BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS SET JANUARY 13, 2017 AS U.S. RELEASE DATE FOR KINGS AND KINGS VIA FILE UNDER: MUSIC
ALBUM FEATURES ERIC CHURCH, BRUCE COCKBURN, RODNEY CROWELL, CITY AND COLOUR, VINCE GILL, JASON ISBELL, NICK LOWE, RAUL MALO, BUDDY MILLER, , KEB MO, FANTASTIC NEGRITO AND THE MEN OF NASHVILLE
ALBUM IS COMPANION TO 2011’S KINGS AND QUEENS
Canadian supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings—Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson—are set to release Kings And Kings, the companion to their 2011 collaborative album Kings And Queens, on January 13, 2017, via File Under: Music/Allegro. “Bury My Heart,” featuring Eric Church, premiered today at Rolling Stone Country.
While Kings And Queens featured guest appearances from some of the band’s favorite female singers, Kings And Kings features some of the band’s best male friends from the world of roots, blues, and country. Each one of them is an accomplished KING in their realm of creative endeavors, and in many cases absolute king legends in the entertainment industry.
“Some of these were fellows we knew well and had made lots of music with like Bruce Cockburn, Buddy Miller, and Keb Mo, and some were new heroes and discoveries like Fantastic Negrito and Dallas Green,” says Colin Linden. “Some, were icons who I had shared some guitaring with like Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. And some were icons new and preloved who joined us out of kindness I suppose, like Nick Lowe and Jason Isbell. And some were dear pals I work on the Nashville TV show with; Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, and Sam Palladio.”
The album kicks off with the “Live By The Song,” which is simply the autobiography of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. A rarity in the fact that it was written by all three-principal members, the song is really the biography of every working musician/songwriter committed to the ‘life.’ Perfectly featuring the voice of Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell and Stephen Fearing on the lead vocal, the song conjures the winding path of uncertainty faced by all the players who really had no other choice but to follow it.
Songwriter’s songwriter, Nick Lowe, brings an elegance to “Secret of A Long Lasting Love” taking the lead throughout the song, while the spirit of the late Roy Orbison can be detected in the gorgeous rendition of Fearing’s “High Wire” featuring the impeccable voice of Raul Malo.
“A Woman Gets More Beautiful” situates long time friends and collaborators Linden and Bruce Cockburn. Linden has produced a number of Cockburn’s albums. On this track the pair philosophize on the appreciation of timeless beauty, slipping from English to French to English. Cockburn’s masterful guitar interplay is abundant.
On every Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album there is a song penned by their namesake, the late great Willie P. Bennett. “This Lonesome Feeling” is a classic cowboy lament gets assist from multi-Grammy Award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame legend Vince Gill.
“Long Walk To Freedom” is Fearing with the iconic Kevin Moore (aka Keb Mo), who is a longtime friend and collaborator of Linden’s. Groove and melody reign under fantastic manipulations by Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito on Wilson’s “Bitter and Low.”
“Beautiful Scars” reminds us of Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond album Beautiful Scars. Wilson jokes that he wrote the title track of his album after its release. The song itself inspired by novelist Miriam Toews benefits from the amazing vocal performance by Dallas Green (City and Colour).
As a technical supervisor on the TV show Nashville, Linden has spent hours with the cast helping the actors and musicians bring their best to the screen and live stage. “For Where The River Rolls,” he gathered the crew at the day job around the microphone to bring their vocal skills to the track. The result is an upbeat and fun celebration with Linden, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, and Jonathan Jackson, all sharing verses and harmonies.
Both Eric Church on “Bury My Heart” and Jason Isbell on “Land On The Living” (Hamilton Ontario 2016) bring a real contemporary country music voice and feel to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996, when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson came together to record what was suppose to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intentions of putting on hold, and had no plans to turn Blackie into an ongoing concern.
Now 20 years later, eight albums, one Juno Award, and several Juno Award nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented band in North America. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.
Kings And Kings Tracklist:
- Live By The Song – featuring Rodney Crowell
- Bury My Heart – featuring Eric Church
- Beautiful Scars – featuring City and Colour
- High Wire – featuring Raul Malo
- Playing By Heart – featuring Buddy Miller
- Bitter and Low – featuring Fantastic Negrito
- Secret of a Long Lasting Love – featuring Nick Lowe
- A Woman Gets More Beautiful – featuring Bruce Cockburn
- Land Of The Living (Hamilton Ontario 2016) – featuring Jason Isbell
- Long Walk To Freedom – featuring Keb Mo
- This Lonesome Feeling – featuring Vince Gill
- Where The River Rolls – featuring The Men of Nashville