October 20th, 2016 | Comments (0)
Following an eventful weekend at the 2016 CCMA Awards, Dean Brody is set to release his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, on October 21.
Thus far for Brody, 2016 has epitomized the importance of taking risks with his craft and refusing to settle for the status quo. This past weekend in London Ontario, Brody took home a total of four CCMA Awards for what has truly been a game-changing song for him, the platinum-selling, “Bring Down the House”. It won awards for Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year.
During the CCMA Award broadcast, Brody performed “Time”; a relatable, country ballad about the impending nature of the ticking clock as we go on about our lives, and the second song released digitally from his forthcoming album. After only a week, the song is the #1 selling Canadian Country single (#5 overall), receiving an incredible amount of initial support online, as many fans commented on social media that they were moved to tears by his incredible performance and the lyrics to the song. Brody currently had 3 singles in the Top 50 Selling Country Singles on iTunes.
Just as the title of the album indicates, the new record which is produced by Matt Rovey, is a fascinating mashup of Brody’s unique range of musical preferences, best epitomized by the title track, “Beautiful Freakshow”, which features a rap vocal contribution by Halifax native, Shevy Price. From the pop-meets-country vibe of “Bush Party” (released this summer, and the #1 Most Added Single at the time of release), to hints of other genres intertwined with traditional country, there is truly something for everyone on the album, which contains 10 tracks.
October 13th, 2016 | Comments off
In the few short years they have been together, The Washboard Union have defied classification and have become one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Canadian Country music scene. They won Roots Artists of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association, have signed on with the country music power house team at Sakamoto Entertainment and inked a recording deal Warner Music Canada/Slaight Music.
The Washboard Union are a sextet out of Vancouver, British Columbia that are led by principle members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts. The three share a very similar unconscious soundtrack and unbridled love for the art of songwriting and storytelling. The three have been friends seemingly forever and the music they make has set them apart as one of the most unique talents in country music today.
Duncombe & Grain eventually packed up and left their hometown of Kelowna, BC. and ventured to Vancouver where they moved in to a magnificently beautiful 1920’s Tudor style mansion. By coincidence Roberts was himself renting in the same mansion and would occasionally join the brothers for impromptu single malt fueled jam sessions. It was here the all three began writing and singing together. These early session would be the kernels of what would blossom and eventually give rise to The Washboard Union. Living there at that time Roberts would reminisce “was like living in a garden gone to seed.” Grain provided guitar and vocals and Duncombe added his own voice and a banjo. Roberts, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with harmonica, guitar, mandolin and of course, the washboard in his arsenal, became the team’s secret weapon.
The Washboard Union is an authentic blend of where country and bluegrass have come and where they are headed next. It is for that reason that the band has gathered so many fans along the way.Serving notice that they are not about to confirm to convention, the band’s independently released self-titled debut album was produced by noted rock producers GGGarth Richardson (Nickleback, Biffy Ckyro, Hedley) and Canadian Music Hall of famer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) – on the track “Half Cree” – whom the band are proud to call a friend and mentor. That record led to the band’s BC Country Music Association nomination.
In January 2015, The Washboard Union returned to Nashville, Tennessee to record their latest EP In My Bones in the legendary RCA Studio A. Originally built in 1964 as the home for Chet Atkins, RCA has been home to some of the most prolific recording artists in Nashville’s rich history including Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, and more and more.“… Standing in the great room you can literally hear a chorus in every wall. It remains as one of the most legendary music rooms in the world. I can tell you this, you don’t sing in Studio A, Studio A sings to you” says David Roberts.
In My Bones was produced by Trey Bruce (Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio), a name known well in Nashville circles and one of people responsible for saving RCA Studio A from potential demolition. The band met Trey after having written the song “Someday” together earlier in 2014. Trey called the band immediately after that first session and demanded he take the producer helm for the bands next record. The answer, of course, was “yes.” The Washboard Union were joined on the recording of this album by a group of accomplished Nashville musicians including Bob Britt (Dixie Chicks) on guitar, Greg Morrow (George Strait , ZZ TOP) on drums, Michael Brignardello (Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan) on bass and long time guitar player Craig ”Long Haul” McCaul.
The Washboard Union is a band that you simply have to see live to fully appreciate and have been invited to share the stage with some of the biggest names in country music including Zac Brown Band, Lone Star, Keith Urban, Reba Mcentire, The Band Perry, Big N Rich and more.
October 6th, 2016 | Comments off
Born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Meghan Patrick has dedicated her entire life to music, wanting it to be more than just a passion. “I was drawn to playing guitar so I could start writing music to go along with the words I was writing. I wanted to be self-sufficient as a creative artist.” It wasn’t long until Meghan had mastered both electric and acoustic guitar as well as the banjo.
Prior to setting out as a solo artist, Meghan was the lead singer of the popular roots act The Stone Sparrows. A newgrass / bluegrass band, The Stone Sparrows released an EP and a full-length album before the members parted ways amicably in 2013 after playing their second Boots and Hearts Festival.
Meghan has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. She has recently signed a publishing deal with Olé Nashville. Her debut album, Grace and Grit is set to be released in the spring of this year. To make this album, Meghan travelled to a number of studios in Canada and America, including the capital city of country music, Nashville. On the way, she worked with producers Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes), Vince Gill, Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Avril Lavigne) and Carly McKillip. To add even more star power to her debut Meghan brought in a few more big names, including multiple Grammy nominee Joe Nichols who duets with her on “Still Loving You,” and fellow Canadian Chad Kroeger, who co-wrote and produced her forthcoming debut single “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” along with several other cuts on the album.
In addition to Kroeger, Grace and Grit features an impressive list of cowriters, which includes Rodney Clawson (CMA Songwriter of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and Grammy Nominated), Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviazuk, Marty Dodson, Patricia Conroy, Bruce Wallace, Buddy Owen, Phil Barton, Phil O’Donnell and Andrew Allan. What’s more, superstar engineer Justin Niebank, who has mixed for the likes of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes is mixing the entire record.
The songs Meghan writes are about real-life situations and are both personal and autobiographical. They are story songs, but they are her stories which infuse the material with an authenticity and sincerity that is palpable.
“I have to feel connected to the music, especially when I am playing live. The emotions I write about are real and audiences know when you are being true to yourself. Performing my own music and forming a bond with my audience is what I do this for. And that’s the most enjoyable thing in the world.”