Doc Walker New Album ‘The 8th’ Pre-order now on iTunes

September 30th, 2014


Pre-order your digital copy of Doc Walker’s new album, ‘The 8th’ now on iTunes! Click here

Doc Walker returns with their new album “The 8th.” Pre-sale begins September 30th on iTunes, and the album is available Tuesday October 21st. Doc will be hitting the road with The Road Hammers and Blackjack Billy starting November 20th as part of the Bands On The Run Tour across Canada! Limited VIP packages and regular tickets on sale now! Visit for tour dates.

Blackjack Billy ‘Rebel Child’ Pre-Order the new album now in Canada

September 30th, 2014


Click here to Pre-order ‘Blackjack Billy – Rebel Child’ featuring the hit single ‘The Booze Cruise.’ Catch Blackjack Billy on the Bands on the Run Tour with The Road Hammers and Doc Walker this November/December. VIP Packages and regular tickets on sale now at

You Gotta See This! New video from The Road Hammers “I’ve Been Everywhere!”

September 24th, 2014

Strap yourself in and hang on The Road Hammers are back with Wheels (Open Road Recordings), a record that will resonate deeply with anyone who ever up and shook the dust off their boots and hit the road just for the hell of it. Wheels is a tight set of raw and uncompromising tunes that telegraphs the unique sense of freedom found by getting behind the wheel of something, anything, and getting the hell out of Dodge. Nowhere is that more evident than on Wheels second single ‘Mud,’ a track dedicated to people who love getting dirty at high speed on motorbikes, trucks, hot rods or whatever they can fire up and head out on.

As you may have seen on the CCMA Awards — Jason, Clayton and Chris have combined forces once again to release a ‘hammerized’ version of Hank Snow’s classic tune “I’ve Been Everywhere”. If you think The Hammers got a little crazy in the studio for this one… just you wait! Happy travels y’all!

The Road Hammers are on tour with Doc Walker and Blackjack Billy this fall on the Bands on the Run Tour across Canada. VIP Packages and Regular Tickets are on sale now! Visit to view dates.


September 23rd, 2014


Today’s the day! It’s finally here. You can now pre-order the brand new album County Line from county music’s hottest duo, High Valley, on iTunes.

In stores on Tuesday, October 14th the much anticipated new album features the brand new hit single “County Line” along with the new boot stompin’ track “Make You Mine” featuring Ricky Skaggs, and the albums first single “Rescue You”.

Featuring a couple of country cuties, a pick-up truck, and some good ole fashioned fun on the farm High Valley’s latest video captures the perfect image of time well spent in the country. Be sure to check out them out in their brand new music video “County Line” available on YouTube now!

You can also catch High Valley when they visit your town later this fall during their cross Canada County Line tour, which will see them stop in cities from Quebec to Vancouver. Get your tickets now at

Video Premiere ‘Mountain Man’ from Dean Brody only at!

September 19th, 2014

Today is a big day for Dean Brody! Not only will Dean make his MASSEY HALL debut with Doc Walker in Toronto, as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame – but his brand new music video “Mountain Man” will premiere on! (YouTube Premiere Sept. 26th)

The fun new video takes us on a country boy’s exciting journey through the big city. Visit to catch the premiere and for tickets to see Dean Brody, with special guests Doc Walker, at the legendary Massey Hall. This is not an event to be missed!

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Doc Walker New Album ‘The 8th’ Available October 21, 2014

September 19th, 2014


Canadian country legends Doc Walker are back with their new album “The 8th”! This long celebrated band has just released the albums second single “That’s How I Like It” to country radio to critical acclaim – fans are thrilled to have Doc Walker back! Pre sale on the album begins September 30th on iTunes, and the album is available Tuesday October 21st. Doc will be hitting the road starting November 20th as part of the Bands On The Run Tour across Canada! Make sure and catch them live! Visit for tour dates

Video Premiere: High Valley “County Line”

September 19th, 2014

Watch the video premiere for #CountyLine by High Valley now on YouTube worldwide!

