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Country Music’s Sexiest Men, 2017

The internet is buzzing with rumours that Blake Shelton will be named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017.

We aren’t here to tell you that they made the wrong choice, but we are here to put a spotlight on some of the other sexy men in country music.

In the last couple of years we’ve had the chance to see these men perform on stage, and as great as they are with the microphone in their hands, they elicit a whole lot of cheers for their look up there on stage.

Have a look at our list and pics of Blake Shelton and our 10 more sexy country music men, and leave a comment to tell us who you think is tops OR who you think we missed.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton-Country Thunder 2017 Blake Shelton is one of the biggest stars in the world today. Between his regular appearances at the top of the country music charts and his seat in the spinning chair on The Voice, he’s everywhere. And as the 41 year old Oklahoman adds more salt and pepper to his look, the sexier he seems to get.

Luke Bryan

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Luke Bryan What do we need to say to share the point that Luke Bryan is sexy?! The dude has women pawing at him so much he’s had to make rules about it. When he rotates his hips, it turns into gifs. This Georgia daddy has got to be on every ‘sexy men in country music’ list.

Brett Eldredge

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Brett Eldredge Boots and Hearts 2017 - Brett EldredgeThis rising star is smooth as silk and dapper as hell. Whether he’s on stage with a couple buttons undone, or he’s in a tux on the way to an awards show, he shines. The eyes, the smile, the voice, and the laugh… they add up for Brett Eldredge.

Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith CNE 2015Dallas Smith-Country Thunder 2017This Canadian country music rockstar has it all going for him. Give him some ripped jeans, roll up the sleeves to see the ink, and give him a little stubble of a beard if you’re into that sort of thing. Dallas Smith is legit.

Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016 Dylan Scott BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016This country boy has muscles to spare, looking like he could lift a truck if he wanted to. And Dylan Scott‘s eyes – staring right to your soul. Dang it, he’s got Mmm, Mmm, Mmm all wrapped up.

Mark Wystrach

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Midland Boots and Hearts 2017 - MidlandAs the lead man of Midland, Mark Wystrach is turning heads. If you didn’t already know, you could probably also guess that he’s had a career as a model. He’s chiseled and has the look and we could probably forgive him if he had a Drinkin’ Problem.

Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee - CNE 2017 Boots and Hearts 2017 - Chad BrownleeAnother good Canadian boy, this hockey player turned country star has it in spades. Chad Brownlee knows how to work the stage, the ladies scream for him every time we see him, and when he sings sweetly, it’s everything you dream about.

Chris Lane

Chris Lane-Trackside_Fest Chris Lane Sugar BeachChris Lane is a 33 year old from North Carolina, sharing a laid back cool that drips with sexy. And with his twin brother Cory on the drums, it’s double trouble when this country boy takes the stage in front of a crowd.

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016 Sam. Hunt. This quarterback turned country superstar drives women wild, and put tears in their eyes when he proposed to his fiancée. On award show carpets and on stage, Sam Hunt is sexy as hell.

Jake Owen

Jake Owen BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016Barefoot Jake has that Florida beach cool sexy going on. Long hair or short, Jake is sexy – and when he pushes that sweaty hair back and does his thing… he nails it!

Andrew Hyatt

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Andrew Hyatt Andrew Hyatt in the shower - Side Effects Tour - OshawaAndrew Hyatt loves to work with his hands, he’s got a great beard, and this newly minted top 10 charting rising country star from Sudbury is picking up new crushes in every city he visits.

New Music Spotlight: Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson, and St. Vincent

Festival Season has been amazing and all encompassing. Because of that, It’s been a while since our last New Music Spotlight. We’re very happy to be back and this time we’re bringing you new music from Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson and St. Vincent.

Give them a listen and let us know what you think.

Let’s do this!

The Music

The Music

Artist: Chris Lane
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
Genre: Country Rock/Pop
Related Artists: Chase RiceTucker BeathardChase Bryant
Album: Girl Problems (Acoustic)
Notes: We’re loving the idea of a full album acoustic release.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Freedom Baby
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Ork Pop
Related Artists: IndulgeFresh Air
Single: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Notes: – Soothing pop songs from a Toronto boyfriend/girlfriend duo.

