Cody Canada & The Departed

Band Members: Cody Canada, Jeremy Plato, Ross Smith, Eric Hansen
Releases: HippieLovePunk (2015), Adventus (2012), This is Indian Land (2011)
Years at MusicFest: 8 (Canada & Plato: 17)

You probably already know Cody Canada as the former lead singer and songwriter of the Oklahoma-based band Cross Canadian Ragweed, who he performed with from their inception in 1998 to their dissolution in 2010. In those 12 years the band sold over a million albums. Cody Canada has returned to vintage Cross Canadian form, seizing the opportunity to take the lead of his four-piece band, The Departed, with a newly energized inspiration to get back to his roots. The time he spent pursuing new creative paths with the Departed was a blessing, allowing him time to develop a rejuvenated appreciation for Ragweed’s legendary body of work and the connections it made with fans. The Departed released their most recent album HippieLovePunk to much acclaim. Rolling Stone Country says HippieLovePunk is “a bigger, bolder, boomier version of the sound [Canada’s] been creating roughly two decades.” In addition to the The Departed’s classic Grand Ballroom show, be sure to catch the Cody and his Stillwater cohorts at the (now) famous Yellow House Revisited show.

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