Sat, Jul 09|
StoneCropAcres Winery and Vineyard
The Devin Cuddy Band
"It sounds like he's from some other generation entirely, some made-up one that has touches of country in the 50's, New Orleans in the 20's, and Cab Calloway in the 40's. Jazzy-bluesy numbers are swapped with rollicking proto-rockabilly, everything swinging."
Time & Location
Jul 09, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
StoneCropAcres Winery and Vineyard, 5242 Smiths Rd, Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0, Canada
About The Event
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life — he was born the same week Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album, Outskirts. But from the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’shonky-tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz. Thus far, that path has already led to a Juno Nomination for Roots / Traditional Album of the Year for his first record, Vol 1. Produced by Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) at his Lost Cause home studio, with the help of Nichol Robertson on guitar, Zack Sutton on drums, andDevon Richardson on bass, The Devin Cuddy Band went in to studio with a different approach than before. “I brought all the new tunes to the studio, so the band hadn't played most of them yet,” says Cuddy. “Each song was arranged as we heard it, very natural approach. We took more of a studio approach as opposed to the 'live off the floor' feel we have on the first record. You'll hear more instruments, bigger sounds and a more realised sense of song.”
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life—he was born the same week Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album, Outskirts. But from the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz. Mastering those styles was only taking things halfway, though. The most important lesson Devin learned from his dad was that the way a musician truly develops their craft is in front of audiences. From his home base at the Cameron House, the Queen Street West club that has long been the epicenter of Toronto’s roots rock scene, Cuddy has done just that on almost a nightly basis. At the same time, he has helped cultivate a growing contingent of like-minded young musicians to slowly but consistently spread the word coast to coast. After a significant period of writing original songs and honing them with a dynamic band featuring guitarist Mike Tuyp, Zac Sutton on Drums, and Devon Richardson on Bass. Devin and company recorded Volume One in 2012 with engineer Tim Vesely, formerly of the Rheostatics. Rough-hewn and lively, the album reflects Cuddy’s musical dexterity, and unique lyrical approach. Songs such as “She Ain’t Crying Over Me,” “I Got A Girl,” and “Signal Hill” are examples of Cuddy’s timeless approach, while on songs like “Afghanistan” and “My Son’s A Queer,” he shows no fear in tackling contemporary issues. The two worlds probably blend most seamlessly on “Sidewalk In The South,” a personal account of hanging out in Oxford, Mississippi, which pays musical homage to the New Orleans standard “St. James Infirmary.” The track is further proof that while Cuddy is as no-nonsense a performer as they come, he is by no means a traditionalist.
18 and over
12-17 years old; College or University student (with student id at the gate)
11 and under are free but must register for a ticket.