Published Oct 22, 2013Canadian country-rock stalwarts Blue Rodeo recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and now they're continuing to do what they do best: release new music and tour our country. Prior to their upcoming 2014 tour, the band are releasing In Our Nature on October 29 through Warner. In the meantime, the album is available to stream in full on Exclaim.ca.
The songs were recorded at singer-guitarist Greg Keelor's farm with engineer James McKenty. Initially, co-frontman Jim Cuddy believed that they were recording demos, but the band ended up working on their album instead.
Cuddy said in a statement, "Originally, we thought we'd come out here and do what we did on 5 Days in July — empty out the furniture from the living room and play in the round — but it turned out that the music had a bigger scope than that. So we positioned ourselves around the various rooms and started working. It was apparent right away that there were some very strong ties that were knitting everything together and that it was going to be a good vibe record."
The album features a lineup of Cuddy and Keelor with keyboardist Michael Boguski, guitarist Colin Cripps, bassist Bazil Donovan, drummer Glenn Milchem and multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan. The results tap into the group's classic rootsy sound, with "New Morning Sun" sporting breezy rock rhythms, "Never Too Late" placing slide licks in the foreground and "Tell Me Again" showcasing a rustic arrangement.
Check out the album below, and see Blue Rodeo's forthcoming tour schedule here.