“Pretty stupendous”, comments Greg Keelor, original Band member of Canadian group Blue Rodeo. That was his first reaction when asked about his journey with Blue Rodeo that started with Jim Cuddy back in 1984. “Like any band, we’ve had to overcome conflict and we’ve done that through friendship”.
“Looking back, I remember a great review in Rolling Stone magazine. At that time, I was thinking world dominance for Blue Rodeo in the music world. We’ve done very well in Canada and average in the US and Internationally. It’s certainly pretty cool to have this longevity.”
Blue Rodeo currently performs in about 150 shows a year and has had 12 releases since ’84 plus a few solo projects. They’ve collaborated with other notable Canadian artists, including Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, Burton Cummings, Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, The Sadies, Skydiggers, Crash Vegas, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, Jill Barber, and Kathleen Edwards.
Keelor shares that when they play in the US, it’s typically at smaller venues that have a feeling of intimacy. “When we play for Canadians in foreign countries, they’re pretty excited to see us. There’s that Canadian connection!”
While keeping busy with shows, Keelor and Cuddy continue to work on solo projects. Cuddy just released “Skscraper Soul” and in October, Keelor releases “Aphrodite Rose”.