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Out Of The Blue: Chad Brownlee Video Release

Chad Brownlee is back on screen in the brand new music video for Out Of The Blue.

The Stephano Barberis directed clip co-stars Dallas Smith, JoJo Mason, and the boys from Washboard Union, making the video a powerhouse combination of Canadian country music talent.

It’s also ridiculous, funny, over-the-top, smokey, sexy, and worthy of repeat watches!

Related: Chad Brownlee at Boots & Hearts 2017

On the heels of similarly cinematic music videos for Might As Well Be Me, I Hate You For It, and Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do – there’s a pattern to be found, and it’s becoming easy to say that Chad Brownlee is a video star.

Now… check out some gifs of our favourite moments, and vote and leave a comment telling us which of Chad Brownlee’s co-stars you think was best in Out Of The Blue!

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15 Boots & Hearts 2018 Artist Predictions

With the dates for Boots & Hearts 2018 released and our recovery from the 2017 festival complete, it’s time to look at our predictions for BH7 next August.

As always, the names listed below have been picked because we fully believe there is a chance that they could play the festival. Yes, we’d love to see Garth and Reba, but the odds are very, very, very long on that happening. So, we’ve put together this list of 15 country artists that we’re predicting for Boots & Hearts 2018.

When you’re done reading, please leave a comment telling us who you think we got right, and who you think will be at Burl’s Creek next summer.

Note: All artist names have been listed in alphabetical order… not in order of preference or how certain we are with the prediction.

Boots and Hearts 2018 Headliners

Chris Young

Chris Young Trackside Fest 2016

The newest invitee of the Grand Ole Opry is on quite a run. With 5 studio albums (plus a Christmas record) on his resume, there’s no shortage of material for Young to bust out in a 90 minute headlining set. And with songs that are guaranteed to get people singing along at the top of their lungs… this would work.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney may be the biggest gamble here. The four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner has a reputation for putting on a great show, and with 14 studio albums worth of material, we know that he could have 40,000+ country music fans singing along from start to finish.

Little Big Town

Little Big Town was on the original schedule for Boots & Hearts 2015, but had to cancel due to medical issues. We’ve been hoping and waiting ever since for them to be added back to the list. In these last couple of years the quartet has elevated themselves to legitimate headlining status, and we truly hope that the Canadian fans that love B&H get to see them sing.

Zac Brown Band

CMT Music Fest - Zac Brown Band

We’ve seen the Zac Brown Band headline for at CMT Music Fest in 2016… and we’d gladly do it all over again at Boots & Hearts 2018. With a long list of hits and fan favourites, and a reputation for playing amazing covers of songs people love, ZBB could headline any night of the festival.

We’re good with all four of these options. None of them have played Boots & Hearts in the first six years of the festival, making them exciting options for year seven, and all of them come with hits, fan favourites, and star power.

Supporting Talent

Andrew Hyatt
Andrew Hyatt - Northern Comfort Saloon - CNE 2017With his first Top 20 single on the books, upcoming tour dates with Dallas Smith that will earn him new attention and fans, and the kind of energy that delivers a great show – Andrew Hyatt should make his main stage debut at Boots & Hearts 2018.

Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel - CNE 2017We’ve been waiting for a Canadian opener since Boots & Hearts year 1, and while Brett may be at the top of our list to nab that spot – we’re look at him as the direct support for someone like Zac Brown or Little Big Town on Saturday or Sunday night

Brett Young
Brett Young’s star is rising fast! We saw him this summer on tour with Lady Antebellum, and this dude has what it takes to entertain a crowd. Look for him late in the afternoon as party heats up.

Carly Pearce
Carly Pearce - Budweiser Stage 2017Pearce is another rising star in American country. Her debut album drops this fall, and with success already coming to her with her first single, Every Little Thing, we’d be surprised not to see her bring the Big Machine bus to Boots & Hearts 2018.

Dan Davidson
Dan Davidson - Rod, Gun and Barbers ParkdaleLikeable, talented, and always ready to play music, Dan Davidson is a great bet to come east to Ontario and play for the Boots & Hearts crowd. Fans already dig Found and Barn Burner, and by next summer we’re guessing they’ll be ready to sing along to even more.

