Dierks Bentley

Country Thunder Music Festival 2018 Preview

With four incredible locations, Country Thunder will be back yet again in 2018, and it will be bigger than ever!

With festivals in Florence, Arizona, Craven, Saskatchewan, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Calgary, Alberta everyone can have the opportunity to put on their cowboy boots, grab a cold one and dance to an amazing lineup all weekend long!

Get ready for some of the biggest names in country music taking over my city, Calgary, during the weekend of August 17th-19th. I thought the lineup last year was incredible but wait for 2018. The summer of 2017 featured Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, and Randy Houser to name a few! Country Thunder’s new 2018 lineup is filled with the most successful and chart topping artists yet; Eric Church, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, Midland, Madeline Merlo, Hunter Brothers, Lindsay Ell, Bryan White and Jess Moskaluke and more!

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One of the artists I am most excited to see is Eric Church! I’ve been really lucky to see him a couple of times, and I must say he’s one of the only artists who gives me goosebumps every time he sings. One of the most memorable moments at Eric’s shows is when he strips it down to a solo acoustic performance; I truly believe this is the kind of live music experience we all crave. His acoustic performances are definitely something for the books! I highly recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible, as Eric will be closing off Country Thunder the finale night.

Another artist I cannot wait to see is recently announced CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award winner Dierks Bentley. Sadly I have never seen Dierks perform, but I have only ever heard wonderful things. I’m a huge fan of Dierks, one of the biggest reasons why I adore his music so much is because of the stories behind his writing. Musically what he always tries to do is create records that reflect who he is, snapshots of his life at the time. I can’t wait to sing along to some of his most popular songs; Somewhere On A Beach, Black, What The Hell Did I Say, and Different For Girls.

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‘m looking forward to experiencing the diversity all these artists will bring; from heart filled songs to heart breaks, celebrating the weekend, living and learning, being outdoors with your friends and growing up in a small town, this festival will have all your country needs checked off.

Because the festival is located in the city, there are no camping accommodations, only hotels. But don’t worry!!! Country Thunder has a list of 19 different hotel partners near the festival site that will suit your budget and requirements. Plus, with your festival passes you are welcome to shuttle back and forth for free. Try not to wait too long to purchase tickets to Calgary’s Country Thunder though, as limited tickets are remaining for the full weekend festival.

So grab your sunscreen, cowboy hat, wear your best dancing shoes and get ready to experience everything that Country Thunder has to offer in 2018!

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Trackside Music Festival 2018 Headliner Announcement: Dierks Bentley & Dustin Lynch

Trackside Music Festival, London’s biggest Canada Day party, is coming back strong in 2018 – and they’re starting with news of their headliners.

The two day festival, held at London’s Western Fair District, has a history of bringing big country stars and homegrown talent to their stages, and in 2018 they’ll continue that tradition with Dierks Bentley and Dustin Lynch taking their turns as headliners on June 30 and July 1.

These two country stars are at the top of their game right now, and fans that make it out to Trackside are going to be in for a treat when they get there. We’ve seen first hand just how entertaining Dierks Bentley can be, and we’ve been hearing stories about Dustin Lynch’s performances for the last couple of years.

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Related: Dierks Bentley at Boots & Hearts 2016

To have the chance to see both of them on back-to-back days, plus the rest of the Trackside Music Festival lineup that we’re excited to see, is going to be fantastic!

Get yourself ready with a couple of live performance videos from the 2018 Trackside headliners – and stay tuned for more info when it becomes available!

Tickets for Trackside Music Festival 2018 go on sale Friday, December 1 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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10 Awesome Country Covers: Tom Petty Edition

It’s a well documented and quoted fact that the late Tom Petty had some issues with modern country music – but there is no denying the love that modern country artists have for him and the impact he made on them. If you need proof, have a listen to this list of Tom Petty country covers.

Solo stars, groups, men, women, legends and upstarts are all here. Every one of them inspired by the songs that Petty wrote, sang, and gave to the world.

There are more out there, with varying video quality, and some songs, like Free Fallin’, just have too many versions to fall in love with.

If you know of a country cover of a Tom Petty song that you think we should hear, please leave a comment with a link.

And if you have a favourite from this list, let us know which it is.

Rest in peace Mr. Petty. Thank you for the music.