Canadian country duo High Valley have a new look, new sound, a new album coming October 14th (iTunes Pre-sale begins Tuesday Sept. 23rd) – and one HOT brand new single! “County Line” is the duo’s fastest charting song of their career, hitting TOP 20 after only two weeks on the Billboard country chart. CMT Canada has the exclusive premiere of the new “County Line” video this week. The boys will cross Canada on their first headlining national COUNTY LINE TOUR this Fall. For dates and info, visit:



September 17th, 2014

With five consecutive Top 10 singles and nearly 3 million YouTube hits – Tim Hicks is on a roll. The newly crowned 2014 CCMA Rising Star just released his brand new single “She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore” across Canada. This is the second release from the #1 album 501, released this summer. Watch for the music video premiere on Friday October 3rd.

Hicks is looking forward to crossing the country American superstar Dierks Bently this Fall, as part of the 2014 RISER TOUR. Visit for dates!

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Canada’s largest annual sports festival kicks off in Vancouver November 26
Tickets range from $20-$350 and are on-sale now

VANCOUVER, BC (September 17, 2014) – The 102nd Grey Cup Festival Organizing Committee announced today the full program of events and performers for the 4-day Festival held in conjunction with the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game. This year’s Grey Cup Festival will take place November 26-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in the heart of Vancouver. Tickets for Canada’s largest annual sport festival will range from $20-$350, with many free activities appealing to music and sports fans of all ages.

“Vancouver has emerged as a world class host city for major cultural and sports events, and we are excited to once again welcome visitors from all across Canada for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With events and activities for everyone, the Grey Cup Festival is renowned for its festive atmosphere and will be a fantastic celebration of both football and Vancouver’s vibrant local arts and culture scene.”

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival will feature a 3-day nightly concert series presented by Global BC and The Province and headlined each night by some of Canada’s brightest stars, including Canadian country talent Tim Hicks, popular Vancouver-based folk band Hey Ocean! and ‘Canada’s greatest party band’ Trooper. Three-day passes for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival Concert Series go on sale Friday, September 19 at for an early bird rate of $90, with passes going for $102 after October 15.

Dean Brody and Doc Walker play Massey Hall in Toronto this Friday, September 19th

September 17th, 2014

This Friday, September 19th is a big day for Dean Brody! Not only will Dean make his MASSEY HALL debut with Doc Walker in Toronto, as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame – but his brand new music video “Mountain Man” will premiere on! The fun new video takes us on a country boy’s exciting journey through the big city. Visit to catch the premiere and for tickets to see Dean Brody, with special guests Doc Walker, at the legendary Massey Hall. This is not an event to be missed!



September 17th, 2014




With five Top 10 singles, 3 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations and his third GOLD-certified single (with the viral hit “Stronger Beer”), multiple 2014 CCMA Award Nominee and Niagara, ON, native, Tim Hicks, has achieved what many artists would strive for in a decade. His sophomore album “5:01” (Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada) shot to #1 on the iTunes Country chart upon release, and the lead single “Here Comes The Thunder” has been added to rotation at SiriusXM’s The Highway. In 2013, after 250,000 downloads, Hicks became the #1 highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio.

The new single from Tim Hicks “She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore” at radio now! Watch for the music video premiere on on Friday October 3rd!

Since, Hicks has also been honoured with a Canadian Radio Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, a SOCAN award for his debut single “Get By,” a Country Music Association of Ontario Award for Male Artist of the Year, and most recently, the prestigious CCMA Award for Rising Star!!

w/ Randy Houser & Tim Hicks

Oct 18 Rexall Place Edmonton, Canada
Oct 19 Credit Union Centre Saskatoon, Canada
Oct 20 Saddledome Calgary, Canada
Oct 22 MTS Centre Winnipeg, Canada
Dec 02 Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Canada
Dec 04 FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, Canada
Dec 05 General Motors Centre Oshawa, Canada
Dec 06 Budweiser Gardens London, Canada


