Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Central Texas Bands live from Berlin

Blue Rose Records is Germany's first label for Americana and Roots music.

For years, Edgar Heckmann and his crew bring substantially valid and interesting sounds to Europe. Well this Saturday they celebrate their annual Christmas Party at Roadrunner's Rock & Motor Club in Berlin. Two central Texas bands are part of this year's celebration, The Band of Heathens and Cody Canada & The Departed. And no, you don't have to buy a over-priced short-term airline ticket to attend this show in Berlin. You can actually listen in the comfort of your La-Z-Boy to a live stream of this show, starting at 11am (CST) (Saturday 12/3/11) on the internet @ (For the full schedule please scroll down)

"Heart On My Sleeve", recorded live at the Kessler Theater in Dallas in early November with Colin Brooks singing lead vocals.
Tune in, it may be one of your last opportunities to listen to Colin Brooks, the band just announced that the multi-instrumentalist, one of the founding members and main songwriters of the band will leave the Band of Heathens by the end of the year. The last time to see the band in it's original formation in the Austin area will be on the opening night of the "2011 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar" at the Palmer Event Center on Wednesday, December 14, at 8pm.

After the break-up of the Oklahoma Red Dirt Band "Cross Canadian Ragweed," one of the frontmen, Cody Canada - after his move to New Braunfels, in the south of Austin, decided to form a new group around him, "The Departed". A first album, "This Is Indian Land" was released earlier this year. It offers an intriguing mix between Roots- and Southern-Rock, Singer/Songwriting and Americana.

BTW, the interviewer in this clip is Asleep At The Wheel frontman, Ray Benson.
To follow The Departed on your Android Smartphone, this is the link for the app.
Talking about apps & links - both bands' websites offer free downloads of bonus tracks.

If you don't have any New Year's Eve plans yet, plan on a two-day trip to Gruene and it's legendary dance hall. The Band of Heathens will play on December 30th, while Cody Canada & The Departed will entertain on New Year's Eve.

Here is the full schedule of the Blue Rose Records Christmas Party (CST)
11.10am Julian Dawson
11:20am Baskery
12:50pm Cody Canada & The Departed
  2:45pm The Band of Heathens
  5:00pm Blue Rose Rockestra (Jam Session)

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