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Back in 1996, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was a one-off side project by three great solo artists: Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom "LEe HARVeY OsMOND" Wilson. That project was a tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.
Nearly two decades later, this trio of multi-award winners just released their eighth studio album, South.
On Valentine's Day, BARK brought the new album to Vancouver for the first time, for an exclusive first live recording at the Toque Sessions. Both the band and the audience were feeling the love this special evening.
With South, BARK move away from the rockin' roots supergroup, and instead organically celebrate their songwriting, turning down the volume so you can hear the lyrics — and pumping up the roots factor. The mainly acoustic songs are evocative, with energy and solid groove, while the brilliant guitar-playing remains.
"This record began its life as an all-acoustic trio record, for vinyl only and featuring mostly songs we had already recorded, or other people's songs we loved. We began using our imaginations and just had to let it become what it has become," says Linden
Fearing, Linden and Wilson were joined onstage at the Toque Sessions by longstanding tourmates John "Johnny" Dymond and Gary Craig. The day before the session, the band got word that they had been invited to play the Grand Ole Opry on March 8, the night after they play the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn. — not surprising for the Toque alumni, Canadian musical gems, and one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America.