Win tickets to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

The Georgia Straight presents Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 'Kings and Queens Tour' with Exene Cervenka, Matt Andersen and Amy Helm at the Vogue Theatre on November 27

TheGeorgia Straight presents Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 'Kings and Queens Tour' with Exene Cervenka, Matt Andersen and Amy Helm at the Vogue Theatre on November 27

Following the success of their March 2012 Massey Hall show in Toronto, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings are proud to announce the Kings and Queens Tour, named for the band’s impressive collaboration album entitled Kings and Queens. The release paired the band with some of their favorite female singers and friends – and some of the biggest names in roots, blues and jazz - Roseanne 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 Holly Cole.

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 songwriter Willie P. Bennett, there was nary a thought that they would eventually become a going concern as a band. At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intentions of putting on hold.

Twelve years later, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America, having released six CDs and evolved a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timbral blend and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative. The sum is indeed greater than the parts – and the parts are as good as they get. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

Grammy- and Juno-winning producer Colin Linden took the helm for the new album, and the recordings took the Kings from Nashville to Toronto to New York City to New Orleans, Los Angeles, Woodstock and back again. As the band explains, "No destination is too far for love...."

The idea for Kings and Queens was hatched in a rental van at the end of a Rodeo Kings tour. Late one night, on a long drive between Somewhere and Somewhere-else, the band began talking about the various female artists they have had the privilege of working with over the years. What began with a page torn out of a notebook and a lot of interjections like "Hey, what about…" and "Wouldn’t it be great to work with …" has transformed into a whole album featuring these legendary and iconic female voices, one on each of fourteen stellar tracks.


  • A pair of tickets to the show on November 27 at the Vogue Theatre

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Contest Deadline: November 21, 2012 • Event Date: November 27, 2012

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