Three bandmates. Fourteen songs that blur the lines between hard-edged country, rock & roll, and all the gritty sounds in between. 3, the newest album from Cody Canada the Departed, is proof that there’s strength in numbers.
The band’s first record as a lean power trio, 3 shines a light on the core ingredients of Canada’s sound. There’s plenty of amplified crunch, Red Dirt twang, roadhouse-worthy guitar riffs, story-based songwriting, and the familiar rasp of Canada’s voice — an instrument that’s been sharpened by years of raw, redemptive shows. Working with producer Mike McClure, the band tracked their new material during breaks in an otherwise busy touring schedule, approaching the recording sessions the same way they’d approach a live show.
“The idea was to get into the studio and simplify things, remaining as true to a three-piece as possible,” says Canada, who pulls triple-duty as the lineup’s frontman, songwriter, and lead guitarist. “If you really want to leave your mark, it’s all about the songs, not how many people you can cram into the studio.”