George Strait – You Wreck Me

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Charles Kelley – Southern Accents

Chris Stapleton – You Don’t Know How It Feels

Sugarland – American Girl

Marty Stuart – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Dierks Bentley & Mat Kearney – Learning To Fly

The Wailin’ Jennys – Wildflowers

Johnny Cash – I Won’t Back Down

Linda Ronstadt – The Waiting

Black: Dierks Bentley Video Release

Have you seen it yet? Dierks Bentley has just released a video for the title track Black. This is the third single off the album Black and it’s very different. Somewhere on a Beach was fun, upbeat with a hip-hop feel and Different for Girls offers up an understanding, kind feeling, featuring uber talented Elle King. Both hit the number one spot and I’d be surprised if Black didn’t climb right up the chart too.

Dark and sultry the video was shot in Iceland and it features his wife Cassidy. Married for over 10 years this is the first time Dierks’ wife has appeared on screen and once you see her, you’ll wonder why it took so long. Turns out she’s shy and we’re glad Dierks managed to coax her into the video. Cassidy Bentley was born Cassidy Black and she’s been the inspiration for many of Dierks’ songs.

Check it out!

Dierks is on tour now, check out the dates here!

thereviewsarein.com Playlist: Joshua’s Karaoke Classics!

In 2017 we have a goal of sharing some awesome playlists with you. Playlists curated by artists and friends from the music industry, and for festivals, and just because we believe in the power and importance of sharing music. So to get us started we have a playlist from Joshua…

If you know Josh, you know he loves karaoke. So here we are with some of his personal karaoke classics. You will get some country and some rock and roll. You will get some old and some new. But more importantly, you’ll get 20 songs that he’s sung live, in front of a crowd, with a microphone in one hand and maybe a drink in the other.

1. The Weight – The Band
2. Rain Down On Me – Blue Rodeo
3. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
4. What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley
5. Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
6. Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
7. Everlong – Foo Fighters
8. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
9. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
10. You And I – Lady Gaga
11. Whiskey Girl – Toby Keith
12. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
13. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
14. No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who
15. If You Could Only See – Tonic
16. Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton ft. The Pistol Annies & Friends
17. Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
18. I’m The Only One – Melissa Ethridge
19. Get Me Some Of That – Thomas Rhett
20. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

And because we know Joshua isn’t the only one out there that likes to kick it at karaoke, we want you to leave a comment with your favourite karaoke jams. There just might a prize up for grabs!

Joshua at Karaoke in Ottawa, July 2007.

Joshua’s birthday karaoke in Toronto, February 2014.

Bury Me In My Boots: The Cadillac Three Album Review & Contest!

When we got asked to give the new record from The Cadillac Three a listen we were told that it was going to be a game changer, a selection of songs that would push these dudes from Nashville into a new spotlight among country music fans and the industry… but we needed to hear it for ourselves.

So we listened. Over and over and over again. It’s likely a conservative estimate to say I’ve listened to the 14 songs on this album a eight times since it’s release. Here’s a secret, I don’t keep listening if I don’t like it.

This isn’t a secret, Bury Me In My Boots is good.

From the start of the record, with the title track, the music pulled me in. It’s fun and easy to tap a toe to, or sing along to, or get lost in, or all three at the same time. And that continues as the tracks continue all the way from 1 to 14. It should also be pointed out that 14 songs is a monster number in a new era that has seen EPs become more and more popular among country artists.

The Cadillac Three On Stage via Twitter

Note: During the recent heat wave in Toronto I have started to appreciate Ship Wrecked more and more every time I hear it. It’s 100% true that I could go for a boat on the water, some Bimmy Juffet on the radio, and certainly a cooler full of cold ones.

This album is also great to sit back and drink to, or dance and drink to. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, we encourage it from guitar driven country music. So high five to The Cadillac Three for delivering on that point with Bury Me In My Boots.

Proposal: A drinking game where you take a shot of whiskey or a drink of beer every time you hear The Cadillac Three reference the two beverages on this record. I didn’t count, so I don’t know how many there are… but in the 47 minutes it takes to listen to all 14 songs, I’m betting you’d feel a buzz. (legal drinking age only!)

Now, with all of this said about the drinking and the dancing, we need to acknowledge that there are some great stories told in these songs. They aren’t just empty bangers, they’re full of great lyrics that will either put you in a small town teenage memory, or thinking about a relationship or imagining the south the way these native sons see it. And that is where country music has always been graded and evaluated. The stories that are told are the backbone of the genre, and we’re very pleased to see TC3 keep that tradition alive.

