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Country Music Needs to Stop Hating on Country Music

Country music needs to stop hating on country music!

Sam Hunt with guitar Wheels Up Tour Toronto June 2015If you’ve ever read the comment section of a Sam Hunt or Florida Georgia Line video, you know what I’m talking about. And if your gut reaction to that sentence is to say, “That’s not real country music”, I really hope you keep reading this post.

In the last few years we’ve seen the country charts include monster hits tagged as Bro Country, we’ve seen Kid Rock, Don Henley, and Steven Tyler release country records, we’ve lamented the evolution of Taylor Swift from Tim McGraw to Shake It Off, and we’ve also seen Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves celebrated by the country music community for their work.

All of this has happened in country music, and it has very clearly made some “True Country Fans” upset. Because they love Willie and Waylon and Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn, they hate FGL and vocally attack their popular music as an affront to the genre that they love. They post memes about country music not being dead, just asleep, and waking up with Chris Stapleton. And I get it, people like what they like, and they don’t like what they don’t like. The issue right now is that the conversations don’t stop at “I don’t like this song/album/band”, they continue to “this isn’t country music”.

Our reality in country music in 2015 is that we’re still saddled with an outdated and overly simplified categorization of the genre. And an even more outdated view of what that means.

Brad Paisley Boots and Hearts 2015Brad Paisley’s Country Nation proudly boasts that there are over 2,000 stations playing country music in the United States. That’s an awesome number, but let’s step back for a second and really look at what rock and roll has done in its evolution.

From Elvis and Buddy Holly to U2 and Foo Fighters, rock and roll has changed. In any major North American market you’re bound to find a New Rock station, a Classic Rock station, Alt-Rock, Soft Rock, etc, etc, etc. And in record stores or online we see Pop Rock, Punk Rock, Prog Rock, Southern Rock, Metal, etc, etc, etc. But in country music we have country music.

Let’s call back for a minute to the “It’s not country” thing. Rock and roll fans love to hate Nickelback en masse, but they don’t try to claim that they aren’t a rock band, or that they don’t make rock music. See?

Luke Bryan Boots and Hearts 2014 Saturday NightThe entire genre, from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. to Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan sits under one category. One listing. One banner to hold all of the music we like and don’t like.

There is nothing wrong with writing, singing, buying, or loving new country music that is popular on radio and the Billboard charts. And there is nothing wrong with loving roots artists that are holding onto influence from Hall of Famers like Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

As media, fans, industry, and artists we need to stop creating bullshit rules and boundaries about what is Real Country Music and saying it’s wrong if a song doesn’t fit your personal description of country music.

We have one country music that all of us need to either embrace regardless of our tastes, or use as an excuse to keep on hating.

None of us have the right to say that a musical genre can’t evolve. That an artist can’t express themselves and explore something new. Or that an audience whose grandparents love Marty Robbins, can’t love Maddie & Tae.

The country music community has always preached a message of inclusivity, and that all are welcome if they love the music.

Well now it’s time to practice what we preach and understand that country music you don’t like, is still country music.

Welcome to 2015. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

2 years ago

2016 CMA Awards Results and Wrap

And the CMA goes to…

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the CMA Awards last night we’re highly recommending you make an effort to watch it. ABC has posted the entire show on YouTube!

Country Music Awards 2015 – Full Show

But even without the surprises of the award winners, this is an awards show that shouldn’t be missed by country music fans anywhere.

There were some amazing collaborations and some spectacular performances. And today everyone is talking about the Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake performance. Watch it now and see why!

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton Live at the 2015 CMA Awards!

And now, without any further ado, here are your 2015 CMA major award winners. Congrats to everyone, especially the big winners of the evening, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town!

