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Since Blue Rodeo’s 1985 debut, Blue Rodeo ticket sales have skyrocketed with the band becoming one of the premier bands Canada has ever produced. In April of 2012, Blue Rodeo was inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 2009 Blue Rodeo was the fifth band to be honored with a spot in the Canadian Walk of Fame, an honor only four bands had ever received.
The allure of Blue Rodeo lies in its intriguing blend of country, pop, folk, jazz, and rock that appeals to a wide variety of listeners. Blue Rodeo’s eclectic sound is partially due to the varied musical backgrounds of its members. In 1977, high school buddies Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor started performing together in what they describe as a “high energy pop band.” In 1984, they were joined by The Sharks’ drummer Cleave Anderson who was known for his catchy beats. Soon after, they posted an ad that was answered by Bazil Donovan, a bassist who had experience in reggae, punk, ska, and R&B. The final addition to the band was keyboardist Bob Wiseman who specialized in folk rock accented by jazz blues. Blue Rodeo played its first show in 1985. In 1987, Blue Rodeo recorded its first studio album Outskirts. The single “Try” hit #1 on the Canadian RPM country charts, jettisoning Blue Rodeo into immediate stardom and making tickets for a show extremely desirable. Blue Rodeo tickets became increasingly popular with the 1989 release of its second album Diamond Mine, which met with much critical and popular acclaim.
Bob Wiseman had been releasing his own solo albums since 1988, but just before the release of Blue Rodeo’s third album Lost Together (1992), Wiseman left the band to pursue his own solo career. After Blue Rodeo produced four more very well-received albums, Greg Keelor released his hit solo album, Gone (1996), and Jim Cuddy followed suit with his highly successful solo album, All in Time (1998). Despite many change-ups over the years and most of the band members having solo careers, Blue Rodeo remains a tight-knit band that tours every year. Currently, Blue Rodeo officially consists of the Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Bazil Donovan, Glenn Milchem, and Bob Egan, while Michael Boguski tours with the band and plays the keyboard on Blue Rodeo’s latest album, The Things We Left Behind (2009). Former band members include Cleave Anderson, Mark French, Bob Wiseman, James Gray, Bob Packwood, and Kim Deschamps. This is a show you don't want to miss so get your Blue Rodeo tickets for as many shows as you can!
Hailing from Canadian, Blue Rodeo is among the most beloved bands from up north, but they aren't the only ones! It seems like every day there are new Canadian musicians on the scene, with rapper Drake being the latest. Some of the other most popular bands from Canada include Rush, Brian Adams, Neil Young, Simple Plan and more.