We’re also looking forward to seeing The Cadillac Three play these songs live (especially The South, Bury Me In My Boots, Slide, This Accent, and Peace Love & Dixie) – and we will be seeing it in Toronto when the boys come to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with Florida Georgia Line on September 1.

Other dates we’ve got circled that we know friends will be interested in include…

August 26 at Darien Lake w/ Florida Georgia Line (Darien Center, NY)
August 31 at the London Concert Theatre (London, ON)
September 2 at Lakeview Amphitheatre w/ Florida Georgia Line (Syracuse, NY)

There are a heap more dates in the US with FGL, and a bunch in Europe – CLICK HERE to see all of The Cadillac Three’s scheduled tour dates between now and the end of November 2016!

The Cadillac Three On Stage via Facebook

The bottom line is this: I recommend this record to country music fans looking for a full album to listen to and enjoy from the top to the bottom.

We’re recommending Bury Me In My Boots so much we’re going to give it away so three of you can experience it for yourself!

Use the widget in this post to earn up to 6 entries and you’ll be entered to win. We’ve got 3 CD copies of the album, and 1 vinyl copy to give away, so we’re going to give a grand prize of vinyl & CD to 1 winner, and CD copies to 2 runner-up winners.

Be sure to follow all of the directions in the widget to ensure your entries are properly submitted and counted.

Good luck!

The Cadillac Three, Bury Me In My Boots Tracklist

1. Bury Me In My Boots
2. Slide
3. Drunk Like You
4. Graffiti
5. Buzzin’
6. Party Like You
7. Ship Faced
8. Soundtrack To A Six Pack
9. White Lightning
10. The South ft. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli
11. This Accent
12. Peace Love & Dixie
13. Hot Damn
14. Runnin’ Red Lights

1 year ago

Take Your Time: Sam Hunt at Boots & Hearts 2016!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 years since we first saw Sam Hunt on stage for the first time at Boots & Hearts… and now we’ve seen him again. But this time the Georgia boy was all over the main stage as the direct lead-in to headliner Dierks Bentley on Friday night.

As the minutes ticked by and we got closer to Sam’s set you could see the people coming over the hill and towards the stage in waves, and they didn’t stop until they were as close to the stage as they could get and the band come on stage to start off the show with Leave The Night On. And when Sam started singing – they all started singing with him!

One look out into the crowd showed hands up, phones up, and girls up in the air. And even though the sun was setting and the temperature was finally dropping, it was hot hot hot the entire time Sam Hunt and his band were up on that main stage.

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During the set, as the cheering and singing and dancing continued, Sam Hunt made a point to give some love and thanks to the fans at B&H for supporting him since that 1st set in 2014 and at all of the Canadian shows he’s played since then.

Sam Hunt-3811He also gave back every single bit of energy the crowd was feeding him. The dude ran and jumped back and forth from the stage to the catwalk and looked like he was having the time of his life while making use of every piece of stage he could get his feet on. It truly looked like Sam and the band were having a lot of fun in Oro-Medonte with a few (30,000+) of their fans and friends watching them do their thing.

Since summer 2014 we’ve been all in on Sam Hunt (you can check the archives) and we’re not stopping now. With any luck we’ll have new music from the former QB in the next year and then have the chance to see him again with new songs to sing along to.
Check out the set list and more pics of Sam Hunt now…

Sam Hunt Set List, Boots & Hearts 2016

Leave The Night On
Ex To See
Raised On It
Saturday Night
I Met A Girl
Single For The Summer
Take Your Time
We Are Tonight
Medley: Mama Tried, My Church, Somewhere On A Beach, T-shirt, Snapback, You Should Be Here, Huntin’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day
Cop Car
Speakers
House Party
Make You Miss Me
Break Up In A Small Town

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1 year ago

Drunk on a Plane: Dierks Bentley at Boots & Hearts 2016!

If you’re ever wondering who to invite to your party on a summer Friday night, the answer is Dierks Bentley. For real.

Bentley headlined the Boots & Hearts main stage Friday and hosted one hell of a party for (our estimate) 40,000 of his closest Canadian friends. Hell, he even invited a dude named Nick up onto the stage to shotgun a beer with him – and Dierks was the clear winner in speed of chug. We also watched as he got his drink topped up with what looked to be a 2:1 ratio of vodka to mix. This wasn’t a quiet, dry get together. It was wet, loud, rowdy shindig.