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke BryanLuke Bryan Boots and Hearts 2014 Saturday Night

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert Boots and Hearts

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
SONG OF THE YEAR (AWARDED TO SONGWRITERS)
“Girl Crush” – Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose – Little Big Town
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia LineFlorida Georgia Line Boots and Hearts 2015

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Girl in a Country Song” – Maddie & Tae

Other performances to not miss are Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and John Mellencamp, Thomas Rhett and Fall Out Boy and of course Reba and Brooks and Dunn!

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were amazing hosts and I’m giving them the Comedy Duo of the Year award. Don’t miss their performances as well as Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia line… did we miss anyone? Kudos to ABC they’re all over the broadcast and have everything you could want to see on their YouTube page.

2 years ago

10 Reasons We’re Excited for Boots & Hearts 2015!

Boots & Hearts starts Thursday afternoon with the Coors Banquet Kick Off Party… and while some of the hardcore fans/campers/partiers are already in the gates – the majority of us will make our way up in time for The Reklaws at 5pm.

To get us all ready at the last minute (in case you aren’t already pumped right up) we’ve got a list of 10 reasons we’re excited for this year’s festival!

The Venue

Boots and Hearts Burls Creek SunsetWe’ve already had the luxury of touring around the Burl’s Creek park during WayHome, and it’s pretty awesome. We know there will be some changes made to the grounds from 1 festival to the other, but if the Main Stage and the Front Porch stage are where we think they will be, it’s going to be just fine.

There’s also a ton of room for bars, porta-potties, food trucks, water refill stations, lounging in the sun or the shade, and dancing to the music.

We can’t wait to get inside and check it out again.

The Headliners

Eric Church 2015Brad Paisley, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line are big names who play big stages in front of big crowds – and Boots & Hearts will give all three of them that opportunity.

All 3 acts also have impressive libraries of music that the fans will be to sing and shout along to throughout the sets, and that always makes for a good time.

We’re guessing that Eric Church’s set will inspire the more whisky to be consumed and the most smoke clouds to rise – and Florida Georgia Line will give us the most pop from the young crowd, particularly the ladies when they take the stage and start playing their brand of good-time party country music.

The Emerging Artist Showcase

BnH emerging artist showcaseIn Year 1 Tebey won the contest (and Tim Hicks finished 2nd), in Year 2 The Reklaws took home the grand prize, and in Year 3 our pal Trinity Bradshaw claimed the title… so who will win this year?

The answer is… we don’t know.

Here are the contenders: James Barker Band, Eric Ethridge, Leanne Pearson, Johnson Crook, Tenille Arts, Birds of Bellwoods, Ray Gibson, and Travis Wood.

Good luck to all of the finalists, winning this thing can go a long way to kicking off a career!

The Women on Stage

When this year’s lineup was announced we were impressed and excited at the number of female acts that were included. Last year’s number was really low, but now we’re back!

Kira-Isabella-Band-2014-CNEThe Reklaws, Jess Moskaluke, The Stellas, Lennon & Maisy, Maddie & Tae, Small Town Pistols, The Lovelocks, MacKenzie Porter, Kira Isabella, Leah Daniels, Trinity Bradshaw… and more awesome and talented women will being singing songs for us from Thursday to Sunday and we can’t wait to hear them.

The women of country music deserve every play and stream and download they get – so pay attention this weekend and find a new favourite.

Little Big Town

Dallas Smith

Boots and Hearts Dallas SmithYes, we were very excited to see Little Big Town before the announcement was made that they wouldn’t be able to play the show…

BUT, we are very excited for Dallas Smith to take that slot opening for Eric Church on Saturday. Not only because Lifted is an amazing album and the show is going to get people ready for the headliner, also because Dallas is a good dude and deserves the chance to give us some Canadian content in a prime spot.

The Fans

Boots and Hearts FansThis festival is special for 2 big reasons – the talent on stage and the fans in the crowd.

Every year more people show up and sing and dance and drink and camp and have a great time. And we’re looking forward to 2015 being no different.

