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Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo in concert, February 28, 2010 in Whistler, British Columbia
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country rock
Years active 1984-present
Labels WEA/Warner Music Group, Rounder
Associated acts The Jim Cuddy Band
Greg Keelor
Bob Egan
The Swallows
The Unintended
Jim Cuddy
Bazil Donovan
Bob Egan
Greg Keelor
Glenn Milchem
Former members
Cleave Anderson
Kim Deschamps
Mark French
James Gray
Bob Packwood
Bob Wiseman

Blue Rodeo is a Canadian pop and country rock band, which was formed in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. They have been signed with Warner Music Group since their debut album Outskirts in March 1987. Including Outskirts, they have 12 full-length releases along with multiple solo albums, side projects, and collaborations.





The band consists of original members Jim Cuddy (guitar/vocals), Greg Keelor (guitar/vocals) and Bazil Donovan (bass), plus newer additions of Glenn Milchem (drums), multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan (formerly of Wilco), and Bob Packwood (keyboardist). As of late 2008, Bob Packwood has since departed as a member of Blue Rodeo [1] Packwood was the replacement for James Gray, who left the band in 2005 after their release of Are You Ready.[2] Drummers Cleave Anderson and Mark French, keyboardist Bob Wiseman, and multi-instrumentalist Kim Deschamps are also former band members.

Cuddy and Keelor met in high school and became great friends. After university, when all their other friends were starting to get jobs, they decided to form a band and started to play music more often. They put together a few different bands without much luck. They released a single as Hi-Fi's in 1980. Cuddy and Keelor moved to New York City for some adventure and to help their music. There they met Bob Wiseman. When they came back to Toronto in the summer of '84 they thought about putting another band together. They had already thought of the name for the band before they met Cleave and asked him to join the band. Cleave brought along his friend, Donovan, and with this the band Blue Rodeo was born. [3]

Blue Rodeo is one of the most successful and well known contemporary Canadian bands, having released 12 full-length studio albums, three live recordings, one greatest hits package and five video/DVDs.[4] Their studio albums have sold over three million copies. Cuddy, Keelor, Donovan and Egan have all released solo albums, and Glenn Milchem performs his own solo music under the pseudonym "the swallows".

Blue Rodeo members have collaborated extensively with other notable Canadian artists, including Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, Burton Cummings, Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, The Sadies, Skydiggers, Crash Vegas, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, Jill Barber, and Kathleen Edwards. They have won many Canadian music awards, including seven Juno Awards and seven SOCAN awards.

On June 16, 2009, it was announced that the band would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2009. They are the fifth band to receive the honour.[5]

Band members

Television and film

Blue Rodeo is the band appearing at the end of the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge. [6]

The song "Bad Timing" is played towards the end of a season finale of the hit Canadian show Corner Gas.

The song "Try" is played in the background of the bar in the film Navy Seals.


On Canada Day 2008, Blue Rodeo played on Parliament Hill. The band closed the show before the commencement of the fireworks and was joined on stage by several other artists to perform "Lost Together." On November 28, 2009 the band performed at half-time of the 97th Grey Cup. The band is also performing live concerts for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions CRIA Label
CAN Country CAN
1987 Outskirts 20 4× Platinum Risque Disque/Atlantic
1989 Diamond Mine 2 4 3× Platinum
1990 Casino 6 2× Platinum
1992 Lost Together 3 2× Platinum
1993 Five Days in July 3 8 6× Platinum Warner Music Canada
1995 Nowhere to Here 18 2 2× Platinum
1997 Tremolo 1 8 Platinum
2000 The Days in Between 5 4 Gold
2002 Palace of Gold 6 Platinum
2005 Are You Ready 3 Gold
2007 Small Miracles 5
2009 The Things We Left Behind 6 Platinum

Compilation and live albums

Year Album CAN CRIA Label
1993 Daze In America Live EP (unreleased to public) Warner Music Canada
1995 From There to Here (unreleased to public)
1999 Just Like a Vacation 20 Platinum
2001 Greatest Hits (US release 2004) 2× Platinum
2006 Blue Rodeo Live in Stratford Instant Live
2008 Blue Road Warner Music Canada


Year Title Chart positions Album
1987 "Outskirts" 35 Outskirts
"Try"A 6 1 3
1988 "Rose Coloured Glasses" 40 24
"Rebel" 71 33
1989 "Diamond Mine" 7 Diamond Mine
"How Long" 25 20 6
"House of Dreams" 49
1990 "Love and Understanding" 32
"Til I Am Myself Again"B 3 1 2 Casino
1991 "Trust Yourself" 13
"What Am I Doing Here" 33 41 17
"After the Rain" 30
1992 "Lost Together" 3 6 Lost Together
"Rain Down on Me" 11 23 26
1993 "Angels" 75
"Flying" 42
"Already Gone" 33 14 21
"5 Days In May" 4 16 5 Five Days In July
1994 "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" 8 8
"Bad Timing" 17 15
"Dark Angel" 19
"Til I Gain Control" 24
1995 "Head Over Heels" 36 4 16
"Save Myself" Nowhere to Here
"Side of the Road" 4 9
"Better Off As We Are" 5 15
1996 "Blew It Again" 70
"Girl In Green"
1997 "It Could Happen To You" 4 23 8 Tremolo
1998 "Falling Down Blue" 50 75
"Shed My Skin"
1999 "Somebody Waits" 29 45 8 The Days in Between
2000 "Always Getting Better" 41
"The Days in Between"
2001 "Sad Nights"
"To Love Somebody" Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
2002 "Bulletproof" Palace of Gold
"Walk Like You Don't Mind"
2003 "Stage Door"
"Palace of Gold"
2005 "Rena" Are You Ready
"Are You Ready"
"Can't Help Wondering Why"
2007 "Four Strong Winds" The Gift - A Tribute to Ian Tyson
"C'mon" 68 Small Miracles
"3 Hours Away" 43 29
2008 "This Town" 73
"Losin' You" Blue Road
2009 "All The Things That Are Left Behind" The Things We Left Behind
2010 "Never Look Back"C


  • Postcards from the Edge (1990)
  • Blue Movies (1991)
  • In Stereovision (2004) - Certified 3× Platinum by the CRIA.
  • Watch This! (2004) - Features the video of Blue Rodeo's hit single, "Bulletproof."
  • Toronto Rocks (SARSfest) (2004) - Canadian edition featuring Blue Rodeo.

See also


External links

Preceded by
Theory of a Deadman
Grey Cup Halftime Show
Succeeded by


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