Blue Rodeo is a Canadian band that formed in the mid-1980s. They are one of the most popular and successful contemporary bands the Great White North has ever produced.
Blue Rodeo has released more than a dozen studio albums, they have their own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and they’ve been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2012).
Blue Rodeo has also received the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Award. That’s the highest award a Canadian performing artist can receive.
The band has sold Blue Rodeo tickets all over the world. The first ever Blue Rodeo concert took place in 1985 at The Rivoli in Toronto.
The Blue Rodeo Sound
“Country,” “rock,” and “alternative” are all genres that have been used to describe Blue Rodeo’s music. While broad, you couldn’t pick three better words.
Blue Rodeo employs the storytelling and instrumentation of country music, the rebellious spirit of rock, and the aesthetic of alternative. Chances are very good that if you’re a fan of just one of the aforementioned genres, you’ll be a fan of Blue Rodeo.
Bands similar to Blue Rodeo include The Tragically Hip, Spirit of the West, Cuff the Duke, and 54-40.
Blue Rodeo's Line Up
The original lineup of Blue Rodeo consisted of vocalist and guitarist Jim Cuddy (1985-present), vocalist and guitarist Greg Keelor (1985-present), bassist Bazil Donovan (1985-present), drummer Cleave Anderson, and keyboardist Bobby Wiseman.
Multi-instrumentalist Kim Deschamps joined in 1993 and guitarist Colin Cripps came aboard in 2013.
Anderson (1985-1990), Wiseman (1986-1993), and Deschamps (1992-2000) are no longer with the group. They’ve been replaced, respectively, by Glenn Milchem (1992-present), Mike Boguski (2009-present), and Bob Eagan (2000-present).
Other former members include drummer Mark French (1990-1992), keyboardist James Gray (1993-2006), and keyboardist Bob Packwood (2006-2009).
Blue Rodeo's Formation
Cuddy and Keelor were high school friends who formed a band after attending University. In fact, they formed several.
They also relocated from Toronto to New York City and then back to Toronto. While in the Big Apple, they met Bob Wiseman.
Upon returning to Toronto, they brought in Cleave Anderson and Bazil Donovan. Thus, Blue Rodeo was born.
Blue Rodeo released their first studio album, Outskirts, in 1987. Their most successful studio platter is 1993’s Five Days in July. And Blue Rodeo often tours. You can catch them live in your city with tickets from ClickitTicket.