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CMT Canada: Thanks for the Memories

When I was a teen I used to turn on CMT Canada to watch videos by Shania Twain, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, and other Canadian country artists who were making their name in the business. I learned the songs, the names, and the faces of the genre, and I became more entrenched in my fandom.

Over the years, with the advent of the internet and platforms like YouTube, Vevo, and Facebook, music videos in all genres have been consumed online at a much higher rate than they’ve been consumed on TV. We all know this, we watch new videos premiering on websites (CMT included) and share links with our friends so they can watch them too.

However, CMT Canada continued to show country music videos, by homegrown artists and the biggest American stars, in blocks of programming, and on the CMT Top 20 Countdown with hosts Casey Clark and then Paul McGuire. And behind the scenes, CMT Canada contributed valuable monetary support to aid in the production of music videos by Canadian country artists.

Paul McGuire with Madeline Merlo, Canadian Country Music Week 2016

And now, it’s all changing. And we’re sad. Corus Entertainment and CMT Canada have announced that as of August 27, 2017, country music videos will no longer be included in the network’s programming. None.

As country music fans, we’re sad that the artists we admire and root for won’t have a nationally broadcasted outlet for their music videos. We’re sad to see the end of the CMT Top 20 Countdown. And we’re sad that we won’t discover any new country artists through CMT.

On a more personal note, we’re sad for the people we’ve come to know and work with from CMT. We have always had a good relationship with the staff at the network, and we hope for nothing but the biggest success for them moving forward.

Some outlets may see this as a void that needs to be filled, but they can’t replace a television network. Yes, there may be new content opportunities for online entities, but all of us would be foolish to think that we can replace the former industry giant.

In an email response to a comment request from fyimusicnews.com, MDM Recordings President, Mike Denney said, “I am sad and disappointed that the one and only dedicated national Country Music broadcast partner we had supporting Canadian Country talent is now gone. What is even more upsetting to me is that this is happening while the Country Music genre is enjoying the most broad-based interest and success we have ever seen.”

Denney’s right. The talent and momentum of Canadian Country Musicians right now is the best it’s been in a long, long time. We’ve seen successes like Dallas Smith and his four #1 hits, James Barker Band rocketing to the top of the charts, and a loaded crop of female stars including Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, Jessica Mitchell, Kira Isabella, and more. And now, their biggest partner/ally/supporter on television is pulling the plug on their relationship.

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Kira Isabella at CMT Music Fest, 2016

CMT will still be required to contribute to the production of music videos in Canada… but they will no longer be restricted to country music videos. And with all of the other changes the network has been permitted to make through the CRTC, we won’t be surprised when that funding stops flowing as well.

This won’t sink country music in Canada. It won’t prevent new stars from being discovered or even new music videos from being produced. But this is a sad announcement for the Canadian country music community.

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On Me: Andrew Hyatt Video Release

Hot on the heels of his Iron & Ashes album release, the critical and fan acclaim for the heartbreaking track, She Ain’t You, and two successful sets during Canadian Music Week, Andrew Hyatt has a brand new song for you to hear, and a video for you to watch.

Related: Iron & Ashes: Andrew Hyatt Album Review and Q&A

Hit play now and watch Hyatt’s new video for On Me. The video features scenes from the capital of country music, Nashville, the studio during recording, the stage of The Phoenix concert theatre during his soundcheck and show opening for Drake White & The Big Fire during CMW 2017, and more.

Related: CMW 2017: Livin’ The Dream with Drake White, Alee, Andrew Hyatt and Friends

And if you haven’t yet seen them, check out these CMT One Shot videos for She Ain’t You and We Only Kiss On Sundays.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more from the pride of the Nickel City, Andrew Hyatt.

 

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Something To Believe In: JJ Shiplett Album Review

In July 2016, JJ Shiplett released The EP, featuring four songs that instantly captured us and landed in our personal high rotation. And now, six month later, JJ has 11 tracks packaged together on his debut full-length album, Something To Believe In.

