BLACKJACK BILLY RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE “RUN” WITH THE ROAD HAMMERS AND DOC WALKER

November 13th, 2014

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November 12, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Gearing up for their first, full-length Canadian tour, Blackjack Billy will not only be bringing a full album’s worth of new music on the road, but they will also have their brand new single “RUN” in tow. Featuring Open Road Recordings label and tour mates The Road Hammers and Doc Walker, “RUN” gives fans a taste of what to expect at each Bands on the Run show: a rockin’, redneck country goodtime. Kicking off on November 20th in Fredericton, NB, Bands on the Run will see Blackjack Billy and Canadian country music heavyweights The Road Hammers and Doc Walker sharing the stage at 19 venues across the nation.

Releasing their debut album Rebel Child to Canadian fans just last month, Blackjack Billy has already proven to be one of the hottest up-and-coming, redneck rockers from south of the border. With their Platinum selling single “Booze Cruise,” hits like “Get Some,” “Got a Feeling” and the brand new single “Sugar Cane,” Rebel Child combines a rough grit and high-energy sound that fans have embraced. Produced by the band’s own Jeff Coplan, Rebel Child is just the beginning for the antics Blackjack Billy has in store for Canadian followers.

No strangers to the Canadian tour trails, JUNO award winning duo Doc Walker will also bring some new music to the stage with the release of their latest album The 8th. Following the two top hits, “Put It Into Drive” and “Shake It Like It’s Saturday Night”, the album’s latest smash hit “That’s How I Like It” has already climbed into the Top 15 and can be heard on all country radio stations across Canada. Since breaking into the country music scene over two decades ago, Doc Walker has delivered over 25 radio hits, becoming one of Canada’s most celebrated country acts to date.

Also on the bill for Bands on the Run are Canadian country music legends The Road Hammers. Those attending the show will most definitely enjoy some of their classic hits along with their recently certified GOLD single “MUD” from their fourth album Wheels, released earlier this year. Proving their road-warrior status, fans are invited to check out the video for their latest single “I’ve Been Everywhere” to catch a glimpse of their crazy tour antics.

Travelling from New Brunswick to British Columbia and everywhere in between, tickets for all Bands on the Run dates can be found on bandsontherun.ca. Fans now also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show in their town, plus a CD pack by entering the official Bands on the Run contest here.

Dean Brody – Brothers – A Remembrance Day Song

November 11th, 2014

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Today is one of my favourite days of the year – where true heroes are honoured and remembered. Thank you to our military families who have served and are serving. -Dean

Brothers by Dean Brody

The house was like a tomb.
I was hiding in my room.
As my brother made his way on down the hall.

I didn’t want to say goodbye.
And I was trying to deny there was a war,
And that he got the call.

I watched him from my window
Walking down the drive.
Then I ran down the stairway
Through the front door and I cried

You come back you hear?
And I let him see my tears
I said I’ll give you my rookie of DiMaggio.
I’ll do anything you want,
Clean your room, or wash your car.
I’ll do anything so long as you don’t go.
But he said, this is what brothers are for.

Well I have my heroes,
But the one I love the most
Taught me how to hunt and swing a bat.
And I wrote him every night,
I said I miss our pillow fights,
But lately I just wonder where you’re at.

Sometimes freedom makes it hard to live.
When it takes things from you that you don’t want to give.

I said you come back you hear?
I miss you being near.
Laugh and fish down in the maple grove

I’ll do anything you want.
There must be someone I can call,
And just maybe they would let you come back home.
But he wrote, this is what brothers are for.

I may never have to face the anger of those guns,
Or lie cold and wounded in my blood,
Or know the sacrifice and what it must of cost
For him to love me that much.

Well, it had been two years,
And I held back my tears
When I saw him in that wheel chair on the shore.

And as I ran and held him tight,
That’s when he looked me in the eye
And said I’m sorry that you have to push me home

Win 2 Tickets to the Bands on the Run Tour with The Road Hammers, Blackjack Billy & Doc Walker

November 7th, 2014

Starting Monday, November 10th 2014 the Bands on the Run Tour will be giving away a pair of tickets in each market!

