This Is Indian Land
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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.
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