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The Departed announce rocking arrival with its first album of original material, 'Adventus'

The red dirt band, The Departed, follows up its acclaimed 2011 Oklahoma songwriters tribute album “This Is Indian Land” with a raucous yet soulful collection of 14 new tracks.
Oklahoman Published: November 16, 2012

“Seth and I talked about doing a record, not necessarily touring it, but just throwing a band together with top-notch players and doing a rock 'n' roll thing that we'd never done before. People do it all the time, you know, and then a couple months after that was when we realized Ragweed was splitting. So that's when we got real serious about it,” said Canada, who grew up in Yukon and Stillwater but now makes his home in New Braunfels, Texas.

“We did ‘Indian Land' ... just to kind of buy a little bit of time and fulfill my promise to my Okie friends that the record label (for Ragweed, Universal South) wouldn't let me do.”

With the new band perpetuating Ragweed's road-warrior ways, the quintet made “Adventus” at Yellow Dog Studios in Austin, Texas, squeezing in the recording sessions between tour dates.

“We were just gonna go home and hang out, but once we started thinking about it, it was like ‘Man, if want to get this thing out in the fall, we need to get in there and get it finished,'” Canada said. “That's a good thing, you know, but you start missing the smell of your house and you miss your kids.”

While some fans may still long for the old Ragweed days, Canada said he hopes they will give The Departed's singular red-dirt rock style a fair shot.

“As to pressure of what people will think, I don't want to be an (expletive) and say I don't care 'cause I really do. But I want people to know that this is what we are. This is me singing and Seth singing and Jeremy singing. Some songs I don't even have a guitar solo because we have Steve Littleton in the band, and there's other songs that have a lot of guitar solos because there's two lead guitar players in the band,” he said.

“What's the really cool thing about it, as soon as we got everything tracked, I wrote another tune and Seth wrote another tune. It's like we instantly started over,” he added.

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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