Dustin Lynch
A cowboy hat, jeans, and t-shirt looks good on the Boots & Hearts stage, we’ve seen it before. And if Dustin Lynch shows up in that outfit and plays his hits (the dude’s top 10 Spotify tracks have more than 200,000,000 plays) we know the Canadian country fans would be seein’ red.

Jojo Mason
JoJo Mason BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016The first time Jojo Mason played Boots & Hearts the crowd chanted his name and made it a day he’ll never forget. Now, fans have had a chance to learn more about Jojo with his debut album, Both Sides Of The Bar, and his CCMA nomination for 2017 Rising Star. If Jojo were to come back with his energy and those songs, it’d be all good.

Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini has been number 1 with Dibs, Peter Pan, and Love Me Like You Mean It, and fans are in love with her voice and her style. We’ve seen her live, and the chance to see it again at Boots & Hearts with some of the biggest names in country music makes perfect sense to us.

Madeline Merlo
Madeline Merlo - Dean Brody Tour-EdmontonMadeline Merlo rocks a summer vibe like almost nobody we’ve ever known, so seeing her back on the Boots & Hearts stage on a sunny summer afternoon seems like a perfect fit. Whether she plays the main stage, or a late slot on the front porch, we know a crowd of Canadian country fans would be there to sing along with the B.C. native.

Maren Morris

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Maren Morris is quickly becoming one of the young queens of country music. Her debut album, Hero, is filled with jams from front to back, and her duet with Thomas Rhett on Craving You earned her two CMA nominations (Vocal Event and Music Video of the Year) to go along with her Female Vocalist of the Year nomination. Let’s see her on the big stage!

The Reklaws
Budweiser County Fair The ReklawsThese Boots & Hearts vets are due back to the country’s biggest summer festival after releasing a banger with Hometown Kids, and the promise of more new music on the way. Be ready to see them back at their old stomping grounds.


Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett Boots and Hearts 2015With main stage talent and charisma, Thomas Rhett could headline Friday night, or be the perfect lead in to Kenny Chesney or Little Big Town. I’d lean towards headlining option, only because we’ve already seen him in the direct support spot at Boots & Hearts already. Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, go listen to Thomas Rhett’s brand new album, Life Changes!

Who do you think I got right? Who do you think I got wrong? Who do you think I missed?

Leave a comment and tell me!

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That’s My Jam: Jojo Mason at the 2017 Port Perry Fair

A couple hundred small town country music fans got the best deal of the Labour Day long weekend when they paid $12 to hang out at the Port Perry Fair, and got a Jojo Mason concert as the cherry on top.

The Canadian Country Music Association 2017 Rising Star Award nominee hit the stage after Jesse Slack warmed up the crowd, and the demolition derby was complete out on the fairgrounds. It was the same small town fall fair experience that generations have embraced and passed down to their children… but this time there was a special little something for the Port Perry fair goers.

Earlier in the afternoon, before the demolition derby and live music action, we had the chance to catch up with Jojo. It had been almost a full year since we last got to chat with the It’s All Good singer at Canadian Country Music Week 2016… and we’re hoping it won’t be that long again. We talked about his CCMA nomination, and what it’s going to feel like when they call his name and flash his face up on the screen. Jojo admitted that he’s not sure how he’ll react, but he’s excited for the weekend.

Related: 5 Quick Questions with Jojo Mason

We also asked about his summer, and Mason told us about his busy June and July, with shows all over the place, for crowds that showed him all the love he could have hoped for. And while August slowed down, there was still work to do, including new songwriting.

Related: Kira Isabella and JoJo Mason at Mohawk Racetrack

During his set, Jojo Mason was fun, funny, and engaging with the crowd. He made them smile and laugh, and he made them sing and dance. His stage presence was the same at the small town fall fair that it would have been in an arena or theatre. And along with his band, the sound on stage was strong and smooth from start to finish.

