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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings bring roots-rock to the Playhouse

by on January 25, 2011

On Wednesday, February 2 at 8pm, The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Songsmiths Series presents Juno award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Come and see why this charismatic group has been touted one of the best live bands around, and one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America.

Known as a Canadian hybrid band, fusing a modern country/alternative rock sound with blues and soul, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings started out as a tribute project to the late Willie P. Bennett and evolved into one of the most entertaining Canadian roots super groups of all time. With every performance, songwriters Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson wrap interpretive observations with generous helpings of beautiful acoustic and electric guitar tracks, dobro, slide, and mandolin. They each share vocal duties, sporting harmonies reminiscent of latter-day Grateful Dead. Together their soulful joining of voices sounds effortless, profound, and witty.

Now into their second decade and with one Juno award and several Juno nominations under their belts, they have released five CDs and gradually developed a sound that is distinctive, energizing, and constantly evocative. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.


Tickets for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at


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