Yes, you’ll see people that are too drunk to function, and yes, someone will pass out and look silly… and maybe a couple dudes will try to start a fight, but with an expected 35,000 in attendance we’re expecting the same good ‘ole country fans to show up and be awesome.

The Camping

Boots and Hearts Burls Creek Camping WayHomeSpeaking of the fans, a lot of them will be camping. And while we won’t be among them, we’re looking forward to the stories from those of you who are.

As of Wednesday afternoon it seems a whole whack of people have set up camp and cracked open drinks… so the party is already starting.

Just be safe in there. Be smart. Have fun.

The Late Night Dance Parties

BnH Late Night Dance PartiesAll 4 nights of the festival will feature a late night dance party at the Front Porch Stage. The music starts at 11 with sure highlights coming from Thursday’s White Out party and Sunday’s Foam Party.

We can’t wait to see the action and everyone’s Instagram pictures after!

Seriously, tag us or tweet at us or something with your pics. We’re sure they’re going to be awesome!

The CanCon

The Road Hammer @trishcaAs we’ve said, this lineup and stacked – and a lot of the talent in 2015 is Canadian. We LOVE that, and we’re proud of it.

We’re also excited because acts like The Road Hammers, Chad Brownlee, Small Town Pistols, Emerson Drive, Wes Mack, Leah Daniels, Kira Isabella, The Stellas, and High Valley all put on a great show, and we’ll be there to see them to their thing.

Shout out to Emerson Drive btw. The boys stepped up at the last minute to fill the vacant spot that was created when Dallas Smith slid over to cover for Little Big Town. Well done boys, it was the good Canadian thing to do.

The Thursday Night Kick Off Party

BnH kick off partyThe party starts Thursday night thanks to Coors Banquet! 5 acts, 6 hours of country music, and a whole lot of fun are coming – and we can’t wait.

Really, it’s true.

2013 and 2014 both gave us awesome kick off parties with acts like Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks, and Emerson Drive – and this year shouldn’t be any different.

Be ready for The Reklaws, Jess Moskaluke, Old Dominion, Blackjack Billy, and The Road Hammers to put on the biggest Thursday night at Boots & Hearts yet.

See y’all soon.

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

2 years ago

5 New Country Acts We’re Excited to See at Boots & Hearts 2015

Boots & Hearts is coming. We’ve been over that. Single Day VIP passes are available. Daily schedules have been released. Excitement is growing.

We all know who the headliners are, and we love them. Just like you, we can’t wait to see Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella, etc, etc, etc… but there are other acts, new acts, that we can’t wait to see up on stage as well.

So let’s break down 5 of the acts that aren’t headliners yet – but are on their way.

Leah Daniels

Leah Daniels CMAO 2015Fresh off her Rising Star win at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, Leah Daniels is getting ready for a huge push!

With Go Back going Top 20, Dream Without You climbing the charts right now, and a stage show that continues to get better and better. We can’t wait to see what the Uxbridge girl brings to the Boots & Hearts stage. You can be sure you’re going to see a big smile, a big voice, and a boat load of enthusiasm.

Be ready to hear some new music, maybe some great covers – but most of all, be ready to see an artist that you’re going to hear a lot more of in the next few years!

Maddie & Tae

Maddie and Tae Start Here Album CoverIn 2014 these girls took the country music world by storm with Girl In A Country Song. And now we’re only 2 and a half months away from the release of their debut full length album, Start Here, and that’s exciting for fans and for Maddie & Tae.

Fly has been a strong 2nd single for the duo and we can’t wait to hear those 2 songs as well as like Your Side Of Town, Sierra, and maybe a few new ones that we haven’t heard yet. Boots & Hearts is going to feel like an unofficial Canadian album release party – just 3 weeks early. We’re ready for that!

Old Dominion

Old DominionWith Break Up With Him all over the place right now it’s hard to believe that there are many country fans that aren’t familiar with Old Dominion. And if you don’t know that song yet, maybe you remember Shut Me Up from just a little while ago.

