April 23rd, 2015 | Comments (0)
With his last album earning recognition from both The JUNO Awards and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards for Country Album of the Year in 2014, nine-time CCMA Award winner and three-time JUNO Award nominee Dean Brody has announced the release date for his 5th studio album. Made available from Open Road Recordings on March 24, Brody’s album is being delivered to fans across North America as of April 21, 2015.
As the album’s first single, “Upside Down,” is out now. Reminiscent of earlier favourites “Roll That Barrel Out” and “Old Joe Riley,” Brody knew instantly that “Upside Down” was the best introduction to the new material. “Making a new record is always about pushing boundaries and having fun,” said Brody. “This song is all about having a good time which is exactly what we did when making this one.”
To challenge himself in new ways, Brody composed three of the album’s ten tracks on instruments he had never played before. The result was a record, Gypsy Road, that is a perfect combination of both the East and West Coast. Having grown up in the mountains and now living on the ocean, Brody proudly admits that this costal inspiration runs through all of his work. Album five definitely proves this as it delivers, without question, the carefree nature of summers on the ocean and the feeling of freedom found in roaming through the Rockies.
A self-proclaimed storyteller, Brody lives for fan feedback. Thankfully, this full-length provides many opportunities for that. From what is sure to be a fan favourite, “Sweet Lola” (tagged by Brody himself as a sequel to the chart-topping “Bounty”) to the upbeat drive of “Bring Down The House” and the heartfelt spirit of “Footprints Of A Giant” – an emotional song written in the hours after the parliament events in Ottawa last October – it’s clear that what has been delivered is an album that will satiate.
With the video for “Upside Down” set to premiere in mid-February, it won’t be long before Canada gets to spend more time with the award-winning Dean Brody as a national tour will be announced later this spring. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter for album and tour announcements.
April 15th, 2015 | Comments off
To Dallas Smith, country music has always been about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Default, Smith is stepping out on his own, into the world of Country.
While in Nashville, Smith worked with acclaimed songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Carrie Underwood, James Blunt), Grammy nominated songwriter Rodney Clawson, and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood). The album is being produced by Joey Moi, who co-produced Jake Owen’s latest album, including his fastest-rising #1 single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”.
“I’ve always chosen and written songs with challenging vocals that I love to sing,” Smith says, while explaining what new, and devoted fans can expect to hear with his upcoming album.
April 9th, 2015 | Comments off
This independent singer/songwriter has been making country music a priority for the past 16 years. The road to releasing Day Job—Gord’s fourth studio CD—was serious business. The CD explores a time when Gord wondered if a career in music was realistic. While working a day job as a concrete truck driver, Bamford discovered the freedom to explore country music in the security of that truck cab.
“In that truck, I was on my own. I loved it. My mind could go wherever it wanted and it gave birth to many of my song ideas,” Gord says. “That’s when I realized I wasn’t done with music.” Shortly thereafter Bamford won a local radio station’s talent contest in 1994, which included a professional studio recording session.
Gord recorded his first full length album in 2001 titled God’s Green Earth. That song was sent to him from respected Nashville hit-maker Byron Hill. (Hill wrote Fool Hearted Memory, George Strait’s first number one single.) Since that time, Byron has been co-producing and co-writing with Gord ever since.
Life Is Good was released in 2004 to rave reviews and generated six top 20 radio hits. Songs such as Life Is Good, Heroes, All About Her, and I Would For You, firmly established Bamford as a serious musician in the Canadian country music scene. Next Bamford released Honkytonks and Heartaches in September, 2007. His skills as a songwriter are evident in the CD’s first two singles: Blame it On That Red Dress, Stayed ‘Til Two, raced up the charts to become number one top charting Canadian singles on country radio.
2008 was a banner year for Gord Bamford. Gord performed at the 2008 Juno Awards and received his first ever Juno nomination for Country Recording of the Year. This honour was followed by the Calgary Stampede asking Gord to write the 2008 Stampede theme song titled “This Old Hat”. The year closed off at the Canadian Country Music Awards, where Gord picked up the CCMA for Top New Male Talent, Record Producer Of The Year (with Byron Hill), and Video Producer of The Year (Stefano Barberis) for “Blame It On That Red Dress”. Red Dress also was a number one video on CMT Canada.
In November, 2009, Bamford won a SOCAN (The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) award for his song “Stayed Til Two” as one of the top three Country Music songs that achieved the greatest number of performances on domestic radio in 2008. The CD was named top Canadian Country Album of the Decade by Canadian Country Music News in December, 2009.
Gord continues to define his place in the Canadian Country music business. Released on April 6, 2010, Day Job is already Gord’s best-selling album to date. It was named the 2010 CCMA Album of the Year, and Gord and Nashville’s Byron Hill were named as the 2010 CCMA Producer of the Year. The video from Day Job was awarded the 2010 CCMA CMT Video of the Year. Of the 13 songs on the album, Gord wrote 11 of the tracks.
In addition to his devotion to country music, Gord is a steadfast family man, working tirelessly to find ways to give back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and Gord’s annual charity golf tournament has raised just under $500,000 in three years to support central Alberta charities. As a result of his efforts, the Canadian Country Music Association named Gord as its 2010 Humanitarian of the Year.
Family, country music and the western lifestyle make up the fabric of Gord Bamford’s life. It’s also the support of his fans, partnerships and family and friends that keep him grounded.
“Every day my wife Kendra reminds me about the important things in life and helps me find that balance,” Gord says. “She encourages me to enjoy all of the loves in my life without having to sacrifice one for the other.”
Gord takes those encouraging words with him, especially on the road. “I love looking out the window at the prairie scenery. I get lost in my thoughts. That bus takes me to places to do what I love best – perform and entertain. And then, it takes me back home again. I never see myself changing. I am country, pure country.”
You only have to read the lyrics of a Gord Bamford song to realize he’s the real deal.
More information about Gord Bamford is available at www.gordbamford.com or follow Gord on Twitter @GordBamford.