When Cody Canada and his popular band Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up in 2010, Canada decided to pay tribute to the red-dirt writers and musicians that had influenced his career.
Within a few months after the members of Cross Canadian Ragweed went their separate ways, Canada and his longtime bandmate Jeremy Plato launched a new group with musicians Seth James, Steve Littleton and Chris Doege. The Departed’s first album for the Underground Sound label, This is Indian Land, came out in 2011.
This is Indian Land showcased Oklahoma songwriters, but The Departed decided to make a straight-up rock record with its second album, Adventus, according to the band’s website. Adventus — the title comes from the Latin word for “arrival” — is the band’s first album of original material.
Canada and The Departed will perform with special guest Chad Sullins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis. The show is part of a national tour supporting Adventus, which was released in November 2012.
The Ada News interviewed Canada on Friday about his time with Cross Canadian Ragweed and his work with The Departed. Here are questions and answers from the interview, edited for clarity and length.
AN: Tell me about your time with Cross Canadian Ragweed, please.
CC: We started in 1994, when we were all either in or getting out of high school. We just did it for 16 years, up until 2010.
We had a really good time with it. We covered a lot of ground, played almost every state and a couple of countries. Then we decided to split it up.
But it was a good time. We made a lot of traction.
AN: Were you surprised by the success of Cross Canadian Ragweed?
CC: Yeah, I think I was surprised.
In hindsight, we worked really hard to get where we were with that band. It seemed like we were in a van and trailer, going from bar to bar, town to town, and then all of a sudden it got bigger. It got bigger quicker. So it was a little surprising.