Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in Guelph to launch new album

Guelph, ON January 14, 2014 – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings kick off 2014 on a high note with the release of a brand new album, titled South. Band members Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden are among the most sought-after rock musicians working in Canada today. Their musical style is a mélange of folk, rock, alternative, blues and country. They celebrate the release of their new album with a live performance at River Run Centre on Friday, January 24 at 8 pm.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings began as a one-off project in 1996 to record a tribute album to great Canadian songwriter, Willie P. Bennett. At the time, all three of them were in the midst of burgeoning solo careers, and didn’t intend that Blackie and the Rodeo Kings would become an ongoing project. Despite those original intentions, fate – and fans – intervened. Now, some 18 years later, the band remains a popular, thriving staple on the Canadian music scene, and a favourite act among music critics.

The release of South marks a total of eight albums for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. They have earned multiple Juno Award nominations, and in 2000 won the Juno for Best Roots & Traditional Album – Group. Their engaging live shows earn them a steady stream of new fans. “It’s one thing to watch the YouTube videos and listen to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on CBC,” wrote the Kingston Music Review. “I can tell you right now it is a whole different experience finally seeing them play live.”

Tickets start at $33 for adults and $31 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at

Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589