The songs that these boys sing lead us to believe that we’re going to get a fun set. The harmonies are tight, the potential for some loud guitar action is there – and with a few thousand of their closest Canadian friends in the audience we have a feeling that they’re going to be excited.

Shut me up by showing up/ With strawberry stuff on your lips you know I like so much/ Just a little kiss will do the trick/ Give me something else to do with my lips…

Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott Lay It On MeWe’ve said a lot about Dylan Scott already (Boots & Hearts Preview: Dylan Scott Q&A and 7 Reasons to Fall in Love with Dylan Scott). We’re fans and we’re ready for more.

We know that Dylan’s set is going to include Lay It On Me, Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, as well as covers of Keith Whitley’s When You Say Nothing At All and maybe even Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud since it was so huge on Facebook, YouTube and iTunes.

It is also pretty safe to say that Dylan Scott is going to bring a ton of Southern Boy Charm with him when he comes to Burl’s Creek. And we can’t wait.

Lennon & Maisy

Lennon and MaisyWe really have no idea what we’re going to get from Lennon & Maisy and Boots & Hearts. They could have their own set. They could pop up on stage with their mom and dad (The Stellas). But either way I’m guessing that we’re going to see them on the main stage. There’s too much recognition thanks to ABC’s Nashville.

If we do see the girls take the stage on their own we’re hoping that we get to see covers like Ho Hey, Boom Clap and maybe even Call Your Girlfriend. And with the release of the girls’ new book, we’re expecting to hear In The Waves as well. Oh, and if we don’t hear A Life That’s Good, we’ll be sad.

No matter what happens we know that the crowd is going to pop for Lennon & Maisy, and we can’t wait to see their faces and hear their voices when that happens!

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

3 years ago

May 2-4 Country Music Party Playlist

The long weekend is here, and that means it’s time to pour a drink, turn on some music and have some fun.

Sorry that I can’t handle the drinks for everyone, but whether you’re a beer person, or a whisky person, or rum, or vodka, or wine, or a Fireball person… I can help with the music.

Check out this country party playlist that I’ve curated and have yourself a party. There’s a Spotify list at the bottom of the post to make it easy for you 😀

And don’t be scared to leave a comment telling us what you’re drinking this weekend and what songs we should add to the playlist.

Day Drinking

Little Big Town

Lay It On Me

Dylan Scott

Raised By A Good Time

Steven Lee Olsen

A Real Good Radio

Kira Isabella

21

Cory Marquardt

Raise Your Glass

Brett Kissel

Stronger Beer

Tim Hicks

Night We Won’t Forget

Jess Moskaluke

Speakers

Sam Hunt

Get Me Some Of That

Thomas Rhett

Run Angel Run

Runaway Angel

Wastin’ Gas

Dallas Smith

When The Lights Go Down

Chad Brownlee

Girl In A Country Song

Maddie & Tae

Kiss You In The Morning

Michael Ray

Born Again In Dixieland

Jason McCoy

Dance

The Lovelocks

I’ve Been Everywhere

The Road Hammers

Drunk

Courtney Cole

Country Girl (Shake It For Me)

Luke Bryan

Click the list to play ’em all now!

Have a great long weekend y’all!

Be Awesome!

3 years ago

Women in Country: Canada Leads the Way!

Country music, like all music, goes through swings and cycles of popularity among certain artists or trends. Recently the prevailing trend has been Bro Country… but that’s changing – and Canada is leading the way.

Yes, male artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dallas Smith and Florida Georgia Line are still selling out arenas and hitting #1 on the charts in Canada and the United States – but the women are coming. In fact, they’re already here and they’re starting to make noise in a big way. And we’re all for it!

jess-moskaluke-on-stageOn Tuesday the 2015 Juno nominations were announced, and in the Country Album of the Year category we saw 3 female artists named in the list of 5. Congratulations to Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella, and MacKenzie Porter on their fantastic records – we don’t know who we’re even going to cheer for on March 15th.

