Boots & Hearts 2014 Profile: The Sponsors

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The Boots & Hearts Music Festival is big. And I’m not talking about the acts that will be taking the stage from Thursday to Sunday… I’m talking about the food and drink and merchandise and community and corporate and media partners that come together at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to make sure that the thousands of country music fans have a great time all over the grounds, all weekend long.

There are big partners like Chevorlet and Harley Davidson, who will be there in full force… and if I were going to make a guess, I’d say that there will be some bikes and pick-up trucks there on display.

Coke and McDonald’s will be there as well… Hopefully with Vitamin Water giveaways from Coke like 2012 & 2013 and a McCafe truck each morning from McDonald’s like last year.

And there are other great partners too… like HMV who still sells a bunch of country CDs and Magnum who make some pretty excellent ice cream bars and Rockstar Energy Drinks who will no doubt find tired campers to test their product and the Toronto Argos who I love and Lug who make great tent full of gear and a stage with live music all weekend.

But… above the rest there are partners who I am happiest to see on the list this year.

Palm Bay
Palm Bay Boots & Hearts 2014If you’ve never had a Palm Bay, you’re missing out. Honestly. There are a bunch of flavours to choose from. They make a great, refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Oh, and they’re boozey – so you can catch a buzz while you enjoy a few of them with your friends. If you’re not a beer drinker, or you just need to switch things up at Boots & Hearts 2014, a Palm Bay is a good choice.

Durango
Durango Boots & Hearts 2014Durango has been at Boots & Hearts since day 1 and I couldn’t be happier to see them back again this year. Not only do they make quality cowboy boots, but they bring a MECHANICAL BULL with them to the festival. That’s right, there’s a mechanical bull in a tent that people line up to ride. And there’s a leaderboard to keep track of best times because they give away prizes. If you’re in Bowmanville and want an extra bit of fun, ride that Durango bull. I’ve done it – you should too!

Somersby
Somersby Boots & Hearts 2014This has been a cider summer for me so far. And I’m totally okay with that. So having Somersby at the festival is a great bonus for me. And if you’re not a fan of traditional apple cider, I would highly recommend trying a Somersby Blackberry while you stand in the sun and watch your favourite artists on stage.

Country 105/ KX96
Country 105 & KX96 logosI great up listening to Peterborough’s Country 105, I’ve been to their video dance parties and I learned to sing along to all the hits while listening to the Crook & Chase countdown every weekend. And now my country station is KX96 out of Durham. If I can tune it in while I’m in a car with friends, I will. If I need to listen to some country – that’s my go to. Having them both represented at Boots & Hearts makes it feel like home to me. And I like it when things feel like home.

Check out all of the Boots & Hearts 2014 partners and stay tuned for more posts leading up to and during the festival.

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Country Music Hits – Top 5s (Part 1)

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I love country music. This a secret to no one.

I also love lists. And so here I am with a set of Top 5s from some of my favourite artists in country music.

Part 1 of the lists include 4 acts from 2014′s Boots & Hearts Music Festival… plus the 2013 headliner.

Toby Keith Boots & Hearts 2014Toby Keith
I’m not the world’s biggest Toby Keith fan. In fact, I really don’t like songs like Who’s Your Daddy and How Do You Like Me Now. But I understand why he’s a superstar in the genre and I’ve seen him put on a killer live show in the past. And, his catalogue isn’t all bad when I take a look at it… here are my top 5 Toby Keith tracks.
☆ Should Have Been A Cowboy
☆ You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This
☆ God Love Her
☆ Get Drunk And Be Somebody
☆ Whiskey Girl

Paul Brandt Boots & Hearts 2014Paul Brandt
Paul Brandt is a bona fide Canadian Country Music star and his career is one that artists like Dallas Smith and Dean Brody strive to replicate. I’ve been listening to Brandt’s music for years and caught his set 2 years ago at Boots & Hearts. I can’t wait to see what he does with his set this year and I sincerely hope that he plays these 5 hits.
☆ When You Call My Name
☆ Small Towns Big Dreams
☆ Alberta Bound
☆ I Meant To Do That
☆ My Heart Has A History

