BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS
Sat Dec 10, 2022 | 8pm
FirstOntario Concert Hall (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)
Orchestra Seats $54.99 (+SC)
Balcony Seats $39.99 (+SC)
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 Fearing, Colin 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.”
ONE FESTIVAL. TWELVE SEASONS. HUNDREDS OF PERFORMERS
Since 2009, Supercrawl has hosted a vibrant range of compelling and contemporary musical talent. Whether through the signature on-street festival weekend, partnered presentations, club series, or ticketed events, Supercrawl consistently showcases the best of local live music alongside national and international artists.
The kaleidoscopic roster of Supercrawl alumni runs into the hundreds and includes A Tribe Called Red, The Acorn, Jeremie Albino, Allegories, The Altobeelays, Alvvays, Matt Andersen & the Bona Fide, Antibalas, Arkells,Art Pop Ensemble, Ascot Royals, Astral Witch, Athanase, Rich Aucoin, Averages, Avrha, Aysanabee, Backbiters, Bad Dates, Bad Waitress, Bahamas, Tim Baker, Adam Baldwin, The Bandicoots, James Barker Band, Basement Revolver, Bathing,BB Guns,The Beaches, The Be Sharps, Beef Boys, Beelays, Begonia, Beliefs,Belle Game, Ridley Bent,The Beverleys, Big Fir, Big Wreck, Bile Sister,Bill and the Art Crawlers,Billy Moon,Billy Talent,Everett Bird,Rae Billing & Crybaby,Black Baron,Black Collar Union, Black Rhino Riot,Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Blandlord, Blunt Chunks,Bocce,
Bonjay, Kate Boothman, Born in the Eighties, Born Ruffians, Jessie Bower, Bowjia, Boyhood, Charles Bradley, Bravestation, Broken Social Scene, Bros, The Bros. Landreth, Brott Opera, Bruce Peninsula, Brusque Twins, Jennifer Budd, Buddah Abusah, Basia Bulat, Katie Bulley, Thomas Cade, Cadence Weapon, Ben Caplan, Caribou, Carmen on Tap, Carpenteers, Casper Skulls, Jennifer Castle, Catl, Caveboy, Century Palm, Change of Heart, Nuela Charles, Tanika Charles & the Wonderfuls, Evelyn Charlotte-Joe, Chastity, Chelsea Light Moving, Rita Chiarelli, Paul Chin, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Choose Up, Chore, Nicole Christian,City and the Sea, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Laura Cole, Comet Control, Command Sisters, The Commissionaires, Cootes Paradise, Coszmos Quartette, Cowlick, Coy Haste,
William Crighton, Cross Dog, The Crowleys, Crrotting, Crystal Journey, Customaries, Aron D’Alesio, Danko Jones, The Danks, Dead Tired, Dear Rouge, Dearly Beloved, Death From Above 1979, Matthew de Zoete, Diamond Rings, The Dill, Dilly Dally. Dinner Belles, Dinosaur Bones, The Diodes, Dirty Frigs, The Dirty Nil, Discography DJs, Dizzy, Dizzy Spells, DJ Basco, DJ Ollie, DJ Spinn, Doldrums, Doobie Freaks, Don Vail, Doomsquad, Dr. Draw, Kevin Drew, Ducats, Dwayne Gretzky, Earth Wind and Choir, Eccodek, Dan Edmonds, Egyptrixx, Eight and a Half, Electroluminescent, Elk, Ellevator, Elliott Brood, Joel Elliot and Thin Lines, Ellis, John Ellison, The Elwins, Emay, Engine Empire, Eschaton, Essen, Etiquette, Julie Fader, Fake Palms, Family of Things, Fast Romantics,
Fateh, Michael Feuerstack, Jeremy Fisher, Jeremy Fisher Junior, Five Alarm Funk, Flesh Rag, Norman Foote, Four Tet, Pete Fowler, The Franklin Electric, Fresh Snow, Danielle Fricke, Friendly Rich, Frog Eyes, Fruiti, Fry Truck, F—-d Up, The Fuddles, Evangeline Gentle, Hannah Georgas, The Gertrudes, Get Off the Cop, Tim Gibbons, The Goddamn Goddamns, Golden Feather, Good Luck Shop, Sarah Good, Great Lake Swimmers, The Great Machine, Jacques Greene, Jeremy Greenspan, JG Ballad, Grey Lands, Greys, Grey\\Water, Groove Machine, GUH, Guilty Pleasure, Hachey the Mouthpeace, Jordan Haller, The Halluci Nation, Hamilton Children Choir, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamilton Suzuki School of Music, Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra,
Handsome Sultan, Haolin Munk, Harlan Pepper, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Harrison, Harrow Fair, Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins, Hayden, Piper Hayes, HEALTH, The Heartbroken, Hello Harvard, Matt Henderson, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Tim Hicks, The Hidden Cameras, Rebekah Higgs, High Kites, High Note Ramblers, Lacey Hill, Hollerado, Matt Holubowski, Holy Data, Hotel Mira, How to Dress Well, HSY, Humans, Huren, Ikonica, Illitry, Iskwé, Island People, Jambassadors, Jamie xx, Jaunt, Jess and Tay, BA Johnston, Jon and Roy, Julianna Jones, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Julie & the Wrong Guys, Junior Boys, K’naan, Harrison Kennedy, The Kents, Shawn Kerr, Kestrels, kid YEARS, Kiesza, The Killjoys,
