Cody Canada and the Departed Release “The Ballad of Rosalie” at AirPlay Direct

Posted on May 9, 2011

Former Cross Canadian Ragweed Frontman Debuts New Band, New Album – Single Goes for Adds May 16


Nashville, TN (May 9, 2011) --- AirPlay Direct is pleased to offer to radio the brand new single from veteran singer/songwriter Cody Canada. “The Ballad Of Rosalie” is the lead track from THIS IS INDIAN LAND, the debut album from his new band Cody Canada and The Departed.  The album, which pays tribute to Oklahoma songwriters, is available for pre-sale on the band’s website at and will be available in stores on Tuesday, June 21st.


Radio programmers can download a broadcast quality copy of “The Ballad Of Rosalie” here:


With musical roots planted deeply in the red dirt of Oklahoma, Canada has been dreaming of paying homage to his heroes on record for years.  This project is a very personal one for Canada, who made the move to the musical hotbed of Stillwater at the age of 16.  “It was like the greatest place on earth,” Cody recalls. “I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, the Red Dirt Rangers and they were all playing this really, really good music. I didn’t even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.”


For the last 15 years, as front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed, Canada has helped to bring Red Dirt music to the masses. Ragweed sold over 1 million albums, played 220 plus dates a year and founded the annually sold out Red Dirt Round Up music festival.  The festival created a stir and landed on the cover of the New York Times “Life” section with a headline that read, “Alt Country has a little Red Dirt under its nails.”


When Ragweed came off the road late last year, Canada’s desire to record the tribute record once again moved to the forefront.  So he pulled together an A-list group of musicians, headed into the studio and The Departed was born.  Comprised of Canada on vocals and guitar, long time band mate Jeremy Plato on bass and vocals, blues vocalist, guitar wizard Seth James, Dave Bowen on drums and Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys. The lineup gave the album an eclectic range with three lead vocalists and two lead guitar players, while Bowen on drums and Littleton on B3 organ added a jam band vibe to the studio recording.


THIS IS INDIAN LAND is a 15-track deep album, loaded with well-known songs including Kevin Welch’s “Kickin’ Back In Amsterdam” and “True Love Never Dies,” JJ Cale’s “If You’re Ever In Oklahoma,” Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Leon Russell’s “Home Sweet Oklahoma” and the lead single, Randy’s Pease’s “Ballad Of Rosalie.


With the new album set for release and a calendar full of tour dates, Cody Canada and The Departed are ready to hit the road and do what they do best, play. “I can’t sleep at night,” said Canada. “It keeps me awake, not from worry, but from excitement. We’re just ready to tear it up.”



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