Canadian country music superstars join forces for fall #roadtriptour
CALGARY (April 20, 2015) – Multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winners Dean Brody and Paul Brandt are thrilled to announce the launch of their co-headline tour #roadtriptour. Bringing together the best in Canadian country music, this epic #roadtriptour will kick off in Victoria, British Columbia on September 24 and wrap up 21 cities later, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Artist pre-sale runs Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 23 at 10 p.m. local time or while supplies last. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time.
There is no question that these two are a force to be reckoned with. With a list of awards and accolades a country mile long, Brandt is recognized as the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history; Brody, the #1 most played Canadian country artist on radio. Brody also recently took home Country Album of the Year at both the 2014 CCMA and JUNO Awards. It is difficult to argue that there are any bigger names in Canadian country music today.
Brody and Brandt share commonalities beyond the scope of their success in country music, making the decision to partner on a national tour an easy one. Both were born in Western Canada and were raised with strong family values – a common thread that is clear not only in how they conduct themselves (including a deep investment and commitment to those in need) but a dominating force in their songs.
They both set off for Nashville early in their careers, which proved to be a defining time for each of them. As a result, both continue to hold the rich history found in Nashville close to their hearts by still actively writing and recording there.
“Dean and I are both deeply proud of our Canadian roots,” says Brandt. “Touring our country together this fall allows us to engage with both sets of fans and celebrate the heritage of country music that inspired our careers.”
“Canada has the greatest fans in the world,” adds Brody. “We are truly excited to bring our two styles together and create an unforgettable experience for them.”
In addition to the tour, both are busy with their latest music. Today, Brody released his fifth studio album Gypsy Road. The record covers huge emotional terrain, reflects Brody’s time living in different parts of the country and features the top 10 single Upside Down.
In March, Brandt released his latest single Nothing which recently hit #30 on the Canadian Artists chart. Nothing joins two hit singles this past year – Forever Summer and Get a Bed.
For ticketing information, please visit: www.livenation.ca and www.roadtriptour.ca. Please note there are a limited quantity of VIP ticket packages available in each market.
Sept. 24 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Sept. 25 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
Sept. 26 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
Sept. 27 – Cranbrook, BC – Western Financial Place
Sept. 29 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
Sept. 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Oct. 1 – Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Regional Event Centre
Oct. 2 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 3 – Grand Prairie, AB – Revolution Place
Oct. 6 – Red Deer, AB – Enmax Centrium
Oct. 7 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
Oct. 9 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Oct. 10 – Thunder Bay, ON – Community Auditorium
Oct. 13 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Arena
Oct. 15 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Oct. 16 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
Oct. 17 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
Oct. 18 – Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre
Oct. 19 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Oct. 21 – Moncton, NB – Coliseum
Oct. 23 – Saint John, NB – Harbour Station
Oct. 24 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
“It still amazes me that what I write in silence, in a corner of my house, turns into a record -that turns into a summer festival with us all in a field somewhere. I finally get to share these new tunes with you guys. Here it is!! Gypsy Road…” – Dean Brody
Pre-order ‘Gypsy Road’ here and get a new track every week!
WHAT:Join The Road Hammers, Canada’s favourite country music act, as they rock the stage at Club Absinthe during JUNOfest 2015. Nominated for Country Album of Year, The Road Hammers will close out the night following sets by The Crawlin’ Kingsnakes, and Poor Young Things.
WHEN: Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The Road Hammers perform: 12:00 am
WHERE: Club Absinthe
38 King William Street
Hamilton, ON, L8N 1B3
WHO: The Road Hammers (Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne)
JUNOfest 2015 – Presented by CBCMusic.ca
Co-produced by Hidden Pony Records and Sonic Unyon
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015 and Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, both nights
Purchase Details: JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are $30 each and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.ca. Individual tickets will be available at the door of each venue ($15-$30).
