Kings and Queens Blackie and the Rodeo Kings http://blackieandtherodeokings.com/ Available from BARK's online store. http://blackieandtherodeokings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=49
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
When this band formed in 1996 all three members had careers that were taking off, and the thought was this was to be a one and done disc to celebrate Willie P. Bennett and his songs. Who knew that this many years down the road this band would be thriving and getting infinitely better. Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (BARK) consist of Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson (aka LEe HARVeY OsMOND), hereafter referred to as more easily typed Tom Wilson. All three members of BARK were riding high in the 90's in their home country of Canada. Mr. Linden was even crossing down into the states to work with those other Canadians we so loved, The Band, and it variety of members.
Remembering that BARK came together to celebrate the songs of another songwriter they have no hesitation in sharing their spotlight with others, and on this disc the others are a bevy of some of the best female vocalists around. They pair these Queens with songs that match up with them almost perfectly. They have the tempered steel of Exene Cervenka on the swashbuckling Made of Love, the drenched in the blues voice of Patti Scialfa on the Buddy and Julie Miller penned, Shelter Me, which brings her toughness to the forefront, the Emmy Lou Harris duet with Colin Linden of the Willie P. Bennett tune, Step Away, a simple beautiful touch, and it vies with the Pam Tillis rendition of a song she wrote with Colin Linden, My Town Has Moved Away, for the high light of the disc. Because these songs are highlighted does not diminish the efforts on the others in any way, they are just ones that stood out to this reviewer, friends that listened picked out other tunes by Queens such as Rosanne Cash, Janiva Magness, Serena Ryder and others. This is on of the best discs heard in 2011.
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