Links: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / SoundCloud

Artist: The Jessica Stuart Few
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: folk jazz
Related Artists: Katie WildeClaire Fowler
Single: Same Girl

Notes: The stop-motion music video was shot all over Toronto, featuring over 400 urban art pieces by local artists.
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Spidey Jackson
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rap / Hip Hop
Inspired by: Tupac, ScHoolboy Q, Flatbush Zombies with a unique sound blending old school and new.
Single: They Say

Notes: Toronto views, interesting lyrics and storytelling, great hooks, tempo and rhythm.
Links: Facebook / Instagram / SoundCloud

Artist: St. Vincent
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Indie Rock
Related Artists:Fiona Apple, Broken Social Scene
Single: New York
Notes: St. Vincent is always interesting. New York features Annie Clark up front and a little surreal.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016

When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 based on how much he’d already listened to said albums.

I thought, hmm let me start putting together my list and see if this is true for me. Turns out, yep it is. While I’m always open to new music and I’m hoping amazing albums come out between now and the end of the year, my list is pretty much set too.

So here, in the order that they came into my head, is my list of the 10 Most Listened to albums of 2016

aussie-flag Mabel: Rachel (2015)

Most played track: My Way

We first caught up with the boys from Mabel during Canadian Music Week. They were so much fun to chat with and their set was energetic and fresh. I love their sound which reminds me of late 50’s rock with catchy lyrics and when Mikey roars, oh, be still my heart.


aussie-flag Paul Cowderoy: Wet Hessian Bag (2015)

Most played track: Gimme That

If fate had a different plan I would have met Paul Cowderoy this summer. There was  a plan for the Australian country singer to do a club tour here in Canada and Toronto was on his list. There were other things in the cards for Paul. A car accident put this guy on pause for a time. But he’s back putting out new music and I’m hoping he’ll be coming to Canada soon. This album was in my car for the first six months of the year and I made everyone who got into the car listen to it.

american-flag-emoji Chris Lane : Girl Problems (2016)

Most played track: Maybe

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Chris Lane this summer and one of the things we do going into interviews is our research. I was happy to listen to Chris Lane’s Girl Problems over and over. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.

canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

This is the only album that appears on both of our lists. I love this album. It makes me want to sing and dance, it makes me feel happy. That’s a winner in my book, every day. I had the pleasure of seeing Arkells perform at both WayHome and at an awesome The Edge Sugar Beach Session.  These guys really know how to entertain a crowd.arkells-morning-report-album-cover
canadian-flag-emoji Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (2016)
Most played track: Mercy

This might surprise you but I love Shawn Mendes. True story. I first saw Shawn Mendes when he opened for Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour. This young Canadian singer/songwriter has blown up and I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve played this album every day since it came out. 
canadian-flag-emojiJuly Talk – Touch (2016)

Most played track: Picturing Love

I come to the July Talk party a little late. I didn’t know! I caught the band at one of The Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions and was blown away. This is an album that I put on and play front to back, no skips. It’s moody, it’s fun, it’s playful and it feels kinda dangerous. I love this album.
american-flag-emoji Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (2016)

Most played song: untitled 08 | 09.06.2014

I wasn’t expecting this and was thrilled when it came out. After seeing Kendrick Lamar at WayHome in 2015 I started listening to everything Kendrick. The music, the lyrics, it sucks me in and it’s perfect.kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-cover-art

canadian-flag-emoji Jessica Mitchell: Hold Onto The Light

Most played song: Grown Up Things

I’ve been to quite a few of Jessica Mitchell‘s shows and she never disappoints. This is another album that I listen to every day. The timbre of Jessica’s voice is exquisite, I feel everything she sings, I believe her and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. 

aussie-flag The Lazys: The Lazys (2015)

Most played song: Shake It Like You Mean It

The Lazys, in three words energetic, enthusiastic, and enchanting. This amazing band from Australia has put together the perfect storm of rock and roll and luckily for us they love Canada. The boys tour and record here regularly and I’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping for a move to Canada.

aussie-flag The Dead Love: So Whatever (2016)

Most played song: Wastelands

I first met The Dead Love during Canadian Music Week‘s  Aussie BBQ. They have a great energy, it’s rock and roll, it’s alternative and punky, it’s grungy, and they can slow things down and keep your attention. They bring together technically great musicianship and compelling vocals. They sing about love but not the sweet kind, summer and living in a wasteland. Check it out!

