Singer-songwriter Greg Keelor's farmhouse was the birthplace of Blue Rodeo's most acclaimed album, Five Days in July, so the band felt it fitting to return there to record new work during their 25th anniversary year.
The familiar setting set a comfortable, relaxed tone for what became the country-tinged Canadian rock band's new album, In Our Nature, according to Keelor and co-frontman Jim Cuddy.
"It's OK to have fun making music. It's OK. You don't have to, you know, torture yourself for your art. It's actually good to be relaxed. Keep your senses keen, but be relaxed," Cuddy told CBC News.
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In the attached video,Cuddy and Keelor, who have been performing together since their school days, talk to CBC's Zulekha Nathoo about recording at the farm, modifying their live shows to adjust for Keelor's tinnitus and continuing to make music together.
The band celebrated its silver anniversary with a tour earlier this year. In Our Nature debuts on Tuesday.