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In The News (January)

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The Mudslingers Are Making A Return Appearance To Mavericks Music Hall

Opening for Cold Creek County

46 Dunlop St., West, Barrie
Doors Open: 8pm
Showtime: 9pm
19 & Over
Tickets: $20 plus HST


The Mudslingers are locked and loaded to rock the country.

They work hard, and it shows. They’re the perfect combination of fresh energy and veteran musicianship. They balance the heritage of Country Song Writing with modern production, and just enough rock edge to add spice without being too spicy- like the perfect hot wings on a Friday night.

The music is engaging and catchy. They’ll have you singing along, drumming on your dashboard and giving the best air guitar riffs you’ve had in decades.

These boys aren’t just another studio trick. Seeing the Mudslingers live is likely to be one of the most energizing concerts you’ve seen. We all have to get our hands dirty in life. Why not celebrate it by slinging it around a little? Join the party with the Mudslingers, County’s Hottest Ticket.

Latest from The Mudslingers – “Togethering”  https://youtu.be/awx0ha1LJK8

Their latest single ‘Togethering’ tells the story of a guy who’s never had luck with the ladies. He somehow meets a girl who turns things around. It’s an old story told in a new way.

‘I’m on my way. She asked me over.
You never know, I might get to stay.
We’re getting closer, another couple days and see?
Sometimes its just meant to be. Mama said there’s a lid for every pot’….

The Mudslingers are locked and loaded to rock the country. Definitely an act to get out and see!

For further information on the Mudslingers please go to: www.mudslingers.ca

For interviews please contact:  DEBORAH WOOD PUBLICITY | 289-252-0351deborahwoodpublicity@gmail.com / codeywt@yahoo.com

James Barker Band dons its game face for Halifax show

When the James Barker Band began to make its mark on the Ontario country music scene after forming in 2013, it didn’t necessarily have a five-year plan.

But now, in 2018, the quartet has seen its career blossom following the success of its debut release, Game On, with a slot secured at the Cavendish Beach Festival and a new EP waiting in the wings.

“You always look toward the future, and you don’t always see it as part of a long-term plan,” says frontman Barker. “You just keep your nose to the grindstone all the time, and then you look up one day and realize you’re a lot further ahead than you were five years ago.

“We just try to keep the same work ethic, playing as many shows as we can, getting in front of as many people, and just keep on releasing new music. Don’t let off the throttle.”

Full story: The Chronicle Herald

Ashlynne Vince Releases Newest Single “Love You Anyway”

Ashlynne Vince had such an exciting year in 2017, kicking it off by opening for the Brett Kissel Ice, Snow, 30 Below Tour, releasing two singles to Canadian Country Radio, performing during CCMA week as one of the Spotlight Artists in the Diamonds in the Rough Showcase, and capping it all off with a permanent move to Music City, Nashville TN were Ashlynne is one of Tootsies World Famous Wild Orchid Lounge’s house performers.

Ashlynne is looking to kick it up a notch as she releases her 4th single, Love You Anyway,  to Canadian Country Radio on January 15th. In addition to this Canadian Release, Ashlynne’s song is also going to radio in the UK this January. We are looking forward to an amazing year of music.


Michelle Wright Signs with Buddy Lee Attractions

Country music’s Michelle Wright has signed with Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA) for exclusive live concert bookings. 

“I’m really excited to join the roster at Buddy Lee Attractions and after spending some time getting to know the team, this is going to be fun,” says Wright. “I am thankful for the opportunity that this presents for me to continue to do what I love, which is playing music, traveling the road, seeing old friends and making new ones.”

In the modern era of country music, Wright is the first Canadian-born artist to score a Top Ten hit in America with her breakthrough Arista Records Nashville release, “Take It Like A Man”, a #1 video on CMT (also for “Take It Like A Man”) and to win a major U.S. music industry award (the Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist award in 1993). The string of fan favorite songs that followed included “He Would Be Sixteen”, “Guitar Talk”, “Nobody’s Girl”, “Shut Up and Kiss Me”, and “Strong” amassing a total of twenty-five Top Ten radio hits and more than 40 major awards. In September 2011, Wright was honored with induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.


Shae Dupuy Kicks Off “Let The Good Times Roll” Tour in St. Catharines

Shae Dupuy is excited to announce that she will begin her “Let The Good Times Roll” tour starting in St. Catharines, ON on February 16th!

Stopping in cities all across Canada, Shae is also thrilled to announce that she will be opening for Cold Creek County at Maxwells in Waterloo, ON on February 23rd!

To see all tour dates, visit www.ShaeDupuy.com or Spotify Concerts. Shae looks forward to seeing you on the road!

Norm Brunet – It Don’t Get Better Than This

With the new single “It Don’t Get Better Than This” now at radio along with the album of the same name at all digital stores, Norm’s much anticipated new release contains ten original songs true to his songwriting penmanship featuring some traditional country, a sprinkle of country rock and a good dose of Americana Roots! The album is a follow up to his two critically acclaimed previous releases “Life Goes On” and “Me & My Guitar” both yielding several charted singles at Country Radio!

After a successful run of Eastern Canadian cities and several Nashville shows in the late fall of 2017, Norm is continuing his “Up Close and Intimate Tour” at select venues in the southern states and Florida this winter.

See Norm Brunet’s EPK for more.


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