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Canada readies new band

Monday, September 24, 2012 – Former Cross Canadian Weed front man, Cody Canada will lead his new band Cody Canada & The Departed with its first studio disc, "Adventūs," out Nov. 13.

The 14-song CD (Latin for "arrival") features Canada, who formed The Departed upon the disbanding of his former band Cross Canadian Ragweed. The Departed features Canada's longtime Ragweed band mate Jeremy Plato on bass, Seth James on guitar (Seth James Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys (Live Oak Decline, Stoney LaRue & the Arsenals, Medicine Show) and Chris Doege on drums (Seth James Band, Nashville touring acts).

The release follows last year's 'This is Indian Land,' an Oklahoma tribute album paying homage to seminal Red Dirt songwriters. Recording an album of cover songs gave The Departed's members, who have known each other for years, a chance to meld an ethos of their own.

"For this album, we were ready to roll," said Canada. "When we started practicing there was the feeling that we are honored to be doing this together. Doing other people's songs for the first album gave us time to let the new stuff percolate. There are some really intricate songs, and so far, we have only played a couple of them out in public."

"Now it's a new band playing new songs so we've got to learn everything, get our game together and practice. It's a whole lot of fun. I can't sleep at night. It keeps me awake, not from worry but from excitement. We're just ready to tear it up."

"Adventūs" will be released on Underground Sound.

Tour dates are:

Sept. 26 - Austin, TX - Nutty Brown Cafe
Sept. 27 - Denton, TX - Rockin Rodeo
Sept. 28 - Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Music Festival
Sept. 29 - Commerce, TX - The Drunken Mule
Oct. 4 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
Oct. 5 - San Antonio, TX - Sam's Burger Joint Music Hall
Oct. 6 - Houston, TX - Sam Houston Race Park
Oct. 10 - Memphis, TN - Newbys
Oct. 11 - Rome, GA - Brewhouse Music & Grill
Oct. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Peachtree Tavern
Oct. 13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Oct. 14 - Charlotte, NC - Pucketts Farm
Oct. 16 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Slayton's
Oct. 17 - Carbondale, IL - Copper Dragon
Oct. 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Oct. 19 - Bloomington, IL - Six Strings
Oct. 21 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
Oct. 26 - Miami, OK - Buffalo Run Casino
Oct. 27 - Austin, TX - The Backyard (with ZZ Top)
Nov. 2 - Helotes, TX - Floores Country Store
Nov. 9 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
Nov. 10 - Shawnee, OK - 3rd Annual Music Jam/Shawnee Police
Nov. 15 - Nacogdoches, TX - The Barn
Nov. 16 - Bryan, TX - The Grand Stafford Theater
Nov. 17 - Fredericksburg, TX - Luckenbach Dance Hall

Canada was the front man of Cross Canadian Ragweed for 15 years, releasing 10 albums, 4 of which charted on Billboard's Top 10 Country Albums Chart.

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