When Dierks and the band took the stage there was immediate engagement and singing and clapping. It was a crowd ready for music, ready for his music, and they weren’t disappointed. For an hour and a half the stage was his, the show was on fire, and the music played and played and played.

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At one point, somewhere near the hour mark of the set, a loud Let’s Go Blue Jays chant broke out in the crowd and took over… it was awesome, and led to Bentley commending the pride in the hometown team, and then asking what happened to the Expos, but we’re pretty sure he didn’t mean it in a mean way.

Dierks also let slip (he says he talks too much when he drinks) that there’s a new tour coming, and that it looks like it’s going to kick off in Hamilton, ON. So we’ll be paying attention to his socials and website for more details about that!

In the last third of the show things got a little sideways (pun intended) when Dierks broke into Somewhere On A Beach

Deirks Bentley-BH5-131) Drinks were high and there was def a sense of drunkenness in the air.
2) Dierks Bentley slid in some Lawn Chair Lazy lyrics, which made us super pumped for the dudes in the James Barker Band (who had Dierks show up as their surprise guest at Boots & Bourbon in Toronto on Thursday night).
3) This country music superstar looked, measured, and jumped into the crowd – across a 6 foot photo pit gap.

By the time Dierks Bentley came back on stage for Drunk On A Plane as an encore… complete with the nose of a plane and Dierks himself in a full pilot’s uniform (until he ripped off his tear-away pants) the crowd was in full out sing and dance and drink and party mode. Yes, the song closed the show, but it also gave everybody one more reason to make sure they see Dierks again… maybe in 2019 if the 2 years off and then back pattern continues!

Dierks Bentley Set List, Boots & Hearts 2016

Up On The Ridge
Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go)
Tip It On Back
Am I The Only One
51-50
Say You Do
What The Hell Did I Say
Different For Girls
I Hold On
Every Mile A Memory
Black
Feel That Fire
Riser
Freedom
Somewhere On A Beach
What Was I Thinkin’
Sideways
Encore
Drunk On A Plane
!!!FIREWORKS!!!

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1 year ago

Top 5 Boots & Hearts 2016 Karaoke Songs!

It’s no secret that I love to sing karaoke with my friends and whatever strangers show up at the bar. It’s also no secret that I have a soft spot for country music karaoke… I’ve sung a lot of it over the years. So, I thought I’d share my pics for the Top 5 karaoke songs by Boots & Hearts 2016 artists.

Ready? Let’s go!

Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying

I’ve sung a lot of Tim McGraw at karaoke over the last 15 years or so… but this really wasn’t a difficult choice to make. Live Like You Were Dying is a huge song full of emotion – and if you can hold that note at the end of the song (you know the one) then you can go back to your chair and your beer feeling like you’ve done it some justice!

Blake Shelton – Playboys Of The Southwestern World

There are some great Blake Shelton songs out there to sing, but this one has a special place in my heart. One of my best friend in Ottawa and I used to take turns singing this song and dedicating it to each other. I won’t tell you why, but it always made us smile. If you know it, sing along!

Dierks Bentley – What Was I Thinkin’

Yes, this song came out 2003… but it’s still my go to Dierks song when I’m in the mood. There’s just something about the energy and story and a little white tank top that makes me want to hold a beer in one hand and the microphone in the other. Also, on some level we can all relate to what Dierks is going through in this song!

Sam Hunt – Take Your Time

It’s new, and it’s not traditional, and I love it. When I first sang Take Your Time at karaoke there were only 3 people in the bar that knew the song… including me. But now that Sam has a little more love outside of the country radio community there are more and more heads nodding and people singing along to the parts they know!

Cam – Burning House

Now, I need to admit that I haven’t sung this at karaoke yet, but I really really really want to. Burning House is a huge song that drips with emotion and I sing it in the shower all the time. Now I just need to find the right mood and the right crowd to bust it out when my turn comes up at my local karaoke show!

Bonus: Diamond Rio – Meet In The Middle

I am so excited for Diamond Rio to come to Boots & Hearts 2016 that I couldn’t help but find a way to include them in this post. I grew up listening to Meet In The Middle on Country 105 in Peterborough, and I have taken a turn to sing it at karaoke before. It’s a sweet song and it’s a modern classic as far as I’m concerned!

Now I want to know what your go to country karaoke songs are – leave a comment here or on Facebook to tell me – and maybe I’ll try them too!

