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Listen: Cody Canada & The Departed debut new song "Set It Free," play Norman show Thursday

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 24, 2012

Red Bull Tour Bus Feat Cody Canada & The Departed Norman, OK

Oklahoma-Texas red dirt band Cody Canada & The Departed unveiled a rocking track from their upcoming album “Adventus” today exclusively at To listen, click here.

Canada, who hails from Yukon and now lives in New Braunfels, Texas, told the trade publication that he wrote the song for his wife, Shannon.

“We were in the studio on Mothers’ Day, and were actually working on a tune called ‘Hobo’ that is on the record. I couldn’t figure out what I was going to do on the song — whether I was going to play acoustic or baritone or electric. We were all recording at the same time. So, I went and decided to write a song for my wife, because I always try to write one for her on each record. I wrote it for her on Mothers’ Day, then we woke up the next morning and recorded it. It came off really well in the studio because it was so spontaneous,” Canada told

He also told the publication that his wife helped name the band’s sophomore album, “Advenus,” which is Latin for “arrival.”

“She wanted to call it ‘The Arrival.’ I thought it was a very good idea, but I thought we needed to make it a little more romantic, so we started looking for different ways to say it,” said Canada, who was opening tonight with bandmate Seth James for Todd Snider at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

“Adventus,” due out Nov. 13, is the follow-up to “This Is Indian Land,” The Departed’s stellar 2011 collection of covers by Oklahoma songwriters.

“We decided that instead of throwing together a record and putting out our first Departed original record, let’s take our time with it and make it the best we can possibly make it,” Canada told me in an interview this summer.

“Really, for the last two years we’ve just been writing a lot. Once we got to the studio to start this thing … I don’t know if Seth did or not, but I didn’t realize that we had so many songs. I hadn’t really assessed how many we had written in the last two years; I knew we had a bunch of ideas. Then once we got in there and started recording stuff, it hit 12 songs and it was like ‘OK, cool,’ and then it hit 15 and it was like ‘Oh, wow.’ And you get to like 18 tunes, and it’s like ‘OK, we’re way, way, way ahead of the game.’ So this is a good place to be.”

Canada told me he hopes fans of his former band – seminal red dirt rockers Cross Canadian Ragweed, who broke up in 2010 – will give “Adventus” and The Departed a chance.

“I think the people that are ready to accept it will love it, and I think the people that haven’t got over other things, man, that’s completely up to them,” he said. “If they have faith in the music that was made before, then they’ll have faith now, they’ll dig it now.”

The Departed will roll into Norman Thursday on the Red Bull Tour Bus to play a concert kicking-off the University of Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame football weekend.

The show will feature special guests Uncle Lucius.

Bringing The Departed to the stage for the first time in Norman, the all-ages show is set for 7 p.m. Thursday on Campus Corner in the Pepe Delgado’s Parking Lot, 786 Asp Ave.

The Red Bull Tour Bus is a restored and repurposed 1984 GMC Eagle that transforms into a concert venue on wheels. With two stellar bands and one sweet ride, Red Bull Tour Bus is sure to kick off the Sooners’ weekend in style.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to red dirt musicians in times of need. Established by the proceeds of Red Bull Gypsy Cafe, the Red Dirt Relief Fund provided more than $4,000 in assistance to Oklahoma musicians in 2012.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 at Campus Corner Merchants or at


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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