The tour is named after Blue Rodeo’s latest album, which was recorded at Keelor’s home: a farm in a valley an hour outside of Toronto.
“It’s so funny because you think of outside of Toronto and all you can think of is urban sprawl, but my little valley, it’s quite timeless in there,” says Keelor.
Recording began in the fall of 2012, and started back up again the next spring following a 25th anniversary tour. Although Cuddy originally thought they would only be cutting demos at the farm, it turned out to be the perfect setting for the band’s 13th “studio” album.
“Being at my place, everyone’s out of the city, so they’re just a little less distracted by all the city life and their families and stuff they have to get done,” argues Keelor. “It’s a good atmosphere getting into that one collective mind for making music.”
Blue Rodeo is touring with a new guitarist and singer Colin Cripps, who takes over the electric guitar from Keeler who can no longer play live due to hearing issues, and Mike Boguski on the keyboards.
“At first I missed playing electric guitar a lot. When the ears got really bad, I thought that I was going to have to give up music. So it was a great relief and exciting that we could do this,” he says, adding that having new members in the band and on tour helps keep 30 years of material fresh. “It does bring a little new life to a band to have these really good musicians who really enrich the melodicism of the band and they can really stretch it out if you want to stretch it out, so as a songwriter it’s always exciting to hear all these new additions to your songs,” he says. “It sort of helps you sing it better and brings a certain resonance to them.”
Coming to Dawson Creek, the plan is to play songs from the new album during the first set, then run through Blue Rodeo’s greatest hits during the second. As always, Keelor expects it to turn into a big ol’ sing along, and is looking forward to visiting the Peace Region.
“A Blue Rodeo show is sort of like a big sing-along. Everybody knows the words and if they’ve had a couple of beers or a smoke before the show they let go in song.”
Blue Rodeo will play at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek on January 14, 2013. Tickets are priced at $69.00, $59.00 and $49.00 plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at tigerboxofficeplus.ca, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations in the Encana Events Centre and at Tiger Printing & Stationers.
As a special offer for fans attending Blue Rodeo’s 2014 In Our Nature tour, everyone who purchases tickets will have one CD copy of In Our Nature included for every pair of tickets ordered.