CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED
Cody Canada was 16 years old when he made his way from Yukon to Stillwater, Oklahoma. He had been searching for some inspiration; a place to call home musically. What he found was a creative nirvana of musicians who were generating the music that would stay with him for the rest of his life. “It was like the greatest place on earth, “ Cody recalls. “I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, the Red Dirt Rangers and they were all playing this really, really good music. It was kind of in that same vibe as the Allman Brothers and The Band. But what came out of it was really diverse. There were more country acts like Jason Boland. The All American Rejects were the rock guys. Then you had the whole Red Dirt hippie thing…I didn’t even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.”
Rosehill – the charismatic duo comprised of lifelong friends Mitch McBain and Blake Myers – readies the launch of their anticipated sophomore album Crooked Thoughts. Coming off the success of their last disc, White Lines and Stars, the pair has effectively won over the hearts of fans and critics alike. “We have really grown into our strengths over the past couple years,” says Myers. “Crooked Thoughts is a distinct reflection of our combined creative vision and we are very proud of this project.”
On Crooked Thoughts, tracks like “Playing For Pride,” “Shotgun Out Of Town,” and “When The Flame Goes Out” showcase their writing talents and airtight, pristine harmonies. The new album also reflects life’s experiences, which have helped make this a collection of songs they could not have released – until now. “My whole world has changed since the first album,” says McBain. “I’ve gotten married, and we just had our first baby. All of that plays into your emotions when you’re writing a song.”
That sense of ownership spills over into their overall career goals. “We are lucky to be from Texas, where there is such a passion and demand for music. That audience has really embraced us,” says Myers. “However, we feel that our brand of music transcends Texas and with the new album, we hope to achieve that type of success throughout the country.”
Working again with all-star producers Radney Foster and Jay Clementi, Rosehill feels that the recording process for Crooked Thoughts was one that allowed them to branch out sonically and artistically. This album goes hand in hand with who they are musically. “You’re not going to get a better example of us than when you hear the harmonies on this record, and the songs we wrote. This is the record we wanted to make.”
Rosehill has already garnered impressive accolades, including four Top 15 singles on the Texas Music Chart, including the #5 hit, ‘Dream It All Over Again’; extensive play on CMT Pure with a #10 spot on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown; high praise from media outlets like the Dallas Morning News, CMT, E! News, Billboard.com, Lonestar Music Magazine, Best in Texas and the Austin Chronicle. Rosehill has also realized great success in touring over the past 12 months, including performing with acts like Bob Seger, Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue, Jarrod Nieman, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott and Radney Foster. Venue highlights include Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Ziegenbock festival, BamaJam and the American Airlines Center (Dallas).
“When The Flame Goes Out” is the first single from the album and will impact radio in early fall.