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Polished Edge: Cody Canada & ‘The Departed’ to perform at Jubilee

Polished Edge: Cody Canada & ‘The Departed’  to perform at Jubilee
Cody Canada & “The Departed”

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Cody Canada & “The Departed” will hit the stage Saturday, June 15, around 9:45 p.m. during the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee in Stockdale.

Jason Eady will open for “The Departed,” which will be followed by Reckless Kelly at 11:30 p.m. for a night of country, rock, and Red Dirt.

Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Okla. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Canada recalls, “I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Mike McClure, the ‘Red Dirt Rangers’ and they were all playing this really, really good music. It was kind of in that same vibe as the ‘Allman Brothers’ and ‘The Band.’ But what came out of it was really diverse. ... Then you had the whole Red Dirt hippie thing ... I didn’t even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.”

Canada was front man for “Cross Canadian Ragweed” for 15 years, where he tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart. They sold over a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term “Red Dirt” to the nation. When “Cross Canadian Ragweed” decided to part ways, Canada resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music that were formative.

And so a seamless transition was made, with Canada and his longtime Ragweed bandmate, Jeremy Plato, on bass and vocals, along with Seth James on guitar and vocals, Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys, and Chris Doege on drums. The band members have known each other for years, and they know each other’s musicianship.

Cody Canada & “The Departed” continues to hit the road hard. As excited as they are about their gigs, they are taking it all very seriously. Canada continues, “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.”

Canada, Plato, James, Littleton, and Doege embrace the future with “Adventus,” which features the singles “Worth the Fight” and “Prayer for the Lonely.” The music rocks, shimmers, and simmers, amplified by the heat of the Texas sun. “Adventus,” which hit No. 19 on the U.S. country charts, signals the arrival of “The Departed.”

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