Cody Canada & The Departed
Cody Canada & the Departed
It's been a quarter century since Canada kicked off his career. A road warrior and prolific songwriter, Canada was the frontman of Cross Canadian Ragweed, a wildly influential band that dominated the Red Dirt scene for more than a decade, and made music that reached far beyond the genre's borders, selling millions of albums and playing for huge audiences across the U.S. Canada formed the Departed in 2011. With 3, he nods to his former band's glory days, brewing up a sound that's inspired by outlaw country icons of the 1970s and rock bands of the 1990s.
"This record sounds like Cross Canadian Ragweed between 2002 and 2006, and it goes back to the way I originally started writing songs," he says. "It's observational writing. I was inspired by the bad news on the television. The good news, too. I was inspired by falling in love all over again with my wife, by watching my kids go through life, by politics, and by the modern world."
He also found inspiration in his bandmates: bass player Jeremy Plato (who's played alongside Canada for decades, beginning with Cross Canadian Ragweed's first album) and drummer Eric Hansen (a longtime friend currently celebrating his third year with the band). Also joining the Departed in the studio was McClure, an acclaimed songwriter and producer who helped oversee multiple albums for Cross Canadian Ragweed. 3 marks McClure's first collaboration with Canada since the Departed's formation.
"I've been following Mike since I was 16 years old," Canada explains. "I remember the first time I ever watched him play a show, and I thought, 'I want to do that.' When I started the Departed, I wanted it to sound different from what I'd done before, so I didn't bring him into the fold at first. It's good to have him back as producer. I feel like have all the elements we need now."
Songs like "Lipstick" — a heartland rocker, shot through with harmonica and thick harmonies — was partially written in the recording studio, with all musicians contributing to Canada's original idea. Others were written on the road, their compositions cobbled together from iPhone recordings and soundcheck jams. Also tracks like "Sam Hain" deliver a pissed-off, political punch, 3 represent the Departed's happiest album to date — a result of Cody Canada's own attitude toward his life and his band.
"I'm a fan of love," he says unapologetically. "I love my wife, who I've been with for 20 years. I love my kids. I love my friends. These songs come out of the good times and the bad times, but the recurring theme of this thing is me finding my happy area. I've finally found comfort in who I am. My band's where it needs to be. I don't need to fight it."
Canada was the frontman of Cross Canadian Ragweed, a wildly influential band that dominated the Red Dirt scene for 16 years, and made music that reached beyond the genre's borders, selling millions of albums and playing for huge audiences.
Born and raised on the coastal plains of Texas, comes a young man who has been carrying around his guitars since he was able enough to bring it along. His sound is not placed into any one category and the same can be said about his audience. Songs and stories of people and places have spilled out in lyrical form and conveyed into a musical show, which can only be described after being a part of it. Beasley, Texas is the one light town that helped shape rising artist, Jon Stork, as he found his way into the life of music, he is now living. Growing up on a ranch with a musical family and being a middle child , you can say that playing and singing seemed to come naturally for the youn g cattleman, as he set out to learn more about this dream that he had no plans on running down. Throughout childhood and into his young adult life, Stork attributes church to his feel and passion behind the music, saying - “I was raised in church and bro ught up on praise/gospel songs. There aren’t many other places or ways you can learn to feel music in that way.” Using these lessons helped this songwriter find his style and sound as he began to spread his wings. Through high school and into college, t he music continued to grow and take ro ot in what turned out to be just the start of what was to come.
While attending college at the University of Houston, on his days/nights off, you could most likely find this young Stork playing on a back patio or ser ving drinks behind a bar. That was the case until he was told to make a choice between playing music or having a job. The choice was made and the job was lost. Hitting the pavement a little harder, along with pen to paper, “ In Your Radio” was released in May of 2017. With even less time, Stork came out of the gate strong with his first single, “ Rodeo Blues” , in December 2017. Getting his band and sound right for the next ten months is what he did. Playing all over Texas and some outside of the state, the words began to spread. In October of 2018 the second radio single hit the charts, as “One Night Stand” began to grab the attention of people from all over. Today, the culmination of stories (turned song) have resulted in something people are going t o have to listen to, twice.
Releasing his first full - length album, “ Radio Cowboy”, September 2019, Stork is eager for new music to hit the listeners’ ears, saying “I wanted to make sure there was something for everyone on this album and I think we hit our mark.”
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