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!