It is probably impossible for us to hide the fact that we are, and remain, devoted fans to the music of Blue Rodeo. That wonderful “alt-country/folk/rock/blues/you name it” band fronted by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy provide one of the best live music experiences, and we have been fortunate enough to see both Blue Rodeo and The Jim Cuddy Band in person several times in 2016.
Upon receiving the news that Blue Rodeo would embark on a small US tour in November, we were naturally excited that the boys would be on our turf, but also disappointed that the cities and dates did not work with our schedules.
Rewind to late September when we took in our most recent Blue Rodeo concert at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford, ON, where a chance encounter with both Jim Cuddy and Glenn Milchem provided us the opportunity to ask about the forthcoming album and politely request they come see us in PA sometime in the future.
Jim was happy to inform us of the pending release for “1000 Arms,” and both he and Glenn commented on how they are looking forward to the US dates. We did our part in hopefully planting a seed to give the band an acknowledgement of a fan base here in PA who would very much welcome them with open arms (in hindsight, hopefully in excess of 1000 arms, even).
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and imagine our sense of joy when the band made an announcement of an additional date for the November tour in none other than Ardmore, PA. Whether this had been in the works for a while, or was a direct response to our pitiful pleas, we are certain that only the boys will know.
But we are, and remain, ecstatic to have this opportunity to welcome these six talented musicians to the Commonwealth of PA, and to spread the word amongst friends and coworkers to hopefully pack the Ardmore Music Hall on Monday night. We cannot wait to hear tracks from “1000 Arms” live, and we cannot wait to once again experience the iconic classics such as “Disappear,” “Five Days in May,” and “Lost Together.” All we need moving forward is for the crowd at Ardmore to convince the boys to give us one heck of a night, and enough encouragement and motivation to have them return again real soon this far south of the Canadian border.
PS: We’d be hugely remiss in not mentioning the opening artist, Devin Cuddy. We were thrilled to see him open for The Trews in September and are eager to hear him again – hopefully with more new material in tow from his forthcoming album!