Every once in a while you go to a concert that sticks in your head. Every time I see Jim Cuddy, with or without Blue Rodeo, it’s one of those moments — and the other night in London was no exception.
Currently on a nation-wide tour for his latest solo project Constellation, Cuddy’s classic folk sound continues to cross all genres, this time with the help of some gritty guitar riffs and smooth bluegrass sounds. The record is a must-have if you’re a fan of Canadian music.
As for the show on Feb. 16, words that spring to mind would include incredible, mind-blowing and goosebumps. From the moment Jim hit the stage we knew we were in for a treat. After joking about artists going on tour to play an entire new album and forgetting about the classics . . . he promised only “half the new album.” Well, I can say he chose the right half.
So many parts of the show stuck in my head, but when Jim introduced the title track to the new record and told the story, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the music at that moment. I’m not going to tell you what he talked about, as those moments are what makes the live show amazing, and I think every Canadian needs to see Jim Cuddy live.
Of course he threw in some classic Blue Rodeo songs, which had the crowd singing along and on their feet instantly. The show was also a family affair as Jim had his sons join him on stage a couple of times throughout the night. You can tell this family has musical roots, and I can only imagine what a night around the campfire might be like.
It was an incredible night at London Music Hall, but don’t stress — if you missed this show in Ontario you have a few more chances. Take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed.
Bill Woodcock / @BillWoodcock
Edited by Whitney South
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