Rodney DeCroo

Rodney DeCroo

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Biography

Northern Electric Recording Artist Rodney Decroo, as one music writer put it, is a true original. He is American by birth and Canadian by accident. He was born in a small, coal mining town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After serving in Vietnam, his father deserted the Marines and took the family to northern BC where they lived in the bush. His parents separated a couple years later and Rodney returned to small town Pennsylvania until he was seventeen when he came back to British Columbia where he has remained for 20 years.

Rodney's songs and performances are known for their authenticity. He has lived what he sings and writes about. He delivers his songs like a scrap metal freight train blasting through mountains and valleys or with the sensitivity of a mother lion lulling her cubs to sleep. There are few hearts he can not touch. Rodney arrived late to the Vancouver music scene but was quickly ushered in by the likes of Ronnie Hayward, Herald Nix, and Linda Mcrae- not an easy club to join. Shortly after that Richard Chapman invited him to release his debut cd with Northern Electric Records.

Rodney established himself at the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver running the stage once a month for 3 years hosting his Folk You shows. Ridley Bent, Carolyn Mark,The Brakemen, Ida Nilsen, Sam Parton, are just a few of the artists who performed on his stage. He's also shared stages across Canada with Elliot Brood, Cuff the Duke, Corb Lund, Herald Nix, Rae Spoon, Utah Phillips, Po' Girl, Cam Penner, and many other artists.

With 4 critically acclaimed cds available he is working on the final stages of his fifth. Rodney also recently collaborated with Warner Recording Artist Buck 65.

Rodney caused a mild sensation the year he played the Vancouver Folk Fest.

There was such a stir around his side stage performances that he was invited to the main stage to play his song War Torn Man. For five minutes there was intense silence as a three thousand audience members listened closely to what Utah Phillips called, during a workshop that weekend, one of the best folk songs he'd heard in a long time.

Rodney is playing around 200 dates a year and as this is being written he is on tour across Canada, keep an eye out, you'll enjoy his show.

As as yet another music writer puts it,

"Put the gruff-but-sensitive singer-songwriter in just about any other Canadian city besides Vancouver and you’re looking at a sold-out show and maybe even a little bit of hysteria over one of the finest tune smiths out there. Run, don’t walk, in other words, before they all piss off to Montreal or something!"

Lyrics

Long White Road

Written By: Rodney DeCroo

you've got a broken bowl in your hands
and you're standing waist deep in quicksand
now tell me again who you gonna turn to
now tell me me again what it means to you

walking down that long white road
walking down that long white road
with your shadow sweating on the wall

walking around with your pockets full of nothing but wind
now you hear those voices begin
they say can't you see it's just about time
you understand that your loving has been nothing but a crime

walking down that long white road
walking down that long white road
with your shadow sweating on the wall

well john the baptist lost his head
cause the king took his brother's sister to bed
she didn't like what old john said
so john paid the price instead

walking down that long white road
walking down that long white road
with your shadow sweating on the wall
walking down that long white road
who gonna catch you when you fall
walking down that long white road
who gonna catch you when you fall

Bring It On

Written By: Rodney DeCroo

out on the edge with a matador's heart
it's getting so lonely and it's getting so dark bring it on
i wrestled with that angel we wrestled all night
he bashed in my head and filled me with fright bring it on

i saw that face in the sky
it had no look in its eyes
i heard it speak man my knees went weak just bring it on

you always were a child
lost lonely and wild
you can try to run
you can try to hide
but it's coming on
you said i was a fool you stuck your knives in my back
but you've never been where i've been and you'd never make it back
bring it on

i saw that face in the sky
it had no look in its eyes
i heard it speak man my knees went weak just bring it on

i've been to the deep place
i've been to the dark
i held my own while terror froze my heart bring it on
i talked with that angel we talked all night
he helped me up he said i'd be alright so bring it on

i saw that face in the sky
it had no look in its eyes
i heard it speak man my knees went weak just bring it on

out on the edge with a matador's heart
it's getting so lonely it's getting so dark bring it on
you always were a child
lost lonely and wild
you can try run
you can try to hide
but it's coming on

i saw that face in the sky
it had no look in it's eyes
i heard it speak man my knees went weak bring it on

