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After taking the country scene by storm with the release of their debut album For A Good Time Call earlier this year, country chaos group Blackie Jackett Jr. will be releasing their new single ‘Dorothy’ on August 24.
“This song came about on the road. You meet some people on the road and you hope you see them again. Some, you know you best not,” explains James Black, “This song is about a woman that makes you want to stay and settle down. And how she should stay the hell away from you. I’m a rambling man.”
The band will be holding an exclusive secret event in Toronto on August 17 to celebrate the release and film the single’s music video. Limited to 50 special entrants, fans are encouraged to keep an eye on Blackie Jackett Jr’s social pages for a chance to win their way into the party. For those not able to attend, the event will be live streamed on Blackie Jackett Jr’s YouTube channel at 8:15pm on the 17th.
Since their on-stage debut at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre during Canadian Music Week, Blackie Jackett Jr. have continued to entice industry and charm crowds across Ontario with their unique smart-ass brand of country music and high-octane live show throughout festival season. Following the secret show, Blackie JackettJr. will be taking the stage at Markham Beer Festival on August 19th to keep the party rolling.
What people are saying about Blackie Jackett Jr:
“This isn’t a classic country band – they sound like a party and that’s what they intend to bring” – SiriusXM
“Although we were in the middle of Toronto, it felt we could have been in any small town country bar. We can see that Blackie Jackett Jr. would be a perfect fit in any honky tonk around the world!” – The Reviews Are In
“Blackie Jackett Jr are determined to be a party band every night they perform live” – The Rock Source
“An unapologetic country rock offering, For A Good Time Call is all whiskey, women, and that Western soul. Raise a glass and get dancing folks!” – Canadian Beats
2018 CCMA Awards Fans’ Choice nominee Tim Hicks has added three new dates to his Get Loud Tour, with Tebey and special guest Madeline Merlo. The dates include:
November 3 – Bridgewater, NS
November 4 – Moncton, NS
November 5 – Halifax, NS
See the full list of dates here: Tim Hicks
FELLOW MUSICIANS !!! Once again we are holding our annual event, Dj’s Pro Musician’s Jam at the CCMA’s in Hamilton. A time for professional musicians to come together, to connect with old friends, meet new ones and, of course, play some great music.
The Jam is in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund, who plays an important role in a musician’s time of need. The event will be co-hosted by Canadian Beats.
PA equipment and backline gear provided by L&M, bring your own instruments. They’ve got a big stage so let’s fill it up!
The Jam will take place on Thursday September 6th from 10 pm till close at Club Absinthe, 38 King William Street, Hamilton. For further details, please contact David James at email@example.com or join the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/DjsMusiciansJam/events. https://twitter.com/Dj_Music_Jam
Mark Konarowski is a well-known, multi-talented Canadian musician and writer, who along with his exceptional band Easthaven, has his eyes and ears firmly focused on the country music landscape. His new CD “Country Love” is a ten-song recording that came together on the streets of his hometown of Oshawa Ontario.
Joining Konarowski on this album is an incredible collection of stunning sought after Canadian musicians which includes multi nominated CCMA and 2001 winner Doug Johnson on pedal steel, 6 time CCMA guitar player of the year, Paul “Chappy” Chapman on lead and rhythm guitar, bassist John Dymond, drummer Gary Craig and Craig Harley on keyboards.
This album couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a polished and cohesive sound capitalizing on Konarowski’s strong, smooth vocals. Produced under the watchful eye of Paul Chapman the debut single “Country Girl” was penned by Mark.
Durham County Band is a brand-new country foursome hailing from Southern Ontario. This group of talented and accomplished performers/songwriters makes their grand entrance onto the Canadian Country Music scene with their lead single, “Back Roads.” Featuring amazing guitar playing, signature riffs, stunning harmonies, and memorable melodies, “Back Roads” finds the sweet spot between classic and new country. This track will leave listeners and audiences hungry for more, and singing those chorus hooks over and over again.
Durham County Band is:
Bronson Brown – Bass / Keys Vocals
With vocals as smooth as butter and a bottom end that just won’t quit, Bronson brings the soul and swagger that is the backbone of Durham County’s sound.
Kip Walker – Guitar / Keys / Vocals
A prolific songwriter and a naturally gifted musician, Kip brings quiet focus to the writing and recording process, and a not-so-quiet energy to Durham County’s live shows.
James Downham – Guitars / Vocals
An accomplished artist in his own right, Downham, winner of The Shot Season 2 brings a distinct voice and an energetic performance that are at the centre of the band’s offerings.
Pete Wheeler – Guitar / Vocals
A multi-instrumentalist, accomplished writer and performer, and insanely talented studio engineer, Pete makes Durham County sound good both in and out of the studio.
