Dean Brody to Perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

August 26th, 2015


August 25, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) has revealed the final list for the 2015 CCMA Awards Show. Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Kira Isabella, Wes Mack, Steven Lee Olsen, MacKenzie Porter and Johnny Reid will all take to the stage at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Sunday, September 13. The 2015 CCMA Awards Show will air on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

One of few Canadian country acts able to boast four certified Gold and one Platinum single(s), JUNO and CCMA Award winner, Dean Brody, is having an incredible year. Not only did he and his fifth studio album accumulate seven 2015 CCMA Award nominations, but after just eight weeks of charting at country radio, Brody’s “Bring Down The House” has become the summer anthem of 2015, earning both Gold status and the title of #1 selling current Canadian country single. Following his performance on the CCMA Awards Show, Brody will wrap up the fall with an extensive national tour – aptly titled The Road Trip Tour – alongside fellow nominee, Paul Brandt.

Eight CCMA Awards will be presented on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank. Previously announced performers on the show include: Autumn Hill, Paul Brandt, Florida Georgia Line, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Thomas Rhett and Dallas Smith. This year’s show is being produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. There are still tickets available at all Ticket Atlantic locations, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or online at, with prices ranging from $60.00 to $106.00, plus service charges and fees.


August 18th, 2015

#roadtriptour tour dates and fan ticket giveaway, powered by Ford of Canada

TORONTO (August 18, 2015) – Country music superstars Paul Brandt and Dean Brody are thrilled to announce Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. (Ford of Canada) as the official sponsor of their co-headline tour, #roadtriptour. The tour will begin this fall in Victoria, British Columbia, making a total of 22 stops across the country with the final show wrapping up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On the heels of Ford of Canada’s partnership with the tour, dubbed #TourwithFord, also comes the revelation of an exciting nationwide ticket giveaway. Kicking off this September, the contest will give country music fans the unique chance to win premium #roadtriptour concert tickets and meet and greet opportunities with both Brody and Brandt. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via social media (@PaulBrandt, @DeanBrody @FordCanada) for further contest details.

“We’re definitely excited to be packing our bags alongside Ford of Canada for this tour,” said Dean Brody. “I’m incredibly thankful for Ford’s support on the tour and both Paul and I are excited to be offering our fans a chance to win an awesome experience they deserve for supporting us for much of the last decade.”

“This is our first national sponsorship with Paul Brandt and Dean Brody,” said Mike McGarrell, Truck Communications Manager, Ford of Canada. “We are excited to be a part of their cross-Canada tour and to share this experience with fans.”

Bringing together the best in Canadian country music, #roadtriptour will hit the road with Ford of Canada on September 24. Brody and Brandt will be joined on tour by four unique female artists – each opening in different markets: Whitney Rose, CCMA Award Winner Jess Moskaluke, and CCMA Award Nominees Lindi Ortega and Madeline Merlo.

“I’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with Ford of Canada for many years, and am so pleased to be working alongside them on this tour. I can’t imagine taking a road trip with anyone else, but Ford,” said Paul Brandt.

For ticketing information, please visit: Please note there is a limited quantity of VIP ticket packages available in each market.

High Valley to Perform at the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

August 18th, 2015

August 18, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced this morning that Autumn Hill, Paul Brandt, High Valley, Jess Moskaluke and special guest Thomas Rhett will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show. Being broadcast from Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday, September 13, the 2015 CCMA Awards Show will air on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and will feature performances by Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith, and Florida Georgia Line, as previously announced.

Nominated for three 2015 CCMA Awards, the remote hometown and unique upbringing seems a magic combination for the music of La Crete, AB brothers, High Valley. Producing four Top 10 singles, including a Top 5 hit, and two #1 videos on CMT for their summer smashes, “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me”, the duo’s latest album, County Line, has Brad and Curtis Rempel taking over the country scene with their addictive “pop-grass” sound. High Valley has performed on some of the industry’s most coveted stages this summer, including The Grand Ole Opry, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and Boots and Hearts.

Dean Brody Celebrates Gold on His 40th Birthday

August 13th, 2015


Dean Brody’s latest single, Bring Down The House, has already been certified gold status after hitting the charts eight weeks ago. Now that’s quite the way to celebrate his 40th birthday today (August 12)!

The summer anthem is off Brody’s fifth studio album, Gypsy Road, which garnered the most 2015 CCMA Award nominations than any other artist.

This September, Brody joins Paul Brandt for an epic 22-city tour for the Road Trip Tour.

Tim Hicks to Perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

July 18th, 2015


The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, as will special international guests, Florida Georgia Line. These are the first acts announced to take the stage as part of the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 13.

Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in over 30 years, the CCMA is thrilled to be bringing both Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show to Atlantic Canada this fall. “This year’s CCMA Awards Show will have a whole new look and feel compared to years passed,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Awards shows, just like country music, are constantly evolving. We think country music fans new and old, and viewers both at home and in the stands will all take memorable moments away from this year’s big event. For fans who plan on attending the 2015 CCMA Awards Show in-person: get your tickets now! We anticipate a sold-out crowd for this unforgettable event.”

Two time JUNO Award nominee and 2014 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star, Tim Hicks has cemented his status as one of the biggest breakout Canadian country music acts seen this decade. Hicks boasts five Top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations, and a fourth Gold-certified single fueled by the anthem, “Here Comes The Thunder”. In 2013, Hicks became the 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. Hicks’ sophomore album, 5:01, debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart last August (2014), making this his first #1 country album and paving the way for an undeniably huge year in 2015.


July 9th, 2015




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, and “Honey Jack”, her brand new sultry single on July 17.


July 6th, 2015


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

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 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.

Dean Brody – Bring Down the House – CMT Video Premiere

June 19th, 2015


Click here to watch the brand new video from Dean Brody ‘Bring Down the House’

Y’all hashtag this! #BringDowntheHouse

Open Road Recordings Artists at 2015 CMA Fest

June 6th, 2015

Madeline Merlo
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!

Blackjack Billy
Wednesday, June 10 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds


Doc Walker Session X Performace and Interview

June 4th, 2015

Doc Walker Sessions X is now live at!



June 2nd, 2015




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.

Click here to learn more!

“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

For all Tour Dates visit,


May 27th, 2015

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.

Blackjack Billy – Why God Made Summertime (Lyric Video)

May 26th, 2015

The brand new single from our friends Blackjack Billy #‎WhyGodMadeSummerTime‬. Pick it up on iTunes here:

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

Doc Walker on Sessions X debuts June 2

May 26th, 2015

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.

Dean Brody new single ‘Bring Down the House’ at radio now

May 25th, 2015

‘Bring Down the House’ is Dean Brody’s second single from ‘Gypsy Road’ at radio today, May 25th!


Enter Coors Banquet’s ‘One Horse Town’ with Tim Hicks & The Road Hammers

May 22nd, 2015

Enter Coors Banquet‘s ‘One Horse Town’ here:

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Coors Banquet’s One Horse Town

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.