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NEW VIDEO, TOUR ANNOUNCED, ‘KINGS and KINGS’ ON VINYL

TOUR DATES BEGIN OCTOBER 20 2017 FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS BRUCE COCKBURN, MATT ANDERSEN, AND SAM PALLADIO IN OTTAWA, AND DAN AYKROYD IN KINGSTON

 

Introduction

The best band I almost saw.

Canada’s enigmatic and brilliant trio Blackie and The Rodeo Kings were due to play a set at AmericanaFest a few years back and it was an opportunity that I was savouring.  Only problem was that only one of band showed, guitarist Colin Linden.  To lose one band member is careless, but to have two not show, well that shows a fair amount of quirky independence which is a too uncommon.

The night was not a loss though as Linden played a great set and had guest Lucinda Williams belt out “Right With God”.  At the end of the song Lucinda hollered in Linden’s direction…’He should be more well known’.  True that.  It applies to this wonderful group too.

 

‘Kings and Kings’ on Vinyl

KIngs and Kings via File Under Music is a classy collaboration with some great male collaborations and it follows Kings and Queens which was the female equivalent (including Ms Williams).  Both releases are highly recommended.  The latter will be now out on vinyl.  Pre order here.

 

 

 

New Video

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings are sharing the new video for “Bury My Heart” from Kings And Kings, which features the trio of Linden, Tom Wilson, and Stephen Fearing joined by some of their favourite male songwriters including Dallas Green, Eric Church, Raul Malo, Bruce Cockburn.

Written by Linden together with Jaida Dreyer, “Bury My Heart” was written so fast “it seemed to write itself,” says Linden. ”I knew that it needed someone who was a heavyweight and not fooling around to sing it. Eric (Church) came to my house ready. Knowing exactly what to do…I had played with him, Ashley Monroe, and T. Bone Burnett at CMT Artist of the Year Awards show, and I was blown away with him – we really connected. He has a deep knowledge and love of blues music as well as country and rock n’ roll. It was great to work with him and we all appreciated his being one of our Kings’.”

Directed by Kaayla Whachell, the video for “Bury My Heart” features actress Mary Fehr, and “through a series of extreme close ups, conveys the feeling that she is being watched,” says Whachell. “She believes – or hopes – that she’s being watched by her former boyfriend. At the end of the video, she realizes that she is the only witness to her heartbreak.”

Beginning on October 20, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings will continue to support the album with a string of tour dates across Canada where they will be joined by special guests.  At the National Arts Centre in Ottawa the trio will be joined by Bruce Cockburn, Matt Andersen and Sam Palladio, and in Kingston Dan Aykroyd will also grace the stage. More guests will be announced shortly.  Full tour dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased at www.blackieandtherodeokings.com/tour

Dallas Green, Eric Church, Raul Malo, Bruce Cockburn, Fantastic Negrito, Nick Lowe, Jason Isbell, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Keb Mo, Rodney Crowell, and the men of the TV show Nashville have all lent their voices to the album.

 

 

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996, when Linden, Fearing and Wilson came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.  At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intentions of putting on hold, and had no plans to turn Blackie into an ongoing concern.

Now twenty years later, eight albums, one JUNO Award, and several JUNO Award nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America.

 

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Author: Rob Dickens

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