Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
|Origin||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Folk rock, alternative country|
|Labels||True North, File Under: Music, High Or Hurtin Records|
John Dymond (Bass)
Gary Craig (Drums)
John Whynot (Keyboards)
|Past members||Richard Bell (Keyboards)|
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are a Canadian folk rock–alternative country band with blues and country influences. The band was formed in 1996, in Hamilton, Ontario, by Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, and Colin Linden.
Early Period: 1990s
Tom Wilson (former lead singer of Junkhouse and Tom Wilson & the Florida Razors), solo artist Stephen Fearing, and guitarist and producer Colin Linden started Blackie and the Rodeo Kings as a tribute to one of their favorite Canadian folk artists, the singer-songwriter Willie P. Bennett. Their name was taken from Bennett's 1978 album Blackie and the Rodeo King. What started as a side project soon turned into a full-fledged band after their first album, High or Hurtin': The Songs of Willie P. Bennett, was a critical success and popular with fans of both Bennett and each individual artist. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have released numerous full-length studio albums and received many awards and nominations. In 1999, the band recorded Kings of Love, which received a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album – Group in 2000.
In 2003, the band recorded Bark. Kings of Love and Bark still had cover versions of Bennett's songs, but they also included some original material by the band members and cover versions of songs by Bruce Cockburn, Fred Eaglesmith and David Wiffen. In 2005, the band was included in a list published by the New York Times of songs found on President George W. Bush's iPod. In 2006, the band recorded Let's Frolic!, consisting of all-original material.
In 2008, the band were the winners of the 7th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for best band venue poster. It was designed by Michael Wrycraft.
For their 2011 album Kings and Queens the band teamed up with singers Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Cassandra Wilson, Serena Ryder and Patti Scialfa. Each of the 14 tracks featured a duet with one of the singers. The band then went out on tour in support of the album. In 2012 they performed at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
In 2014, the band released the album South, which was made up of new, original songs, as well a cover of Willie P. Bennett's "Driftin' Snow."
Their 2017 album Kings and Kings revisited the format of their 2011 album Kings and Queens, this time pairing the band with different guest male vocalists. Contributing to the album were Eric Church, City and Colour, Bruce Cockburn, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Nick Lowe, Raul Malo (of The Mavericks), The Men of Nashville, Buddy Miller, Keb' Mo', and Fantastic Negrito.
Richard Bell (March 5, 1946, Toronto – June 15, 2007, Toronto): Pianist for Janis Joplin and The Band. He was the keyboardist for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings for a number of years before his death.
|1996||High or Hurtin': The Songs of Willie P. Bennett||True North|
|1999||Kings of Love||True North|
|2006||Let's Frolic||True North|
|2007||Let's Frolic Again||True North|
|2009||Swinging from the Chains of Love||File Under: Music|
|2011||Kings and Queens||File Under: Music|
|2014||South||File Under: Music|
|2017||Kings and Kings||File Under: Music|
|2020||King of This Town||File Under: Music|
|CAN Country||CAN Rock|
|1996||"Lace & Pretty Flowers"||94||High or Hurtin'|
|1999||"The Lucky Ones"||82||Kings of Love|
|"Lean on Your Peers"||19|
|2003||"Swinging from the Chains of Love"||Bark|
|"Had Enough of You Today"|
|2004||"Water or Gasoline"|
|"You're So Easy to Love"|
|2006||"That's What I Like"||Let's Frolic|
|2007||"The Fool Who Can't Forget"|
|"Buried in Your Heart"|
|2011||"Got You Covered" (with Rosanne Cash)||Kings and Queens|
|2019||"Cold 100"||King of This Town|
Contributions to other recordings
- Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young includes the band's cover version of "Unknown Legend". All proceeds from this album go to Safe Haven and the Bridge School.
- Weirdsville Soundtrack features their song "Stoned", from the album Bark (2003).
- Johnny's Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash (NorthernBlues Music, 2003) includes the band's cover version of "Folsom Prison Blues".
- Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot includes the band's cover version of "Summer Side of Love".
- Deming, Mark. "Blackie & the Rodeo Kings". www.allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Blackie and the Rodeo Kings". The Canadian Encyclopedia, Bruce Farley Mowat, Anne-marie Pedersen, February 19, 2013
- Oliver, Nic. "Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Swinging from the Chains of Love". www.musicomh.com. musicOMH. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Best Roots & Traditional Album: Group 2000". www.junoawards.ca. 2000. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Bush's Playlist". Nytimes.com. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
- "Design Nominees : 7th Annual Independent Music Awards". www.independentmusicawards.com. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 15 January 2016.[dead link]
- Wheeler, Brad (3 July 2011). "Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - and Queens". www.theglobeandmail.com. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "The Mountain Man comes to the Prairies". Uniter, Adam Petrash, November 2, 2011
- "Stephen Fearing of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings electrified the main stage with fellow musicians Tom Wilson and Colin Linden at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on Prince’s Island on Friday evening July 27, 2012". Edmonton Journal, Gavin Young, 07.28.2012
- "SOUTH – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
- "Kings and Kings – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
- "John Dymond". www.allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- "Gary Craig". www.allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- Wenn (20 June 2007). "Richard Bell Dies". www.contactmusic.com. Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- See his list of performance credits at https://www.discogs.com/artist/439455-John-Whynot?filter_anv=0&subtype=Instruments-Performance&type=Credits
- https://www.blackieandtherodeokings.com/about/ "We were honored as always by Gary Craig, Johnny Dymond, John Whynot and the legendary Kenneth Pearson on these songs..." - as close a reference as i have found to these guys being "members" of the band anyway