Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Colin Linden, Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing) are bringing the fabulous Kings And Queens tour to the Comox Valley on Nov. 26.
They bring with them some phenomenal Canadian artists to accompany them at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay.
This amazing evening will include special appearances by Matt Andersen, Amy Helm (daughter of the late Band drummer Levon Helm), and Wil. Opening the evening is Harlan Pepper.
Now into their second decade and with one Juno Award and several Juno nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America.
They have released seven CDs and gradually developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remain one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.
Three Years in the making, the Polaris Music Prize long-listed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ latest release, Kings And Queens, which was released in June 2011.
The album paired the band with legendary and iconic female artists Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Helm, Janiva Magness, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa, and Holy Cole.
Produced by Grammy-and Juno-winning producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James), the album was recorded in various cities from Nashville to Toronto to New York City to New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Woodstock.
Now, just over a year later, the deluxe edition is set to come out with two new songs — Let’s Set The World On Fire and Big East West with Patty Loveless.
“…it’s a varied, inspired, and often moving collection that’s never forced or predictable.” — American Songwriter.
“The cast list has already ensured media attention, and the results don’t disappoint. At close to an hour’s length, this is a generous, regal musical treat.” — Exclaim!
“Kings and Queens is a collection just bursting to the seams with pure talent, and is the group’s most ambitious statement to date.” — Pop Matters.
For more about the band, visit www.Blackieandtherodeokings.com.
Tickets are available online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com or by phone at 250-338-2430. For more, visit www.facebook.com/events/210647249062704.
— Blackie and the Rodeo Kings