Dean Brody has announced the release date for his 5th studio album. Available for pre-order from Open Road Recordings on March 24, Brody’s upcoming album will be delivered to fans across North America on April 21, 2015. The first single, “Upside Down,” takes over the Canadian airwaves TODAY! February 9th – Available now on iTunes/Amazon/Google Play – BUY NOW
ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE, “UPSIDE DOWN,”
TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 10
February 5, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – With his last album earning recognition from both The JUNO Awards and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards for Country Album of the Year in 2014, nine-time CCMA Award winner and three-time JUNO Award nominee Dean Brody has announced the release date for his 5th studio album. Available for pre-order from Open Road Recordings on March 24, Brody’s upcoming album will be delivered to fans across North America on April 21, 2015.
As the album’s first single, “Upside Down,” takes over the Canadian airwaves on February 9, fans will instantly know that the wait has been worth it. Reminiscent of earlier favourites “Roll That Barrel Out” and “Old Joe Riley,” Brody knew instantly that “Upside Down” was the best introduction to the new material. “Making a new record is always about pushing boundaries and having fun,” said Brody. “This song is all about having a good time which is exactly what we did when making this one.”
To challenge himself in new ways, Brody composed three of the album’s ten tracks on instruments he had never played before. The result was a record, whose title will be announced first to fans via social media later this spring, that is a perfect combination of both the East and West Coast. Having grown up in the mountains and now living on the ocean, Brody proudly admits that this costal inspiration runs through all of his work. Album five definitely proves this as it delivers, without question, the carefree nature of summers on the ocean and the feeling of freedom found in roaming through the Rockies.
A self-proclaimed storyteller, Brody lives for fan feedback. Thankfully, this full-length provides many opportunities for that. From what is sure to be a fan favourite, “Sweet Lola” (tagged by Brody himself as a sequel to the chart-topping “Bounty”) to the upbeat drive of “Bring Down The House” and the heartfelt spirit of “Footprints Of A Giant” – an emotional song written in the hours after the parliament events in Ottawa last October – it’s clear that what has been delivered is an album that will satiate.
With the video for “Upside Down” set to premiere in mid-February, it won’t be long before Canada gets to spend more time with the award-winning Dean Brody as a national tour will be announced later this spring. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter for album and tour announcements.
For more information on Dean Brody, his new album and upcoming tour dates, visit www.deanbrody.com.
AS NEW SINGLE, “HILLBILLY HIGHWAY” CLIMBS THE CHARTS
January 27, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – With 2014 marking an epic comeback, Canada’s favourite country band has proven that it made the right decision to return. Recognized earlier today with a 2015 JUNO Award nomination in the Country Album of the Year category, The Road Hammers hope to take home their second JUNO win when the Awards land in Hamilton, ON this March.
As the group celebrates its third JUNO Award nomination, country radio stations across Canada are adding WHEELS’ fourth single. “Hillbilly Highway” to rotation. A tribute to the group’s love of freedom found on the road, the single combines the driving beat The Road Hammers have become known for and features an unforgettable performance by Colt Ford. Fans can watch the recently released video on both CMT and the band’s official YouTube channel.
Toronto, ON – RGK Entertainment Group (RGK)/Open Road Recordings (ORR), one of North America’s premiere management groups and independent music labels is pleased to announce that veteran music executive Paul Shaver will join the award winning team as Senior Vice President and General Manager.
With a global focus RGK was founded in 1993 by Ron Kitchener, who was first named Manager of the Year at the CCMAs in 1998 and continued to claim the honour for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years between 2002-2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, Open Road Recordings, Canada’s #1 country record label, was established in 2003 and has to date sold over two and a half million albums by artists like Taylor Swift, Tim Hicks, Dean Brody, Johnny Reid, The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and more. …
Calling all Doc Walker fans, here’s your chance to be in their brand new “That’s What I Call Love” video!
Staring on Tuesday, January 13th WE WANT YOU (yes you, the person reading this message right now) to submit your favourite photo that relates to Doc Walker’s brand new single “That’s What I Call Love” for your chance to have it included in the video. The deadline is Tuesday, January 20th at 11:59 pm, which means you only have one week to submit your photos!
