Sep 11, 2013


The Departed put out a press release today giving us all some insight on Seth James' departure from the band, their future as a band, and news on Cody's live acoustic cd release. It is below.

Cody Canada Announces Band Lineup Changes + New Solo Acoustic Live Album Out This Fall
As announced on Facebook earlier this week, Cody Canada and The Departed vocalist/guitarist Seth James has confirmed that his last show with the band will be November 23 at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX.
Despite that fact, fans have a lot to look forward to in the next few months. The Departed will continue to tour heavily as a four-piece band. They are also writing new songs and have plans to record a new studio album in early 2014.
"No one will be standing in Seth's place," Canada says. "There is no need to try to replace one of the best guitar players ever."
Canada also says that while the band is not planning to continue playing the songs sung by James on their recent album 'Adventus' live, he and keyboardist Steve Littleton will handle all of the lead instrument parts. Following James' departure, Canada says the band's live set will include more songs from the catalogue of his former band, Cross Canadian Ragweed. James will continue to perform at all dates leading up to his final show. See below for a list of upcoming tour dates.
While his work with The Departed will continue moving full-steam ahead, Canada has also confirmed a late November release (exact date TBA) for a new solo acoustic album titled 'Some Old, Some New, Maybe A Cover Or Two,' which was recorded live this summer at Third Coast Music in Port Aransas, TX.
As the title suggests, the acoustic album will feature songs from throughout Canada's career, including old Cross Canadian Ragweed favorites along with songs he wrote with The Departed. See below for a full track listing.

As they move forward, The Departed have issued their" one hundred percent support" for James' decision. "Whatever path he chooses, we've got his back. And we know he'll have ours," the band said in a statement. "We will rock on as a four-piece playing old tunes, new tunes, our tunes, and other people's tunes. It's what we do."
"Seth will be truly missed out here. We wish him all the luck and we will be at his shows," Canada says. "You've gotta do what feels good for your own good. I love the man, no matter what band he's in."
In a statement on his Facebook page, James explains his decision to leave the band:
"After three years of great times and great music, I have decided to take a step down as a band member of the Departed. It has been an unbelievable ride and I am so grateful for the support and love along the way. My last show will be November 23 at Gruene Hall. I look forward to supporting these guys alongside you as they continue down the road."


1. If You're Ever In Oklahoma
2. Down
3. Breakdown
4. 250,000 Things To Do
5. Ruby Ridge
6. Pay
7. 17
8. Record Exec
9. Harvest Moon
10. Bluebonnets
11. 51 Pieces
12. Constantly
13. Flowers
14. Cold Hard Fact
15. Dead Man
16. Broken
17. Brooklyn Kid
18. Damned Old Happy Times
19. Unwound

For more info on The Departed check out their website The Departed

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