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Blackie & the Rodeo Kings to Play Cornwall

By Bob Peters
October 19, 2012

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - CornwallCornwall Ontario - Juno Award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will be visiting Cornwall for a much anticipated concert at the 658-seat Aultsville Theatre on Saturday, November 10th.

"This show is the first-ever ‘Aultsville Presents’ and will include special appearances by Amy Helm (daughter of the infamous Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm) and Canadian Indie icon Mary Margaret O’Hara" said Graham Greer, Creative Director for Aultsville Theatre. "I highly recommend this show... this band is known for their smart writing, fantastic delivery and production."

Hamilton buzz band Harlan Pepper will open for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Now into their second decade, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are comprised of accomplished Canadian music artists Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson - all of whom have sizeable followings as solo artists.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into arguably one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. They have released seven CDs and gradually developed a musical brotherhood manifested in a groove, blend and melodic/rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative.

The Cornwall show is part of the band's Kings and Queens North American tour, named for the band’s most recent collaboration album, Kings and Queens. The album pairs the band with some of their favorite female singers and friends – and some of the biggest names in roots, blues and jazz - Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Helm, Janiva Magness, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa and Holly Cole. Some of the album’s Queens and other close friends will be making special guest appearances throughout the tour performing LIVE with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Tickets are $40 (plus tax and applicable surcharges) and are available at the Cornwall Civic Complex Box Office and online at admission.com. (The Aultsville Box Office opens at 7:00pm on the evening of the event)

Visit www.aultsvilletheatre.com for more info.

Colin Linden

Colin Linden is a singer and songwriter in great demand as well as a prolific record producer ( Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James). At last count, the total of albums on which he has played stood at over 300, while at least 70 albums bear the ‘Produced by Colin Linden’ credit.

Colin’s songs have been covered by The Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb’ Mo’, and Colin James, and his well-stocked trophy case includes seven Juno, multiple Maple Blues Awards, and a Toronto Arts Award.  He was nominated for a Grammy Award for the star-studded A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf CD, and was involved in the ground-breaking O Brother Where Art Thou phenomenon. Linden has a well-deserved reputation as a slide guitar virtuoso of real originality, and his riveting slide work can be heard both on albums from such artists as  Cassandra Wilson, The Rankin Family, Whitey Johnson and on his own sizeable solo catalogue.

Stephen Fearing

Multiple JUNO Award winning Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in Canada, with a faithful international fan base.

A founding member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Stephen has collaborated with many artists including Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, Margo Timmins and most recently producing Happy Here, the latest Juno-nominated album from Suzie Vinnick. The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing’s two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson (guitar and vocals) struck Canadian rock gold in the ’90s as the leader of the much- loved Junkhouse, and then found a whole new audience as a crucial component of roots-rock super- group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

He released solo albums in 2001 and 2006, and his 2005 collaboration with Bob Lanois, The Shack Recordings, was critically acclaimed. In 2009 Wilson collaborated with  Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies and Josh Finlayson of the Skydiggers to release an album as LeE HARVeY OsMOND called A Quiet Evil. Margo Timmins, Andy Maize and Suzie Vinnick also contributed to the album. The band continue to tour and play nationally with new songs and recordings in the works. Tom Wilson is also a renowned painter whose work has been displayed nationally.

You can learn more about Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on their website at blackieandtherodeokings.com/

Category: Arts and Entertainment