Peterborough’s Jesse Slack was also strong as the show’s opener. His selection of covers and originals were an excellent start to the live music. The crowd filed into their seats and the standing and sitting areas to the sides. And before the set was over Jesse had done his job, warming things up and making sure that the country music fans at the fair would be looking for him again in the future.

Note: During our hang, we talked CFL football with Jojo for a few minutes, and his love for the Saskatchewan Roughriders is clear. So, if you ever see your dude out and about in a watermelon helmet or green face paint, don’t be alarmed, he’s just in Green Rider mode.

From Red Dress to It’s All Good, Jojo Mason put on an honest to goodness headlining show in Port Perry, Ontario. His 15 song set was revved up and it was slowed down. There were intimate moments when Jojo shared parts of his story, and there were laugh out loud moments when he egged on one super enthusiastic member of the crowd who just wanted to dance. And whether he walks away with a trophy from the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon or not, Jojo Mason is a rising star. You can be sure of that.

Related: Both Sides of the Bar, Jojo Mason Album Review

As Jojo’s set ended and he walked off the stage while the band played their outro, a group of three teenagers ran over to the small fence that separated Mason from the crowd. And in a moment that once again showed how good of a dude he is, Jojo leaned over the fence, gave hugs to all three, and then promised to meet them again over at the merch tent in a few minutes. It was an awesome end to the rising star’s stop in small town Ontario.

Jojo Mason Setlist, Port Perry Fair 2017

🎡 Red Dress
🎡 Wagon Wheel
🎡 Edge Of The Night
🎡 Sweet Love
🎡 That’s My Jam/ No Diggity
🎡 Something To Wrap My Heart Around
🎡 I’m Yours
🎡 Endless Summer/ One Love
🎡 I Was Made For You
🎡 Free Fallin’
🎡 That’s Gonna Get You Kissed
🎡 Good Kinda Love
🎡 Under The Rainbow
🎡 Chicken Fried
🎡 It’s All Good

Jojo Mason at the 2017 Port Perry Fair

Jesse Slack at the 2017 Port Perry Fair

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Have Your Say: 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees!

The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the full list of 2017 CCMA Awards nominees… and it’s an impressive list of Canadian country talent!

We are lucky and privileged to have covered, met, and seen these artists put on amazing lives shows, record fantastic music, and grow into their careers.

But now, because we know you have an opinion, we want to know who you think should win at the 2017 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10th. Use the polls to vote and support your favourite artists, and use the link at the bottom of the list to cast your official vote for the Fans’ Choice Award!

Have fun – and congratulations to all of the nominees in 2017, you should all be proud of your accomplishments, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve got coming for us next.

Click Here to submit your official vote for the Fans’ Choice Award!

And Click Here to see the full list of nominees in all 2017 Canadian Country Music Association categories! 

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105 Years Strong: 2017 Calgary Stampede Preview

Words cannot explain how excited I am to be a part of the Calgary Stampede again this year! And if you’ve been following the weather forecast, like myself, you already know it’s going to be a lot better than last year! But don’t worry about the 30+ temperatures the next two weeks, there’s tons of amazing food trucks with cold treats that will keep you cool throughout your stay!

I don’t even know where to start with all the jaw dropping, mouthwatering flavours that the midway has to offer. I am most excited to try the Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog, Clam Chowder Poutine, Deep Fried Jell-O, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy, Unicorn White Hot Chocolate and The Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies! It’s a good thing there’s so much to do at The Stampede because I’m going to have to walk off all the taste testing i’ll be doing.

Since its Canada’s 150th birthday this year The Stampede has added even more musical acts to the powerful lineup! The Coca Cola stage, I believe, will be the biggest crowd pleaser of them all. Over 30 insanely talented bands/solo artists will be taking over the stage through the two weeks.

My top ten acts who I can’t wait to see are…

Ria Mae
Nelly Furtado
Marianas Trench
Alessia Cara
July Talk
Michela Sheedy
Jonathan Roy
Theory of a Deadman
Sabrina Carpenter

All of these performs are so different one another, their style, sound and stage presence, I cannot wait to capture it.

