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Roots/Rock: Cody Canada, Jason Heath album



Cody Canada and The Departed
  • Cody Canada and The Departed
→ In the wake of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s decision to part ways, Cody Canada resurfaced with his longtime Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato on bass, and the two are the core for Cody Canada and The Departed. They will be in Bloomington on April 5, for a show at the Bluebird.

“We kicked around several ideas for names,“ Canada said on his website. “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 Red Dirt musicians Seth James on guitar (Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ (Stoney LaRue & the Arsenals) and Dave Bowen on drums (Stoney LaRue, Bleu Edmondson, Dale Watson).

The band cut This Indian Land, an Oklahoma tribute album that Cody had been wanting to do for years. Songs include Kevin Welch’s “Kickin’ Back in Amsterdam” and “True Love Never Dies”, JJ Cale’s “If You’re Ever in Oklahoma” and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Leon Russell’s “Home Sweet Oklahoma”.

→ Working on the East coast, the band Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls' second album, Packed for Exile is a neo-rock/country/folk blend. It firmly places them in a genre with The Band, Truth and Salvage, Co., and the Avett Brothers. The band began to form in late 2006, much as Truth and Salvage Co. did - in LA, at an open mic night.

The Greedy Souls include Jason Federici, son of late E Street Band member Danny Federici, on accordion and organ, lending a distinct E St. keyboard sound to the band. It is eerie to hear him play; his sound is much like his dad's.

Much of their touring is on the west coast at theis point, though they have played some New York and New Jersey shows. Over the next year, we can hope the bit of a buzz forming about the band can allow them to come to the middle of the country, where the organic rock and roll they make already sounds right.

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