Blue Rodeo announce tour, release lyric video for new single


Earlier this year, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary and as they enter the next 25 years of their career they have a new disc on the way.  It’s called In Our Nature, and it will be their 13th album of original material. It hits stores October 29th, and the band has released a lyric video for their new single “New Morning Sun”. Check it out below; I think you’ll really like it.

And the band is hitting the road. Their 2014 tour to support In Our Nature kicks off January 2 in Vancouver and the tour will hit 26 cities in 10 provinces.  The complete list of dates can be found on the band’s tour page.

Presales for the tour will start TOMORROW, October 11, at 10 am local time. And as a special offer for fans attending Blue Rodeo’s 2014 tour, everyone who purchases tickets online will have one CD copy of In Our Nature included for every pair of tickets ordered.


What are you listening to today?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Beautiful Tuesday afternoon, letting the iPod do it’s thing in shuffle mode.

The last 15:

1. Crawl–Barenaked Ladies

2. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)–Los Lobos

3. Mary Shut The Garden Door–Donald Fagen

4. Swingtown–Steve Miller Band

5. Moorie–Great Divide

6. Rock and Roll Music–Chuck Berry

7. Easy Lover–Phil Collins & Phil Bailey

8. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)–The Beatles

9. Don’t Let The Darkness In Your Head–Blue Rodeo

10. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting–Elton John

11. The Boys of Summer–Don Henley

12. One Fine Morning–Lighthouse

13. Your Own Worst Enemy–Bruce Springsteen

14. Home Town–Joe Jackson

15. Trouble–Robert Palmer

Happy Sunday. Here’s my playlist from this morning. #whatareyoulisteningto

Hope you like some of these:

1.Lovers’ Eyes–Mumford and Sons

2. Dancing In The Dark–John Legend

3. Us Against The World–Coldplay

4. Sweet Wanomi–Bill Withers

5. Hearts and Bones–Paul Simon

6. One More Night–Blue Rodeo

7. Right Down The Line–Bonnie Raitt

8. The Search–Pat Metheny Group

9. I’m Not Drowning–Steve Winwood

10. The Fever–Bruce Springsteen

As #BlueRodeo celebrates their 25th anniversary, here’s a personal look back to 1987

Blue RodeoDate: May 29, 1987

Location: Club Soda, Montreal

For most of 1987, I was working at Sam The Record Man in downtown Montreal. One day in May of that year, the guy from the record company offered a bunch of the staff tickets to go see this band from Toronto who had recently released their first album but frankly none of us were all that familiar with. We figured, hey it’s free, so why not?

Maybe it was because I had no expectations going in, but to date, this is one of my favourite concerts ever. They put on an awesome show that night. They were young and hungry, and it showed. I picked up their debut album “Outskirts” the very next day (not to mention many of their subsequent releases), and have never grown tired of it. If you became a BR fan later but missed their debut, I strongly suggest you give it a try. NOW Magazine has placed that album at #2 on their list of the 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever. They said that the album “remains a stunning debut and the launch pad for an unprecedented Canadian career that’s still vibrant and vital.”

Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are terrific singers and songwriters, and there’s no doubt that Blue Rodeo has gone on to become one of Canada’s favourite bands, with music that appeals to a wide cross-section of the population. They’re currently on tour celebrating their 25th anniversary. You can find a list of the tour dates here.

From their debut, here’s a clip of the guys performing one of my favourite BR tracks, “Rose Coloured Glasses”:

The “New iPod With More Room = More Music = More Fun!” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Got a new Ipod for my birthday awhile back and have added a fair bit of music in recent weeks; some old some new-ish so there’s additional music to shuffle through. Plus I haven’t posted about a shuffle report in awhile, so here we go:
1. Too Bad—Doug and The Slugs (Slugcology 101) [They were a great party band.]

2. Skateaway—Dire Straits (Making Movies) [My favourite Dire Straits album.]

3. Don’t Stop By The Creek, Son—Johnny Copeland & Stevie Ray Vaughan (Solos, Sessions and Encores) [If you’re a SRV fan, this one’s worth adding to your collection.]

4. Such A Night—Dr. John (The Ultimate Dr. John) [New Orleans’ finest.]

5. So Far Away—Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) [The band’s biggest seller.]

6. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)—Aerosmith >(O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits) [At a time when just about everyone thought they were done, 1987’s “Permanent Vacation” proved ‘em wrong.]

7. River Knows Your Name—John Hiatt (Walk On) >[His first of two albums for Capitol. A good album, but better stuff was to come once he switched labels.]

8. Ticket To Ride—The Beatles (Help!) [It’s The Beatles. What else is there to say?]

9. Arizona Dust—Blue Rodeo (The Things We Left Behind) [One of their best albums.]

10. Werewolves of London—Warren Zevon (A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of ) [Say it with me. “Ah-OOOO…”]

Lineup for Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Announced

The summer concert lineup in Toronto got it’s annual boost today with the announcement of a whack of shows scheduled for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The Amphiteatre is a pretty good venue, although getting there, especially during the CNE at the end of August, can be a bit of a pain. But nothing beats seeing your favourite band at an outdoor venue on a warm summer night. Here’s the lineup thus far, with more shows to be announced:

Dave Matthews Band with The Felice Brothers – June 1
Sugarland with George Canyon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers – June 4
Jethro Tull with Procol Harum – June 18
Scorpions – June 27
Steve Miller Band- June 30
Iron Maiden with Dream Theater – July 3
Santana with Steve Winwood – July 11
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin
– July 22
Kings of Leon – July 28
Canadian Carnage featuring Slayer and Megadeth with Testament – July 29
Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft – Aug 7
John Mayer – Aug 10
Great Big Sea – Aug 20
UPROAR 2010 featuring Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour – Aug 24
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young – Sept 5
Blue Rodeo– date tba
City and Colour with Tegan and Sara and special guests – date tba

Tickets for Dave Matthews Band, Sugarland, Jethro Tull & Slayer/Megadeth are already on sale. Onsale dates for the rest are TBA.

The Sunday morning “Get in the car, get out of the car” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Sunday morning and time for running errands. The title above says it all. Get in the car, drive somewhere, get out of the car, then get back in the car. Repeat ad nauseum. And thus goeth my Sunday morning. I had time to listen to more than 10 songs on the iPod, but these were the first 10 that came up and they seemed to just fit. Don’t know why.

1. Cinema Song–Blue Rodeo (The Days In Between) [Not one of their most memorable albums, but it still has a few choice cuts.]
2. Down To Zero–Joan Armatrading (25th Anniversary Classics) [A classic from one of my favourite singer-songwriters.]
3. Making It Work–Doug & The Slugs (Slugcology 101) [A great party band.]
4. Some Unholy War–Amy Winehouse (Back To Black) [Will she remain a two-album wonder?]
5. Stir It Up–Bob Marley (Legend) [The first compact disc I ever bought. You thought it would be a Springsteen disc, right?]
6. Rudie Can’t Fail–The Clash (London Calling) [A must own.]
7. Bozo Weirdo Wacko Creep–David Baerwald (Here Comes The New Folk Underground) [Another of my favourite singer-songwriters. Highly underrated.]
8. Call Me (Come Back Home)–Al Green (Greatest Hits) [Timeless soul.]
9. Witchy Woman–The Eagles (Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) [One of the first 45’s I ever owned.]
10. I Need More Love–Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Unclassified) [He makes the pedal steel guitar just howl.]