About The Album
On Tuesday, October 28, 2008, Blue Rodeo gave their fans a rare look behind the curtain of Canada's favourite musical exports. With the release of the DVD/CD Blue Road
, the band lets us take a look at them at their most unguarded as they rehearse and jam on a number of unexpected cover songs at Greg Keelor's farm. The Blue Road
documentary, directed by renowned Toronto filmographer Chris Mills, also includes footage of the band on the road and backstage on their Small Miracles
Chapter 2 of Blue Road DVD gives us a unique fan's perspective of Blue Rodeo's 10-song acoustic set recorded live at Massey Hall earlier this year. Using footage from a number of "bootlegged" sources, the video documents a performance at Toronto's most venerable venue that had its roots during the launch of the album Small Miracles.
It began on the morning of Monday, September 24, 2007, when the members of Blue Rodeo took to the streets of Toronto for a series of unannounced live performances to launch their latest studio album, Small Miracles. This marked the first time Blue Rodeo had actually hit the street, bringing their music to the fans as opposed to the fans coming to them. The day ended up having a profound effect on the band. Playing unplugged versions of some of their most popular material invigorated them and they eventually took the concept with them on their subsequent national tour, opening their shows with a half-hour stripped down set.
"After all these years, Blue Rodeo can still surprise. For the first of two nights at the Jubilee Auditorium, the band appeared to have morphed into a down-home, country jug band — complete with acoustic guitars and a stand-up drummer who played nothing but a snare — jamming out stripped down, salt-o'-the-earth arrangements that wouldn't have been out of place at the Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago."
— Edmonton Sun
By the end of the tour, Small Miracles had been certified gold in Canada, Blue Rodeo had one of North America's highest grossing tours and the band had won three JUNO Awards (Group of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Video of the Year - "C'mon"). All in all, it was quite a year.
The CD that accompanies the package includes the audio portion of Blue Rodeo's live Massey Hall acoustic set. The DVD also makes use of the multi-angle button available on most DVD controllers. This feature allows the viewer to choose whatever camera they want to watch the program from, ostensibly making them the editor.
DVD TRACK LISTING
Live at Massey Hall: Bootleg
- 5 Days In May
- Crying Over You
- Blue House
- 3 Hours Away
- To Love Somebody
- Know Where You Go
- Tell Me Your Dream
- Bad Timing
Blue Road - A Documentary by Chris Mills
- Are You Ready For The Country
- Losing You
- Good Year For The Roses
- Diggin' Up Bones
- Venus Rising
- Four Strong Winds
- Almost Persuaded
- Don't Let The Darkness In Your Head