May 26th, 2016 | Comments off
The band is the brainchild of Jason McCoy, the 2004 Canadian Country Music Association Male Vocalist of The Year. The idea was born out of Jason’s desire to develop a new project where he could sing a style of music which formed him as an artist, while paying tribute to the men and women who call the highways of the world their home.
Jason found kindred spirits in Alberta’s Clayton Bellamy whose rough n’ ready vocals provide the soulful fuel that kicks the Hammers into overdrive and Chris Byrne whose smooth high harmonies and solid bass lines are both the foundation and finishing touches which define the distinctive sound that is The Road Hammers.
The band has recorded a charged mix of truckin’ classics and new originals. Songs like “Girl On The Billboard”, “East Bound and Down”, and Little Feat’s classic “Willin”, find a new and vibrant life along side infectious fresh tunes like “Overdrive”, “Keep On Truckin” and the autobiographical flagship anthem “I’m A Road Hammer”.
With songs that explore the universal themes of losin’, lovin ‘and livin’ -all delivered in an amazingly fierce package – this fleet of melodic mayhem will haul in music fans across the country with its appeal! This is the definitive and ultimate driving album.
CMT (Country Music Television) Canada could see the writing on the wall and approached the band early on about documenting the making of the album. Over the past 12 months a CMT crew has been following the ups and downs of The Road Hammers’ journey and the coming together of this exceptional project. The footage will air in six one-hour prime time episodes starting in early April. This documentary-reality series will not only expose you to the music, it will get you in gear for the truckin’ lifestyle.
A killer album, a revved up prime time TV series and an energetic live show, The Road Hammers get out there and work it hard. This is more than just a remarkable band – this is a musical experience. Strap yourself in and hang on; the ride is just beginning for The Road Hammers!
May 19th, 2016 | Comments (0)
Emerson Drive is a country music band founded in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada in 1995. The band is Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals), and David Pichette (fiddle).
Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge, the first Open Season was a product of winning a local “Battle of the Bands” contest. They then charted two singles on the Canadian country charts and a music video on CMT. By 1999, they changed the name to Emerson Drive, and had moved to Nashville, Tennessee to find a major label record deal. Emerson Drive recorded two albums on the DreamWorks Records label, and charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. After DreamWorks’ collapse in 2005, Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records Nashville, where they resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first Number One single in “Moments”. In summer 2008, Midas Records closed their country division. Emerson Drive then signed with The Valory Music Co. and the CD which Emerson Drive had been working on, Believe, became a co-partnership with Midas Records, who kept ownership of the CD while The Valory Music Co. was in charge of promotion and distribution of Emerson Drive and Believe.
May 12th, 2016 | Comments off
There are few safe bets in life, even fewer in the music business, however Niagara native and Country music’s hottest new star, Tim Hicks is soaring up the radio and digital charts and building a strong fan base early on with the success of his first single, “Get By,” currently Top 15 at Country Radio after only 6 weeks, making him as close to a sure thing as can be found.
Co-written by a collective of famed songwriters that includes the successful duo Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), and Neil Sanderson from the multi-platinum rock band Three Days Grace, “Get By,” is the No. 1 selling Canadian Country digital track at iTunes (No. 11 on the overall chart), with over 10,000 tracks sold to date and a 28% increase this week – a noteworthy number for any Canadian Country artist. The single is moving quickly towards the top of the radio and digital charts highlighting once again that there is a strong pulse for well-crafted Country music in Canada.
Proclaimed ‘One To Watch’ following a successful Ontario run with the Boys Of Fall Tour in support of Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee last November, Hicks exploded onto the scene with his debut single and is successfully doing his part to help define a genre that celebrates growing up in small towns, hard work, savouring every experience and living your life completely.
Recorded with hit producer and songwriter Jeff Coplan (Love And Theft), in Nashville, TN, Hicks’ debut EP, available digitally March 5th, is the sound of summer for Country music fans. From the tongue-in-cheek, “Just Add Water,” to the whimsical “Stronger Beer,” to the rocker “Hell Raising Good Time” and the fast-rising single “Get By,” fun abounds on Hicks’ introduction to Country music fans and the business alike. With equal parts grit, fun and camaraderie, the five tracks are a precisely rendered snapshot of what’s to come from this singer/songwriter who connects with his audience and touches them on a human level. It’s apparent that Hicks is ready for a big year of music and friends and in a world with few safe bets, he’s guaranteed to deliver.