And at the risk of being corny, JJ’s sound is certainly something to believe in. Besides listening to Something To Believe In, Higher Ground, Always For You, and Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight throughout the second half of last year, we also saw Mr. Shiplett live three time in the year. In May, at Canadian Music Week, and in late November on his tour (Trish saw him in Toronto and I saw him in Oshawa) we were entertained and pulled into the songs, the sound, and the personality of this red headed Canadian singer and songwriter.

JJ’s music isn’t the traditional country that you’re used to hearing on the radio (on iTunes The EP is listed as Rock, but he’s a CMT Canada fav). But it certainly deserves to be played from coast-to-coast. What he brings to the table is a rootsy, country/rock/folk vibe that offers itself to a singalong  either around a campfire, or with all of the energy that a packed Dakota Tavern can muster. Trust us on that last one, we’ve seen it and been part of it ourselves.

Related: 5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett

On the Something To Believe In album (recorded in Toronto and Nashville), JJ Shiplett offers that melded and welcoming vibe from start to finish. Like any good album that grabs us, it moves from one place to the next, offering tracks that will pull you in and connect on a “grab you by the feels” level (Always For You, Sorrow) as well as songs that give you a chance to tap your toes and have a little dance (Am I Dear, Seeking Shelter).

And, if you’re looking for a little honky tonkin’ vibe that you can share with your wicked cool grandparents that hit the hottest barn parties back in the day, we highly encourage you to turn on Higher Ground and turn it up.

For all of the things that we can say about this album, song by song, here’s the meat and potatoes of it: Something To Believe In is an album that is going to end up on our playlists for all 12 months of 2017. The songs that Shiplett has written and presented on this album connect, entertain, and we like it. 

We’ve called him Canada’s most talented redhead. We’ve seen him live and binged his recordings. We’ve sat and talked to him on sunny roof top patios and in sports bar booths. And after the hangouts, live shows, and listening sessions, here’s what we’ll tell you – JJ Shiplett is the real deal and you should be preparing yourself to hear his name and his voice for years to come.

And when you have the chance, and we hope you will, get a ticket and see the live show. Because whether he’s opening for someone like Johnny Reid or playing his own tour with openers like Johnson Crook, JJ Shiplett is going to give you something to believe in.

JJ Shiplett’s Something To Believe In Tracklist

  1. Something To Believe In
  2. Sorrow
  3. Higher Ground
  4. Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight
  5. Waters
  6. Oh No Girl
  7. Seeking Shelter
  8. Loaded Like A Freight Train
  9. Am I Dear
  10. House On A River
  11. 11. Always For You

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CMT Music Fest Day-to-Day Schedule and Set Times

Set times are now up for CMT Music Fest and it’s looking like there shouldn’t be too much overlap and that’s good news for all of us.

If you’re looking for more details you can hop on over to the CMT Music Fest page using THIS LINK. They’ve got some great artist profiles up if you’re looking for more details.

Friday, July 8

eric church fb cmtMaple Leaf Stage

Eric Ethridge: 4:30
Ben Hudson: 5:15
James Barker Band: 6:00
Andrew Hyatt: 7:00
Lindi Ortega: 8:00

Main Stage

Kansas Stone: 4:40
Meghan Patrick: 5:35
Brothers Osborne: 6:35
Kip Moore: 7:55
Eric Church: 9:15

Saturday, July 9

Zac Brown Band CMT Music Fest 2016Maple Leaf Stage

Them Dang Rattlers: 3:00
Leah Daniels: 4:00
The Washboard Union: 5:15
Cold Creek County: 6:40

Main Stage

Drake White and The Big Fire: 2:50
Kira Isabella: 4:10
The Road Hammers: 5:30
Tom Cochrane with Red Rider: 6:50
Zac Brown Band: 8:35

A few quicks facts you might want to know:

Where is Bingemans located?
Bingemans, located at
425 Bingemans Centre Drive,
Kitchener, ON
N2B 3X7

What are the festival hours?
Friday, July 8 – 4:00pm until 11:00pm
Saturday, July 9 – 2:00pm until 11:00pm

Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both the venue and activities are wheelchair accessible.

