If you spend any amount of time in a room with a radio programmer or a record-label executive, you're likely to hear a story (or three) about their greatest almost-a-success artist. In light of this, one guesses that somewhere out there a former Warner/Atlantic executive would tell you how that story applies to Blue Rodeo. The Canadian band should have fit right into the alt-country story line of the '90s, the tale that included bands such as the Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, the Old '97s, Uncle Tupelo and (eventually) Wilco. Born in the early '80s as a country/rock hybrid, Blue Rodeo itself realized early on that the large amounts of success it had found in Canada wouldn't be matched in the United States. Strangely enough, the band believed that it had a lot to do with the inability of U.S. music fans to accept and accommodate the fact that the band had... More >>>