Album review: Jr. Gone Wild, Simple Little Wish (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 23, 1995 By Steve Newton Jr. Gone Wild lead vocalist and main songwriter Mike McDonald continues to prove himself an underrated genius of the simple lyric and the snappy melody on the Alberta band’s latest release. The disc’s 15 tracks run the gamut from traditional-sounding country and western … Continue reading Album review: Jr. Gone Wild, Simple Little Wish (1995)

Album review: Blue Rodeo, Casino (1990)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 29, 1990 By Steve Newton Ever since its eponymous first record was unleashed to rave reviews three years ago, Blue Rodeo has been the little Canadian band that could. Mixing whimsical, feel-good roots rockers (“Heart Like Mine”) with savoury ballads (“Try”)—and always putting the music before things like … Continue reading Album review: Blue Rodeo, Casino (1990)

Blue Rodeo doesn’t recommend taking acid at the Commodore in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 8, 1992 By Steve Newton There’s nothing like timing it just right, so that when you walk into a concert venue the band’s just going on stage. But sometimes that I-don’t-feel-like-waitin' approach backfires, and you end up missing a few tunes by the group you’re all geared up … Continue reading Blue Rodeo doesn’t recommend taking acid at the Commodore in Vancouver

Blue Rodeo wanted to make “a real pop record” with Casino

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 7, 1991 By Steve Newton For the past two years, the presenter of the Juno award for Canadian Band of the Year has ripped open a sealed envelope and seen the same two words: Blue Rodeo. The powers that be at the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and … Continue reading Blue Rodeo wanted to make “a real pop record” with Casino

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy broadens his solo scope

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 9, 2006 By Steve Newton When you think of Blue Rodeo frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, it’s easy to picture Cuddy as the Paul McCartney to Keelor’s John Lennon. Cuddy is best known as the sentimental crooner of the pretty hit ballad “Try”, whereas Keelor is most recognized as … Continue reading Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy broadens his solo scope