Blackie & the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson A.K.A. LeE HARVey OsMOND came together to record what was suppose to be a one- off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.
Now into their second decade and with one JUNO award and several JUNO nominations under their belts, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America.
The show came about after conversations between Executive Director of Kicking Horse Culture, Bill Usher, and Wilson.
“The group was looking at doing some smaller town shows like in the old days when they would go out in their vans together. They were looking at the map and realizing they were playing in Banff the night before and in Nelson the night after us,” Usher said. “They felt like it was an opportunity and they gave us a call.”
The group has released seven CDs and have gradually developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a unique style which blends melodic and rhythmic sounds.
Usher explained the group sells out large venues on a regular basis so to have the chance to see them at the civic centre is a great chance for people in Golden to see them in a smaller venue.
“I think there is a sense that with the new hall and what we have been doing with it, we have the capacity to put on a bigger show like this now. We will now get noticed by artists that may have passed us by before,” Usher said. “The big thing now is the community has to come out and see the shows. We are prepared to do the work and take the risk and we think the community will support us.”
When the show was announced at the Nathan Rogers performance the crowd cheered and shouted to show they were happy to hear the group was coming.
“I am assuming it will sell out and the prices in other places are usually more, especially if you add on driving to get to see them,” Usher said.
Non-member tickets are specially priced for this show at $35. All members tickets are available at $25. We will have a limited number of $5 student tickets. Tickets go on sale on March 20.
Rita Chiarelli Concert Cancelled
Unfortunately Rita Chiarelli’s touring plans had to change last minute and Kicking Horse Culture has had to cancel this concert on April 5. The group will be working with Chiarelli to bring her into Golden possibly in the Fall for what they say will be an incredible show.