With the amount of music I listen to, ten is a tough number. I’m going to cheat a little, I’ve added an additional five here as honourable mentions. Four out of five are Canadian.

canadian-flag-emojiThe Dead South: Good Company
The Dead South Good Company







Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth
Birds of Bellwoods The Fifth






canadian-flag-emojiCrown Lands: Mantra
Crown Lands Mantra






england-flagPink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here






canadian-flag-emojiThe Tragically Hip: Fully Completely

The Tragically Hip Fully Completely

1 year ago

Girl Problems: Chris Lane Q&A

I’ve been listening to Chris Lane‘s Girl Problems and while it’s definitely a country album, it’s also so much more. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, add some amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly. Fix has been a big success for the singer-songwriter and his latest single, For Her, is going to make you fall in love with Chris if you haven’t already.
Chris Lane Sugar BeachThe North Carolina-born singer has been out on tour with the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert and Kelsea Ballerini and he’s bound for stardom. Already breaking records (most first week single adds from a debut male artist) he’s one we should all be watching.

On Monday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Lane in person. It was a beautiful warm sunny Toronto afternoon and our meeting was at Sugar Beach, it’s a tough gig but somebody’s gotta do it. Chris and I sat in Muskoka chairs and talked about music, the CCMA Awards, baseball, football and more.
Chris Lane Sugar Beach We knew Chris had played some ball in high school so I started there and asked him if he still followed the season. It was no surprise to us when Chris let us know he grew up a Braves fan, Atlanta is the closest MLB team to North Carolina. With a little laugh, he admitted they didn’t have a lot to cheer for this year. Chris also let us know he hadn’t been following the season as closely this year as he had in the past and that football is really where his heart is. He’s a die-hard Carolina Panthers fan and he never misses a game. We asked Chris if he had a prediction for us and he said he really hopes that the Panthers can make it back to the Super Bowl this year.

Switching gears I asked Chris about how the success of the single Fix has changed his life. He talked about how cool it is that the size of the crowds are growing and that people are singing along to his songs. He’s very excited and can’t imagine that ever getting old. I asked Chris how it felt the first time that happened and his response, “It was amazing, amazing and I just happened to capture it on film too. So I can go back and watch it and recapture that moment.”

I threw in one of our 5 Quick Questions for Chris and asked him what the first song he knew all the words to and could sing along with the radio when he was a kid? Without missing a beat Chris answered Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus, we loved that song too.

We talked briefly about Chris’ visit to the Canadian Country Music Awards Show and asked him if he’d seen anyone he might want to collaborate with. Chris had been impressed by Madeline Merlo’s performance and he mentioned that she wasn’t too bad to look at either. We feel the same way!

I asked Chris about a release date for the full video of For Her and he let us know that a real video has been filmed and it should be out in October. He teased us that the concept is really cool and that it turned out really well but we couldn’t get any hints out of him. We’ll be watching for that one. *EDIT* Chris’ video is out now, you can see it here!

One of our favourite questions to ask is about music an artist is listening to that we should maybe be paying attention to. Chris jokingly answered Back Street Boys and we think maybe he’s been spending too much time with Florida Georgia Line. He went on to say he’s listening to all kinds of things but didn’t think everyone wasn’t already listening too.

Thanks to Chris for taking the time out of a very busy schedule to talk to us. He’s out on the road and you can find his tour dates here. Chris is running a contest right now and you can enter here, the prize is a skype session or phone call with Chris.

Find Chris Lane online at the following locations!

Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram || YouTube || Spotify

1 year ago

Trackside Music Festival: Day 2 Photo Review

As the weather heated up so did the acts for day 2 at Trackside Music Festival in London, ON!

The day 2 schedule brought Steven Lee Olsen, Nashville’s Chris Lane, The talented Cole Swindell and of course FGL (Florida Georgia Line) to the main stage. FGL turned it up a notch or two as they said “Canada we’re here to keep the party going!” and all 12 thousand plus fans jumped up and were on their feet with their beverages held high.

As a 1st year festival, Trackside has both shown that they know how to throw a party, and that there’s room to grow. We’ll see you all next year!

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2 years ago

CMW 2016: Country Music Friday with Cold Creek County, Chris Lane, River Town Saints, Petric & Domino

If you judge a party by how hot and sweaty and packed and fun… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was a banger.

If you judge a concert by a talented lineup and tight musicianship and engagement and great music… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was top notch.

As Canadian Music Week 2016 moved into the weekend we headed to Queen Street East for a country music showcase that featured some sweet tunes from Canadian artists + a special performance by an up and coming American that the crowd was certainly happy to see up on the stage.

We were there, in the hot, sweaty, awesome, party… so let’s get to it!