Is there parking on site?
There is no parking available onsite at Bingemans. There will be a drop-off zone and there is an offsite parking lot with shuttle services check out this link for all the details!

Is there camping?
There is camping for campers who are 19+, check out the camping link for all the details.

Is the event family friendly?
Children are welcome at the festival but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Note camping is only available for 19+.

The CMT Music Fest has a complete FAQ if we haven’t answered your question yet!

We’re getting very, very excited and can’t wait to see you there!

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Are Y’all Ready? CMT Music Fest 2016 Announced!

Well, well, well… it looks like there’s a new player on the Ontario country music festival scene in 2016, and it’s none other than CMT.

So many of us have spent hours and hours and hours watching CMT for country music videos – and now that same team will be bringing live music to Bingemans grounds in Kitchener, Ontario. And they are bringing out some big guns to play July 8 and 9, 2016!

Here are the first 10 acts announced… with a promise from cmtmusicfest.ca that more names are coming and that we won’t be disappointed!

CMT Music Fest 2016 Artists!

Eric Church

Mr. Misunderstood himself has been tapped to headline CMT Music Fest, and it’s a great choice. We saw Church last summer at Boots & Hearts and he absolutely killed it. Ask around, many of the 40,000 in attendance will tell you that he was their highlight of the weekend.

Eric Church Boots and Hearts 2015

Zac Brown Band

One of Nashville’s biggest acts (and still one we haven’t seen live) Zac Brown and his boys look like a ton of fun when they play live. Have a look through YouTube and you’ll find awesome performances, including covers of Metallica and Rage Against The Machine.

Zac Brown Band CMT Music Fest 2016

Andrew Hyatt

From the Nickel mines in Sudbury to country music stages across Canada, Hyatt’s story is pure country music at its best. CMT Music Fest 2016 is going to be an awesome chance for Andrew to show fans what he’s got and why he belongs with the rest of the names on this list!

BSOMF Andrew Hyatt Burlington Sound of Music Festival

Cold Creek County

We just shouted them out in our Country Music Youth Movement post, and they’re another solid choice for Music Fest 2016. We’ve saw them live twice in 2015, and they’re poised to have a great year coming up…

Cold Creek County CNE 2015

Kira Isabella

Another young star in Canadian country music, Isabella has grown as a performer every time we’ve seen her over the last few years… and if that pattern holds (which we think it will) the fans in Kitchener are going to love her set.

Kira Isabella 2014 CNE Header

Leah Daniels

Yet another name from our Youth Movement piece, Leah continues to work hard and impress every time we see her. We just had a short conversation with Ms. Daniels last week and we won’t spoil any surprises – but we can tell you that a new single and video are coming soon, and you’re gonna love them.

Steak Stock 2015 Leah Daniels Go Back

Lindi Ortega

Lindi is blowing up south of the border, and her rootsy style of country music is going to be a great add to the acts on this bill. With fans like Willie Nelson in her corner, Lindi is only going to get more and more popular very soon!

Lindi Ortega, The Rivoli Toronto

Meghan Patrick

One of our fav Ontario locals, Meghan Patrick is “this close” to blowing you all away. Her debut single and album are on the way in spring 2016, and after seeing her with her old band, solo acoustic, and killing it at her CMW 2015 showcase, we firmly believe that a star will be born. Be ready for it!

Meghan Patrick Guitar

The Road Hammers

What is there to say about these guys? The Road Hammers are fixtures in the Canadian country music community, and having them at a 1st year festival is a fantastic idea. The showmanship, musicianship, and love for their fans that these 3 dudes exhibit is top notch. Plus, Jason, Clay, and Chris are solid people.

