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Carolyn Mark and Rodney DeCroo build up live energy

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I didn’t want to miss Rodney DeCroo and Carolyn Mark at the Slice as they  guested on my Friday night blues show on CKXU, 88.3 FM, Oct. 1.

 Carolyn Mark opened up Rodney DeCroo's Oct. 1 show. Photo by Richard Amery

I was sad to have missed Mark, but caught her on stage singing back up and playing the Slice’s  piano through a  multi-faceted set by DeCroo and his band, the Convictions.


The first set was a fairly low key affair, he started with some slower material then  told the story behind “Ain’t No-One,” one of the more popular tracks off of his new double CD set “Queen Mary Trash,” about  dealing with anger management issues after someone came up to him in a bar and compared him to  Neil Young and Bob Dylan, following that up with “It’s not a compliment.”


“I thought I’d do something postive instead and picked up aguitar, it makes me feel better,” he told the audience before playing several tracks from “Queen Mary Trash,” including “Van City” and “Pleasure and Pain.”

Rodney DeCroo and his band, Oct. 1 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery


He wound down his first set by singing a duet of “Queen Mary Trash”  with Carolyn Mark before  bringing the band back to end the set with “Minotaur.”

 His second set was more rock and roll, with several highlights from the second CD of the “Queen Mary Trash,” including The Tom Petty tinged “Elijah Come On” and “Sorrow on the Mountain,” as well as crowd favourite“Bring it On.”

He slowed it down a touch with “My Love Rides,”  and another exceptional new track “When The World Was Young,” then replayed “Ain’t No-One.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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