The Road Hammers presented with plaque for “Mud” Certified Gold Digital Download

September 10th, 2014



FYI recently celebrated the many achievements Country music entrepreneur Ron Kitchener has had in the weekly feature, 5 Questions with. Subsequent to, Kitchener’s company RGK Entertainment Group won Management Company of The Year at the recent CCMA Awards’ annual in Edmonton — for the 13th straight time and 14th overall. Add to this, his label, Open Road Recordings, won Record Label of The Year for the 6th straight year and artists’ Tim Hicks won Rising Artist of the Year and Dean Brody Album of the Year for Crop Circles. During the run-up to the Country Music Awards, Open Road hosted a jam packed Friday night party at Knoxville’s featuring performances from most of the roster capped off by the “talk of the weekend” with a performance by Scrap Metal lead by Klaus Van Hammerstein (aka Jason McCoy) and his Road Hammers doing justice to covers by Judas Priest, Kiss and Van Halen. Scrap Metal accepted gold awards for The Road Hammers’ recent “Mud” single backstage. In case you’re wondering, the straight guy in the centre is Ron.

READ: FYI Music News: 5 questions with Ron Kitchener…


September 8th, 2014




View Photo Gallery from the 2014 CCMA Awards on Facebook

EDMONTON, AB – It was an exciting night for Country music in Canada! Nova Scotia-based Dean Brody was given Album of the Year for Crop Circles, the same album that snagged a Juno back in March for country album of the year. He accepted the CCMA wearing his father’s dusty cowboy hat.

Brody has had a banner 2014, with his sold-out Crop Circles and Tractor Beams arena tour, scoring his 14th top 10 single with “Another Man’s Gold” and becoming the first male Canadian to receive two #1 country singles. This is the third time Brody has won Album of the Year, following wins in 2011 and 2012 for Trail in Life and Dirt, respectively.

Brody said being back in Edmonton, where he once attended college and worked part-time at an area Walmart, reminded him of how differently his life could have turned out if he had never taken a chance and sent some of his first songs off to record labels.

Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun
Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun

The Rising Star award went to Tim Hicks, a 35-year-old country rocker from St. Catharines, Ont., who sported a ball cap instead of a Stetson. He has amassed four Top 10 singles, two Juno nominations, three GOLD certified singles and has an upcoming Fall tour with country star Dierks Bentley – but Hicks said his success has been a long time coming.

He remembered one job he took before he made it big, singing on a moving double-decker bus. He turned green and his audience told him it was OK for him to sit down and stop playing. “It took me 20 years to be a rising star but I don’t regret any of those gigs,” he said.

“I can’t wait to go back home and share this with my friends and family and just continue this wild ride.”

Artist info & Links:

Tim Hicks presented with plaque for “Stronger Beer” certified gold digital single

September 5th, 2014

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Tim Hicks (right), Denny Carr (middle) & Jeff Coplan (left)
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 – Knoxville’s Tavern, Edmonton – Open Road CCMA Throw Down Party

Tim Hicks presented with a plaque for their certified gold digital download “Stronger Beer” on Friday evening at the Open Road CCMA Throw Down Party in Edmonton. Congratulation to Tim Hicks winning the 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award. Click here to watch the “Stronger Beer” Lyric Video!

New album ’5:01′ featuring smash hit single “Here Comes the Thunder” is available in stores & online now – iTunes

Did you miss Tim’s performance on the CCMA Awards? Watch it here!

Open Road Recordings Artists CCMA Weekend 2014 Appearances

September 4th, 2014

Country music fans from across Canada will be hitting the streets of Edmonton in celebration of the 2014 CCMA awards to be handed out September 7th.

In celebration of these awards, Open Road will be holding its 2014 Throw Down at Knoxvilles Tavern, on September 5th. Performers at the event include Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, The Road Hammers, High Valley, Madeline Merlo and Doc Walker. Doors to the event are 9:00pm with a cover of $7.00 at the door. Want to win tickets?! See below!

