Cody Canada and The Departed come to Cain's on Friday
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 24, 2013
1/24/13 at 6:07 AM
Red dirt rocker Cody Canada is back, and this time he's bringing his new band - and a new album - with him.
This is his first time back at Cain's Ballroom since the release of "Adventus," an all-new collection of tunes. The band will perform the album in full Friday.
The band is Canada's latest effort since the frontman parted ways with Stillwater music-maker Cross Canadian Ragweed in 2010.
"We all really just grew out of that band," Canada said during a recent telephone interview from his home in Texas. "We came to a crossroads, and some of us couldn't tour, some of us had family commitments, and we all agreed that without one of us Ragweed wasn't a band."
There weren't any hard feelings about the split, he said. "It's part of life."
Canada joined Ragweed bassist Jeremy Plato and formed The Departed. The group's first album release, 2011's tribute to Red Dirt music, "This Is Indian Land," featured a host of guests and cover tunes.
" 'Adventus' is our first album of originals," he said. Each member had a hand in its writing and creation.
"It's 100 percent us. We wrote it. We produced it. We played it."
They'll also play Ragweed favorites and other songs at Friday's concert, he said.
The show is a tribute to a legendary venue that helped give Canada some of his earliest exposure as a musician.
"In the past, with Ragweed, Cain's has been a very important part of the band and of me, personally," he said. "It's an important part of Red Dirt music and of Oklahoma history."
The album was recorded in Austin at a place that many Tulsans might recognize: Dave Perceful's Yellow Dog Studio. Its former home was downtown Tulsa.
"Adventus" means "the arrival" in Latin, Canada said, then laughed. That could get complicated.
"We didn't want to name The Departed's first real album 'The Arrival.' That's confusing."
The album's gotten an array of track debuts at marquee music magazines this time around, too. Billboard magazine ("Set It Free"), Texas Monthly ("250,000 Things"), Taste of Country ("Prayer For the Lonely"), Guitar World ("Flagpole"), CMT and others all lined up to showcase new music from The Departed.
Canada has also set out on recent tours with Jason Boland, Chris Knight and ZZ Top.
"This is a new era for Red Dirt," Canada said about his distinctive blend of rock-tinged Southern Americana music.
At 36, he's now 20 years into his music career. He formed Cross Canadian Ragweed at 16 in Yukon before taking it to Stillwater.
"It's a fantastic new start. I loved everything that happened with Ragweed - all of it is part of who I am today," he said.
"The Departed, though, this is everybody. It's a group effort, and I couldn't be happier."
CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED
with guest the Bo Phillips Band
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Tickets: All-ages. Tickets start at $12, plus fees, available at the box office, by calling 1-877-4-FLYTIX or by visiting tulsaworld.com/cains or tulsaworld.com/ticketfly
Original Print Headline: Band's big arrival
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Cody Canada (center) and The Departed Courtesy