Chris Buck Band and Robyn & Ryleigh Nominated For Multiple BCCMA Awards!

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September 20th, 2016

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Chris Buck Band and Robyn & Ryleigh Nominated For Multiple BCCMA Awards! 

2016 BCCMA nominees announced, which included Royalty Records artists, Chris Buck Band and  Robyn & Ryleigh. Both artists have been recognized in the categories for Group or Duo of the Year and Video Director of the Year, as well as in several other categories. The full lists of nominations are provided below. Chris Buck Band will also be performing at the award show on Sunday evening.

The British Columbia Country Music Association (BCCMA) will be presenting three events as part of the 2016 BCCMA Awards Show weekend on October 22nd & 23rd.

The 40th Annual BCCMA Awards Show will take place Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at The Hard Rock Casino (formally Red Robinson Theatre), Hosted by Country 100.7’s Casey Clarke & Roo Phelps!

Nominees for The 40th Annual Awards Show are from all over British Columbia and include BC talent such as Aaron Pritchett, JoJo Mason, Chad Brownlee, Madeline Merlo, The Washboard Union, Dallas Smith, and Karen Lee Batten, just to name a few.

Tickets must be purchased in advance before the day of the event. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information please visit, www.bccountry.com



  • Album / EP of the Year
  • Group or Duo of the Year
  • Video Director of the Year – Gene Greenwood


  • Fans’ Choice
  • Group or Duo of the Year
  • Country Club Act of the Year
  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Socan Songwriter of the Year – Giddy Up (Jeff Johnson, Chris Buck, Phil Puxley & Mitch Merrett)
  • Video of the Year – Chris Buck – Giddy Up
  • Video Director of the Year – Dermot King (Chris Buck Band)
  • Website of the Year – Chris Smolko www.chrisbuckband.com
  • Mike Norman All Star Band – Bass –  Michael Vanderlans
  • Mike Norman All Star Band – Drums – Taylor Album
  • Mike Norman All Star Band – Guitar – Jesse Burch
  • Mike Norman All Star Band – Special Instrument – Philip Puxley – Banjo
  • Producer of the Year – Jeff Johnson


The Chris Buck Band is quickly becoming one of the hottest new country acts in Canada. 2015 saw the band score their first two independent top 40 Singles with “Leave Your Light On” and the viral country dance anthem “Giddy Up”. They  recently received a call from Nashville that they have won First prize in the  2016 UnSigned only song writing contest. Their latest release hitting radio September 26th, 2016 is titled “Sun Sets Down”, produced by Jeff Johnson (2 time nominee at the 2016 CCMA awards). This backwood anthem reaches deep into the core of their country values and further establishes their brand of up tempo energetic hot country. Fresh of their recent signing to ROYALTY RECORDS and the SAKAMOTO AGENCY the much anticipated follow up single is sure to fill up dance floors in every venue, fair and festival. “Good Times All Around….when the SUN SETS DOWN”


R&R, as their friends and family lovingly tag them, are true Canadian country girls in daily life, growing up in a serene setting on the family property in B.C.’s Fraser Valley. When not on a stage or in a recording studio, Robyn can be found tinkering on her own car, while Ryleigh loves quadding, and once beat some farm boys in a tractor race at a fair after one of their gigs.

This sister duo is also very passionate about staying fit, eating healthy nourishing foods and sharing their love for health and fitness.

Robyn and Ryleigh are authentic country girls, singing about fast cars, boys, and hot summer nights. Part mud, part makeup, part glamorous, part funny. The perfect recipe for a couple of girls you’d like to get to know better.


The BCCMA is an organization with the focus to promote, foster and encourage the development and public appreciation of, and interest in, the British Columbia Country Music Community.


For more information and media inquires, please contact: 

Kathryn Hummel

Royalty Records


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Music•Musique NB (MNB) has unveiled the nominees’ list for the 7th annual Prix MNB Awards. A total of 25 awards will be presented to artists and industry professionals who have made their mark on the NB music scene in the past year.

Tristan Horncastle has received 5 nominations in the following categories, Country Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, SOCAN Song of the YearVideo of the Year and Producer of the Year for his current album “Turnin’ Up A Sundown”.

When you hear a Tristan Horncastle song, whether it’s the Friday night anthem “Recreation Land” or the yearning “You Want”, you’re hearing his life. Tristan is eager to share more of his life on his recently released #1 selling album, Turnin’ Up A Sundown, out on Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada, February 2016.

