Five years on from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' issuing their Kings and Queens collaborative release, the Canadian roots crew are ready to drop the script-flipping follow-up, Kings and Kings. While the Rodeo Kings won't have their latest set out until October 7, you can hear them crooning along with Dallas Green, Rodney Crowell and more right now via an exclusive stream with Exclaim!
As previously reported, 2011's Kings and Queens had the band's Tom Wilson, Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing reaching out to Roseanne Cash and Lucinda Williams for a little help. This time around, they're extending the invitation to a number of male contemporaries. This includes City and Colour leader Dallas Green, whose gentle tone was heard complementing Wilson's familiarly gravelly croon on previously teased album track "Beautiful Scars."
Elsewhere, Rodney Crowell hops on bittersweet country stomp "Live by the Song," a track about life on the road, while power-pop great Nick Lowe kicks up dust with the Rodeo Kings on the strummed and shuffled "Secret of a Long Lasting Love." Other artists tapped include Bruce Cockburn, Vince Gill, Eric Church and Raul Malo.
You'll find a full album stream below, while Kings and Kings will be ready to rule the roost October 7 via File: Under Music.
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Black and the Rodeo Kings, featuring Hamilton's Tom Wilson, will release a new star-studded collaboration album "Kings and Kings" on Oct. 7.
The album, a followup to 2011's critically acclaimed "Kings and Queens," with 12 new tracks featuring guest spots by Vince Gill, Eric Church, Rodney Crowell, City and Colour, Nick Lowe, Bruce Cockburn, Keb Mo, Buddy Miller and Raul Malo of The Mavericks.
The bulk of the songs were written by Blackie core members Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Colin
Linden. As well, the album includes a cover of "This Lonesome Feeling," a cowboy lament by the group's mentor, the late Willie P. Bennett.
The album also features a vocal collaboration with several of the male cast members of the TV show Nashville, on which Linden worked as a technical supervisor.
One of the Wilson songs is titled "Land of the Living (Hamilton Ontario 2016)" and features the vocals of former Drive-By Truckers singer Jason Isbell.
"Kings and Kings" also features a duet with Wilson and City and Colour's Dallas Green on the track "Beautiful Scars," a song written after the release of Wilson's Lee Harvey Osmond album of the same name.
The album will be released on the Vancouver-based File Under: Music label.
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