The Road Hammers Boots and Hearts 2015

The Washboard Union

Former winners of the British Columbia Country Music Association Roots Artist of the Year award, these 3 dudes put in work when it comes to their craft – and they have a lot of fun at the same time. It’s a combination of dedication and passion that has them on this list of 10 country acts for CMT Music Fest 2016!

David Robertson The Washboard Union

Tickets for CMT Music Fest 2016 go on sale thus Friday, February 5 at 10am EST… just click this link, bookmark it, or keep it open, or whatever you’ve gotta do, and be ready -> http://cmtmusicfest.com/tickets/

Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario

Bingemans Kitchener Ontario Map

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It Girl: Petric Arrives with New EP

Manitoba brothers Jason and Tom Petric have been on a pretty wild ride for the last few months. Their debut single Here Goes Everything announced their arrival to Canadian country music fans, and now they’re making themselves even more known with the release of their new EP, It Girl.

Petric It Girl EP CoverThe boys spent a couple days in Toronto this week to celebrate the release, visit with radio stations, CMT, and other media outlets – and we had a chance to catch up with them down at Sugar Beach to ask some questions and see how things are going for this lifelong duo on the rise.

We asked about Steelhead Music and their support of the release of It Girl and the guys were quick to shout out the team behind them. Dallas (Smith, you know the guy that sings all of those hits on country radio) and Charlotte (PR pro and all around great person) got special billing, but it’s easy to see that there’s a great support system for this music – and that has to be a great help for the boys.

Back in June we did a little email Q&A with Jason and Tom and they told us they were in the studio finishing the music that has turned into this EP. We asked how it feels to have it out and available to the world.

Petric-4265It’s a cool feeling, we learned. To see all of their hard work in the studio realized with the release of these 6 songs. It’s just the tip of the iceberg, the start of achieving everything they’ve been working for.

We also asked the boys about social media and how important it is to them. They told us that they were responsible for nearly everything that goes public, and that Jason runs that ship. In his words… “It’s fun it’s always changing. I love watching how it evolves for us and for others at the same time. It’s great to get everything that we’re doing out there, for people to share, to like. This past year has been really good to see that grow for us.” They have a great team behind them helping. It helps them stay connected to their fans.

In June we learned that Jason and Tom both played hockey growing up, and they helped us out with our NHL preview post – so we had to ask if they’ve caught any Jets games at the MTS Centre this season. The answer, not yet. But we have a feeling they’ll be able to make that happen before the end of the season.

A photo posted by Petric (@petricmusic) on

We also asked about the Blue Jays, and while the brothers told us that they aren’t huge fans (they admitted to being likely to have hockey highlights on during the game) they are excited for Torontonians. AND while we were sitting with them they did buy a pair of tickets to see their first ever Blue Jays game. Yup, ALCS game 5 at the Rogers Centre. Not bad.

Side note: As the Petric boys travel the country playing and writing and recording, it’s still a family affair. Mama Petric handles the hotel room booking while her sons are on the road. And we think that’s pretty cool. Good job mom!

The duo also told us how grateful they are to be able to get up on stage and play their music for fans. They can clearly remember nights when the seats were empty, and those memories help to remind them not to take an audience for granted. Big or small, they’ll play for them all… and we’re pretty sure they’re not going to have to worry about small too much moving forward.

Petric Sugar Beach wm-Before we let the boys get on with their day – and to the ballpark, we asked what the 6 songs on It Girl meant to them as artists and performers.

They told us that they are proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish so far as a duo. That it represents a lot of hard work, and this chapter in each of their lives.

And, they hope that everyone has a chance to listen and to enjoy it as much as they enjoyed making it!

Big thanks again to Jason and Tom for hanging out. These guys are awesome.

