Fourth of July festivities in Frisco this year will include all the traditional trappings — food, parades, contests, fireworks and music.
The Texas-based band Cody Canada and The Departed will be providing the evening concert, free of cost, at the Frisco Bay Marina. The group has been together for two and a half years and released two albums. The first was a covers album in 2011. The second album, “Adventus,” consists of 14 new and original tracks, many of which concertgoers will hear at the Frisco performance.
Cody Canada and The Departed toe the line between country and rock. When asked how best to describe his sound, lead singer and guitarist Cody Canada said that while it’s hard to put the band into a single category, lately it’s been described as Americana, which explains the blend between genres.
“That’s really what it is,” he said. “It’s lyrical, and it’s musical. We care about both.”
Canada has been performing professionally for more than a decade. Before taking up with The Departed, he fronted the popular red dirt band Cross Canadian Ragweed. For 15 years, the Oklahoma-based band played country rock-style music and released seven studio albums and three live albums.
But for Canada, love of music goes much farther back. He distinctly remembers attending a George Strait concert at the age of 5 with his parents. Strait is a big name in the country music industry, often called the “King of Country.”
“I saw that concert when I was 5, and that was it,” Canada said, meaning that he was hooked.
His rock influence also came from family, specifically his sister, who listened to 1970s rock such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who.
“I had the best of both worlds at my house to learn from,” he said.
Canada’s singing and guitar playing don’t come from formal education but hard work and practice, starting out on his mother’s guitar and moving on from there.
“It was all natural for me. I didn’t have time for lessons or anything,” he said. “But it was a challenge; it was fun to learn.”
After his first band retired in 2010, Canada and member Jeremy Plato worked together to form The Departed. They and the three other band members have spent the past year putting together the songs for “Adventus,” which is Latin for “arrival.” The meaning behind the name, Canada said, is “we wanted everybody to know that this was serious and the last band wasn’t getting back together and this band was here to stay.”
Those concertgoers who are familiar with Canada’s early band will recognize some songs from his Canada Ragweed days mixed in with the “Adventus” numbers. Canada said they’d also play a few new songs that haven’t been recorded yet.
“We write serious stuff; we’re very meticulous about the lyrics and the music,” Canada said, “but it’s all upbeat and it’s all fast moving. If you were fans of the last band, we’ve got something better for you.”