Sacred Ground

Written By: Rodney DeCroo

you're starvation ships they're set to sail
you're messenger he found me he told me this tale
he said your dice are rattling like teeth in your head
and you've been singing songs about dying in your bed
and that long legged man with the knowing smile
he's been walking right beside you for many a mile
but you know i heard that rumour
you gonna break that chain
and when you do you gonna see me again

when you make it to sacred ground
when you make it to sacred ground
i'm gonna be there yes i'll be around

my prophet he's a beggar but he don't care
he lives in castles made out of air
they can mock him they can taunt him but he pays no mind
he knows the secret roads of time
they always must run crooked before they play out straight
and if i've learned anything i've learned how to wait

when you make it to sacred ground
when you make it to sacred ground
i'm gonna be there yes i'll be around

when you travel out across those borderlines
you're gonna see many a strange sign
but you've got to learn to listen you've got to play your part
you've got to stand at the center of your heart

when you make it to sacred ground
when you make it to sacred ground
i'm gonna be there yes i'll be around

War Torn Man

Written By: Rodney DeCroo

my daddy be a war torn man
he just do the best he can
that damn war marked him for life
and he can't keep a lover and he can't keep a wife
my daddy don't like to be touched
and he don't like to talk too much
he stands distant most of the time
he got trouble on his mind

he's got dreams that make hard man weep
he's got dreams that make it very hard to sleep
he does things you say you don't understand
well maybe you don't understand 'cause you ain't no war torn man

my daddy roams from town to town
he don't like to settle down
he's got demons chase him round
he's got secrets buried in that ground
once i heard my daddy cry
i was six i didn't know why
all alone in the living room dark
with a bottle and a shotgun and a bombed out heart

he's got dreams that make hard men weep
he's got dreams that make it very hard to sleep
he does things you say you don't understand
maybe you don't understand because you ain't no war torn man

once i heard my daddy speak
he said i learned this knowledge boy and i learned it deep
life is fragile life is cheap
i found bodies in a heap
that burned flesh and that gasoline smell
filled my nostrils as the wind swelled and i knew then devil didn't make hell
man did it himself and he did it fucking well

he's got dreams that make hard men weep
he's got dreams that make it very hard to sleep
he does things you say you don't understand
maybe you don't understand because you ain't no war torn man
maybe no one understands least of all war torn man

Rain Rain

Written By: Rodney DeCroo

rain rain falling down please wash away this dirty town
my hands are empty and my head is such a mess
i lost a lover and i lost a friend
and i just don't think i can do it again
rain rain please wash it all away

the day runs hot and then runs cold
everything changes and gets old
the streets in this town are stories of neglect
i've played make believe but i can't change these things i've seen
rain rain please wash it all away

time runs through my hands
like flash flood water through desert sands
here and gone and nothing left in its wake
oh those thunder clouds roll on
oh what the hell let's get it on
rain rain please wash it all away

when you pass me in the street
please nod smile say something sweet
you've no ideas what those little things mean to me
'cause when that night comes down
we're all stuck in this dirty town
rain rain please wash it all away

Discography

2004- Rodney DeCroo and The Killers (NorthernElectric)

2006- War Torn Man (Northern Electric)

2006- Trucker's Memorial (Northern Electric)

2007- Views (Northern Electric Compilation)

2008- Mockingbird Bible (Northern Electric)

Set List

I don't generally work with a set list. I decide which songs to play depending on the moment and the audience and what the mood is overall.

However, that said, we typically play songs off my last three records and whatever new songs I'm happy with and there's always a few of those.

We can play from one set (45-60 minutes) to three sets at any given show. Below is a list of songs we know and draw from for shows.

Bring it On
Jerusalem's Burning
Sculpture of You
White Ships
Can't Find My Way Out Of Here
Deadman's Town
Song Of Roses
Don't Want No One
Ginger Goodwin
Lorraine
Black Sun
Mississippi
Rain Rain
When I Was A Boy
Standing In The Doorway
Leechburgh
Sheltering Sky
Whiskey
Black Smoke
Peruvian Waltz
Wide Open Heart
Blue Rooms
War Torn Man
Sacred Ground
Mockingbird
Gasoline
Memories of Snow And Dust
Long White Road
Spinning Wheel
Black Earth, Green Fields
Shooting Stars
Loneliness Has The Soul Of A Spider
Lies Are Just Lies
As Surely As You B