The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 24, 2013

The Departed kicks off casino's Dirt Road Live series

JOPLIN, Mo. — A red dirt singer's new band will kick off Downstream Casino's new concert series.

The Departed will perform Wednesday at the casino. It is the first band in the casino's lineup for Dirt Road Live, a series of five red dirt bands getting radio airplay.

"All of these artists are signed with Nashville management and major record labels. So they're on the radio a lot around here," said spokesman Sean Harrison in a press release. "We decided to make it a free series inside the casino, and we're pumped about it, the bands are pumped about it."

Cody Canada is a founding member of Cross Canadian Ragweed, a band which helped bring the genre of red dirt to a national stage. It formed in 1994 and went on hiatus in 2010. It released seven studio albums and three live albums.

In the interim, Ragweed's Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato joined with guitarist Seth James, keyboardist Steve Littleton and Chris Doege. Band members released "Adventus" last year, its first album of original music. After forming, the band quickly released "This is Indian Land," comprised of covers by Oklahoma writers.

"Adventus" takes the band in a direction with a heavier rock sound, according to the band's bio.

"For this album, we were ready to roll," Canada said in the bio. "Doing other poeple's songs for the first album gave us time to let the new stuff percolate. There are some really intricate songs."

Other bands in the Dirt Road Live series include:

  • No Justice, June 26.
  • Jon Wolfe, July 23.
  • Bart Crow, August 28
  • J.T. Hodges, Sept. 12.

Want to go?

The Departed will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Downstream Casino. Details: 919-919-6000.

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