The highest-selling Canadian country band in history, The Road Hammers, are gearing up to release a brand-new record, The Squeeze, everywhere on May 12. The new album is a collection of tracks that epitomize what the band has become known for – a truly synergistic blend of classic rock meets country, with a contemporary twist.
The Road Hammers (comprised of Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy, and Chris Byrne) collaborated to write many of the tracks on The Squeeze, which is a unique set of foot-stomping tracks one can’t help but dance to, evocative of the south. From the heart-warming sentiment behind the lead single, “Crazy About You”, which is about continuing to fall in love with long time partners as the years go on, inspired by McCoy’s own marriage; to “The Squeeze”, an up-tempo song co-written with Nashville writer Andrew Petroff and Chris Byrne about ensuring love is good to the last drop – it’s clear that passion for music and love are central themes to the album.
That concepts carries through with the first song on the record, “Your Love is a Drug”: a down-home, upbeat track with southern flare which lead singer Jason McCoy says was originally inspired by the thought of writing a song that starts with vocals. “I love being able to showcase the strong vocals of the Hammers, and bam, right off the top is the best way to do it. This song reminds me of early Zac Brown Band, some southern rock, with a funky 70’s vibe. It’s all about the groove, and it’s just plain fun!”
Traditional fans will find “Down and Dirty”, “Easy Rider”, “Detroit Alison” and “Haulin’ Ass” reflective of earlier album themes evoking powerful machinery and epic rides on the wide open road. McCoy worked with Blackjack Billy’s Jeff Coplan on a follow-up to their gold-certified single “Mud”, released in 2014. “’Down and Dirty’ is a continuation on the original ‘Mud’ theme. It’s amazing how much mudders love their trucks, and well, this is a love song about a muddin’ truck!”
Co-produced by Gavin Brown (Metric, Tragically Hip and Barenaked Ladies), Scott Baggett (Alison Krauss, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt), Jason McCoy and David Kalmusky, The Squeeze brings forward a new personal side of The Road Hammers. Much like previous records, it reflects the band’s love of wheels on the open road, combined with their softer side, highlighted in a cover of the classic Dawes song, “All Your Favourite Bands”, which showcases Clayton Bellamy’s vocals. This record also forges into new terrain, into the realities of life and love through the fun, Road Hammers lens, without the sugarcoating.
This summer will see the platinum-selling group on the festival circuit, playing at a number of events, including Country Thunder Saskatchewan (SK), Mattawa Voyageur Days (ON), Habourfest (ON) and Country Thunder (AB), Wild West Country Festival, Buffalo (NY), and more.
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