Blue Rodeo gets a bad rap from the record industry. They are classified as country…Now don’t get me wrong there are some pretty good country bands out there but I wouldn’t call myself a country music fan. This band with its blend of country, blues and folk falls between the cracks when it comes to radio play. The industry in its square peg square hole way likes to have things tied up in nice neat packages. The bands that don’t fit in that square hole just don’t get the attention they deserve. Blue Rodeo is one of those bands. Having sold over 4 million albums originally gaining popularity with the single “Try” in rotation on MuchMusic in the mid-eighties.
Having been around since 1984 this band knows how to put on a great show. Their recent concert at the Jubilee in Edmonton promoting their latest album In Our Nature was a real family affair with the son of singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy sharing the stage.The Devin Cuddy Band led by….you guessed it Devin Cuddy put on a rousing show with a mix of New Orleans Jazz/Blues and Country and a little Rock-a-Billy. The hilarious lyrics and catchy tune to “My Son’s a Queer” getting the audience to fall in love with the band. I’m not usually star struck having worked in one of the largest clubs in the Vancouver area for over five years and having seen all the big Canadian bands of the 80’s and 90’s but I fell in love with these young men and their passion for fun music. Lining up after the concert to get my new CD signed and a photo with the band like a school girl. Ok not too hip but who cares they rocked!
With the songwriting and voices of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor singing all the old favorites like Diamond Mine, Try and It Could Happen to You with a finale bringing both bands on stage for a sing-along what a show. They had a huge offering of swag in the lobby and I was also fortunate to pick up Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor’s Original Soundtrack for the movie Gunless (which if you haven’t seen it is totally worth the search) So much talent in one small venue I’m hoping to catch them all next time around. It’ll be a while before “I am myself again”.