Move over Cody Canada, there’s a new singer in The Departed. Well, at least for this new surprise album, In Retrospect, Cody Canada and The Departed became Jeremy Plato and The Departed.
Plato is Canada’s longtime friend and bass player. He started with Canada in Cross Canadian Ragweed and went with him to form The Departed in 2011. You can hear Plato’s background vocals all throughout their career together, but this time, his classic country twang moves front and center.
In Retrospect features 12 classic country covers, all from before 1972. Some of them you know by heart, like Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally.” And some of them come from a slightly more obscure corner of country music. There are four Johnny Paycheck tunes, after all.
Canada still contributes his signature guitar style to the record. But Plato’s authentic vocal delivery is the real story.
“Instead of complaining about the current state of country music, we wanted to make some of ‘real,’ country music,” Plato said in a press release. “Most of these songs were often quoted by my grandmother in everyday conversation, and this album is dedicated to her memory. All of the song are typical of what you could hear, and still can hear, on many AM radio dials.”
The group recorded in Dripping Springs, a town just Southwest of Austin. They released it in September with almost no promotion or fanfare as a surprise for fans. The album also features appearances from several close musician friends. In addition to the powerful duet with Jamie Lin Wilson, members from both Reckless Kelly and Jason Boland and The Stragglers contribute their talents.
One listen and you’ll agree, In Retrospect is a true passion project. Plato’s vocal shines, and the production remains both understated and modern. The Departed didn’t set out to make a bunch of money. Just a bunch of good music.
You can purchase the album from their website or iTunes today.