And if you want to learn more about them, check out these fine online locations…

Website: petricmusic.com
Facebook: petricmusic
Twitter: @petricmusic
Instagram: @petricmusic
YouTube: Petric Music
iTunes: Petric

Petric: It Girl (Global TV)

Petric: Here Goes Everything

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Pistology: Small Town Pistols Album Review

Small Town Pistols Red Carpet CMAO Awards 2015-3686Fresh off 3 wins at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards it would be easy to say that Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson are hotter than a two dollar pistol…

With I Only Smoke When I Drink becoming a favourite with fans and the country music community (wins for Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Songwriters of the Year at the CMAOs did a good job of proving that) and a 2014 CCMA Award for Group or Duo of the Year, there has been some healthy anticipation for the new album from the Small Town Pistols.

And now the wait is finally over! On May 26th the world was introduced to Pistology, the duo’s 2nd full length album since coming back together to make country music.

I Only Smoke When I Drink felt like an outlier when we first heard it. Something different than what we heard with Colour Blind, or Amanda and Tyler’s work as The Wilkinsons. But that’s not the case. This is the not an exception, it’s the new rule. Pistology introduces us to a new sound from the duo. New songs that tell stories, feature both of the artists’ voices, and feel like they’re the result of a new creative freedom and confidence from a pair of singers and songwriters who have been doing this for more than half their lives.

The 2nd single from Pistology, Can’t Wait To Meet You, is currently climbing the Canadian Country Charts, and the video is making the rounds online and on CMT. Watch it at the bottom of this post if you haven’t seen it yet.

This is a strong album full of songs that will play well live as well as in a playlist.

Pistology Track List

Small Town Pistols Pistology Album Cover

  1. Jester In A Crown
  2. My Family
  3. Ghost
  4. Can’t Wait To Meet You
  5. Be Your Own Song
  6. Slow Down
  7. Weather The Storm
  8. I Only Smoke When I Drink
  9. Glass Heart
  10. I’ll Remember
  11. The Other Man (feat. Brett Kissel)

Since we’re sometimes in the business of making predictions and guesses about things, I’m going to go ahead and pick Be Your Own Song and The Other Man as potential 3rd and 4th singles from Pistology.

It’s not that all 11 tracks aren’t strong, we already said they are (and we believe it), but sometimes you have to get picky. And my gut tells me that the over/under for singles from this record should be set as 5. And if you twisted my arm and made me pick the 5th single, I’d pick My Family.

Right or wrong though, we’re excited to hear a bunch of these songs live at Boots & Hearts this summer when Amanda and Tyler bring their talent to the stage in Burl’s Creek. We’ve been waiting since year 1 to see Small Town Pistols in the lineup, and you can bet that we’re not going to miss it.

The Takeaway

Small Town Pistols Performance CMAO Awards 2015-3889Pistology sounds like the continuation of growth in Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson. They’ve come a long way from 26 Cents and Jimmy’s Got A Girlfriend – and while we hope they still love those songs as much as we do – this is the new normal. This is the Small Town Pistols sound right now. And they haven’t missed a beat.

Good on ’em. We’re in.

Grab Pistology on iTunes today – and check them out all over the internet at these fine locations…

Website: www.smalltownpistols.ca
Facebook: SmallTownPistols
Twitter: SmTownPistols
Instagram: SmallTownPistols
YouTube: SmallTownPistols

Small Town Pistols – Can’t Wait To Meet You

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Boots & Hearts 2014 Full Lineup & Schedule

Boots and Hearts 2014 39 Day Countdown HeaderHere we are, 39 days out from the start of Boots & Hearts 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

And now, finally, after much guess work and waiting, we have the FULL LINEUP & SCHEDULE!

Before we get into the specifics, my early picks for sets not to miss, and other such informations… let’s break down to acts a little.

