Cody Canada and The Departed @ 191 Toole

The Rialto Theatre Presents

Cody Canada and The Departed @ 191 Toole

Drew Cooper

Aug 21 Tue

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

191 Toole

$17.00-$20.00

This event is 21 and over

Cody Canada and The Departed
Cody Canada and The Departed
It's been a quarter century since Canada kicked off his career. A road warrior and prolific songwriter, Canada was the frontman of Cross Canadian Ragweed, a wildly influential band that dominated the Red Dirt scene for more than a decade, and made music that reached far beyond the genre's borders, selling millions of albums and playing for huge audiences across the U.S. Canada formed the Departed in 2011. With 3, he nods to his former band's glory days, brewing up a sound that's inspired by outlaw country icons of the 1970s and rock bands of the 1990s.
"This record sounds like Cross Canadian Ragweed between 2002 and 2006, and it goes back to the way I originally started writing songs," he says. "It's observational writing. I was inspired by the bad news on the television. The good news, too. I was inspired by falling in love all over again with my wife, by watching my kids go through life, by politics, and by the modern world."

He also found inspiration in his bandmates: bass player Jeremy Plato (who's played alongside Canada for decades, beginning with Cross Canadian Ragweed's first album) and drummer Eric Hansen (a longtime friend currently celebrating his third year with the band). Also joining the Departed in the studio was McClure, an acclaimed songwriter and producer who helped oversee multiple albums for Cross Canadian Ragweed. 3 marks McClure's first collaboration with Canada since the Departed's formation.
"I've been following Mike since I was 16 years old," Canada explains. "I remember the first time I ever watched him play a show, and I thought, 'I want to do that.' When I started the Departed, I wanted it to sound different from what I'd done before, so I didn't bring him into the fold at first. It's good to have him back as producer. I feel like have all the elements we need now."

Songs like "Lipstick" — a heartland rocker, shot through with harmonica and thick harmonies — was partially written in the recording studio, with all musicians contributing to Canada's original idea. Others were written on the road, their compositions cobbled together from iPhone recordings and soundcheck jams. Also tracks like "Sam Hain" deliver a pissed-off, political punch, 3 represent the Departed's happiest album to date — a result of Cody Canada's own attitude toward his life and his band.
"I'm a fan of love," he says unapologetically. "I love my wife, who I've been with for 20 years. I love my kids. I love my friends. These songs come out of the good times and the bad times, but the recurring theme of this thing is me finding my happy area. I've finally found comfort in who I am. My band's where it needs to be. I don't need to fight it."
Drew Cooper
Drew Cooper
Drew Cooper is a born entertainer in the mold of Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux and Bruce Springsteen, whose music and live performance styles were his companions and musical influences while he grew up. Drew was then drawn in his early twenties to the Red Dirt scene by the likes of Radney Foster, Stoney LaRue, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Pat Green, who have all inspired the country and bluesy, toe-tapping, sing-along, heartfelt music he plays today.

Drew is one of those rare performers who can turn anyone who attends one of his concerts into a lifelong fan. Drew's charismatic, smiling, laughing style of entertaining can turn crowds of 12 to 12,000 into enthusiastic, on-your- feet participants in a musical journey that excites and moves people of all ages and backgrounds.

Drew's music shows the commitment to country values and strong family bonds he was raised with while growing up in the Midwest, as well as the distinctive influence of the American Southwest, where he now calls home. From Springfield, Illinois to Tucson, Arizona, Drew's down-home, back-roads lyrics and keep-humming- that-tune melodies embody all that is good about the Great American Heartland.

A self-taught guitar player whose fingertip blisters were the dues many great performers pay, he is known by several names – son, brother, and most importantly, Daddy. But you will know him simply as Drew Cooper, a musician whose heart is in his smile and his relentless love of music comes through in every chord he plays.

Drew may be new to the Red Dirt scene, but he is already cutting his own path, opening for national acts such as Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakam, Phil Vassar, Dustin Lynch, Cody Johnson and Pat Green and constantly adding to his fan base. Drew has played festivals and major venues, but still loves performing in local dive bars like the Cowpony in Tucson where he played his first show. His passion for music comes through in the lyrics to
his hit song, “Pictures on the Wall.” With the release of his new EP "Hangovers and Heartaches", Drew is proving that his feet are firmly planted in good old American musical topsoil – the richest performance tradition in the greatest country on earth.
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