1 year ago

2016 Boots & Hearts Day-to-Day Schedule and Set Times

We know you’ve been counting the days, and we’ve been doing our best to keep you updated on all things Boots & Hearts. Well, this morning they released their daily schedules and we’ve got them for you!

Click here to see the full schedule and use the “Create A Lineup” feature to pick your artists. And when the app is updated, it’ll automatically transfer to your phone!

Once you’ve had a look let us know who you’re most excited to see, and if you have any scheduling conflicts.

Thursday, August 4

Jake Owen American LoveFront Porch Stage

Johnson Crook: 5:00 – 5:45
Meghan Patrick: 6:00 – 6:30
Tebey: 6:45 – 7:45pm
Emerson Drive: 8:00 – 9:00pm
Jake Owen: 9:30 – 11:00pm
Late Night Dance Party: 11:00 – 2:00am

 

Friday, August 5

Cam UntamedFront Porch Stage

Brea Lawrenson: 12:00 – 12:45pm
Lindsay Broughton: 1:00 – 1:45pm
David James: 2:00 – 3:00pm
The Dungarees: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Chase Bryant: 4:45 – 5:30pm
Cam: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Monster Energy Late Night Dance Party: 11:00 – 2:00am

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Cory Marquardt: 1:15 – 2:00pm
The Reklaws: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Autumn Hill: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Tim Hicks: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Sam Hunt: 7:15 – 8:30pm
Dierks Bentley: 9:00 – 11:00pm

 

Saturday, August 6

Aarons+finger+moustache-b&w-1Front Porch Stage

Sirius XM Emerging Artist Showcase 12:00 – 3:00pm
Wrangler’s Miss Boots & Hearts 3:15 – 4:15pm
Raquel Cole: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Aaron Pritchett: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Somersby’s Late Night Dance Party: 11:00 – 2:00am

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Macarthur Clark: 1:00 – 2:00pm
JoJo Mason: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Madeline Merlot: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies: 5:30 – 6:00pm
Dean Brody: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Blake Shelton: 9:00 – 11:00pm

Sunday, August 7

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Katilin Kozell: 12:45 – 1:45pm
Jordan McIntosh: 2:00 – 3:00pm
River Town Saints: 3:15 – 4:00pm
Dylan Scott: 4:15 – 5:15pm
Diamond Rio: 5:45 – 6:45pm
Late Night Dance Party: 11:00 – 2:00am

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James Barker Band: 1:00 – 1:45pm
Jason Benoit: 2:15 – 3:15pm
Lindsay Ell: 3:45 – 4:45pm
Jason Blaine: 5:15 – 6:15pm
Chase Rice: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Tim McGraw: 9:00 – 11:00pm

1 year ago

Boots and Hearts 2016 Playlist

We’ve put together our Boots and Hearts 2016 Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.

With over thirty artists on the #BH5 lineup (we’ve included the emerging artists who were on Spotify), we’ve got you covered for just over six hours!

There are a couple of artists who, are not on Spotify, we’ve listed them separately and we’re sure you’re going to like them, so make sure you scroll through the post.

*EDIT* Johnson Crook’s first single, Minnedosa  is now up on Spotify. We’ve updated our playlist to include it!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, here’s the link and we’ll see you there!

Did we miss your favourite track? Let us know and we’ll add it!

2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2016 Daily Lineup Announcement!

They’re Here!!!

After months of waiting, weeks of speculation, and more patience than we generally have, the Boots & Hearts 2016 daily lineups have been announced.

We don’t have stage assignments or set times yet, but we promise we will share them with you as soon as we do.

For now we can start planning our must-sees for each day of B&H year 5… and dreaming about the set lists we hope we’ll hear.

Get ready, August is coming!

Boots and Hearts 2016 Thursday Kickoff PartyThursday, August 4, 2016

★ Jake Owen
★ Emerson Drive
★ Tebey
★ Meghan Patrick
★ Johnson Crook

Remember, this is a short day, 1 stage event for the Coors Banquet Kick Off Party, so don’t be concerned about the shorter list of artists here.

Jake Owen is a great name to headline this party, he’s a summer lovin’, beachin’, bare footin’, good time waiting to happen – and with support from 4 Canadian acts we really dig, it’s shaping up to be a good night!

Boots and Hearts 2016 Friday LineupFriday, August 5, 2016

★ Dierks Bentley
★ Sam Hunt
★ Cam
★ Tim Hicks
★ Chase Bryant
★ Autumn Hill
★ The Dungarees
★ The Reklaws
★ David James
★ Cory Marquardt
★ Lindsay Broughton
★ Brea Lawrenson

Man, what a way to spend a Friday in August!

