Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

BlackieAndTheRodeoKingsI’ve always liked Tom Wilson. From Junk House to Lee Harvey Osmond and everything before, in-between and to follow, I’m sure.

He and his band mates, Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing, always put on a fabulous show and the sound is just straight up crystal clear heaven. Clad in Johnny Cash-styled suits, embroidered with flames and stars, they are pleasant on the eyes, as well as the ears.

I love a sold out Massey Hall show more then any other venue event in Ontario. The house was packed and anxious, but the audience and myself were in for an extra special treat! There was an abundance of some of Canada’s most talented musicians there at Massey Hall on Wednesday night to join Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in song.

The song ‘Stoned’ has always been a favourite of mine; Mary Margaret O’Hara sat in on that number, and it was just killer. Amy Helm, Murray McLauchlan, Ron Sexsmith, Holly Cole and Serina Ryder were all a part of this wonderful evening.

One of Canada’s most celebrated blues rock bands, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings performed a set that included Juno winning classics, as well as some new greats.

The night was warm, dim and the presence of the band on stage was grand. They received multiple standing ovations throughout their performance and I don’t think I have to explain why.

The release of their seventh studio album, Kings & Queens, has had great success so far, and from the look on all the audience members’ faces, I’d say it’s due to the genuine love of the band’s music and not over a silly one hit wonder somewhere along the way.

The age difference was rather wide at Massey Hall that evening, 85% of the crowd was well over 50 (which in my opinion is pretty cool – cool that they still like to rock out). The rest of the audience was in their mid 20s, and I’m presuming by their press passes, that they were reviewing as well.

It would have been nice to see a larger representation of the younger generation there as well – they are definitely missing out on a superb blend of blues, folk and rock, mixed with that honky-tonk feeling, and some killer guitar solos. The younger folks could learn a thing or two from these experienced players, to say the least.

This was my favourite show during Canadian Music Week, the entire evening was beautiful.

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