My pick show of the weekend is Blackie and The Rodeo Kings at the Alberta Rose Theatre. An all-star Canadian trio - Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson - put this band together 15 years ago to celebrate the music of friend and Canadian folk legend Willie P. Bennett, recording the CD, High or Hurtin' ... but had so much fun doing it, they decided to make it a continuing project that has now produced seven CD's and a slew of awards.
Each of them is a notable artist on their own - Colin Linden probably the best know for his work producing and playing with Bruce Cockburn, though he's built quite a reputation as a writer, producer, and guitar player both in Canada and in Nashville. I was thrilled to get to know Colin on one of Delbert McClinton's cruises, and believe me, he's one of those too-far-under-the-radar musical treasures. But Fearing and Wilson also make formidable musical partners. They each bring their musical perspectives - folkie and rocker respectively - to the mix. All are killer songwriters and the their latest CD, Kings and Queens, pays tribute to some of their favorite female artists - like Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Roseanne Cash - who recorded with them. Unfortunately, they won't be touring with the band. :-)
Hope to see you Saturday night at the Alberta Rose! ... 8 pm, $15.
BTW, had a chance to see Willie Bennett numerous times as he spent 1994 until his death in 2008 as a member (which doesn't start to describe his role) of Fred Eaglesmith's band. Here's a bit of artist who inspired Colin, Stephen, and Tom ...