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Stay tuned on Monday to find out how YOU can WIN a pair of tickets to see The Road Hammers, Blackjack Billy and Doc Walker on the Bands on the Run Tour across Canada!

Contest announcements can be found by Following the Bands on the Run Tour on Facebook or Twitter. Bands on the Run – Official Website

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THE ROAD HAMMERS, DOC WALKER, AND BLACKJACK BILLY WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU!

What do you get when you put three of Canada’s hottest chart topping country music bands on tour together? A stellar line-up, a kick-ass set list and some of the craziest nights to be had in 2014. Join the award-winning country music bands The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, and U.S. act Blackjack Billy on the 2014 Bands On The Run tourtaking place this fall. Performing some of their biggest career hits fans will also have the opportunity to sing along to “Mud”, “Shake It Like It’s Saturday Night”, and “The Booze Cruise”.

Stopping in 19 cities across Canada don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime. Get your tickets now before the bands run away on you!

New albums from all 3 bands! The Road Hammers new album Wheels features the hit singles, ‘Mud’ and ‘I’ve Been Everywhere.’ 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! The album is available in stores and online today, Tuesday October 21st. Doc Walker 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 www.bandsontherun.ca for tour dates and tickets! ‘Blackjack Billy – Rebel Child’ is their debut record featuring the hit single ‘The Booze Cruise’ available in stores and online in Canada.

‘Run’ the new song from the Bands on the Run – Blackjack Billy, The Road Hammers and Doc Walker available on iTunes November 17, 2014. Now streaming exclusively at the Bands on the Run official website – bandsontherun.ca

Come CELEBRATE with Doc Walker in PEI for New Years Eve!!

October 23rd, 2014

To close out 2014 and the 150-year anniversary of PEI, join us for a truly Canadian #celebration with Doc Walker at Eastlink Arena Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI as they rock out alongside the Rankin Family, and Burton Cummings!

Purchase tickets now at ticketmaster and reserve a seat for shuttle service that will be provided from Charlottetown to Summerside through Coach Atlantic Canada. Keep in mind, this is a 19+ event and ID will be required at the door.

Be sure to check out Doc Walker’s track Celebration, off of their latest album The 8th in stores now, and get ready for a #celebration 150 years in the making!

Official hashtags: #celebration #the8th #finale2014
Follow: @doc_walker @PEI2014

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New album from Doc Walker, ‘The 8th’ Available Today!

October 21st, 2014

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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! The album is available in stores and online today, Tuesday October 21st. Doc Walker 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 www.bandsontherun.ca for tour dates and tickets!

Blackjack Billy – Rebel Child – Available now in Canada

October 21st, 2014

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‘Blackjack Billy – Rebel Child’ featuring the hit single ‘The Booze Cruise’ available in stores and online in Canada. 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 www.bandsontherun.ca.

Canadian Country music star Tim Hicks is a force to be reckoned with

October 15th, 2014

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Winner Of The 2014 CCMA RISING STAR Award
New Album 5:01 Available Everywhere Now
Kicks Off The RISER Tour With U.S. Country Artist Dierks Bentley This Weekend

Toronto, ON (October 15, 2014) – JUNO Award nominated, country music star Tim Hicks has enjoyed an undeniably huge year and shows no signs of slowing down. Hot on the heels of receiving his first Canadian Country Music Association Award for Rising Star, Hicks joined The Tragically Hip last Wednesday (10/18), at Yonge-Dundas Square to play for more than 25,000 fans in downtown Toronto during an outdoor concert celebrating the start of the NHL 2014-15 season.

This weekend, Hicks joins U.S. Country artist Dierks Bentley to kick off the Canadian leg of the RISER Tour beginning in Edmonton, AB (10/18), and will bring the thunder to major markets across Canada. Additionally, it was announced that Hicks will headline the 2014 Grey Cup Roar on the Shore concert series on November 28th in Vancouver, BC.