ORR Throw Down CCMA Party
Friday, September 5, 2014 – 10:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Knoxvilles Tavern
10736 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 2A7

Performers include:
Tim Hicks
Dean Brody
The Road Hammers
High Valley
Madeline Merlo
Doc Walker


Doc Walker opening for Dean Brody at Massey Hall Sept. 19 for Canada’s Walk of Fame Fest presented by Tim Hortons

September 4th, 2014


With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. New single “That’s How I Like It” at radio now from their new album coming this October!

In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.

Don’t miss Doc Walker in an acoustic performance when they open for Dean Brody on September 19th at Massey Hall.

Click here to Buy your tickets now!

Dierks Bentley announces Riser Tour dates with Tim Hicks

September 3rd, 2014

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18 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

19 – Credit Union Place – Saskatoon, SK – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

20 – Saddledome – Calgary, AB – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

22 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12


2 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON- (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

4 – Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

5 – GM Centre – Oshawa, ON – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

6 – Budweiser Gardens – London, ON – (w/ Dierks Bently) on sale sept 12

Dean Brody new single “Mountain Man” at radio today

September 2nd, 2014


2014 Fan’s Choice nominee, 7 time CCMA and 2014 Juno award winner Dean Brody releases his 4th single from Crop Circles, “Mountain Man” to radio this week! Catch Dean performing at this year’s CCMA’s on September 7th and listen for “Mountain Man” on your local radio station!

Click here to enter the “Show Us Your Mountain Man” contest!

New singles from The Road Hammers and Doc Walker at radio today

August 26th, 2014

In celebration of the 2014 Bands On The Run Tour, JUNO & CCMA Winning Canadian Country groups Doc Walker & The Road Hammers are releasing brand new singles to radio TODAY! Doc Walker’s new single “That’s How I Like It” and The Road Hammers’ “I’ve Been Everywhere” are available now on iTunes! Check em’ out!


Vote Dean Brody for CCMA Fans’ Choice Award

August 22nd, 2014


Please vote Dean Brody for the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Fans’ Choice Award!

Click below to vote and tweet this link to your friends!

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New single “That’s How I Like It” from Doc Walker Available Now

August 18th, 2014

With 20 top 10 singles under their belt and countless miles traveled across Canadian soil, multiple JUNO and CCMA award-winning country group Doc Walker are back with their brand new single, “That’s How I Like It.” With a fresh sound and catchy melody, this new release is the perfect addition to your end-of-summer soundtrack…as the days get shorter and the nights get a bit cooler. On iTunes now – Buy it!

YouTube Video Premiere “Madeline Merlo – Alive”

August 14th, 2014

“Alive” by Madeline Merlo now playing on YouTube world-wide and at!

iTunes Canada:
iTunes USA:


Open Road Recordings’ newest rising star, Madeline Merlo, is excited to announce the release of not only a brand new single – but her debut self-titled EP! The 5-song Madeline Merlo EP features the debut single “Sinking Like A Stone,” and the brand new single “Alive.”

“Alive” was co-written by Merlo and fellow B.C. native & producer Dan Swinimer.

The official video for “Alive” was shot in Las Vegas, NV, by award-winning director John ‘JP’ Poliquin.


August 14th, 2014

Reigning CCMA Male Artist of the year, Dean Brody, has had a banner year with his sold-out Crop Circles and Tractor Beams arena tour, winning his first JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year (Crop Circles), scoring his 14th top 10 single with “Another Man’s Gold” and becoming the first male Canadian to receive two #1 country singles.

This week, the Canadian Walk of Fame announced that Dean Brody, along with Matthew Good and Burton Cummings, would be the three chosen headliners to perform at Canada’s Walk of Fame Concert Series. Brody will perform on Friday, September 19th, at the legendary Massey Hall in Toronto, ON. This will be Brody’s Massey Hall debut!

Massey Hall is internationally famous as Canada’s most important venue for concerts and lectures, attracting many of the world’s leading celebrities. Massey Hall remains a vital part of Toronto’s cultural and entertainment scene.

Concert Info:
Dean Brody @ Massey Hall
Friday, September 19th
Toronto, ON
Tickets on sale: Thursday, August 14th