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Another stage that I absolutely loved last year was The Nashville North Tent. This tent is full of cold drinks and two stepping until the early morning! Over 40 entertaining acts will keep you dancing the night away, such as; The Dungarees, The Cadillac Three, Endless Summer, Cam, Doc Walker, Jess Moskaluke, The Dead South, Cold Creek County, Tristan Horncastle, Jojo Mason, Chris Buck Band and Meaghan Patrick just to name a few. One act I am particularly excited to see is Cam, I remember hearing her first song on the radio Burning House and automatically falling in love with her soft effortless voice, since then I have become a huge fan! And have you seen her hair? She has to have the most beautiful hair in all of country music.

JoJo Mason BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016Meghan Patrick BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

One thing I love so much about the lineup this year is the diverse music varieties. Whether you like rock, pop, alternative, folk, country, soul, acoustic or EDM, there is something for everyone.

I have to say this year after viewing The Saddledome’s lineup I might have screamed like a little girl. After scrolling through the lineup list my heart dropped into my stomach when I saw Usher was coming as one of the main headliners. I couldn’t believe it! I remember forcing my poor father to constantly play his cds in the car when I was younger and now I finally get to see him live and singing every song… sadly dad won’t be joining. I can’t wait to see what Usher brings to the stage, I truly believe he’s going to put on a show that we won’t forget.

A couple of other events I am extremely excited to see this year are the chuckwagon races, bull riding and the incredible Transalta Grandstand show that ends the evening with fireworks lighting up the whole sky! If you enjoy fireworks, you need to make sure this is on your “must do” list because I have never seen such a spectacular light show in my life. I am filled with so much excitement and adrenaline I don’t know if i’ll be able to sleep before the kick off Stampede parade. I encourage those looking for a new experience or wanting a fun adventure to remember forever, to come on down to Calgary and experience these lifetime memories The Stampede has to offer! This city is incredible and I can’t wait to show everyone all the photographs and memories we make this year!

Photo Credit: Chris Bolin/ Calgary Stampede

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Kira Isabella and JoJo Mason at Mohawk Racetrack

On Saturday, June 17th I had the pleasure of attending 34th running of the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. It wasn’t the horses and drivers that brought me there but the live entertainment.

Woodbine Entertainment put on an amazing event with prizes including the best seats in the house, a $1000 prize, fun NA Cup swag, great food and drinks, and more. With a $1,000,000 prize up for grabs in the big race, we had the cream of the crop of horses and drivers. Topping this off, a sweet country music show starring JoJo Mason and Kira Isabella.

What started out as a bit of a crap shoot weather-wise, turned into an amazing time complete with warm temperatures and no rain. There were lots of people in attendance and they were ready for exciting races and the great entertainment and they got both!

Mohawk Racing Pepsi NA Cup Kira Isabella

Kira Isabella took to the stage just after 5:00 pm and she very quickly let us know she’d dressed for rain and maybe, just maybe, a black jumpsuit wasn’t the best choice for the 30-degree temperatures. She looked awesome and she sang and danced enthusiastically throughout her set. Kira played through her hits, including Quarterback, I’m So Getting Over You, and Shake It If Ya Got It. She did a great cover medley which included Hotline Bling, Shape of You and Jackson and then she played us a brand new song, I Don’t Wanna Know. It’s a great ballad and I’m hoping you get to hear it on the radio soon.

She won over the crowd and finished up her set by introducing her band and while her guitar player sang, she disappeared off stage and came back waving a Canadian Flag. Who doesn’t love a little Canadian pride? The set ended and the substantial crowd slowly wandered back to watch Kira sing the American and Canadian anthems before the racing began.