Bentley showed us how awesome he was on the main stage in Bowmanville, Sam Hunt was been on fire since he played in 2014, and Cam is one the most anticipated sets of the weekend for sure. Plus, we LOVE the Canadian acts getting some time and know that Tim Hicks, Autumn Hill, The Reklaws, David James, Cory Marquardt, Lindsay Broughton, and Brea Lawrenson will make us all proud!

Boots and Hearts 2016 Saturday LineupSaturday, August 6, 2016

★ Blake Shelton
★ Dean Brody
★ Aaron Pritchett
★ Alan Doyle & The Gypsies
★ Raquel Cole
★ Madeline Merlo
★ Jojo Mason
★ Macarthur Clark
★ SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase

Blake! What more do you need?

But really, with Dean Brody as support, clearly a list of artists that aren’t to be messed with, this is going to be a really fun day of country music.

And don’t sleep in because the Emerging Artist Showcase is a perfect place to scout new talent. Just look at Tim Hicks, Tebey, Wes Mack, Runaway Angel, Trinity Bradshaw, Johnson Crook, Eric Ethridge, and the James Barker Band as some of the examples we’ve seen in the last few years!

Boots and Hearts 2016 Sunday LineupSunday, August 7, 2016

★ Tim McGraw
★ Chase Rice
★ Diamond Rio
★ Jason Blaine
★ Dylan Scott
★ Lindsay Ell
★ River Town Saints
★ Jason Benoit
★ Jordan McIntosh
★ James Barker Band
★ Kaitlin Kozell

It’s the last day of the festival, but don’t be sad. Sunday is going to rock!

Tim McGraw returns after his year 1 headlining performance at Boots & Hearts, and it’s a set we will not miss. Add Chase Rice, Diamond Rio (bucket list!), Dylan Scott (emerging star), and even more awesome Canadian talent with Jason Blaine, Lindsay Ell, River Town Saints, Jason Benoit, Jordan McIntosh, James Barker Band, and Kaitlin Kozell and we promise you will wish this festival had a Monday night because you won’t want the music to stop!

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2 years ago

Big Valley Jamboree 2016 Lineup Announcement!

We talk an awful lot about how proud we are to see country music making an impact in Ontario… but let’s not forget just how HUGE county has been in Alberta for a long, long time!

Part of that country music tradition is the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta for more than 20 freaking years. It’s an impressive stretch that has seen some of the biggest and best in country music make the trip out to entertain fans over a full weekend every summer.

Lindsay Broughton at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015This morning the good folks at BVJ announced new additions to the 2016 lineup, spreading out 7 new acts over the 4 festival days. We can only imagine how happy Doc Walker, The Doll Sisters, Lindsay Broughton, Clare Bowen & Charles Esten (ABC’s Nashville), Alee, Lindi Ortega, and The Dead South.

You add those names to headliners Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood – and impressive lineup to say the least, and it makes us wish we were taking a road trip west this summer. Heck, maybe we will.

Here’s a look at the BVJ lineup so far (more names are coming!) on March 15, 2016.

Big Valley Jamboree 2016 Lineup

Thursday

✨ Randy Houser
✨ Doc Walker
✨ The Doll Sisters

Friday

✨ Dierks Bentley
✨ Jo Dee Messina
✨ Collin Raye
✨ Aaron Goodvin
✨ Lindsay Broughton

Saturday

✨ Blake Shelton
✨ Gary Allan
✨ Autumn Hill
✨ Clare Bowen & Charles Eston
✨ Alee

Sunday

✨ Carrie Underwood
✨ Sam Hunt
✨ High Valley
✨ John Michael Montgomery
✨ Lindi Ortega
✨ The Dead South

Stay tuned for more names, more excitement, and more news from the Big Valley Jamboree!

Be Awesome!

BVJ Carrie UnderwoodBVJ Blake SheltonBVJ Randy HouserBVJ Dierks Bentley

2 years ago

The Driver: Charles Kelley Album Review

On Friday, February 5 one of the most anticipated debut solo albums of 2016 in Country music was finally released to the public… and it isn’t disappointing us one single bit.

Charles Kelley (aka The Tall Guy From Lady Antebellum) has had fans eagerly awaiting the release of this full length record since The Driver first hit radio and streaming sites in late September 2015, and with that wait finally over, we need to talk about this record.

