Open Road Recordings – Canada's #1 Country Music Label
THROWBACK THURSDAY ‘DECADES’ WEB SERIES ON CMT.ca
MERLO’S MOVIE DEBUT ‘COUNTRY CRUSH’ SET FOR RELEASE IN 2016
July 9, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – There really isn’t much Madeline Merlo can’t do. As filming recently wrapped on ‘Country Crush,’ her on-screen musical debut, Madeline is ready to release Decades, a special Throwback Thursday video cover series on CMT.ca, and “Honey Jack”, her brand new sultry single on July 17.
Special Edition Of Award Winning Album 5:01 To Be Released September 4th Titled 5:01+
Hicks Among First Artists Announced To Perform And Kick Off The Party At The 2015 CCMA Awards In Halifax On September 13th
Toronto, ON (July 6, 2015) – JUNO nominee and CCMA Award winning country star Tim Hicks announced today the release of his brand new single “Young, Alive and In Love” (#YAIL), available at radio July 10th. Country music’s voice of the working class revealed that the summertime anthem is one of four brand new tracks found on “5:01+”, a special edition of his 2014 smash hit album “5:01”, due out September 4th. “5:01+” also features “Here Comes The Thunder” – Hicks’ fan fueled party anthem and fourth GOLD certified single.
Beginning today, fans have the exclusive opportunity to unlock “Young, Alive and In Love” as well as the singles’ vibrant graphic by visiting http://www.twitmusic.com/timhicksmusic-flock-to-unlock-video-6343
With a 2015 SOCAN Award for the high-energy hit “Got A Feeling”, a 2014 CCMA award for Rising Star and two JUNO Award nominations for debut album “Throw Down”, Hicks status as one of the most dynamic Canadian country acts seen this decade is undeniable, boasting five top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits and a #1 debut on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart with the August 2014 release of “5:01”. In 2013 he became the highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year for “Throw Down”, and was the most played debut artist overall at country radio.
Hicks’ year is shaping up to be a busy one and with the release of “5:01+”, fans can expect to hear and see a lot from their favourite artist beginning with a number of high profile dates including; his 2nd Annual Summer Throwdown show at Kee To Bala on July 11th and a performance at the 2015 Pan Am Games Ontario Celebration Stage on July 20th. This fall Hicks will celebrate small towns and country fans as part of the CMT Coors Banquet One Horse Town promotion (for details visit CMT.ca). Adding to the excitement, is the hint of a major fall headline tour that is soon to be announced and on September 13th, Hicks will take the stage at the 2015 CCMA Awards in Halifax for what will be another show stopping performance amongst country music’s elite.
Click here to watch the brand new video from Dean Brody ‘Bring Down the House’
Y’all hashtag this! #BringDowntheHouse
Monday, June 8 7:33 PM – 7:53 PM
Stage: CMA World GlobaLive!
The Road Hammers
Monday, June 8, 10:55 PM – 11:30 PM
Stage: CMA World GlobaLive!
Wednesday, June 10 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds
MORE INFORMATION AT CMAWORLD.COM
Doc Walker Sessions X is now live at http://series.sessionsx.com/!
THE HAMMERS TEAM UP WITH TIM HICKS TO BRING A BIG SHOW TO A SMALL TOWN COURTESY OF CMT AND COORS BANQUET
SUMMER TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
June 2, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – It’s summer time; the beer is cold, the weather is warm and the necks are red. There is no better time for Canada’s favourite highway-loving, hillbilly-singing, country legends, The Road Hammers, to celebrate.
After a brief hiatus, The Road Hammers came back strong in 2014 with both a CCMA and JUNO Award nomination as well as the release of their fourth studio album Wheels. What fans truly don’t know is what happened during the interim that lead to their return – now, The Road Hammers are telling their side of the story through a nine-episode web series. Set to launch with CMT’s new website on June 8th, The Road Hammers Go Everywhere follows the trio through their country music return while capturing their first national tour (antics and all) since reuniting.
“We had so much fun filming this and being back on the road,” says Jason McCoy. “The Road Hammers Go Everywhere shows the heart of tour life, and being on the road is what we’re all about.”
Once on the road, these boys don’t quit. With the summer festival season quickly approaching, The Road Hammers will be making another trip across the nation to perform at some of the top festivals of the summer, including Ontario’s biggest country music festival of the year Boots and Hearts. Fans are encouraged to keep an eye out this summer for The Road Hammers’ selfie booth with Fueled by Rednecks – there’s sure to be plenty of merchandise, contests and more along the way!
In case the band misses your hometown this summer, CMT and Coors Banquet are giving you a chance to bring both The Road Hammers and label mate Tim Hicks to perform in your town in September. Submit a picture showing your small town pride to win an exclusive performance by two of Canada’s favourite country acts. For more contest details and to enter your hometown, please visit www.coorsbanquet.ca/en/oht.
For all Tour Dates visit, theroadhammers.com/tour
May 25, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Directly following an incredibly successful first quarter of 2015, Canada’s most recognized and celebrated country label Open Road Recordings is excited to announce its new partnership with RPMpromotion. This strategic alliance will see the Canadian radio promotions company working exclusively with Open Road Recordings. The alliance will be effective in the country genre as of June 1st, giving Open Road a truly national promotional footprint – the first of its kind for an independent label.