Recorded at Nashville’s fabled Sound Stage Studio with engineer Julian King (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill) and Producers Aaron Goovin & Bart Butler, Turnin’ Up A Sundown features eight solid cuts laid down with some of Music City’s top musicians, including the title track written by Jason Blaine.

Since releasing his first EP in 2011, the Fredericton, New Brunswick native has shared stages with the likes of Travis Tritt, Dean Brody, Joe Diffie and Leann Rimes. Horncastle’s hard work recently earned a 2016 CCMA nomination for Recording Package of the Year.

The winners will be announced during the Prix MNB Awards evening, taking place Thursday, October 13, at Miramichi’s Carrefour communautaire Beausoleil. The evening will kick off Festival (506), a four-day migrating event which showcases incredible homegrown New Brunswick music.

Tickets for the MNB Awards Show are available at the Carrefour communautaire Beausoleil.


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Brand new single from Tristan Horncastle hits county radio on August 29th, 2016.  This song was co-written with Larry Mccoy (Thomas Rhett, James Wesley, Ray Stevens) in Nashville and produced by Bart Butler, Aaron Goodvin and Tristan Horncastle.

With the Canadian radio success of his Top 5 selling debut album A Little Bit Of Alright having established Horncastle as an undeniable breakout artist, he’s eager to share more of his life on his recently released #1 selling album, Turnin’ Up A Sundown, out on Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada, February 2016.

“I had the honour of sitting down and writing with Larry Mccoy, in Nashville and I told him I wanted to write about me and the original, true country. The kind of country music, that got me hooked, from George Jones, to Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Don Williams. I love everything about this song, from lyrics, to the magic put in to the music. I hope you all enjoy as much as I do and understand who I am after you do.”

Since releasing his first EP in 2011, the Fredericton, New Brunswick native has shared stages with the likes of Travis Tritt, Dean Brody, Joe Diffie and Leann Rimes. Horncastle’s hard work and dedication culminated in 2015 with a nomination in the Canadian Country Music Association Awards’ Rising Star category and Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for Best New Group of Solo Artist in the Country category and most recently 3 Wins at Prix Music NB Awards for Album of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, Fans’ Choice and recently earned a 2016 CCMA nomination for Recording Package of the Year.

Along with that recognition, Tristan Horncastle’s honest songwriting and down-to-earth personality has him poised to make an indelible mark on the country music scene.

Watch Tristan Perform an Acoustic Version of “Long As I’m Alive”

at Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney, NS

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July 5th, 2016 (Edmonton, AB)


RIP: Jimmy Arthur Ordge, a Canadian country star born in Donalda area where he started picking and playing for school house dances. Jim moved to Edmonton in his teens and was a regular on “Old Dad Taylor’s Jubilee Jamboree”.
Jimmy Arthur Ordge was among the first Canadian country recording artists to score top 10 hits on Canadian charts, with his 1967 hit “Irena Cheyenne” and again in 1970 with his novelty hit “The Ballad Of Muk-Tuk Annie”, a tune written by Canadian hitmaker Bob Ruzicka.

Jimmy Arthur Ordge recorded albums on the Point, MCA and Royalty Records labels, and charted multiple singles. He was a popular performer on the Western Canada music scene, and was often called upon as a show opener for touring Nashville stars like Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Roy Clark, Hank Snow, etc.

His recording successes led to 1967 and 1968 Moffatt Broadcast Awards for Best Canadian Folk or Country Record Of The Year, as well as JUNO award nominations for Country Male Vocalist in 1976, 1978 & 1979. In 1971 he received an Alberta Achievement Award as a performer.

Prior to his passing, Jimmy Arthur Ordge had retired but was often called upon as a special guest performer on “Legends” shows in his native Alberta.

“Our Royalty family, and in fact all of the Canadian country music family, lost one of its true pioneers and arguably one of the best traditional country music performers to ever pick up a guitar and walk onto a stage.  Jimmy Arthur Ordge could handle a country song, be it a ballad, uptempo, narration, or country comedy songs.  Jim did them all, from Irena Cheyenne to Muk-Tuk Annie to The Old Man to Herschel’s Hemi Half-Ton, Just One Night of Love, to The Ballad of Pierre Oral Bonafee, the true hilarious story of how the St. Lawrence Seaway was really created.  And any great country classic he chose to sing, he owned.”

