This Is Indian Land

This Is Indian Land

by Cody Canada & the Departed
     
 
For those who mourned the breakup of Cross Canadian Ragweed, it seems the story has somewhat of a silver lining. Songwriter, guitarist, and frontman Cody Canada and Ragweed bassist and singer Jeremy Plato continue in Cody Canada & the Departed, with Texas guitarist Seth James, Tulsa keyboardist/organist

Overview

For those who mourned the breakup of Cross Canadian Ragweed, it seems the story has somewhat of a silver lining. Songwriter, guitarist, and frontman Cody Canada and Ragweed bassist and singer Jeremy Plato continue in Cody Canada & the Departed, with Texas guitarist Seth James, Tulsa keyboardist/organist Steve Littleton, and drummer David Bowen, who hails from Yukon, Oklahoma. This Is Indian Land, the group's debut album is, ironically, a sort of tribute recording. Rather than feature a brand new selection of Canada songs, it is instead an homage to a couple of previous generations of Oklahoma-born songwriters: Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Randy Pease, Bob Childers, Tom Skinner, Kevin Welch, Brad James, and others. While the new band is rooted in the same red-dirt sound as Cross Canadian Ragweed, they stretch that form to the breaking point. Standout tracks on this set include the gospelized, harder rocking take on Russell's "Sweet Home Oklahoma," the funky Welch and Gary Scruggs' number "True Love Never Dies," the spacy psychedelic country-rock of "Face on Mars," by Randy Crouch, the ragged bluegrass-rock stomp of "Ballad of Rosalie" by contemporary Randy Pease, the reverent reading of Cale's "If You're Ever in Oklahoma," Childers' rootsy "Years in the Making" and the album closer, and "Hold On Christian," written by Scott Evans, which marries contemporary country, Waylon Jennings strut, and and guitar-blazing psych. This Is Indian Land is an auspicious debut, and indeed, Cody Canada & the Departed could make a career of simply covering the voluminous work by Oklahoma songwriters. Perhaps next time out they could include Jimmy Webb, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Woody Guthrie. That said, Canada is simply too fine a composer not to get his own work into the mix at some point.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Apex Music
UPC:
0094922067289
catalogNumber:
2206728
Rank:
94816

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cody Canada & the Departed   Primary Artist
Kevin Welch   Vocals
Kim Deschamps   Steel Guitar
Seth James   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Cody Canada   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Plato   Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
David Abeyta   Guitar
Jessica Murray   Vocal Harmony
Steve Littleton   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Group Member,Hammond B3
Stoney LaRue   Vocal Harmony
Geoff Queen   Dobro
David Percefull   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Bowen   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kevin Welch   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Mark Ambler   Composer
Gary Scruggs   Composer
John Cooper   Composer
Tom Skinner   Composer
Bob Childers   Composer
Greg Jacobs   Composer
Scott Evans   Composer
Randy Pease   Composer
Cody Canada   Liner Notes
Adam Odor   Engineer
Steve Littleton   Composer
Randy Crouch   Composer
Gregory Jacobs   Composer
Brad Piccolo   Composer
Benny Craig   Composer
Brad James   Composer
Mike Shannon   Composer

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