jim Willey of Medicine Trail Music.

Along with Brock and Judd, The Teka Brock Band features Kevin Coleman on drums, Tom Lulios on steel guitar and dobro, Larry Lagge on lead guitar and vocals and Jacquie Anderson harmony and percussion. Brock also plays the guitar.

“Scheduling was the toughest part,” Brock said. “I admit, I was nervous about having everyone learn their parts. But everybody did an awesome job. They’re pros.

“I thought the vocals would take a little longer. But it went a lot smoother than I thought.”

With her name on the product, Brock agonized over every nuance on every song, especially when it came to her sound. “I’m my own worst critic,” she said with a small laugh. “I wouldn’t like something, and everybody else said it was fine.

“When everything was all dubbed in and you actually hear what the songs sounded like, that was exciting.”

In 2005, Brock recorded a five-song demo in Nashville. She put that experience to use this time. “You know to be real particular about every instrument. Recording in Nashville before was the best thing for me.

“Now having my own band makes this CD even more special.”

Brock is no stranger to delivering under pressure.

The Glendive native is a former Montana state high school rodeo champion and was a national runner-up in breakaway roping at the College National Finals Rodeo.

“Both are kind of the same, but different also,’’ Brock said of her two passions. “You really have to work at both … practice and prepare. And when you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.

“With rodeo, you get one shot. Same with a live performance. You have to be prepared when the spotlight hits. For sure, being in rodeo helped. It helped with handling nerves for the job. You try to be positive and ready every time out.

“But recording is a little different because you can get a second chance. And that really helps.”

The band just played at Jackson Hole, Wyo., and following the release party has a steady summer schedule with dates lined up in Big Horn, Sheridan, Casper, Billings and Darby. The Teka Brock Band will return to Billings at Yellowstone Perk on June 20.

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