“Jim was not just a real Canadian country music legend, he was a true friend.  He cared deeply for his audiences, fans, and mostly his close friends.  He was a compassionate, warm-hearted, country music icon.  We laughed till we cried, telling tall tales during the many recording sessions we shared, fought a little over some songs he might record and release, but mostly I feel just damned blessed and lucky to have witnessed first-hand his magic as a recording artist.  Jimmy Ordge had, and will always have fans across this country, across the U.S. and in the U.K.  His music will live on. Damn it Jim, we will sure as hell miss you.” – R Harlan Smith

A true Canadian country music icon

Jimmy was born and raised in the Donalda area where he started picking and playing for school house dances. Jim moved to Edmonton in his teens and was a regular on “Old Dad Taylor’s Jubilee Jamboree.”

Jimmy did shows and dance jobs around the area and in the early 50’s, he started doing radio and television shows. While playing a club in Whitehorse, he met Al Oster who wrote Jimmy’s first hit, “Irena Cheyene.” “Irena” won him his first Moffat Award. Jim’s other big hits included “Muk Tuk Annie” and “Hershel’s Hemi Half-ton.” When country music hit a decline for a few years, Jimmy diversified and bought himself a business that kept him busy when not entertaining.

Jimmy continued to entertain folks with “That Voice” in the traditional country style that hadn’t changed in the last four decades and was often a guest artist with the Canadian Country Music Legends touring throughout Alberta.

Full-time career over 6 decades (1950’s to current) Canada/USA

Major Radio and Television Appearances 

  • CFRN Edmonton
  • Jubilee Jamboree CHED Edmonton
  • Carl Smith Show, CFTO Toronto
  • Country Time, CBC Halifax

Major Recordings

  • 1961 hit record “Easy Rockin Chair” Quality Records
  • 1966 first LP Point Records
  • 1967 single “Irena Cheyenne”, top 5 Canadian country single
  • 1967 single “Irena Cheyenne” released on Decca Records US
  • 1970 #1 hit “Muk Tuk Annie” Damon Records
  • 1972 LP release MCA Records

1974 Signed with Royalty Records

Four albums including “Storytime & Prayers”, “I’ll Go Anywhere”, “Greatest Hits”, and “The Legend”, and numerous top 20 Canadian country hit singles including “The Old Man”, “Just One Night of Love”, “The Ballad of Dawson City”, and “Herschel’s Hemi Half-Ton”, to name a few

1978 US Album Release “I’ll Go Anywhere”

Awards Won

  • 1967 received his first Lloyd E Moffat Award (forerunner of the Juno Awards), Best  Country Record, “Irena Cheyenne”
  • 1968 received his second Lloyd E Moffat Award, Best Country Male Artist for, “Cold Grey Winds of Autumn”
  • 1971 Alberta Achievement Award, Performer
  • 2006 Bev Munro Award for his contribution to traditional Canadian country music artist

Multi-year Award Nominations

1975 to 1980 Three-time Juno Awards Nominee, Best Male Country Artist

Major Live Performances 

  • Fan Fair, Nashville
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Sahara Casino, Reno NV
  • Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe
  • New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Condessa del Mar, Chicago
  • Palomino Club, North Hollywood
  • Multiple state fairs throughout the U.S.
  • Special guest artist at 54th Shenandoah Apple Festival, West Virginia, Patsy Cline tribute
  • Grand Island State Fair, special guest Marty Robbins
  • Coast to coast live Canadian shows – grandstand Calgary Stampede, etc
  • Up to his passing, Jim still performed as a special guest with the Canadian Country Music Legends


For more information and media inquires, please contact: 

Kathryn Hummel
Royalty Records
(416) 712-9375



June 16th, 2016 (Edmonton, AB)

Royalty Records announces Chris Buck Band, as the newest singing and act to join the labels roster.

In the past year Chris Buck and the band have had an incredible level of success as independent Canadian country artists – writing their own music, booking their own shows, while putting every drop of their collective energy into their live performances.

“Royalty Records is pleased to add The Chris Buck Band to the label’s current roster, as we’ve been watching them closely over the last few months and are impressed with what they’ve been able to achieve on their own. They’ve proven to have an immense work ethic and the music has proven itself. We welcome them to the Royalty family with open arms.”  – Rob Smith

Their debut 2015 single, “Leave Your Light On”, was received very positively and hit Top 40 on Canadian Country Radio Billboards (BDS Charts). Their follow up single, “Giddy Up”, peaked at #34 on Canadian Country Radio Charts, was Top 10 on Itunes (Country) for 4 weeks straight and their music video was added to CMT Canada.