Having a hard time deciding on which photo to send in? It’s actually quite easy; all we are asking is that you submit a photo of people showing their love for one another. It could be a wedding photo, family photo, a photo of you and your best friend, or even a photo of you and your pet. We just want to collect as many ‘love’ inspired photos as possible!
How to Enter:
Email your photo to email@example.com with the subject line – Doc Walker That’s What I Call Love Video Photo Submission. To note, by emailing us your photo you grant us rights to use your photo anywhere.
Once we’ve closed the submissions we’ll select the best photos to be featured in the brand new Doc Walker video.
Be sure to grab your copy of Doc Walker’s brand new single “That’s What I Call Love” on iTunes and follow the band on Twitter @doc_walker and on Facebook (facebook.com/docwalkerband) to find out when the video will be released!
Happy New Year ya’ll! It’s a new year and we’ve got brand new music from The Road Hammers to share with you!
Hot off the heels of their 19-date 2014 Bands on the Run tour, which saw them travel across Canada last November/December with label mates Doc Walker and Blackjack Billy – Jason, Clayton, and Chris invite you to hop on the express ride headed towards the “Hillbilly Highway”!
Released to radio just this week the brand new single off of their highly successful third studio album Wheels, “Hillbilly Highway”, will soon be hammering through your speakers. Heading out this winter? Be sure to request the song at your local radio station so that it’s on your driving playlist! Download on iTunes
Looking for that perfect ride to set out on? Why not take a brand new Triumph motorcycle on the “Hillbilly Highway” with you! Watch The Road Hammers test drive these beauties in their brand new video for “Hillbilly Highway”, to be released on CMT.ca on January 14th, and enter for your chance to win one at winnewwheels.com.
How to Enter: It’s easy! Simply enter your contact information at winnewwheels.com to be automatiically entered into the draw in April 2015. Deadline is March 31, 2015. You can also enter via Twitter – by tweeting with the hashtag #IveBeenEverywhere to both @TriumphAmerica@TheRoadHammers to be considered to win a brand new 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT.
For the most up to date information about the contest follow @TheRoadHammers and @TriumphAmerica on Twitter and please continue to check back at winnewwheels.com.
Don’t forget to mark January 14th in your calendar if you want to be the first to see the brand new video, “Hillbilly Highway”, from The Road Hammers, which will premiere on CMT Canada. (CMT.ca)
The Road Hammers – The Band On The Run – Tour Stats:
19 shows in 27 days
9 time zone changes
17 missing socks
301 strings changed
165 pink arrows
10,432 kms traveled
209 cleaned mic screens
18 truck stops
2 head wounds
1 muddy stripper
0 oil spots (although Calgary was a close one…)
1 baby on its way! (was born since then..)
AND OVER 20,000+ satisfied fans!
All just part of a trip down that “Hillbilly Highway”….
Going for Adds Now!
John Ettinger – The Talent Associates
Hot off the heels of Dierks Bentley’s Riser Tour with Randy Houser, rising country music star Tim Hicks will be releasing his new single “So Do I” in just a few weeks! Check out this video for a Glimpse into Tim’s experience on the tour, and keep your eyes and ears open for new music!
THE ROAD HAMMERS, DOC WALKER, AND BLACKJACK BILLY ASTOUND CANADA WITH NEW MUSIC, AND OLD FAVOURITES
December 18th, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Bands on the Run goes out with a BANG! Wrapping their 26-date tour at the renowned Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver B.C., The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, and Blackjack Billy left it all on the stage on Monday night. Playing to thousands of fans night after night the tour saw The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, Blackjack Billy, hammer out 6,000 km, while travelling from coast to coast during their first ever cross-Canada tour together.
A rare tour opportunity for fans, as well as all three bands, Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers said “the fans on the BOTR tour have re-defined the term ‘party’, they were completely off the hook. Thank you Canada, our home and native land!”
Coming out of hiatus with the release of their third studio album Wheels in June of this year, The Road Hammers saw huge success with the first single “Get On Down The Road”, as well as “I’ve Been Everywhere” and the GOLD certified track “Mud”. Doc Walker, one of Canada’s most legendary country music bands, along with label mates Blackjack Billy both released new albums this past fall. Doc Walker’s eighth studio album, The 8th features the Top 10 hit “Put It Into Drive”, the fan-favourite “Shake It Like it’s Saturday Night”, and the latest hit “That’s How I Like It”.
