Blue Rodeo: Solo Works
From left: Greg Keelor & Jim Cuddy
- All In Time (1998)
Jim's first album, it has a decidedly country feel. This Jim denied in an interview but you can tell it leans more toward country than the average Blue Rodeo album. There's no dreamy slow songs like we're used to seeing from Greg Keelor lately. Even though it's not Blue Rodeo, it's still a very good album, with my favourite songs being almost every single song. There's a contemplative song about wife abuse, "Slide Through Your Hands", pay attention to the lyrics and you'll see what I mean. There's also a song that sounds as if it was written from the viewpoint of a father to his daughter, "Everybody Cries". Maybe it's Jim talking to his daughter, Emma. We won't know unless he tells us. Another great song is "I'll Make Believe It's You" with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco helping Jim out singing, they sound really good together. Colin Cripps does most background vocals on the songs, he and Jim sing well together, almost as well as Jim and Greg Keelor do. Another cool song is "Disappointment" with a really great guitar sound in it. Added on - now that I've gone on the internet and had a chance to find Blue Rodeo stuff, I found an article where Jim says a song he wrote for his daughter is on his solo album. Apparently he wrote the song because she used to go to bed crying a lot. I can't believe I was actually right!
- The All In Time Website
- Jim took the front photos for the Cowboy Junkies first album, Whites Off Earth Now!!, released 1990.
- Click to see a picture of Jim Cuddy that I got from his official webpage (see above link).
- Gone (1997)
This album is really beautiful. Greg's singing all these personal songs, one of the best songs is "Home". Another wonderful thing is all the guest musicians. They're great. Another one of my favourite songs is "White Marble Ganesh" that's such a cool song and I also like "Blue Star".
- The Gone Website
- Click to see a picture of Greg Keelor
- Greg Keelor and Sarah McLachlan sing "Unchained Melody" for the album Pine Ridge: An Open Letter to Allan Rock made by The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
- Both of them also participated in the Leonard Peltier Benefit at Phoenix Concert Theatre, 1997.
- Greg was an early member of the band Crash Vegas, co-writing five songs on their first album, Red Earth (1990), and four on their second album, Stone (1993). Red Earth was released on Blue Rodeo's Risque Disque label. Michelle McAdorey and Colin Cripps were also in Crash Vegas.
- Native activist Leonard Peltier, a political prisoner in the U.S. since 1976, has written a book about his 20 years in prison. Called Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sundance, the book was launched in Toronto by the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada at Barcode (549 College) on Monday, August 30, 1999. There was music by Greg Keelor and Kim Deschamps of Blue Rodeo, and Nadjiiwan, an aboriginal band, as well as speakers.
- Glenn works with veteran Toronto drummer turned singer-songwriter Lonnie James on his new album intitled Dee-O. Some of the tracks include "For No Real Reason", "Cheap" and "One Day".
- Glenn has his own band, called the Swallows. Their debut album was in 1999, Turning Blue. Glenn does guitar and vocals for the group. They played their only show live at the Cameron (Toronto), Friday August 20th, 1999.
- An article from http://www.canoe.ca, Drummer Moves To Front of the Stage
Note: The picture at the very top is from Jam Music: Blue Rodeo Archive
The picture of Greg Keelor is from S.A.'s A Blue Rodeo Fan Page. Used With Permission.