Boots & Bourbon CMW 2016 Lineup, Friday May, 6

✮ Petric
✮ Domino
✮ River Town Saints
✮ Chris Lane
✮ Cold Creek County

Let’s start at the start… Petric had the “open the show and start the party” slot on Friday, and they didn’t shy away from it. The brothers from Winnipeg were playing their first true Toronto show, and they invited the crowd to come up and enjoy it right from the front of the stage.

With an extra guitar playing with them, Petric treated the early party goers to an acoustic set that included Band of Brothers, It Girl, Let The World Roll By, Payphone (Maroon 5), If I Was Your Man, Somebody Somewhere (Dallas Smith), and Here Goes Everything… and more.

The set was a great way to start the night, and as a quick point – the way Jason and Tom Petric sing together is enough to make anyone think maybe they should sing more with their siblings… until we remember that we don’t sound that good at all.

Check out It Girl from Friday night and more photos at the bottom of the post.

2nd on the Boots & Bourbon stage was Domino, the 2015 Alberta Country Music Association’s Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice Award Winners.

The quartet started their set with a pretty awesome rendition of Alabama’s Mountain Music, and that was all the crowd needed to get up to the stage and into the show. Domino continued their set with sweet harmonies, tight play, and some really good country music. It’s easy to see why they’re so loved back home!

Tracks like One More Kiss, We Were Right (at country radio now), Big Blue Sky, and even a cover of Little Big Town’s Day Drinkin’ were a fantastic way to keep the party going as the sun went down outside on a Friday night in Toronto.

Well done y’all!

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The middle slot in the night went to a Boots & Bourbon CMW repeat performer. We saw River Town Saints play B&B last May with Kira Isabella, and we were pretty darn happy to see them back again this year.

The 5 dudes from RTS took the stage and brought the crowd even closer to the stage (this is when it started to get real hot and sweaty and amped up) for their set. They kicked things off with huge energy for Don’t Stop and didn’t let down for a minute til they left the stage.

Note: Our new photographer Ray Williams sent me a text confirming that this was the best set he’s ever seen River Town Saints play.

The rest of the set was a ton of fun with performances of I Like It Like That, Cherry Bomb (new single at radio now), A Little Bit Goes A Long Way, Hungover It, a cover of Eric Church’s Drink In My Hand, and a killer medley that included Dust On The Bottle, Sun Daze, The Lazy Song, Party Up (Up In Here), Thrift Shop, and Pour Some Sugar On Me… it was awesome, got a HUGE pop from the crowd, and they deserved it.

Atta be boys!


In the 11pm slot, all the way from Kernsville, North Carolina was Chris Lane!

The American singer took the stage to a great crowd response and dove into a set that kept the party turned all the way up, and the temperature rising. Things started with Broken Windshield View and was on fire from there…

The band brought a ton of sound to the room, and had feet moving, heads nodding, voices screaming, and the energy level all the way to the top!

Lane also gave us a sweet medley that included Use Your Love, Locked Out Of Heaven, Don’t Stop Believin’, Rock and Roll All Nite, Firework & Wrecking Ball… and then added his own tracks like Her Own Kind Of Beautiful, Let Me Love You, For Her, and his track currently featured in Toronto Blue Jays TV ads, Fix.

This is a dude with a big future ahead of him, and in my opinion, he’s a guy that would look good on a tour with Thomas Rhett.

Keep an eye on Chris Lane!
Chris Lane CMW 2016 Boots and Bourbon

Last in our night of awesome country music for Canadian Music Week at Boots & Bourbon was Cold Creek County!

It was easy to see that a lot of fans were in the building for the breakthrough group of small town Ontario boys, and it was even easier to see that their goal from the very start of the set was to give them everything they had to give.

Cold Creek County fills the stage with musicians, and fills the venue with sound, and nobody complains when they do it. With tracks like Our Town, Till The Wheels Come Off, and summer anthem (book it, you’re going to hear this one a lot) Beer Weather… plus a sweet cover of Fat Bottomed Girls and more, these 6 dudes came to party, and that mission was accomplished.

Not a fan in front of the stage was dry or standing still as CCC worked through their set and showed everyone why they won Best New Country Group or Solo Act at the Canadian Radio Music Awards earlier in the day.

Congratulations boys, you earned it!


More photos from CMW Friday at Boots & Bourbon

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Chris Lane

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Cold Creek County

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2 years ago
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