The 9 song album, The Driver, is a fulfilling listen from top to bottom. With the title single already a favourite for many fans, there are other gems to be discovered as you make your way from Your Love to Leaving Nashville. It’s especially awesome to hear the voices of Stevie Nicks and Miranda Lambert as they team up with a dude who knows how to make a hit song work with a strong female voice, as evidenced by all of the success that Lady A has enjoyed over the years.

Note: The Driver (featuring Eric Pasley and Dierks Bentley) has been nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Charles Kelley, The Driver Track List

Charles Kelley The Driver Album Cover1. Your Love
2. The Driver ft. Eric Pasley and Dierks Bentley
3. Dancing Around It
4. Southern Accents ft. Stevie Nicks
5. Lonely Girl
6. The Only One Who Gets Me
7. Round In Circles
8. I Wish You Were Here ft. Miranda Lambert
9. Leaving Nashville

If you’ve had your ear to the ground (or your eyes on YouTube) in the lead up to this release you may have already seen videos for Leaving Nashville and Lonely Girl. High five to Kelley and the CMT team for the great job that they did with the 1 Mic 1 Take series that they put together (The Only One Who Gets Me, Lonely Girl, The Driver, and a “wow” cover of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball) and shared on Kelley’s new YouTube channel. It’s been a great bit of exposure, and we’ve always been a big fan of acoustic cuts, so we’ve got absolutely nothing to complain about there.

As an album, The Driver features a mix of uptempo and slowed down songs that Charles navigates with ease. And listening to him sing all of them feels natural and easy, partly because we’re already used to the sound of his voice, and partly because he did a great job picking songs that were right for him, instead of rushing out a solo record… without naming names I think we can all look back and find our own examples of that backfiring on members of successful bands.

Charles Kelley 2016As a sucker for a slow song, I do have to say that Leaving Nashville is one of my favourite cuts on the album. It’s a story song, a true country track, and it will break your damn heart if you let it.

If there’s one complaint we can make about this record it’s that we wanted 11 or 12 tracks, and 9 kind of leaves us wanting. And while that usually wouldn’t be a big deal because another record could hit us in 18 months or so, Kelley will reunite with Lady Antebellum at some point in the not too distant future, which means it could be a lot longer than a year and a half before we get another solo release.

In the end we can safely say, as we did off the top, that we aren’t disappointed with The Driver. Charles Kelley took a chance when he decided to work outside of the comfort and success of ACM, CMA, and Grammy Award winning Lady Antebellum, and it has paid off quickly.

If you haven’t yet, we highly recommend giving it a listen and making it yours on iTunes.

Watch a couple videos to whet your whistle and then get on it!

Charles Kelley – Leaving Nashville (1 Mic 1 Take)

Charles Kelley – Wrecking Ball (1 Mic 1 Take)

2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2016 Preview: Dierks Bentley Top 5

Dierks Bentley is coming back to Boots & Hearts to take his rightful place as headliner on the main stage!

Dierks Bentley Boots and Hearts 2013 ReachBack in 2013 Mr. Bentley played the set-up role for Miranda Lambert’s turn in the spotlight, and he stole the whole damn show. Seriously, Dierks was hands down the scene stealer of the entire weekend, and 3 years later he’s coming back to do it all over again.

Here’s the thing though, when you’re the headliner you don’t steal the show, everyone expects that you’re going to blow the doors off the place… and we don’t have any doubt that he’ll do exactly that when the sun goes down over Burl’s Creek, he takes the stage, and kicks of the shows with one of his many, many crowd favourites.

Those favourites are why we’re writing here today, and honestly, it hasn’t been easy. Sure it’s easy to write about how great of a singer, songwriter, and performer Dierks Bentley is. But it sure as hell wasn’t easy to pick just 5 songs for this post.

But, that’s what we’re here to do, so we started with a short list of about 17 and then 12 and then 7 and finally got down to these 5 singles and videos from one of Nashville’s biggest hockey fans and brightest stars.

If we didn’t pick your favourite Dierks Bentley song, please leave a comment to tell us!

Dierks Bentley Top 5!

What Was I Thinking

I Hold On

Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do

Say You Do

Settle For A Slow Down

Bonus: The Driver (Charles Kelley ft. Eric Pasley & Dierks Bentley)

Dierks Bentley Boots and Hearts 2013 Stage

2 years ago
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