The Canadiana that starts with the letter B for me is the Canadian band, Blue Rodeo.
You may already know that I’m a big fan of Canadian music. From Rush to April Wine to Great Big Sea to Shania Twain, we have such a wide variety of great musicians that we should be proud of. There’s nothing I love more than being in the U.S. and hearing a Canadian song on the local radio – and then experiencing disbelief when I tell them the song/band/singer is Canadian. Prime example: Life is a Highway by Canadian Tom Cochrane. The song hit #1 in Canada and #6 on the Billboard Charts in the United States. But no one knew it was a Canadian song!
So back to Blue Rodeo. One of my favourite Canadian bands. Mostly led by Jim Cuddy and Greg Keeler, two, incredibly talented singers and songwriters,the country rock band came to be in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I love pretty much all of Blue Rodeo’s music – I never get sick of listening and singing along to their most popular songs, my favourite being “5 Days in May” from the 1993 album “Five Days in July”, also the band’s most successful album.
Lead singer Jim Cuddy has also pursued a solo career on the side while continuing to be a part of Blue Rodeo. You can hear his Blue Rodeo influence in his own solo pursuits, such as “Pull Me Through” a great hit from 2006.