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During the 15 years that Cody Canada was front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed, he successfully tapped into his childhood influences on each of their nine albums. Four of those nine charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums over the course of the years, thousands of albums were sold and the band played to sell out crowds across the country helping to spread “red dirt” music. But the one thing that Canada wanted to do in honor of his musical heartland never came to fruition…until now.
In the wake of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s decision to part ways, Cody resurfaced with an armament of musicians and a mission in mind. With his long time Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato (bass) the two made a seamless transition into the world of The Departed, as in ‘Cody Canada and The Departed”. “We kicked around several ideas for names,“ Canada said. “We’re all from different bands and we wanted something to sound like we came from different places. The Departed was right on the money.” Along with Canada and Plato, The Departed rounds out with Seth James on guitar, Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys and Dave Bowen on drums.
Cody Canada & The Departed is already making waves on the road. With the recording of the album behind them and a brand new year in front, the band has hit the road like only professionals know how to do. As excited as they are about their gigs, they are taking it all very seriously. “It’s funny because with Ragweed we got to a point where we didn’t have to practice. We were playing so many shows we could just get up there and do the tunes, right? Well now it’s a new band playing new songs so we’ve got to learn everything, get our game together and practice. It’s a whole lot of fun. I can’t sleep at night. It keeps me awake, not from worry but from excitement. We’re just ready to tear it up.”
Shooter Jennings has worn many hats throughout his career: the self-described “son of a rebel saint,” the hell-raising vigilante minister at a revival of true country music, the radical prophet using rock and roll as his medium, the guiding light for an ever-growing army of young musicians who are, like Shooter himself, outsiders in today’s music business. Now after a career where he has done everything from sharing the stage with Alice in Chains to writing songs for the Oak Ridge Boys, Shooter will finally reveal the man at the heart of it all on March 13th when he releases Family Man on Entertainment One Nashville.
The word “outsider” is perhaps the best one to describe Shooter’s music and career. The only son of two country music giants, he began his career as a teenager by recording an industrial rock album with his father, which was later re-recorded and released as Waylon Forever.
In 2005, Shooter began his solo career by issuing Put the O Back in Country, which included the hit singles “4th of July” and “Steady at the Wheel,” the latter of which held the #1 spot on the Texas Music Chart for eight weeks. After gaining a sizable and devoted fan base and appearing in the Oscar-winning film Walk the Line, Shooter followed his debut with the critically acclaimed Electric Rodeo a year later.
In early 2011, Shooter once again caused a stir when he announced the creation of a new music movement called XXX, an outlet for artists who are “too country for rock, too rock for country.” After playing these artists on his long-running radio program on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, Shooter has quickly gained a reputation as one of the biggest supporters of underground and independent music in the United States and, fittingly, Billboard named him one of “the best and brightest music industry characters” in March 2011.
Shooter Jennings is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in country music. It is his clear vision, his undefeatable XXX spirit, paired with his rebel DNA and the mature outlook and emotional strength of a father and a Family Man, that makes Shooter Jennings one of the most exciting artists of his era and makes this his best album to date.