Previously Performed in: 2017, 2011, 2008, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996
After over 30 years together, a Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction, and more than a few songs that have reached anthemic status, how can any band remain as consistently vibrant and relevant as Blue Rodeo? The magic is in the relationship between co-leaders Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy—the way the two men sing together, interact on stage, and generously lift each other’s songs represents the rarest of musical partnerships. Blue Rodeo’s popularity has never been defined by generation or genre—technically they fall into the realm of country-rock, with guitar-based songs punctuated by flourishes of keys and pedal steel, but whether it’s Cuddy crooning a ballad or Keelor delving into psychedelic rock, every Blue Rodeo number is built around a core of classic singer - songwriting.
Of course, Cuddy and Keelor don’t pull off this magic trick on their own: bass player Bazil Donovan has been with them since Blue Rodeo’s birth and most of the rest of the players have been part of the fold for a decade or two, making for a resoundingly solid on-stage crew. Whether they’re playing crowd favourites like “Lost Together” or “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet” or new tunes from their latest album, 2015’s 1000 Arms, the effortless camaraderie among the members shines strong. Basking in the glow of a Blue Rodeo performance is not only a distinctively Canadian pastime, it’s an out-and- out pleasure.