Cody Canada

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Cody Canada
Cody Canada performing in April 2009
Background information
Born (1976-05-25) May 25, 1976 (age 37)
Origin Pampa, Texas
Genres Alternative country, Southern Rock, Red Dirt, Blues Rock,
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica
Years active 1994–present
Labels Underground Sound
Associated acts Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Departed, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Stoney LaRue, Dierks Bentley, Randy Rogers, Reckless Kelly, Robert Earl Keen, ZZ Top, Shooter Jennings, Seth James, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Medicine Show, Todd Snider
Notable instruments
PRS Standard 24

Cody Jay Canada (born May 25, 1976 in Pampa, Texas) is an American southern rock/alt-country artist. From 1994-2010, Canada was the lead singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed. In 2011, Canada founded the group The Departed with Jeremy Plato, Seth James, Steve Littleton and Dave Bowen.[1]

Early life[edit]

Canada was born in Pampa, Texas in 1976. Acquiring a taste for music after attending a George Strait concert with his parents at the age of five, Canada first started playing guitar at the age of eight. While Cody was a teen, the Canada family relocated to Yukon, Oklahoma and became interested in outlaw country and hardcore rock n' roll.[1]

Cross Canadian Ragweed[edit]

In 1994, Canada along with fellow musicians Jeremy Plato (bass), Grady Cross (guitar), and Randy Ragsdale (percussion) formed Cross Canadian Ragweed in Yukon, Oklahoma. The band was named after three of its original members with Canada taking on the role of lead guitarist, lead vocals, and prominent songwriter. They would later move to Stillwater, Oklahoma. From the time of Ragweed's formation until its end in 2010, the band released seven studio albums as well as three live albums.

In 2010, the band went on an extended hiatus due to slight tensions between Cross, and Ragsdale's family responsibilities.

The Departed[edit]

In 2011, Canada and Plato formed a new band, initially called Cody Canada & the Departed. The band consists of Canada (guitar/vocals), Plato (bass guitar/vocals), Seth James (guitar/vocals), Steve Littleton (keyboards) and Chris Doege (drums) who replaced original drummer, Dave Bowen. They released their first album in June 2011 titled This Is Indian Land, consisting of covers written by Oklahoma songwriters.

On August 24, 2012, the band, now billing themselves as The Departed, announced through their website and social media that they would release their first original album titled Adventus. The album was released on November 13, 2012.

In September 2012, the band announced that they would release one song from Adventus every Monday leading up until the album's release on their Facebook artist profile.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country


Some Old, Some New,
Maybe a Cover or Two
  • Release date: November 19, 2013
  • Label: Underground Sound
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