Blue Rodeo has a date for the release of its 11th studio album

Canadian folk-rock band Blue Rodeo shared the upcoming release date and performance dates for its 11th studio album “Many a Mile” with the Washington Post on Sunday. Blue Rodeo is known for big songs…

Blue Rodeo has a date for the release of its 11th studio album

Canadian folk-rock band Blue Rodeo shared the upcoming release date and performance dates for its 11th studio album “Many a Mile” with the Washington Post on Sunday.

Blue Rodeo is known for big songs that bring the chaos of the American highway to life, like “Back Roads,” the title track of the band’s 2013 album that reached number two on the Canadian charts. “Many a Mile” features many similar elements and captures a fluid sound, according to the band’s lead singer Greg Keelor.

“I think people who have heard the new album are sort of going, ‘Oh my gosh, this is Blue Rodeo,’” Keelor said. “It certainly has the dynamics and the energy that we’ve always known.”

“Many a Mile” is the band’s first album without original guitarist Larry McConnell, who died in 2017. The album is comprised of mostly new songs. One of the most memorable tracks is “Up,” the story of a bride whose road trip across Canada takes a wrong turn, according to the band.

The album contains a mix of songs about love, ambition and the rebellious power of the British Empire, but these characters aren’t the popular heroes in Canadian bluegrass, Keelor said.

“The characters in the song who are the rebellious, sexual, kind of dorky outcast — they don’t have lines in bluegrass songs,” Keelor said. “They were kind of going back to [Blue Rodeo’s] roots.”

Keelor hopes the album’s stories are universal, but they also reflect the struggles of the everyday man.

“The album is an escape to make you feel something. But the underlying message is so melancholy and so heart-wrenching, so for us it was like we could almost say, ‘If it was real, it would be very important, and that’s where it is,’” Keelor said.

Despite the band’s 14 albums, the American parts of its lyrics are relatable to the everyday man, Keelor said.

“Everybody was willing to let go of how everything was before and it was really great to just remember there’s a real guy next door going through the same thing,” Keelor said.

Blue Rodeo will be performing a handful of sold-out shows throughout the summer and fall — but its performance will probably be the same old routine they used to when performing in the 1990s, Keelor said.

“We’re lucky to still be able to play that way,” Keelor said. “We haven’t lost our affinity for the audience — our main pitch is, ‘If you come out, you’re going to get everything.’”

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