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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are back in the saddle after a lengthy hiatus. And with the release of the rousing B.A.R.K., the follow up to their 2000 Juno award-winning, double disc, The Kings of Love, they now turn to The Clash, Rockpile and er... Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen for inspiration. In some ways, no real radical departure. The Rodeo Kings have always skirted the darker edges of country-roots-rock, particularly their marvelous, gregarious singer and former Junkhouse frontman, Tom Wilson. Bad Reputation. 2004.
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band in the world. They certainly are the most under rated band in the Americana genre. Even though all three members are stars in their own right in their native Canada, there is most definitely no clash of egos from this group of Canucks. To the contrary, there is an undeniable chemistry and kinship among them that, in my opinion, makes them one of the mot talented trios of all time (I can attest to that having the opportunity
to recently meet them, and see them in concert, great guys).
In addition, their group of backing musicians including, Gary Craig, & Richard Bell, are superb. Their most recent effort,
Bark is a tasty mix of rockabilly, blues, country, & roots rock.
Their previous effort, Kings of Love, is more of the same. If you are fan of The Band, John Hiatt, Whiskeytown (before Ryan's ego exploded), etc., be sure to check these guys out.
The lyrics are wicked and insightful. "I got a feeling stinging like a new tatoo black across my mind" -- (from Water Or Gasoline by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings). Moods range from rockabilly to ballads to psychadelic rock. BARK is gonna jump up and bite you.
If you only buy one album in the next while, this is the one to get.