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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
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It's official: The Departed has arrived.

With its first album of original material, the Oklahoma-Texas band is firmly rooting its music in a rocky spot in the fertile red dirt soil.

The group — former Cross Canadian Ragweed singer/guitarist Cody Canada, ex-Ragweed bassist Jeremy Plato, Texas singer/guitarist Seth James, Tulsa keyboardist Steve Littleton and new drummer Chris Doege — released Tuesday “Adventus,” a raucous yet soulful collection of 14 new tracks.

“I'm finally starting to see people slowly starting to let go of ... that Ragweed split,” Canada said in an interview over the summer.

“Coming out with this Departed record of all original tunes and what we have to say — you know, there's been a lot going on in our lives in the last couple of years — as usual, it's therapy. I've written about the good times and the bad times, and people are gonna hear it. And hopefully, they'll dig it because it's us ... we've just got different people playing more instruments.”

Although the title is Latin for “arrival,” “Adventus” actually is the second album in the brief existence of The Departed, which formed in 2010 shortly after the breakup of Ragweed, a seminal red dirt outfit planted in Yukon and sprouted in the musical hotbed of Stillwater.

“Well, we don't mess around,” Canada said with a laugh. “Seth led his band for 15 years, and I was with Ragweed for 15 or 16, so we're very accustomed to keeping the ball rolling. And we keep writing. Getting the two of us together and then adding Plato in the mix, Jeremy is a fantastic songwriter. I know that he doesn't get the credit he deserves sometimes; he doesn't give himself the credit. ... And Steve Littleton playing the keys, he's been a songwriter for 20 years. So it's real easy to get a whole bunch of songs before you know it.”

The new band released its initial effort, “This Is Indian Land,” an 18-track salute to the Sooner State songwriters, from Leon Russell and J.J. Cale to the Red Dirt Rangers and Tom Skinner, in June 2011 and made my top 10 albums list of the year.

There are no signs of a sophomore slump with “Adventus,” just a firm statement that the fledgling red dirt band is going to roll with the rock aspect of the distinctly Oklahoma musical subgenre that mixes rock 'n' roll, country, folk, honky tonk, blues and Americana.

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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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