Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (from the album Kings and Kings)
A little over two decades after forming around a mutual love for Canadian Folk singer Willie P. Bennett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have brought together brothers, fathers, heroes, and friends as collaborators for Kings and Kings, their latest release. The Canadian supergroup trio (Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, Tim Wilson aka Lee Harvey Osmond) made a mark with duets on their 2011 release, Kings and Queens, when the band partnered with musical women. It is all about the guys on Kings and Kings as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings bring in men from the many sides of Roots and Americana with Indie Roots (City and Colour, Fantastic Negrito), Folk (Bruce Cockburn), and Country (Eric Church).
Colin Linden is Nashville-based, and through his work on the hometown hit television series, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings welcome The Men of Nashville (Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio) for “Where the R iver Rolls”. Kings and Kings enters the “Land of the Living (Hamilton Ontario 22016)” with Jason Isbell, borrows Raul Malo from The Mavericks to walk “High Wire”, looks for a good time with Buddy Miller in “Playing By Heart”, talk a “Long Walk to Freedom” alongside Keb’ Mo’, and shares a “Secret of a Long Lasting Love” with Nick Lowe. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings take tracks from each of the three members for Kings and Kings song catalogs sliding in a Country ballad with Vince Gill on “This Lonesome Feeling”, and opening the album with the credo of each man involved in the project as they partner with Rodney Crowell in “Live by the Song”.