“Dust kickin’, chicken pickin’, six-pack, this is living, back roads callin’, gonna live it up my way” – BACK ROADS
For more information on Durham County Band please go to: https://www.durhamcountyband.com
Jamie Warren returns to radio with his new single “What’s The Worst” featuring Beverley Mahood. Jamie’s first single “Drink Along Song” was widely welcomed across Canada, followed up by the Father’s Day YTube release “Do You Think Of Me” which garnered 68 k views.
Currently in the studio finishing his new album “All of the Above”, we are anticipating the release in early fall! In October, Jamie will hit the road with his “Stories and Songs” tour featuring Duane Steele and Beverley Mahood, with Jessie T opening the shows. Stay tuned for the announcement of dates!
Jamie Warren is generally regarded as the most awarded independent country artist in Canada (OCMAs, CCMAs and Junos). His first major award was in 1985 for New Outstanding Country artist of the year.
“COME ON AND TAKE MY HAND WE’LL WALK THIS ROAD TOGETHER
WE DON’T NEED NO PLAN LET’S SEE WHERE THIS THING GOES
CAUSE BABY WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN
TO US, MAYBE IT’S FALLIN’ IN LOVE.”
For further information on Jamie Warren please go to: www.jamiewarren.com
Winding Roads Country Festival with MADELINE MERLO, BEN HUDSON AND BRAD JAMES
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Adamson Systems Engineering
1401 Scugog Line 6, Port Perry
Tickets are $65 and that includes dinner and the show. Tickets available at eventbrite.ca
All proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham
After a very successful launch in British Columbia in 2017, the renowned Phoenix program is now open to applicants from across Canada. Mid-career music managers, label owners, and senior music business executives are encouraged to apply.
The Phoenix program is an intensive professional development course for owners or senior management working in the Canadian music business, who want to grow their operations locally and internationally. Participants will focus on developing tools to analyze the viability and growth of their business, skills to create a detailed business plan, and business and financial modelling. The program will be presented by Music Nova Scotia, and is funded by Musicaction, FACTOR and the Government of Canada.
“Phoenix is designed for time poor, music professionals who want to review their business models and grow their businesses” said Scott Long, Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia, “the training is intensive, provides practical business guidance and is well worth the effort judging by the experience of those who’ve completed the program in BC.”
Advisers and mentors are drawn from both the music industry and the business world, to give participants a range of perspectives on possibilities and ways forward. The work becomes more and more personalized for each participant as the workshops progress. A blended teaching approach incorporating face-to-face and self-paced learning is used, and psychology sessions are incorporated to give participants tools for working more efficiently and achieving better work/life balance.
Alumni report significant changes to their outlooks and their businesses:
“...The program was incredibly valuable – being with a small group that were open + engaged in a setting away from daily life was great. The content was intense and mind blowing and will impact how I proceed from here. Advisors complemented each other and were all amazing.” – Trish McEvoy, Higherlife Music Group
“Phoenix has changed how I think about income, productivity and my team. This change has already increased sales, streamlined staffing and produced future planning.” – Kate Wattie, Tonic Records
“The advisors involved in the program were exceptional. The community that it developed within the attendees was really awesome!” – Anonymous
Entry to Phoenix is competitive and based on an applicant’s professional achievements. There are no course fees, and the cost of air travel, food, and accommodations to attend the training will be covered by the program. All course materials and information disclosed during the program are treated strictly as commercial in confidence.
Phoenix will run over a four month period beginning and ending with a residential workshop hosted at the Oak Island Resort near Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the first workshop being held November 22nd-25th, 2018.
The application form and guidelines are available HERE.
The application deadline is August, 31st 2018.
Professional actress, songwriter and performing musician, Kelsi Mayne has quietly but effectively built her career into a modern-country success story. Born and based in Windsor, ON and dividing her time between Toronto and Nashville, Kelsi’s Motown roots continue to inform her music today.
The brand new single, Woman Waiting, is being released to radio this week, and you can check it out here.
With recent success of her new singles “Still Not Over You” and “Your Jolene,” over 34k YouTube views combined, the 2016 Boots and Hearts Emerging artist finalist and 2018 CMA Ontario New Faces artist is confirmed to perform main stages across Ontario in 2018. As a “Ones to Watch for 2018” artist selected by Soundcheck Entertainment, Kelsi Mayne is proving to be just that.
Legendary guitarist Mickey McGivern passed away June 29, 2018, in Hospital in Pembroke, ON. He was 87.
Mickey was renowned for his guitar work on hundreds of sessions recorded in Toronto studios and released on Arc Records and other Canadian labels.
Mickey was also a gifted songwriter, with his songs recorded by Canadian legend Dick Nolan. His song “Down On A Corner At A Bar Named Kelly’s” was recorded by Nashville star Johnny Paycheck, and also covered by Nashville artists Dick Curless, Larry Scott and Joe Pain.
Mickey McGivern was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1996.
For further details on Mickey McGivern’s career please refer to:-