September 29th, 2016 | Comments off
Hailing from the prairie province of Manitoba, Doc Walker is one of Canada’s most
renowned country music bands. With a career spanning over two decades Doc Walker
first emerged onto the scene with the release of their debut album Good Day to Ride in
Since then, Doc Walker has released six award-nominated albums and has earned 12
Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. With the release of their highly
successful album Beautiful Life in 2008, Doc Walker swept up the awards scene,
winning the CCMA Award’s coveted Fans’ Choice Award along with the award for
Album, Single, and Songwriters’ of the Year. This album’s success continued in 2009,
winning a JUNO Award for Country Recording of the Year.
With over 30 hit singles and twenty years of headlining on both national and international stages, Doc Walker has established themselves as a legendary Canadian country music
act. Recognized as one of the hardest working bands in the business, it is their passion for creating and performing music that fans adore which has set Thorsteinson and Wasyliw
apart from other artists in the industry.
Recording their latest installment at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, ON and the famous Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN the band had the pleasure of working with awardwinning
producers Gavin Brown (Metric, The Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies) and Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Eli Young Band). The 8th, which happens to be
their eighth studio album will be released on Tuesday, October 21st and features the Top 10 hit “Put It Into Drive”, the up-tempo “Shake It Like It’s Saturday Night”, and the
latest track “That’s How I Like It”, an homage to both Thorsteinson and Wasyliw’s wives.
In the fall of 2014 Doc Walker, one of Open Road Recordings finest, will hit the road for the cross-Canada Bands on the Run tour featuring label mates The Road Hammers and
U.S. act Blackjack Billy for what is sure to be the most talked about party tour of the year!
September 22nd, 2016 | Comments off
Here is a list of some of the 2016 Award winners!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Jack Daniel’s
Tin Roof – Gord Bamford
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR presented by Coors Banquet
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)
ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
View the full list here.
September 15th, 2016 | Comments off
Leave it to a singer from Canada to best sum up America’s car culture. In his high-octane new single “Kids With Cars,” arena-voiced country artist Dallas Smith takes a nostalgic spin through the days when having four wheels was all that mattered.
“It takes you back to the first car you ever owned in high school, to when you hung out in the parking lot,” Dallas says. “You had your little group of Civics and imports over here, and you had the guys with the classic cars over there. And then there were the girls with the brand-new Mustangs. All of the different social groups were based upon what you drove.”
For Dallas, he experienced those car cliques growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he eventually turned the key on what would become a hugely successful recording and touring career. As the lead singer of the multi-platinum rock group Default, he entertained hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, leading epic sing-alongs of the band’s monster hit “Wasting My Time.” Eventually setting out on his own as a solo artist, Dallas dominated the Canadian country charts with songs like “Lifted,” “Tippin’ Point” and the multi-week #1 hit “Wastin’ Gas.”
Raised on the music of such country megastars as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, Dallas knew his path would ultimately lead him to Nashville. Especially when he discovered later, through Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts, that he could fuse his affection for guitar-driven rock with country storytelling.
“Today Country radio sounds like the perfect mix of what I grew up with,” he says. “This really is the best of both worlds for me.”
Helping Dallas bridge those worlds is producer Joey Moi, who has overseen chart-topping albums by Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen. “We’ve always talked about how cool it would be to make a record that involves all the musical styles we grew up liking,” says Dallas of his longstanding partnership with Joey.
Their first stab at such an album was Dallas’ Canadian country debut, JUMPED RIGHT IN, a project that netted Dallas five Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations in 2013 in addition to a JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year. At the 2015 CCMA Awards, he’s up for four trophies, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Fans’ Choice Award and earlier this year, won the JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year for LIFTED. In addition, Dallas — whom the Huffington Post named one of its 15 Country Artists to Watch — is the only Canadian male country artist to spend multiple weeks at the top of the Country Airplay Chart in the Nielsen BDS era for single “Wastin’ Gas”.
Now fully entrenched in the Nashville community (he made his American country debut with the infectious single “Tippin’ Point”), Dallas has been tearing up U.S. roads as the opening act for Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line.
Still, he is steadfastly his own performer, forging his own identity both on record and on stage, and standing out thanks to a blockbuster voice. “I want to use that to my advantage,” he admits humbly. “I have something to offer vocally that I hope country music fans will really like.”
Along with those soaring pipes, Dallas also has a wealth of radio-ready songs lined up for his American full-length debut, set for a 2016 release on Blaster Records. Running the gamut from no-holds-barred rockers to earnest love songs, the new album showcases the many sides of the down-to-earth country-rocker. It also includes three of his most popular songs from his soon-to-be-released KIDS WITH CARS EP: “Wastin’ Gas,” the dynamic “Lifted” and the joyously rhythmic “Cheap Seats.”
The focal point, though, is the genre-bending newness of “Kids With Cars.”
“That song is right up my alley. It comes from a blue-collar background, which is what I grew up with. It’s 100 percent relatable to me and brings me back to a cool and familiar place in my life,” he says.
It’s also the perfect vehicle with which to introduce Dallas to a broader fan base. In the end, he says, he most wants to be known for his diversity: as an interpreter of songs, from anthems to ballads.
“I never want to be an artist that releases the same type of song every time. I want to cover a bunch of different topics,” he says. “With ‘Kids With Cars,’ this is the most on my game I’ve ever felt.”