Aside from the award nominations, we’ve had other signs that things are turning around. Perhaps we have CanCon rules to thank, but Jess, Kira, and MacKenzie have been joined on the radio by artists like Lindsay Broughton, The Lovelocks, and One More Girl. Add that list to American hit makers that include Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, and Danielle Bradbery and all of a sudden you’re looking at some excellent balance on country radio in Canada. It has been refreshing to hear and fun to listen to.

Edit: We need to add Leah Daniels to this list because we just learned that her current single “Go Back” will be landing in the Top 40 this week. Congrats to Leah.

But even better than radio play is live music!

Boots and Hearts 2015 Profile PhotoThis year the Boots & Hearts Music Festival has really made a step towards equality in their lineup after having only a small handful of female acts booked in 2014. It’s hard to blame them for last year’s lineup – they have to book acts that are popular and will sell tickets. But 2015’s lineup is awesome with 12 female solo acts or duos + 3 more acts that will have women prominently on the microphone (Little Big Town, The Stellas, Small Town Pistols). That’s HUGE. We’re looking at 15 of 30 acts having a female voice! Congrats to, Canadian owned, Boots & Hearts for making that happen – and to all of the acts for busting their humps to get to where they are.

Here’s the list…
Kira Isabella and Josh at The Rockn Horse-3147Kira Isabella
Maddie & Tae
Trinity Bradshaw
Leah Daniels
Lennon & Maisy
MacKenzie Porter
Kaitlyn Kozell
The Lovelocks OutsideThe Lovelocks
Genevieve Fisher
Melissa Payne
Kate Suhr
Abby Stewart

We Love It!

Now, are we still going to hear male country singers going on about pretty girls and pick-up trucks and beer? Of course we are, that’s never going away!

But we’re also going to hear from some very talented women in country music. They’re going to release more albums and singles and videos. They’re going to put on more concerts, book more festivals, sell more t-shirts and generally keep being awesome. And we’ll be here to support them every single step of the way.

You should too.

Work Hard. Play Hard. Be Awesome.

3 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2015 Countdown and Preview #1

Boots and Hearts is 6 months away, but we’re already excited it. And we know we aren’t the only ones.

Since the beginning we’ve been talking about who might be performing and now that we have a list of 31 acts, it’s time to start talking about them. And to help us out with that is an artist that was part of the major Round 3 announcement made last week… Ms. Trinity Bradshaw.

Trinity Bradshaw Boots and Hearts 2015Here’s what we’re going to do: I have a list with 6 of the artists who will be playing Boots and Hearts this August, and Trinity and I are both going to give our thoughts as to why we’re excited to see them included and looking forward to seeing them up on stage.

We hope you like it because we’re hoping to do more of this between now and August.

But before we get to it, I have one question I need to ask Trinity….

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you to be part of the Boots and Hearts 2015 lineup?

Trinity: Holy moly! I am beyond stoked. Actually, stoked don’t even describe it … There’s no words. This is an amazing experience, and I am very grateful for that.

Eric Church: Boots and Hearts 2015Eric Church

Josh: Eric Church is one of the biggest names in country music right now, and The Outsiders album is a huge reason for that. I can’t wait to see him in his sunglasses up on the Boots and Hearts stage. And like I’ve said more than once since he was announced, don’t be surprised if there are a few clouds of smoke in the crowd when he starts his set.

Trinity: One of my favs! His voice is so different and captivating. Not to mention, those sunglasses are just too damn sexy. What’s not to love!

Brad Paisley Boots and Hearts 2015Brad Paisley

Josh: I’ve seen Brad once before, about 7 years ago in Ottawa, and I can tell you that he puts on a great show. I can’t wait to see him again with an expanded set list that includes all of the new music since then. Be prepared for some beach balls in the crowd.

Trinity: Been a fan for a long time! He’s a vet in the country music world, and still rockin it!