“The boys and I, are so excited to announce our first signing with Royalty/Sony Records. After several meetings with Rob we knew it was the best fit for us to be moving forward and give us the best chance to reach our new goals. Having this team in place and with having the Sakamoto Agency on board we feel we can now compete with the best in the business. Looking forward to this great new chapter”. – Chris Buck Band

The BC Country Music Association (BCCMA) 2014/ 2015 Country Club Act of the Year and 2015 Group/Duo of the year. Chris Buck Band has performed over 100 live shows this past year. They are quickly becoming known as one of the busiest country performers on the west coast of Canada and have also had the opportunity to open for such artist’s as Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few. Their live show is fun, energetic and it will be hard to sit still during their live set!



For more information and media inquires, please contact: 

Kathryn Hummel
Royalty Records
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Blake Reid draws from his deep-seated farm roots to tell his story through music. Coming from a five-generation farm family, Reid has the ability to create diverse tracks while maintaining his innate, homegrown country style.

Consistent with the theme of the entire RUST album, “Cowboys Were Kings” is a look back to when life was simpler.  

Co-written with Buddy Owens and Phil O’Donnell, “We wanted to capture the integrity of the Cowboy and those qualities of hard work and good love, and translate them in today’s life.” explains Blake Reid.

This connection to the rural lifestyle helped spur 4-H to partner with Blake for their centennial celebration. The former 4-H’er will be creating the centennial theme song that captures the spirit of 4-H. 

Highlighting touchstone themes and pulling inspiration from stories told by 4-H members and alumni. Stay tuned for updates on the song and special performances by Blake throughout the anniversary year.” 

As a native of Cremona, AB., Reid uses his rural roots as the driving inspiration for his song writing and is passionate about producing authentic country music and Rust reflects this. With his latest album, Rust, released on Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada, Blake Reid firmly establishes himself as a true workingman’s poet.

Produced by Phil O’Donnell in Nashville and featuring many of the city’s top session players, the album’s 3rd single, “Cowboys Were Kings” showcases Reid’s storytelling gifts. In celebrating the future, while honouring the past, Rust is undeniably Blake Reid’s finest work to date.

UPCOMING DATESJune 11, 2016 – Jamboree for Charity – Calgary Petroleum Club

July 1, 2016 – Canada Day Concert – Cremona, AB

September 9 – 11, 2016 – Country Music Week – London, ON

October 12, 2016 – Arts Northwest Conference – Fox Theatre –  Spokane, WA

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Robyn & Ryleigh kicked off 2016 with an Ontario & Quebec media tour which hit 12 cities in 5 days, in support of the release of their new album “By Heart”. The sisters teamed up with local healthy food sponsors, The Healthy Crunch, Marci’s Bakery, Honest Leaf & JK Gourmet to help fuel R&R on the road. The girls provided healthy care packages to media/radio, while spreading the word about a movement in the music industry they’re involved with, which revolves around “How To Be Healthy” while maintaining a busy lifestyle, in support of R&R’s passions for staying fit, eating healthy nourishing foods and sharing their love for health and fitness. The duo was recently invited to debut their new single, “California” at VEG EXPO, BC’s largest everything Vegan & Vegetarian Expo at Canada Place, downtown Vancouver.

Robyn and Ryleigh are authentic country girls, singing about fast cars, boys and hot summer nights. Part mud, part makeup, part glamorous, part funny. The perfect recipe for a couple of girls you’d like to get to know better.

  • Guest appearance on Hallmark TV Valentines Day Movie Feature “Appetite For Love”
  • “By Heart” New Album Featured on iTunes “News & Noteworthy”
  • 4x Champion on Vancouver’s JRFM “Hot Country Challenge” for single “By Heart”
  • “By Heart” Featured on New Canadian Music’s Top Tracks of the Week – November 27th, 2015
  • 2015 BCCMA Nominees for “Group or Duo of the Year”, “Songwriters of the Year“ & “Website of the Year”
  • Feature Artist – The 2015 West Coast Women’s Show – Abbotsford, BC
  • Featured Artist – July 2015 CBC Nooner Concert – Vancouver, BC
  • 2015 Summer Series, Festival & Fair Dates included: JRFM 2015 Canada Day BBQ, BC Summer Games 365 Kick-off, Action Fest, Pete Knight Days, Golden Spike Days, Summer Street Festival, Sunfest Country Music Festival, Taber Corn Festival, MT.


