Blackie & the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and LEe HARVeY OsMOND came together to record what was suppose to be a one- off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett...the rest is history!
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have produced nine albums discover them here!
As promised Blackie and The Rodeo Kings are set to deliver the companion piece to their 2011 collaboration album King And Queens. Where that album featured guest appearances from some of the band’s favourite female singers, Kings And Kings features some of the band’s best ‘guy’ friends from the world of roots, blues, and country. Each one of them an accomplished ‘king’ in their realm of creative endeavours and in many cases absolute ‘king’ legends in the entertainment industry. “Some of these were fellows we knew well and had made lots of music with like Bruce Cockburn, Buddy Miller, and Keb Mo, and some were new heroes and discoveries like Fantastic Negrito and Dallas Green,” says Colin Linden. “Some, were icons who I had shared some guitaring with like Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. And some were icons new and preloved who joined us out of kindness I suppose, like Nick Lowe and Jason Isbell. And some were my dear pals I work on the Nashville TV show with; Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, and Sam Palladio.” Set for release October 7 via File Under: Music, the first single “Beautiful Scars” reminds us of Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond album Beautiful Scars. Wilson jokes that he wrote the title track of his album after it’s release. The song itself is inspired by novelist Miriam Toews benefits from an amazing vocal performance by Dallas Green (City And Colour).
SOUTH represents a fresh new creative step for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while embodying the qualities of rootsy musical uplift and quirky lyrical depth that have long distinguished the ensemble's varied output. The album's largely acoustic yet reliably punchy arrangements showcase the three songwriters' multiple strengths, while the musicians' organically energetic performances maintain the vibrant chemistry that's kept Blackie a consistently vital and distinctive musical force.
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Kings and Queens is an impressive collaboration that pairs Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with some of their favourite female singers and friends - and some of the biggest names in roots, blues and jazz. Featuring duets with the amazing voices of…Lucinda Williams, Sara Watkins, Rosanne Cash, Amy Helm, Cassandra Wilson, Patti Scialfa, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Patti Scialfa, Pam Tillis, Emmylou Harris, Mary Margaret O`Hara, and Sam Phillips. The Deluxe edition features two new duets with Patty Loveless and more..!
Features 12 original songs. including such stellar tracks as “If I Catch You Crying,” “Stoned,” “Had Enough of You Today” and“Jackie Washington”. Recorded in the winter of 2003, B&RK captures the feel and energy of the band and offers the listener a deep well of great songs that they can go back to again and again.
Features “House of Soul” is a Daniel Lanois penned song... the Hi Records inspired “I Give it Up Everyday” from the Memphis Horns’ Wayne Jackson. Pam Tillis’s on “The Fools Who Can’t Forget”. Other standout tracks include “That’s What I Like”, “Lovin’ Cup”, “Let’s Frolic” and “Silver Dreams”. The wait is over.