Little Big Town Boots and Hearts 2015Little Big Town

Josh: I love this band. I feel fortunate to have seen them open for Keith Urban in 2014 and super fortunate to have a chance to see them again in 2015. These 4 entertainers are headliners in my mind, and I’m betting they open for Paisley.

note: I also really hope they take 4 minutes and cover Fleetwood Mac in their set.

Trinity: Fun, fun, and more fun! I hope to be doin a lil day drinkin’ myself 🙂
Love this group.

Kira Isabella Boots and Hearts 2015Kira Isabella

Josh: Kira is a sweetheart with a huge voice. We had a chance to ask her some questions a couple months ago, and when we asked her about Boots and Hearts she played the “we’ll have to wait and see” card… well now we know and I’m sure the crowd will love her.

Trinity: Canada’s lil sweetheart. She’s so adorable, and very talented! A young girl but damn hard working. Can’t wait!

Dallas Smith Boots and Hearts 2015Dallas Smith

Josh: Dallas came up a couple times when we first met and talked to Trinity last summer, so I had to put him on this list. Boots and Hearts 2015 will be my 4th time seeing Mr. Smith up on stage, and I’m sure it will be the best show yet.

Trinity: Handsome, tattoo’s, rockers voice,… And the list goes on… I’ve been a fan of his for years. I love rock and I love country- he provides a lil bit of both. I will tour with him one day … I hope!!

Maddie and Tae Boots and Hearts 2015Maddie & Tae

Josh: These 2 teenagers took over country radio, streams and downloads in 2014 and they’ve got new music coming in 2015. I expect a fun show with lots of energy and smiles.

Trinity: Beautiful and taking on the world by storm. Loved their first single and can’t wait to hear more … Live!!

Thanks again to Trinity for playing along – I can tell you all right now that we’re both excited about breaking down more of the 2015 Boots and Hearts lineup between now and August!

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

If you still need to buy your Boots and Hearts 2015 tickets, get them RIGHT HERE!

3 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2015 Lineup Announcement Round 3 Review

Boots and Hearts 2015 HeadlinersBoots & Hearts delivered on their promise of a “big announcement” when they released a new list of 23 acts that will be part of the B&H 2015 lineup this August at Burl’s Creek Event Park outside of Barrie.

The new names bring the total lineup to 31 acts that will take the stage August 6-9, 2015 and we can’t wait to see each and every one of them take their turn in front of the crowd.

Before we break some of those new additions down for you, here’s a reminder of the artists previously announced for Boots & Hearts…

Florida Georgia Line – Eric Church – Brad Paisley – Little Big Town
High Valley – Justin Moore – Dallas Smith – Chad Brownlee

Now, let’s have a look at the 23 acts announced on Wednesday to the list…

Thomas Rhett – Frankie Ballard – David Nail – Maddie & Tae – Canaan Smith
Kira Isabella – The Stellas
with Lennon and Maisy – Mackenzie Porter – Dylan Scott Small Town Pistols – Wes Mack – Trinity Bradshaw – The Lovelocks – Leah Daniels
Ty Baynton – Kaitlin Kozell – Them Dang Rattlers – Genevieve Fisher – Melissa Payne Jesse Labelle – Kate Suhr – Abby Stewart

To have a little fun with these new names we’re going to break out some categories that most of these acts fit into for us without even really thinking about it all to hard. Some acts will appear in more than one category… and that’s totally okay by us!

