Blackie and the Rodeo Kings(Tom Wilson,Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing) are coming to Meaford with their new acoustic album "South" (January 2014 release); showtime is 8pm on Thursday January 30. 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.
South represents a fresh new creative step for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while embodying the qualities of rootsy musical uplift and quirky lyrical depth that have long distinguished the ensemble's varied output. The album's largely acoustic yet reliably punchy arrangements showcase the three songwriters' multiple strengths, while the musicians' organically energetic performances maintain the vibrant chemistry that's kept Blackie a consistently vital and distinctive musical force.
"It's one thing to watch the Youtube videos and listen to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on CBC. I can tell you right now it is a whole different experience finally seeing them play live." - Kingston Music Review
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom 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. Eighteen years and a Juno Award later, while they still spend most of each year working on their individual projects, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. In the interim, they have released multiple CDs and gradually developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timbral blend and melodic and rhythmic-play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and evocative. The sum is indeed greater than the parts - and the parts are as good as they get. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remain one of Canada's greatest musical treasures.
This is one of the best concerts you will ever see, and the most fun. You'll be a BARK fan for life after coming to Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Thursday January 30 at 8pm. Tickets are just $42 and available online or via the Box Office. Next up On the Stage is Matthew Barber with Mo Kenney February 1. Next up On the Screen is Blue Jasmine January 23. Get your tickets to Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, perched perfectly at the Southern tip of Georgian Bay, just 30 minutes west of Collingwood. For more information on these and other Meaford Hall events follow us on Facebook, visit us and buy online or call 1.877.538.0463 or drop by 12 Nelson St E in beautiful historic downtown Meaford.
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