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The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The
Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of
Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the
passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique
perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new
environment.
Canada, Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege and Steve Littleton are reopening
the doors to a sonic garage where sounds and stories some thought
were gone for good are now being unleashed onto an eager public
after a few years of fruitful – even risky — artistic diversion. Being
guided by raw emotion and nerves that are often unguarded, Canada
hasn’t begun to pluck the opening notes to an increasing number of
Cross Canadian Ragweed favorites without some reluctance or painful
reminiscence, mind you. But the powerful nature of such visceral
connections is what makes his stories stunning while rightfully placing
him in a prominent class of modern songwriters occupied by the
influential likes of Robert Earl Keen, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Todd
Snider, Mike McClure and the men of Reckless Kelly, among only a
strict few others.
To be clear, the men of the Departed are not the frat-house faves
many of the latest generation of river-tubing popsters are. Ideals and
experiences of a person enduring the sometimes-harsh realities of the
real world demand space in a Departed concert.
In the wake of Ragweed’s 2010 dissolution, most fans likely expected
– and few would’ve blamed – Canada for adhering to the heart-
sleeved, Okie-rocker recipe that propelled Canada into a true Rock
Star realm. Bolstering his bad-ass bona-fides even more, however,
was his decision to choose the dirt road less traveled. By finally
partnering up with Seth James, a long-time friend universally admired
for his soulful skills, Canada’s words had a different backdrop that
certainly represented commercial risk, but offered an unusually fresh
outlet where the iconic songs of his past, for a while, stayed in the
past. For three years, Canada became a side-man for sections of each
concert as the Departed quickly built a reputation as a crack band
focused on packing as much expertly-curated song-craft into each
show as possible, eschewing the demands for “more Ragweed!”
With the chill of 2014’s winter thawing into the haziness of the spring
and the Departed now having played as a powerful four-piece for
several months following James’ amicable exit, Canada’s appreciation
for the truly remarkable, intensely personal body of work he created as he fronted Ragweed is intact, and indeed, fresh with the passing of
time and the healing of emotional wounds. Unsurprisingly, fans are
exuberantly responding to the inclusion of classics such as “Alabama,”
“Dimebag,” and “17” into set-lists for Departed shows. The refitted
outfit is channeling the power chords and raw-bone ballads, which
vaulted Canada into the status as Red Dirt’s biggest name for so long.
This is not a comeback. This isn’t a rebirth.

This is a rock and roll renewal only an artist with Canada’s strength of
will and determined vision is capable of. He’s making great use of a
rare chance few artists ever receive. He now knows what he only
started to understand many years ago, and his words are all the more
impactful as a result.

W/The Plott Hounds

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