May 5th 2016 August Motors Race Reception  –  Kelowna, BC
May 6th 2016 Area 27 Concert + Bbq – Osoyoos, BC
May 7th 2016 Area 27 Gala Fundraiser – Osoyoos, BC
May 13th, 2016 Hard Rock Casino (Asylum Lounge) – Coquitlam, BC
May 21st 2016 Cloverdale Rodeo (Mainstage) – Cloverdale, BC
May 27th, 2016 Elements Casino – Surrey, BC
May 28th, 2016 Ladner May Days – Ladner, BC
June 4th, 2016 River Rock Casino (Lulu’s) – Richmond, BC
June 24th, 2016 Elements Casino – Surrey, BC
July 23 2016 Gone Country – Twin Cancer Fundraiser – Surrey, BC
July 28th, 2016 Riverside Park – Kamloops, BC
July 29th 2016 Rockin Riverfest – Merritt BC
August 6th, 2016 Chilliwack Fair – Chilliwack , BC
August 7th, 2016 Peachfest – Penticton, BC – 30 –


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GB 2016 Tour

Calgary, AB (December 7th, 2015) – 22-time CCMA Award winner Gord Bamford along with 4-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols announced today their co-headline “Certified Country Tour”. The tour kicks off on April 7th in Medicine Hat and will make stops across the country in cities between Abbotsford, BC and St. Johns, NFLD.

Also joining Gord and Joe on tour on the Eastern dates will see 2015 CCMA Rising Star nominee Tristan Horncastle on the Maritime shows.

2016 TOUR DATES: (Tristan Horncastle appearances)

Sunday, May 15th – Mile One Stadium – St. John’s, NFLD
Monday, May 16th – Pepsi Centre – Corner Brook, NFLD
Wednesday, May 18th – ScotiaBank Centre – Halifax, NS
Thursday, May 19th – Harbour Centre – Saint John, NB
Friday, May 20th – Casino – Moncton, NB

Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11 at 10am EST.





Langley, B.C. sisters Robyn and Ryleigh’s new single “By Heart” is a story of love at first sight and spiritual connection; the kind of moment everyone wants to experience in life. The song was written for them by their friend Kat Higgins (of The Higgins) and delivered with R + R’s trademark sibling harmonies- which give the anthemic choruses a true lift from the Heart.

November 21st- Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, Surrey, B.C.
November 27th- Festival of Lights- Summerland, B.C.
December 6th- Timmy’s Christmas Telethon- Shaw TV
January 2016 – select dates in Ontario TBA
February 2016 – Alberta and Saskatchewan TBA







“STAY HOME” is Blake’s single being released in conjunction with and in support of his Album “RUST” which was released October 30th 2015.”RUST” peaked at #17 on the Canadian country iTunes chart on it’s release day last Friday.

No other art form puts more stock in authenticity than country music, and there’s never been any question about that with Blake Reid. Just get the native of Cremona, Alberta talking about his upbringing and you’ll hear more than enough proof. In fact, there’s a story that in many ways best sums up Reid’s latest album, Rust, released October 30th 2015. It goes something like this: One of his most cherished possessions is his grandfather’s ’72 Chevy pickup, which he’s managed to keep running like a top. One day, Reid’s young son asked why he’s never repainted the worn-down spot on the window edge of the driver’s side door. Reid’s response? That’s the place where his grandfather’s elbow always rested and covering it up would erase part of his story.Rust is brimming with similar tales, showcasing Reid’s status as a true workingman’s poet.

All of those elements add up to the vision Reid had for Rust from the beginning, celebrating the future while honouring the past. It was a concept that Reid’s producer Phil O’Donnell—one of Nashville’s many transplanted Canadians, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of George Strait, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley—latched onto immediately. “Phil just has the right feel for current sounds, and also a deep understanding of everything that’s necessary to make great records,” Reid says. “All the players on the album were hand-picked CMA award winners, and being able to work with them at Legends Studio in Nashville, where Willie and Waylon and so many of my other heroes made records, was really a dream come true.”


RUST Available in stores and on iTunes


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