Touring with both bands for the first time, Chris Thorsteinson of Doc Walker weighed in and said, “the BOTR tour was truly an amazing experience for me as a musician and a fan of music. The crew was amazing and if it were not for the support of country radio it never would have happened. Most of all, I want to thank the fans for their support, I hope you know how much each and everyone of us appreciate you coming out to see us.”
Hailing from three small-towns across the USA with one token Canadian band member, Blackjack Billy put forth their debut album, Rebel Child, to the masses and couldn’t have been happier with the success that they received. Not only did “Booze Cruise” reach well-over 350,000 downloads, it was also certified PLATINUM and was selected as a Sirius XM The Highway favourite. Their tracks “Get Some”, “Got A Feeling”, and “Sugar Cane” also received a great amount of attention from country music lovers. Completing their first cross-Canada tour Jeff Coplan would like to say, “thank you Canada for welcoming us into your party and making us feel at home”.
Creating even more buzz around the tour, Blackjack Billy released a brand new track “RUN”, featuring The Road Hammers, and Doc Walker just prior to the tour kick off, amping up the excitement. Giving fans an exclusive backstage look, the video also captures the electric energy that each brand brought to the table. Premiering on CMT Canada earlier this month the “RUN” music video features the bands rocking out at their second stop of the tour in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Although the Bands on the Run tour has come to an end, be sure to visit the band’s websites listed below to find out when one of them may be rolling through your town in the new year!
Canadian Country Music Star Proves He’s A Force To Be Reckoned With
“She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore” Is Hicks’ Sixth Consecutive Top 10 Hit
“Country album of the year.” – Examiner
“Tim Hicks leads Can-country charge.” – Times Colonist/Post Media
“5:01 is a critical and commercial breakthrough.” – Times Colonist/Post Media
“Irresistibly likeable…” – Edmonton Journal
Toronto, ON (December 16, 2014) – JUNO Award nominated, country music star Tim Hicks has enjoyed an undeniably busy and hugely successful year. The St. Catharines, ON, native received his first Canadian Country Music Association Award for Rising Star in September, soared into the Top 10 at radio with his sixth consecutive hit, played for more than 25,000 fans at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, headlined the CFL 102nd Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver, and joined U.S. country star Dierks Bentley for all of his Canadian dates on the critically acclaimed Riser Tour.
2014 quickly became the year of Tim Hicks when his sophomore album 5:01 (Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada) debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart, and was pronounced a “critical and commercial breakthrough,” by fans and media alike. The debut was Hicks’ second #1 country album and the first to see featured air play on SiriusXM’s coveted U.S. program The Highway – cementing his status as the biggest country music act we’ve seen this decade in Canada.
Since signing to Open Road Recordings in 2011, Hicks has captured the hearts and minds of Canadian country fans in a huge way. What sets him apart, beyond an ample sense of humour and his depth as a songwriter and performer, is his ability to tell those kinds of truths in a way that anyone, whether they’re a country fan or not, can relate to. Throw Down garnered Hicks critical acclaim, debuted at #1 its week of release and spawned four Top 10 hits, including three GOLD Certified singles; ‘Get By,’ ‘Hell Raisin’ Good Time’ and the YouTube smash viral sensation ‘Stronger Beer.’
In 2013, after 200,000-plus 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. Since, Hicks has been honoured with multiple CCMA Award nominations, a Socan Award for “Get By”, a 2014 Canadian Radio Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and a Country Music Association of Ontario Award for Male Artist of the Year.
His songs resonate with so many people because, just like his fans, he works hard, plays hard and recognizes that chasing your dreams – whatever they may be – takes a toll that often requires taking some time to cut loose, and that, more than anything, is what Hicks is all about.
On December 31st, Hicks will wrap up 2014 with one final performance as the headliner for Ottawa, Ontario’s Sparks Street New Year’s Eve Celebration.