Song of the Day, March 11: If I Catch You Cryin’ by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

Today’s song is If I Catch You Cryin’ by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson were all respected musicians in their own right (as well as friends who played on each other’s albums). When they discovered a shared love of Canadian folkie Willie P. Bennett, they formed a mythical band and recorded a tribute album, covering 14 Bennett songs. They enjoyed the collaboration so much that they’ve recorded six albums together. Each brings a different strand to the roots-rock stew that they cook up when the play as BaRK, and the loose, joyous feel of the discs is wonderfully distinct from their individual work. Their best outing together is 2003’s BARK. It features a great mix of original songs and covers. If I Catch You Cryin’ was written by Fearing with noted Irish singer and songwriter Andy White. While it would be at home on a Fearing album, the collaboration with BaRK lends it a rougher feel that suits the song well. Enjoy this great tune today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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