Supercrawl Presents Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Dec 10, 2022

Supercrawl Presents
Sat Dec 10, 2022 | 8pm
With Guest Appearances From
FirstOntario Concert Hall (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)
Orchestra Seats $54.99 (+SC)
Balcony Seats $39.99 (+SC)
Tickets can also be purchased in person at the FirstOntario Insurance Brokers Box Office at FirstOntario Centre (101 York Blvd, Hamilton)
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band with the release of their latest album O Glory! and a national tour kicking that draws to a close with a hometown show at Hamilton’s First Ontario Concert Hall off on Saturday December 10, 2022, the penultimate date on the band’s silver anniversary tour. For this historic celebration, the band is honoured to be joined onstage by special guestsColin James, Terra Lightfoot, Digging Roots and Serena Ryder.
Toronto-based vocal powerhouse Serena Ryder is a platinum-selling artist adored by fans, peers and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. Ryder has received numerous accolades, including six JUNO Awards. With her new album, The Art of Falling Apart, Serena invites listeners to join her mental wellness journey, detailing despair, toxic relationships, and breakdowns alongside hope, joy, and big, big love.
Multi-platinum-selling Canadian blues legend Colin James, whose career has spanned over 30 years, with a track record that includes 20 studio albums, eight JUNO Awards, and 29 Maple Blues Awards, will make a special appearance on the tour’s Hamilton date. James’ latest 2021 release, Open Road, is a celebration of personal connections. It includes original tunes written with longtime collaborators such as Colin Linden, Craig Northey and Tom Wilson and reinterpretations of covers by a diverse group of songwriters including Bob Dylan, Albert King, Tony Joe White and others.
Soulful rocker Terra Lightfoot, a critically acclaimed artist and charismatic live performer, joins BARK for each night of the tour. Consider The Speed, the latest album from this JUNO-nominated, Polaris long-listed powerhouse, was recorded by Grammy-winning producer Jay Newland at Memphis’ legendary Royal Studios, and is available to stream on your favourite music platform.
JUNO winners Digging Roots will join Blackie and the Rodeo Kings as the opening act throughout the tour. For over a decade, the duo has traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe traditions of round dance and interconnectedness interwoven with the bedrock sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. Their latest album Zhawenim is available to stream and purchase from the Digging Roots website.

If any band was uniquely positioned to withstand the rollercoaster demands of the last three years, it was Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. The proof is in their blazing 11th album, O Glory!

While much of the planet struggled to find new ways of working, singer-songwriters and guitarists Stephen FearingColin Linden and Tom Wilson coolly leveraged the flexibility that’s sustained them for 25 years, sheltering in their respective home bases of Victoria, Nashville and Hamilton while using technology to bridge the chasm separating them from each other and from their rhythm section of Gary Craig and John Dymond.

With Linden producing from his Nashville digs, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings wrote and recorded 13 alternately roots-rock, folk, country, and Americana-style songs, ultimately crafting what Linden confirms is the band’s most “spiritual and political” musical statement to date.

Originally, 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. The result was High or Hurtin’: The Songs of Willie P. Bennett. The band had no plans to make a subsequent album, but something unanticipated happened.

“When we play together and sing together as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Something magical happens. We haven’t asked ourselves what it is all these years and we’re not going to start now” as Stephen Fearing describes it.

Recognizing this special chemistry and the resulting joy of creating music together has brought Blackie and The Rodeo Kings back to stage and studio again and again. “After each album, we are never certain we will get together to make another, but then something will happen and we are reminded of the joyride that is Blackie,” explains Tom Wilson.

A 25th anniversary is a significant achievement for any band and is a milestone worth celebrating. “It blows you away a little bit because you realize how unlikely it all is,” muses Linden, shaking his head in disbelief.

Twenty-five years in, 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.

Tom Wilson sums up the Blackie and The Rodeo Kings journey. “25 years later, we’re still digging in for the sweet spots. Making friends with the ghosts of poets and harmonizing with the voices in fields and swinging for the fences.”

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