Acts we’ve seen before and can’t wait to see again at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Thomas Rhett Boots and Hearts 2015Thomas Rhett We saw Thomas play a small, intimate set at the Rock ‘N’ Horse in Toronto to help push his It Goes Like This album. He was a whole lot of fun in that small setting, but we have no doubt that his energy and charm are going to translate to a bigger stage and much bigger audience this summer.
Kira Isabella Kira is one of Canadian countries premier artists, as well as a super sweet person. She’s been up on the Boots & Hearts stage before, and with her new music ready to roll, this should be a great set.
Mackenzie Porter Ms. Porter has been making a name for herself in music and on TV with the success of Misfit Parade on country radio and her stint as Naomi Bohannon on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. She’s a hell of a fiddle player with a voice to match.
Trinity Bradshaw Boots and Hearts 2015Trinity Bradshaw It’s no secret that Trinity is one of our favs and as the winner of 2014’s SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase, she won the right to a spot on the main stage in 2015. After opening for Shania Twain late last summer we know she’s ready for this.
Leah Daniels Another great add for the festival, Leah is an Ontario girl with a ton of talent and a great smile to go with it. Trish caught up with her at the 2014 CNE in Toronto and now she’s taking a step up.
Ty Baynton – Ty was the runner up in the SiriusXM contest at 2014’s festival and he put on a helluva show when he got the chance. We aren’t at all surprised to see his name on this list with a chance to do it again.

Female Performers at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Country radio and festivals like B&H have been under criticism for the last couple years for the lack of female presence in the genre. But with this new list of acts for the 2015 festival Boots & Hearts have made a clear statement that women are back!

Maddie & Tae – Kira Isabella – Lennon and Maisy – Mackenzie Porter
Trinity Bradshaw – The Lovelocks – Leah Daniels – Kaitlin Kozell
Genevieve Fisher – Melissa Payne – Kate Suhr – Abby Stewart

We are impressed and happy to see 12 female acts (solo and duos) on this list of 31 performers. Add in Little Big Town, Small Town Pistols, The Stellas, who all have female voices in the band and we’re at nearly 50% – exactly where we should be!

Canadian Content at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Republic Live is a Canadian company and have always done a great job of putting Canadian talent on stage. From Terri Clark and Paul Brandt in year 1 – to this talented list in year 4, we have no complaints!

Kira Isabella – The Stellas – Lennon and Maisy – Mackenzie Porter – Wes Mack
Small Town Pistols – Trinity Bradshaw – The Lovelocks – Leah Daniels – Ty Baynton
Kaitlin Kozell – Them Dang Rattlers – Genevieve Fisher – Melissa Payne
Jesse Labelle – Kate Suhr – Abby Stewart

Add Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee and High Valley to those names and you have 20 Canadian Acts set to take the stage at Boots & Hearts this summer!

Acts we haven’t seen yet, and totally want to at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Maddie and Tae Boots and Hearts 2015Maddie & Tae – These girls lit the world on fire in 2014 with Girl in a Country Song and they’re making waves with Fly to start 2015!
Small Town Pistols – We’ve been listening to Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson sing since they were The Wilkinsons, and now (after 2 years of predicting incorrectly) they are finally coming to sing in front of us, in person!
Wes Mack – This young man is on fire, currently hitting radio stations like crazy pushing Before You Drive Me Crazy and has found success as it’s become the most added song in Country Radio this week. Plus, we hear he puts on a fun show.
Lennon and Maisy Boots and Hearts 2015Lennon & Maisy – These 2 are adorable, talented, Canadian and super awesome. If you’ve seen them on YouTube or ABC’s Nashville you know what I mean. I can’t wait to see them up on stage with The Stellas who just happen to be Lennon and Maisy’s parents.
David Nail – Whatever She’s Got is the kind of song that makes us want to sing along every single time. We can’t wait to hear it live with thousands of other voices singing along too!
Canaan Smith – Smith stormed out of the gate with Love You Like that, and just like Nail, we can’t wait to see him up on stage so we can sing along!

So there you go. We’ve got 31 acts lined up for Boots & Hearts 2015… and while that could be everyone, we wouldn’t be surprised if there are more surprise announcements!

Stay tuned for features coming up with The Lovelocks as well as more B&H performers AND Boots & Hearts preview posts that will include Trinity Bradshaw and her thoughts on some of the 2015 artists.

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

3 years ago
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