Male Artists – 17
Female Artists – 5
Duos & Groups – 9
Duos & Groups with Female Singers – 3
Total Acts – 31

Note: There are other acts like Marshall Dane who have added Boots & Hearts to their schedule, but are not listed online. Perhaps there will be other female acts on that secondary list.

If you remember a few months ago, when only a few acts had been announced for Boots & Hearts 2014, we started asking, “where are all the women?” – and to be honest, we’re still kind of wondering. A total of 8 acts will take the stage with a female presence out of 31 total acts. That’s less than a third, and while I know that country is male heavy right now and ‘Bro Country’ is the in thing, it would be nice to see more women at the festival.

Boots and Hearts 2014 Female Performers

SETS NOT TO MISS!

Here’s a look at my early picks for sets that are going to be awesome and I don’t want to miss. You can either agree or disagree – and I invite you to talk me into your picks between now and the end of July!

Hunter Hayes – My pick to be this year’s “He Just Stole The Show Award” that went to Dierks Bentley in 2013.

Jess Moskaluke – It’s true that I’m bias when it comes to Jess because we did the interview a little while ago. But as .

” href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5kAx7AfloI” target=”_blank”>Cheap Wine & Cigarettes climbing the CMT charts and her music make its way to more and more country fans, I have a good feeling about what Ms. Moskaluke is going to bring to her set.

Dallas Smith – Rannie and I saw Dallas play an afternoon slot at Boots & Hearts 2012 and since then his country music career has taken off. I’m excited for him to have a full set that the crowd will be able to sing along to.

Paul Brandt – A legend in Canadian Country music, I’ve been listening to Brandt’s hits since the mid-90’s and can’t wait to see him live again. Another returnee from B&H 2012, country fans won’t want to miss this one.

Sawyer Brown – One of the best country groups of the 90’s I can’t wait to hear the hits that I loved as a kid. If they play The Race Is On, Some Girls Do, Six Days On The Road, and Drive Me Wild – I will be a happy boy.

One More Girl – I’m quickly becoming a big fan of these 2 ladies and the music that they make. From their cover of Love Like Mine from Nashville, to their latest offering Drunk Heart, I’m in and look forward to the set that the McKillip sisters put on.

Blake Shelton – I’m not sure I need to explain why I think Blake is a can’t miss set at Boots & Hearts 2014, but here we go. Blake’s hits stretch back to Austin in 2001 and in the 13 years since then he has more songs that I know the words to than I can think of at any given time. He’s also funny and kind of an ass, which I’m sure will come through in his stage show.

Luke Bryan – “When I grow up I want to be Luke Bryan.” that’s an actual thing that I’ve tweeted. He’s handsome, funny, charming and sings hit country songs that feel like a party or the most intense feelings in the world, depending on the track. The chance to see him put a show together that can’t possibly include everything, but also can’t miss the mark is one I look forward to taking advantage of.

FULL SCHEDULE

Boots and Hearts 2014 Full ScheduleSee the official schedule and lineup at bootsandhearts.com/lineup/schedule/

PERFORMANCE I DON’T WANT TO MISS
The Road Hammers Boots and Hearts 2014If there is 1 song, 1 moment, 1 anything that I don’t want to miss at Boots & Hearts 2014 it is the possibility that The Road Hammers will play Born Again In Dixieland.

Recorded and released in 1997, Canadian Country fans love this track more and more every year. I’m not sure how to explain it. I don’t know if Jason McCoy loves that it’s still the song people want to hear most. But I can tell you that seeing them play it on a cold Ottawa night in 2008 was a live music highlight in my books and I sincerely hope they do it again for me on Friday August 1, 2014.

Stay tuned for more Boots & Hearts updates as we get closer and closer to the end of July.

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Hey Toronto, It’s Time To Cowboy Up!

Rock N Horse SignThere’s a new place to wear your hat and boots downtown with the launch of the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon at 250 Adelaide St. West.

