July 12, 2017 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the final nominees, in which eight (8) CCMA Awards will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. Chris Buck Band were amongst those announced today, up for their 1st CCMA Award Nomination for “Video of the Year” for “That’s When You Know” featuring Kira Isabella. The show will be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC.
So grateful for our first ever CCMA Nomination. I’m overwhelmed with all your messages and support! 🙏❤️ What a year we’ve had and hope to see y’all in Saskatoon!!!– Chris Buck
Ticket and event information regarding PotashCorp Country Music Week can be found at ccma.org.
Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith, the singer/songwriter duo better known as The Orchard, couldn’t have picked a better title for their brand new album than The Great Unknown. After making an indelible impression on Canada’s country music scene with their first two records, the Alberta natives instinctively knew heading into their third release that change was imminent.
But what would that change entail? New sounds? A new producer? A new approach to writing and recording? All of the above, as it turns out.
Led by the anthemic first single “Sometimes I Wonder”, The Great Unknown is a cosmic blend of rock, country and pop. It’s a vision the pair had from the beginning of completely ignoring genre definitions and just doing what came naturally. Still, they needed a trusted hand to guide them in the studio, and there was no one better to ask than producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band).
The results reveal The Orchard’s true identity for the first time, a songwriting partnership, and band, able to bring together music fans of all types through their fresh and exciting sound.
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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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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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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.
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“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
Hitting the road this February & March 2015, The Boom Chucka Boys will embark on their first Canadian tour with CCMA Award winner Gord Bamford.
Feb 19th, 2015 Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – Calgary, AB
Feb 28th, 2015 Club Regent Casino – Winnipeg, MB
Mar 5th, 2015 Sean O’Sullivan Theatre (Brock University) – St. Catherines, ON
Mar 7th, 2015 Casino Rama – Rama, ON
Mar 8th, 2015 London Music Hall – London, ON
Mar 10th, 2015 Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON
Thursday July 3rd, 2014
Amy Metcalfe recently joined Royalty Records, where she will be a part of a growing roster filled with exceptional talent and be amongst the fresh new music to be released by the label later this year.
Amy hails from Red Deer, Alberta where she spends her time immersed in songwriting and working on her farm. While her music reflects crossover potential, country flows deep, with experience as a horse trainer, daily chores on the acreage and partaking in regular equestrian competitions all across Alberta.
Amy plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and piano and has written over 200 songs. She has worked with some of Canada and Nashville’s top writers including, Grammy Winner Wayne Kirkpatrick, Cindy Morgan, Phil Madiera, Jeremy Bose, Byron Hill, Duane Steele and Rylee Madison.
“I was first introduced to Amy Metcalfe by Stacie Roper (Hey Romeo) at last year’s CCMA’s. From our first meeting, to the subsequent chats we had last fall, I instantly recognized Amy’s passion to her craft as a songwriter, performer and vocalist. As I heard her story of the last couple years and the opportunities she had been presented and turned down, I was drawn to her respect of and dedication to her creative process and integrity of what it means to her. I am honoured to have Amy join our Royalty family and excited for what the future holds for this talented young singer/songwriter. – Rob Smith
Rob and I had been talking since last CCMA’s. I went to Nashville for a couple months in the fall, and when I returned we set up a few more meetings. In this industry I’ve had a few offers and/or scenarios that had a lot of great potential, however I’ve always guarded my creativity and didn’t feel I would have enough creative control. To me, the most admirable artists and singers are the ones that represent something real, and with Royalty I felt that is exactly what I could be. I’m so excited to start this next step in my career and have Royalty alongside me. – Amy Metcalfe
Signed both to a label and publishing deal, this bright multifaceted talent has what it takes to raise the bar in Canadian country music and help steer Royalty into a new direction, alongside other new signings. Keep an eye out for new music coming from Amy Metcalfe this fall!
Friday Night Satellites releases their highly anticipated debut album “Always Something Good” to iTunes and Canadian Retail.
Friday Night Satellites just recently returned home from hitting the railway tracks traveling across Canada by train on The “Always Something Good” Promo Tour in support of their new release.
The band’s new single “Shoestring” is now at Canadian country radio.
June 27th, 2013
Range Line Tavern Cadilac, SK
Nashville North – Calgary Stampede