The Firehouse Saloon presents Cody Canada and the Departed, with special guest Hunter McKithan & The Offenders. Saturday, June 14.
Cody Canada is in a prominent class of modern songwriters occupied by the influential likes of Robert Earl Keen, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Todd Snider, Mike McClure and the men of Reckless Kelly, among only a strict few others. Since 1998, when Canada and his fellow Departed mate Jeremy Plato began performing as members of Cross Canadian Ragweed, tales circling around love, hate, life and death have been dramatic constants in the messages Canada’s songs convey.
While certainly many of the songs from Canada’s Ragweed years, and even from his more recent Departed catalog, can be proper party anthems, one is missing out a great deal by only knocking back shots during his songs, and not letting the lyrics sink in. The meanings and values of songs can change with the times.
Hunter McKithan & the Offenders are a rising force with well-seasoned songwriting skills to back up their gifted musical and instrumental talents. They can be counted on to put on an energetic and rousing live performance.
With roots buried deep within the genres of blues, alt. country, americana, soul, and a major influence of old-fashioned American rock and roll, it’s extremely hard to describe exactly what brand of music you’re hearing coming from whatever stage or stereo system the Offenders are occupying. But one thing is for sure. It refuses to go unnoticed. And what good is music once it’s been labeled anyway?