Wednesday night I went to check out the private launch party (Thank you Liz & Strut Entertainment for the invite) and get a look at the newest country getaway in the city.

Note: At the exact same time I had friends checking out the preview party at Boots & Bourbon in Riverside and they made it clear that I need to get east of Yonge to check it out too.

As a country boy and a country music fan I was excited and sceptical going in. It didn’t take long for me to lose the scepticism.

When we checked in I could hear the music coming from upstairs and the night started with Luke Bryan (can’t wait to see him at Boots & Hearts 2014). From there the DJ did a great job all night long. At a country bar in downtown Toronto it took 2 and a half hours before Taylor Swift came through the speakers. That’s not a bad thing at a country bar! As much as I love T. Swift, she’s not the be all and end all of country music.

Rock N Horse Elvis Pinball and 8 SecondsIt was also awesome to see 8 Seconds (1994, Luke Perry as Lane Frost) and sports playing on the TVs in the joint. I’ve already got a list of cowboy movies in my head that I would love to see playing when I walk in again.

And oh ya, there’s an Elvis pinball machine against the wall, just past the pool table with a brand new red felt. not too shabby.

Rock N Horse Saddle StoolsOutside of the obvious “every country bar ever” decor, there are also some other special tidbits like the bar stools with saddles for seats and the mechanical bull and inflatable ring set up in the far corner of the bar.

I didn’t ride the bull last night. I thought about it. But I didn’t do it. I regret it a little bit, but I’m sure that I’ll get another chance some day.

The night was hosted by CMT Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown‘s Paul McGuire who was good on the mic. Made some semi-adult jokes while one of the Spurlesque (the country dancer girls) ladies rode the bull and he did a great job handing out trivia questions and prizes throughout the evening.

He also made sure to point out the fact that Gord Bamford and Kira Isabella showed up to say hi and have a drink. The DJ noticed too and played Bamford’s Is It Friday Yet? as soon as he got in the door.

Back to the trivia, the 1st question of the night was “Who Wrote Wagon Wheel?” and I totally knew the answer. But some other dude got it first and my hand in the air got me nothing. BUT, Paul McGuire saw my hand in the air and called me out in front of the entire bar to tell me that I was going to get the 1st crack at the next question…

Rock N Horse Prize PackMy question, “Name 3 Dolly Parton Songs”. Now, I love country music, that’s an established fact. And I LOVE Dolly. But I don’t love being caught off guard in a crowd of strangers. So, I immediately spit out I Will Always Love You and 9 To 5 – but then I went quiet and couldn’t come up with number 3. However, I was saved by the crowd which included the adorable Kira Isabella yelling

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The answer made me a winner of a prize pack that included Miranda Lambert‘s Four The Record, The Pistol Annies’ Annie Up, Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party and Country Heat 2014. But that’s not all. I also got a Jabra Soulmate Mini bluetooth speaker that will work with my phone or laptop or whatever I want it to. Not a bad prize. And thanks to Kira for the help.

Note: Bob Dylan wrote Wagon Wheel. I had the right answer.

Rock N Horse Rye and CokeHere’s the final skinny: the drinks were strong (rye and diet for me), the food was tasty (try the Pulled Pork Sliders and Jalapeño Bacon Corn Bread), the music was good, the bull looks fun, the staff were friendly and cute, the decor isn’t too cheesy and I enjoyed myself. I look forward to going back soon (maybe Friday) to see what it’s like with the public.

I do wonder what the pricing is going to look like for drinks and food since it was an open bar event on Wednesday. Remember that this is a downtown, Entertainment District bar. But overall I think that the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon has a strong chance to succeed for a while and capitalize on the revitalization of country music and its current pop culture relevance.

Rock N Horse: Gord Bamford, Kira Isabella, Paul McGuire
Rock N Horse Crowd at the Bar

The Bull Still Doesn't Have A Name. Any Ideas?

The Bull Still Doesn’t Have A Name. Any Ideas?

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