It hasn’t always been high profile concerts and events for this St. Catharines, ON native. Hicks started his music career humbly, playing to partygoers and small crowds alike, hitting the pavement and never saying “no” to a gig. After 10,000 hours performing in bars and on small stages, fast forward to 2013, 250,000 downloads later, multiple sold-out tour dates across the country and Hicks became the #1 highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year for his debut album Throw Down, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio.
Since then, Hicks’ career has taken on a life of its own, with four Top 10 singles, nearly 3 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations and his third gold-certified single (with the viral hit “Stronger Beer”). Hicks is a multiple nominee, performer, and winner at the CCMAs and this is only the beginning. After performing at numerous large-scale festivals, including the 2014 Boots & Hearts Music Festival, where Hicks played alongside Lee Brice and Luke Bryan to a crowd of 35,000+, he continues to gain momentum.

Hicks sophomore album 5:01 (Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada) debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart, making this Hicks’ first #1 country album and cementing his status as the biggest country music act we’ve seen this decade.

Watch the latest video for “She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore” here.

2014 TIM HICKS (DIERKS BENTLEY) RISER CANADIAN TOUR DATES:

Oct. 18 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
Oct. 19 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Oct. 20 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
Oct. 22 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Oct. 23 – The Outpost – Thunder Bay, ON **
Nov. 27 – McPherson Playhouse – Victoria, BC**
Nov. 28 – Grey Cup 2014 Roar on the Shore Concert Series -Vancouver, BC **
Dec. 2 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Dec. 4 – First Ontario Centre – Hamilton, ON
Dec. 5 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
Dec. 6 – Budweiser Gardens – London, ON
**Not with Dierks Bentley

High Valley – County Line – Available Now

October 14th, 2014

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New album from High Valley, titled ‘County Line’ is in stores and online today, October 14, 2014.

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 highvalleymusic.com.

Tim Hicks ‘She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore’ YouTube Premiere

October 10th, 2014


 

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Video Premiere: Tim Hicks ‘She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore’

October 3rd, 2014

Tim Hicks ‘She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore’ now playing exclusively at CMT.ca

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

September 30th, 2014

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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 www.bandsontherun.ca for tour dates.

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

September 30th, 2014

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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 www.bandsontherun.ca.

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 www.bandsontherun.ca to view dates.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF HIGH VALLEY’S BRAND NEW ALBUM COUNTY LINE TODAY!

September 23rd, 2014

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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 highvalleymusic.com.

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

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 CMT.ca! (YouTube Premiere Sept. 26th)

The fun new video takes us on a country boy’s exciting journey through the big city. Visit www.CMT.ca to catch the premiere and http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/festival/event/dean-brody for tickets to see Dean Brody, with special guests Doc Walker, at the legendary Massey Hall. This is not an event to be missed!

Watch now only at CMT Canada www.cmt.ca

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

September 19th, 2014

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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 www.bandsontherun.ca 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: http://highvalleymusic.com/shows

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TIM HICKS HEADLINES FRIDAY NIGHT AT CFL 102ND GREY CUP FESTIVAL IN NOVEMBER

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 http://timhicksmusic.com/tour/ for dates!

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102ND GREY CUP FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINE‐UP OF FESTIVAL EVENTS

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 ticketmaster.ca 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 CMT.ca! The fun new video takes us on a country boy’s exciting journey through the big city. Visit www.CMT.ca to catch the premiere and http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/festival/event/dean-brody 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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THE NEW SINGLE FROM 2014 CCMA RISING STAR TIM HICKS “SHE DON’T DRINK WHISKEY ANYMORE”

September 17th, 2014

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CMT VIDEO PREMIERE – FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD

ON TOUR WITH DIERKS BENTLEY!

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 CMT.ca 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!!

DIERKS BENTLEY “RISER” TOUR
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

LINKS

http://timhicksmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/timhicksofficial
https://twitter.com/timhicksmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/TimHicksMusic

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

September 10th, 2014

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Article: http://fyimusicnews.ca/post/97549777532/ron-kitchener-revels-in-mud

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…

DEAN BRODY AND TIM HICKS TAKE HOME 2014 CCMA AWARDS

September 8th, 2014

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DEAN BRODY WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 2014 CCMA AWARDS

TIM HICKS WINS THE RISING STAR AWARD

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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.

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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:

www.deanbrody.com/press
www.timhicksmusic.com/press
www.twitter.com/deanbrody
www.twitter.com/timhicksmusic