Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings - the band - is a Canadian Roots Rock Supergroup comprised of three of Canada's finest critically acclaimed songwriters Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson.

Biography

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings - the band - is a labour of love for Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson.

In 1996 their debut album was released to critical acclaim.The first album, "High or Hurtin'", brought 14+ Willie P. Bennett originals to an appreciative audience. The musicianship is superb, the vocals right on, and the lyrics are sublime.

Since that first album, Stephen, Colin and Tom have often found themselves writing songs that could only be expressed through the Blackie & the Rodeo Kings medium. It was this material and a love for collaboration that brought them together again; they found that Blackie meant more to them than a simple and fun way to pay tribute to the music that they loved.

All three continued their successful solo careers garnering numerous individual awards and nominations. The chemistry, which first brought the trio together, drew them back in 1999 for "Kings of Love", a double album of originals and covers, folk, rock, ballads, even surf instrumental : an amazing achievement from Colin, Tom and Stephen which won the JUNO in the Best Roots & Traditional Album, Group category.

BARK is the third album and marked the highly anticipated return of the Juno Award-winning group Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. Recorded in the winter of 2003, the album found the trio maturing musically, featuring some of the best material that these three talented songwriters had ever put to disc.

In the 3 years since they released their Juno nominated recording BARK, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings have been very busy. They appeared live on the Juno and the CCMA Award shows; toured across Canada with country legend Merle Haggard, toured the U.S. on the heels of a top 15 Americana radio hit and all three founding members (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson) released solo CDs. BARK garnered the band four singles, two of which went Top 30 at Rock Radio.

2010 brings the seventh album from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, an ambitious collaboration called “Kings & Queens”. This release, produced by Colin Linden, pairs Blackie & the Rodeo Kings with some of the band’s favourite female singers – and some of the biggest names in roots, blues and jazz – including Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams and Cassandra Wilson.

Discography

High or Hurtin'
Kings of Love
BARK
Let's Frolic
Let's Frolic Again
Swinging on the Chains of Love
Kings & Queens
Kings & Queens Deluxe Edition