Friday July 24
Devin Cuddy drawing from New Orleans Blues and country sings and plays the piano at Top o’ the Senator
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life. From the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.
After a significant period of writing original songs and honing them with a dynamic band, he recorded Volume One in 2020, a rough-hewn and lively album that reflects Devin’s musical dexterity and unique lyrical approach. Songs such as “She Ain’t Crying Over Me,” “I Got A Girl,” and “Signal Hill” are examples of Cuddy’s timeless approach, while on songs like “Afghanistan” and “My Son’s A Queer,” he shows no fear in tackling contemporary issues. The two worlds probably blend most seamlessly on “Sidewalk In The South,” a personal account of hanging out in Oxford, Mississippi, which pays musical homage to the New Orleans standard “St. James Infirmary.” The track is further proof that while Cuddy is as no-nonsense a performer as they come, he is by no means a traditionalist.