This morning Havelock released their first list of artists and we’re pretty excited. They’ve chosen some of my favourite artists. Let’s get started!
The Band Perry, one of my absolute favourite live acts. Kimberley, Reid and Neil Perry have been at this since 2005 and they’re getting better and better. They’ve got a new single out, “Live Forever” and I can’t wait to hear what else is coming from this super talented country/pop/rock trio. (Saturday, August 20th, 2016)
Sammy Kershaw has been around since the ’90’s winning his way into the hearts of country music fans with his initial offering which went Platinum and included four hits including “Cadillac Style,” “Queen of My Double Wide”, “Don’t Go Near the Water”, the title track, and “Yard Sale”. Sammy’s got a new album out “I Won’t Back Down” and he’ll be bringing a whole lot of country experience to Havelock. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)
Chad Brownlee one of the hardest working Canadian musicians I know, and that’s saying a lot! Chad always brings his best to the party and never disappoints. We’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the line up. (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)
Asleep At The Wheel have been known as one of the best western swing outfits in the business. Based out of Austin they’ve released over 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)
Jess Moskaluke, riding high off her latest CCMA Best Female Artist of the Year Award, is a natural for this festival. Jess’ new album “Kiss Me Quiet” is dazzling the Canadian country music scene. I love Jess and I’m thrilled that she’s getting the recognition she deserves. (Saturday August 20th, 2016)
Jaydee Bixby who some of you might recognize from Canadian Idol Season 5 has been honing his country presence most of his life. Raised in a musical family Jaydee has comes by his talent naturally. The young singer songwriter is a welcome addition to the Havelock lineup. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)
Runaway Angel, I’ve been a huge fan of these ladies from the first time I heard them. Their wonderful harmonies, relatable lyrics and passion are all part of the package. Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers have all had success as solo artists but the blending of these talents is other worldly. Runaway Angel is a staple in the Ontario music scene and they’re starting to get a lot of attention. I’ve said it before, watch these ladies! (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)
Kansas Stone is completely new to me and I love that. I’ve done a bit of digging and they look and sound like something I can get behind. This high energy, seven piece band is a great choice for the opening day lineup. Listing influences as Alabama, Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings and Jason Aldean their sound makes a lot of sense. They’ve shared the stage with headliners Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Beverley Mahood and Tebey. (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)
Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie won the Impact Award at the CMAO’s this year for their work on The Havelock Country Jamboree. They know what they’re doing and they’re putting together a stellar lineup for 2016. I can hardly wait for the next announcement.