Luke Bryan Boots & Hearts 2014Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan may be relatively new to country music compared to artists like Keith, Brandt, Tim McGraw and others, but that hasn’t stopped him from planting himself firmly at the top of genre right now with all kinds of hits and a massive fan base. I am quite looking forward to Bryan’s set Saturday night at Boots & Hearts. And if he plays these 5 songs, I’ll be a very happy boy.
☆ Crash My Party
☆ Do I
☆ Drunk On You
☆ Someone Else Calling You Baby
☆ Play It Again

Blake Shelton Boots & Hearts 2014Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton has been at this whole country music thing for quite some time now. But it only recently with a few big hits and his time on TV as a coach on The Voice has become a true superstar. Shelton will headline Boots & Hearts with the Sunday night set and I have 0 doubt that he will send us all home happy and satisfied. If I had to place bets I’d say we’ll hear at least 4 of these 5 hits from Mr. Shelton.
☆ Playboys Of The Southwestern World
☆ Honey Bee
☆ Austin
☆ Mine Would Be You
☆ Doin’ What She Likes

Miranda Lambert Boots & Hearts 2013Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert is a legitimate country star on her own, and as the wife of Blake Shelton she makes up 1 half of the biggest couple in country. Ever since she burst on to the scene people have been taking notice and she is showing no signs of slowing down. Last year Miranda played the Sunday night set at Boots & Hearts and if/when I have the chance to see her again, I definitely will. These are my 5 favourite Miranda Lambert hits.
☆ Me And Charlie Talking
☆ Over You
☆ Heart Like Mine
☆ More Like Her
☆ Famous In A Small Town

Stay tuned for parts 2, 3 and maybe more PLUS more news, reviews and exclusives as we get closer to the 2014 Boots & Hearts Music Festival.

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Boots & Hearts 2014 Profile: Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt Boots and Hearts 2014Name: Sam Hunt
Twitter Handle: @SamHuntMusic
Date of Birth: December 8, 1984
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 215lbs
Position: Quarterback/ Singer-Songwriter
Hometown: Cedartown, Georgia
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

Sam Hunt grew up in Georgia with 2 loves, football and music.

And now, at 29 years old, his football career (high school, college & NFL) is behind him and it looks like a very bright future in country music is in front of him.

Hunt’s first taste of country music success came in 2012 with the release of Kenny Chesney’s #1 hit single, Come Over. And after a quiet 2013 on the charts, Sam is back in a big way in 2014…

2 more singles co-written by Hunt have hit the charts this year.
1) Billy Currington: We Are Tonight – #13 on the Billboard Country Charts
2) Keith Urban: Cop Car – #4 on the Billboard Country Charts

Let’s take a step back though, because that quiet 2013 wasn’t really all that quiet. Hunt recorded and released a free, 15 track mixtape titled, Between The Pines.

Between The Pines has given us 2 singles of its own with 2013’s Raised On It… a catchy track about growing up in a small rural spot and having a whole lot of fun doing it. And, Leave The Night On, the new single that tells another small town story, this time with a boy thinking about a girl and asking her to come with him for a night they can both remember. Leave The Night On is sitting at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart right now… and I expect it to keep climbing.

Sam Hunt Profile Boots & Hearts 20142014 is also the first year that Hunt is coming to play in Canada, with stops that include Ottawa Bluesfest and Boots & Hearts, which will mark his Canadian Country Music Festival debut on August 1.

I’m excited to see Sam take the SiriusXM stage on Friday night (6pm) with nobody on the main stage to compete for attention with. With the mixtape and the radio singles that he’s written for others in his arsenal, I don’t doubt that he’s going to be able to put on a hell of a show. And let’s face it, small town is small town… Cedartown, Georgia might be 1,500km from Bowmanville, Ontario, but those things that Sam sings about and grew up with are the same things that I grew up with not far from Canadian Motorsport Park.

Right now I can tell you that I’m in the process of becoming a Sam Hunt fan. And with an entertaining set in Bowmanville, and more songs like the ones he’s released so far, I’ll be all in for a long, long time.

Stay tuned for more updates, profiles and interviews from Boots & Hearts as we get closer to this years festival.

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