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Valentine Rodeo: For the Love of Music

Aug 03, 2017 08:06PM

Valentine Rodeo: For the Love of Music

By Tessa Marie

Kelly Valentine has music in her blood, and she keeps it pumping and vibrant with every practice and performance as the femme fatale in Valentine Rodeo.

The band has become a Northern Nevada staple over the last five years. But her foray into music began at an early age via immediate and extended family who all played instruments and were involved in music. Most influential was her mother: a strong figure who also happened to play the saxophone, clarinet and French horn, and was choir director for their church.

“I remember as a young child going to watch her sing a solo for the local university and it was mesmerizing and beautiful,” Kelly recalled. “I myself always sang, at church especially, every Sunday and Wednesday from the day I was born.”

With all that singing, you’d imagine someone would have heard her incredible voice and offered her a record deal. But she remained a singer for the love of it and shared it only with girlfriends at karaoke nights.

“We had fun singing Pat Benatar’s ‘Hit Me with Your Best Shot’ and The Pretenders ‘Brass in Pocket.’ And we would sing where we liked, which eventually led me to singing at what used to be ‘Gong Show Karaoke’ at Rum Bullions (in the Silver Legacy) where Trey heard me sing for the first time.”

Trey Valentine is the band’s original namesake, but eventually he would share it with the woman he fell in love with. They worked in the same company but really met because of this shared venue event. On this particular night, Trey convinced her to sing the duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Not knowing Trey’s sense of humor, he sang with a mock Tom Petty sound that left Kelly thinking he had very little vocal talent.

“I actually told a co-worker, ‘I can’t believe he is in a band, he’s a terrible singer!’” she said. “But after my performances that night, he and another member of the band asked how I felt about singing in a band. I decided to join and take a shot at it. At that time, they wanted me to be a back-up singer. But after some changes in the band, I took a stronger role and ended up singing lead on 85-90 percent of our songs.”

After many months, Trey and Kelly started dating.

“We kept it under the radar for a while, and when it was going well, we decided to tell our bandmates,” Kelly said. “They were hardly surprised! But we promised it would be nothing like Fleetwood Mac going forward…”

Valentine Rodeo has been putting out sounds for over five years and their growth has been steady.

“There’s been a lot of transformation, but always moving in the right direction,” Kelly said. “I am now doing things I never thought I was capable of. And that’s because I am with the best company. We are always encouraging each other and pushing each other in a positive manner. It’s really my second family.”

Eventually, Trey asked her to marry him and they had a picturesque wedding in Genoa that rang true to their country heart and soul. “I love my husband and one of the best things about this is that I get to spend this time with him. It’s something different and special we share together, and I cherish it.”

Find @ValentineRodeo on Facebook. Be sure to put on good shoes and get ready for a great time.