As the former lead singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed, Canada brings his brand of Texas/Oklahoma red dirt country front and center to Texarkana.

Cody Canada and The Departed kicks off its summer concert series this weekend at Scottie's Grill located 8400 West 7th (Hwy 67 West) on its new outdoor stage. From 1998 until 2010 Cody sold over million albums when he was with Cross Canadian Ragweed but in 2010 he left the band and forged a new frontier as the frontman for The Departed.

Canada, who hails from his hometown of Pampa, Texas learned to play the guitar at a very early age when he just eight years old. By the time Canada was a teenager his family had relocated to Yukon, Okla., where he was influenced by his heroes at that time, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle to name a few. In 1994, he formed the band Cross Canadian Ragweed in Stillwater, Okla., where they fell in love with the popular red dirt country music scene. In 1998, they formed their own record label and in 2001 signed a record deal with Universal South and released their first single Highway 377.

Canada became the poster child for the red dirt community and gained an allegiance of fans in the red dirt community. Cody Canada and The Departed features Seth James on guitar, Steve Littleton on keyboards, and Dave Bowen on drums. With their latest 2015 album release "HippieLovePunk" you can't help but think that this band is just getting started.