King Park, Kingdom Shore, Taylor Knox, Kode9, Komodo, Kotek, Chantal Kreviazuk, KROY, L-Spex, Joey Landreth, Language Arts, Daniel Lanois, Jessy Lanza, Lava Dolls, Bettye LaVette, Ada Lea, Alyssa LeClair, Lee Harvey Osmond, The Legendary Turnstylez, Hamilton Leithauser, Hubert Lenoir, Les Trois Accords, Letters to Lions, Terra Lightfoot, Lightmares, Lights, Lindy, Little Junior, Live How You Live, Lone Rhu, Lonely Parade, Lost In The Trees, DJ Donna Lovejoy, Lowell, Sarah Lowes, LTtheMonk, Luckystickz, Luna Li, Corb Lund, Catherine MacLellan, Dan Mangan, Shanika Maria, J Mascis, Mayor McCA, Eamon McGrath, McMaster Cybernetic Orchestra, Ryan McNally, The Marble Index, Melissa Marchese, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Matt Mays, Mean Old Hammer, The Medicine Hat, Megative, Melted Faces, METZ,
Mexican Slang, Haviah Mighty, Mississippi Bends, Modern Space, Ariane Moffatt, Mokomakai, Monowhales, Monster Truck, Jacob Moon, Moon King, Motel Raphaël, Motëm, Mother Leads, Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion, Mount Farewell, Mountain of Wolves, Muffled Suitcase, Benjamin Muñoz, My Brightest Diamond, Mystery Machine, Nailbiter, The National, The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Nautiluss, nêhiyawak, Angela Nethersole, Sarah Neufeld, New Hands, Willie Nile, Not Of, Nyssa, Jesse O’Brien, Chris Oday, Odonis Odonis, Of Gentlemen & Cowards, Oh Susanna, Ohbijou, Ohmme, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Opera Hamilton, Operators, Lindi Ortega, Osito, The Pack AD, Paley & Francis, Owen Pallett, Pandaléon, Peter Pankhurst, Gabrielle Papillon, Brant Parker, Partner,
Passion Pit, Fred Penner, Paula Perri, Sandro Perri, Persons, Pet Sun, Petra Glynt, Pick A Piper, Pineapple Girls, The Pistolettes, Plants and Animals, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Poesy, Poor Nameless Boy, Neeraj Prem, Kelly Prescott, PS I Love You, Pucumber Sasssquatch Family Band, Pumps, Rah Rah, Rarity, Reader, The Reason, The Recklaws, The Redhill Valleys, Lee Reed, Repartee, The Rest, Rexford Drive, Amanda Rheaume, Rhythm Express, River Tiber, Sam Roberts Band, Ben Rogers, Neena Rose, Shealagh Rose, Sean Rowe, Royal Canoe, Royal Seas, Rules,Run Maggie Run, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Serena Ryder, The Sadies, Said the Whale, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John K. Samson, Sandman Viper Command, Scattered Clouds,
Scratcha DVA,Sensei, Several Futures, Sha Bang Bang, Shad, Shade, Sharon and Bram, Andy Shauf, Annie Shaw, The Sheepdogs, Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens, Shout Out Out Out,SIANspheric, Simon and The Alexanders, Mike Simonetti, Simply Saucer, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Single Mothers,SINS, Skiffs, Skirt Check, Alfie Smith, C.A Smith, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Snowblink, So Young,Ben Somer, The Sorority, John Southworth, Speedy Ortiz, Spoon, Spruce Invaders,Ginger St. James, Alex St. Kitts, Stars, The Strangers, The Stinkbugs, Steve Strongman,The Strumbellas, The Sugarman 3, Sun K, Suuns, Tomi Swick, Tanya Tagaq, Rory Taillon, Theo Tams, Tarantula X,Teenage Head, Ian Thomas, Thought Beneath Film, 3:1, Timber Timbre, Michelle Titian, To Our Divide,
Tongue Fu, The Trews, Trickbag, ttwwrrss, TUNS, Turkey Rhubarb, Turnstylez, TV Freaks, Jeff Tweedy, Twin Within, Vallens, Heather Valley, The Vanishers, The Vaudevillian, Menno Versteeg, Vierance, Viet Cong, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Walrus, Ruby Waters, Willie Watson, Wax Mannequin, Weaves, Bry Webb, Sam Weber, Weekend Riot Club, White Cowbell Oklahoma, White Crowleys, Whitehorse, Wild Domestic, Steven Wilson, Thompson Wilson, Wintersleep, Wish, Witherow & Wynands, Womb, Wooly Mantis, Donovan Woods, Hawksley Workman, Max Wray, WTCHS, X Ambassadors, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Lori Yates & the Drugstore Cowboys, Yo La Tengo, Young Galaxy, Young Rival, Yukon Blonde, Zeus, The Zilis, The Zolas, ZONES and Zoon.
The list will grow even longer with the reveal of Supercrawl’s 2022 musical lineup in summer 2022.
TOP TO BOTTOM: Antibalas at Supercrawl 2014; Arkells at Supercrawl 2014; Broken Social Scene at Supercrawl 2018; Fateh at Supercrawl 2019; iskwé at Supercrawl 2018; Sharon Jones at Supercrawl 2015; Buffy Sainte-Marie at Supercrawl 2019; The Sorority at Supercrawl 2019; Spoon at Supercrawl 2014; Tanya Tagaq at Supercrawl 2017; Yo La Tengo at Supercrawl 2013
In light of the steady rise in COVID-19 cases, elevated risk associated with variants of concern, and out of abundant caution and care for the health and well-being of artists, staff and the wider community, Supercrawl will be rescheduling its spring livestream series.
All previously purchased livestream tickets will be valid for new dates in May and June. We will unveil additional details on the rescoped events shortly, and look forward to producing these events once it is safer for us to do so.
Watch Supercrawl’s socials in the coming weeks for details on additional 2021 programming!