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Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo records an over-dub at his band-mate Greg Keelor’s farmhouse in Kendal, Ont., northeast of Toronto. The alt-country troupe recently issued Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993, an eight-disc box set commemorating the group’s 25-year recording career.

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Keelor, left, and Colin Cripps work on material scheduled for release in late 2013. The band’s previous album was 2009’s sprawling The Things We Left Behind.

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The farm is close enough to Toronto for band members (that’s Michael Boguski, left, with Jim Cuddy) to commute.

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Boguski plays an Acetone organ, a signature element to the Blue Rodeo sound.

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“It’s a nice little nesting for the band,” says Keelor, on the farm house that was first used to record 1993’s Five Days in July.

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Bassist Bazil Donovan: “It’s like a second home. I’ve spent so much time here.”

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Cuddy (with hat) on collaboration : “I don’t think that’s changed much over the years. It’s the way that we end up sounding like ourselves, and not like the diversions on our solo records.”

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Blue Rodeo leaves the farmhouse and hits the road in 2013, celebrating with a silver anniversary tour of Canada that begins with two shows in Whitehorse, January 3.

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