Cody Canada & The Departed
Are you a fan of the Red Dirt phenomenon? Get acquainted in Sellersville! Red Dirt artists and fans don't like to define with genre labels, but most commonly agree that "country music with attitude" describes the mix of Americana, country, rock and everything in between. A state of mind as much as it is a sound, Red Dirt favorites Cody Canada & The Departed bring their brand of power chords and raw ballads that have been at the forefront of the movement for so long. Cody led the group Cross Canadian Ragweed and still breaks out some of their hits like "Dimebag," "Alabama" and "17." Joining The Departed is Mike McClure Band, a champion of Oklahoma rock and roll. Mike's former band The Great Divide penned the single "I'd Rather Have Nothing," recorded by Garth Brooks.
We started our group in the summer of 2008, and after having known each other through all of our other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning, etc), it was an easy upstart and took no time jumping in head first. We both had songs that we felt needed to be played but no band to use as an outlet. Three months later, we entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of our first album "We Are The O's" (2009 Idol Records).
We have since toured relentlessly all across the US, UK, Europe, and even jaunted to Hawaii, hi-fiving friends and fans alike; just trying to keep ourselves out on the road and creating new music for good people. In 2011, we recorded our second album with the Grammy award winning Stuart Sikes. Entitled "Between The Two," we decided to play every instrument on the album and had Stuart man the helm. It was liberating and exciting and brought us further than we had been before.
We hit the road again jumping back and forth across the great ponds, made music videos, bought and broke vans, bought and broke gear, ate poorly, ate well, had fun and not so much fun, met amazing people, learned a lot about life, forgot a lot of things, slept a little, bought and wore out hundreds of pairs of pants and shirts, resoled our cowboy boots countless times, played with incredible artists, performed on TV shows, talk shows, radio shows, festivals, clubs, bars, restaurants, several different countries and continents, swam in clear water, dredged through the gulf, and other countless, endless adventures to name.
We did this all as we have always, to make good music for good people.
And into the future we go with "Thunderdog", our third studio album released in 2013. We decided to record the majority of the new album, at the recommendation of our great producer, Chris "Frenchie" Smith, in Tornillo, TX at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio. It's a state of the art, top notch studio where we could stay on site, eat on site, and record without distractions (other than the delicious Sonic Ranch "Salsa de Roja" that lead to many debates on whether or not anything would taste good without it afterwordsâ€¦) We finished up the album at The Bubble in Austin, TX and look forward to getting it into everyone's hands!
See you folks on the other side and we look forward to the ride.
Cody Canada & The Departed
Cody Canada & The Departed w/ The O's