A short time ago I was corresponding with Tom Wilson of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, one of our favorite Canadian bands. He said they were headed down our way for a few gigs, so we stitched together a video interview opportunity at our recording studio on Music Row. I'm used to seeing Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, and Stephen Fearing on a big stage when I see them all together, and the space we had to shoot them could barely contain them. Their chemistry is very explosive in a very musical way, and we were lucky to capture that in an intimate setting, in between the conversational bits.
If this interview is your first exposure to B&RK, we refer you (see links below) to our previous interview with them at Joe's Pub in NYC, as well as a Puremusic review of their 2006 CD Let's Frolic, and an interview with Tom Wilson with audio clips from his solo record Dog Years. (Colin and Stephen have both made a string of stellar solo releases that need to be heard, we just can't get to it all...in fact, Stephen's last, Yellowjacket, won the Canadian Juno this year, which we broach in the interview to come.)
I wish all our interviews could be video interviews, because then you get to enjoy the facial expressions of the artists, and best of all, you get to hear them play up close and personal in a way that is precious and almost unavailable. In a glowing example of why video interviews are the best, we bring you Blackie & the Rodeo Kings.
see our guerrilla concert videos of the Kings
check out our 2004 interview with the Rodeo Kings
audio clips from their album Bark
and enjoy our 2006 conversation with Tom Wilson
audio clips from Tom's CD Dog Years