Midland Cultural Centre, – November 13, 2014 – Show starts at: 08:00 PM
Alt-country rockers BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS will be making a rare appearance in Midland in November in support of their latest album release South. Presented by Inside the Music, supergroup Blackie & The Rodeo Kings will be performing at the Midland Cultural Centre in downtown Midland. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at insidethemusic.ca or at the Midland Cultural Centre box office or call 866-943-8849.
“We’re very sensitive men,” notes Tom Wilson, who with long time compatriots Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden comprises Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ singer/songwriter/guitarist triumvirate. “And when we’re not sensitive, we’re loud.”
The fabled Canadian roots rockers are a virtual institution in Canada, where they’ve been crafting bracing, catchy, personally charged music for nearly two decades.
The band’s latest album, South, represents both a consolidation of the qualities that have already endeared Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to it’s admirers, and a bold departure from the band’s established sound. The project first began to take shape while the group was touring the festival circuit in support of its last album Kings and Queens. On several occasions, inclement weather caused Fearing, Linden and Wilson to retreat to the shelter of the merch tent, where they would stage loose acoustic sets. These impromptu performances soon began to take on a sound and groove that was distinct from the five-piece electric sets for which Blackie was already renowned. The experience of stripping down their sound had such a rejuvenating effect on the three co-frontmen, they decided to capture that vibe on record. They had initially planned to record a low-key all-acoustic vinyl-only release, with one original and one cover from each singer. But when they brought the material to Linden’s Nashville studio, they found their originals to be more exciting than the covers, and before long they’d accumulated an album’s worth of new original tunes.
Linden is looking forward to getting on the road and bringing South to old and new fans.
“The prospect of playing for new people is exciting, and we want to play whenever and wherever we can,” he says, “I like the idea of being the oldest new band around. It makes me feel like the great older blues artists I knew as a kid, when they were getting rediscovered.”
Linden also opines that, despite being a stylistic departure, South is as good a place as any for new converts to discover Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
“Each of our records has its own character, but we’re unable to be anything other than what we are,” he says. “So they’re all good intros to us, for better or worse.”