“At Open Road, we want to continue making ground breaking moves that allow us to reach beyond our goals,” said Ron Kitchener, President, Open Road Recordings. “Our alliance with the reputable RPM team provides coast to coast coverage via the company’s representatives located in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax. This reach will allow us to achieve unprecedented results for both our established and developing roster of artists. We do appreciate the great attention John, Ryan at TTA provided us and look forward to working with them in other capacities in the future.”
RPM’s Dale Robertson will become the Director of Country and will lead the RPM team on strategy and initiatives on a national level. Previously with Universal Music Canada and Sony/BMG, Dale is well versed in the world of country music, having a hand in the development of artists including Sam Hunt, The Band Perry, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift. Dale recently relocated back to Winnipeg with his family and joined the RPM team creating a satellite office.
“I’m very excited to be joining the team that Mike Rice has built with RPM,” confirmed Robertson. “The new partnership with Open Road is an ideal fit for us and I’m happy to be part of the group to help propel their amazing roster within Canada and beyond.”
Founded in 2013, RPMpromotion is an independent Canadian radio promotions company based in Toronto. Helping both independent and signed musicians gain airplay on radio and video channels across the country, RPM’s team members each boast an average of 20 years of industry experience in the radio, recording and entertainment industries. They have worked alongside renowned country artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum, among others.
“We’re very excited to be working alongside of Open Road Recordings and their stable of world class artists,” says Mike Rice, Founder, RPMpromotion. “This partnership will help build new and existing fans and audiences, keeping ORR on top of the ranks in the country genre.”
“With Dale bringing the years of knowledge he has to the team as our new Director of Country Radio for RPM we believe we have the right team in place to make a difference,” adds Rice.
Open Road Recordings is the number one Canadian independent country recording company. It currently has leading market share for Mediabase #1 Indie Country label radio marketshare (consecutively since 2008); Mediabase #1 overall Canadian label radio marketshare (2014); and BDS #1 Indie Country radio marketshare (2011 – 2014). Its impressive roster of award-winning artists includes Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, High Valley and The Road Hammers.
Open Road wishes to thank The Talent Associates for their support through this transition period. They look forward to this new partnership and the opportunities it brings.
The brand new single from our friends Blackjack Billy #WhyGodMadeSummerTime. Pick it up on iTunes here: https://itun.es/us/wSGW6
With “Why God Made Summertime,” country music fans who had these guys pigeonholed as just another party band will be pleasantly surprised. “We’ve grown a lot since we released ‘The Booze Cruise’ two years ago,” says Blackledge. “We were fortunate to be given so many opportunities because of that song, and now I believe ‘Summertime’ shows a little insight into another side of our band.” Coplan agrees. “We definitely do enjoy a good booze cruise,” he laughs, “but summertime is so much more than that.” With its imagery of baseball games and tire swings, barbecue grills and lazy weekend afternoons, the track takes the listener through the vacation months with imagery that’s so evocative, you can already see the music video in your head. “There’s just no better time of year,” Blackledge says, then elaborates in the words of a born songwriter. “As soon as the mercury breaks 75, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than on the back porch at Grandad’s house, watching the sun go down while we grill up some fresh-caught fish. Or getting up early and heading to the ballpark for a doubleheader, then wrapping up the night down by the lake with friends.” In other words, the song works – because these guys have lived it. (from BlackjackBilly.com)
SESSIONS X – The New Online Music Series Debuts
Doc Walker will be featured on SESSION X Phase 2 launching June 2nd! Stay tuned!
Ground-breaking production and exhilarating energy, Sessions X captures the raw, genuine, and uninhibited collaboration between producer and artist. In Season One, award-winning producer Gavin Brown teamed up with 18 artists across musical genres to craft their best.
Recording over 100 tracks, at the renowned Noble Street Studios, the Sessions X online series features new material from artists such as Gowan, Metric & Scott Weiland. Come into the studio for riveting, fresh and humbling performances – all in one take. Sessions X is music worth watching. http://series.sessionsx.com/
‘Bring Down the House’ is Dean Brody’s second single from ‘Gypsy Road’ at radio today, May 25th!
This summer, country stars Tim Hicks and the Road Hammers are bringing a big time live show to one Canadian small town. And it could be yours.
To get in the running, just submit a picture showing your small town spirit. We’ll choose one lucky location and bring Tim Hicks and the Road Hammers to perform live for you and your neighbours.
New single, “She’s With Me” at Country radio now! New video coming soon to CMT Canada! Follow @highvalley
Tim Hicks 2nd Annual Summer Throwdown at The Kee to Bala
With Special Guests – River Town Saints
Saturday, July 11,2015
Doors Open @ 9pm
DEAN BRODY AND PAUL BRANDT ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE NATIONAL TOUR
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!
No, you aren’t seeing things Upside Down, there is a new album from Dean Brody coming your way on April 21st and we can’t wait for you to enjoy it! Here is your first glimpse of Gypsy Road:
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Tweet/Instagram/Facebook the album cover with #GypsyRoad @deanbrody for the chance to win a signed copy of the album!
EXCITED FOR ‘GYPSY ROAD?’
Enjoy ‘Upside Down’ here: http://bit.ly/1zOE3pe and instantly get the unheard song ‘Hillbilly’ when you pre-order the album on March 24th!
Stay tuned for even more info coming your way soon…
2015 JUNO Award Country Album of the Year nominee The Road Hammers to perform JUNO Fan Fest March 14, 2015 at Club Absinthe, Hamilton, Ontario – 9:00PM, Doors at 8.
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).