Cody Canada & The Departed perform tonight.
SPOtLIGHT SHOW • Cody Canada should look and sound familiar to patrons of The State Room. Canada, 36, is the former frontman of Cross Canadian Ragweed, an alt-country band from Stillwater, Okla., that has been a State Room favorite for years. But CCR split, and Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato formed country-rock band Cody Canada & The Departed, a collective of Oklahoma musicians who have known each other for years. "Jeremy and I were the ones who didn’t want to stop," said Canada in a phone interview, adding that the two have been friends since kindergarten and are also brothers-in-law. Continuing as CCR with two of the band’s four members was unthinkable, Canada said, as the band had always said that if any of the musicians ever left, CCR would disband. The band has already recorded one album — "This Is Indian Land" featured songs from Canada’s favorite Oklahoma country artists — but is excited for its first collection of original material, due out this fall. He admitted that his nerves were frayed as he and the band are facing high expectations after CCR’s strong track record. This show will feature new music, "Indian" music, covers and CCR material, he said.
When • Thursday at 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $17 at thestateroom.com
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