JoJo Mason was up at 7:00 pm and while we waited for him to get started, Kira wandered back over to the merch tent hang out and chat with fans. She chatted, took photos with fans and even signed an Unfollow Delete I’m Done tank top for a fan.
Mohawk Racing Pepsi NA Cup Kira Isabella

JoJo Mason had the tough job of getting the crowd to leave the track and come listen to him sing. He arrived on stage with his signature JoJo smile and as he sung, the crowd started towards the stage. With his smooth voice and amazing audience engagement, he played a handful of songs and then let the crowd know he’d be back in a bit. JoJo sang throughout the evening, doing a couple of songs and then letting the racegoers head back to place their bets and watch their horses and drivers race past the finish line.
Mohawk Racing Pepsi NA Cup Jojo Mason

I’m not sure how he did it, but JoJo kept his cool, in spite of the very warm evening. The crowd got to hear Made for You,  Good Kind of Love, Red Dress and his brand new single Something to Wrap My Heart Around. He threw in some covers including Wagon Wheel and he may have dropped in a little of Bob Marley’s One Love into one of his songs.

It’s always about the fans with JoJo and he made sure to take the time to talk to everyone who wanted to talk and take photos with everyone who wanted them including these two sweet girls who were thrilled.

This was the first outdoor show of the season for both of these performers and they’re both happy to be back out, playing for the people of Canada. Kira’s currently got a duet with the Chris Buck Band, That’s When You Know, out on radio and JoJo released a brand new, full-length album on May 24th. It’s entitled Both Sides of the Bar and you can read our review right here!
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And what would race day be without these guys?

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Both Sides Of The Bar: Jojo Mason Album Review

Jojo Mason exudes the kind of energy that most of us wish we could summon on demand… and that all of us would benefit from having around us all the time.

And there may be no better representation of that energy, and the love that pours out of this dude, than his brand new album, Both Sides Of The Bar.

Note: Jojo Mason also gives really good hugs. And they also do a great job of showing his energy and love for life.

Both Sides Of The Bar is the debut full-length album from the Regina, Saskatchewan born hockey player turned country musician. And with 10 tracks playing from start to finish, it’s a solid collection of songs that will allow for the appreciation of both a few drinks and a good time, and (as we’ve heard some people are choosing) a special dance on a wedding day.

I’ve had the chance to sit and gladly listen to Both Sides Of The Bar (on repeat) over the last few days, and I’ll confess, I probably could have written this post with fewer listens… but this record is a lot of fun, and it’s exciting to think about the results that Jojo Mason is going to experience from the fans, industry, and live audiences when these songs are pumping through the speakers.

Related: 5 Quick Questions with Jojo Mason

Some of the tracks on the album will be familiar to Mason’s fans and country radio listeners. 2015 and 2016 singles, It’s All Good, Good Kinda Love, Red Dress, and Made For You lead the charge, and fit perfectly with the new tracks presented to fans, included the newest single, and lovey-dovey jam, Something To Wrap My Heart Around.

This album truly is a pleasure to listen to. The 10 songs clock in at about 33 minutes or so, and it flies by. And like I mentioned before, it’s an easy album to start again and enjoy on a repeat listen.

Jojo Mason’s voice continues to grow, and with an attitude and live presence that is already worth the price of admission, this album, and whatever comes next for the country singer will only serve to push him higher. And that’s good news for all of us, because it will mean more Jojo Mason songs.

Related: Boots & Hearts 2016 Photo Review: Jojo Mason

Now, I don’t usually pick out favourite songs on albums when I’m doing reviews, but I would be flat out lying if I said I didn’t sing along to Made For You every time it comes through my headphones or speakers, and the title track, Both Sides Of The Bar is hitting me in the feels with every spin as well. Take that info and use it however you’d like!

Both Sides Of The Bar Tracklist

1. Good Kinda Love
2. Edge Of The Night
3. Something To Wrap My Heart Around
4. Red Dress
5. Under The Rainbow
6. That’s My Jam
7. Another Now
8. Made For You
9. It’s All Good
10. Both Sides Of The Bar

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Shake These Walls/Hearts On Fire Tour Q&A: Chad Brownlee & Tim Hicks

If you’re a Canadian country music fan, you’re probably already aware that Chad Brownlee and Tim Hicks are hitting the road together in 2017 for co-headlining dates and a Hearts On Fire/Shake These Walls combo tour.

But what you might not know if how funny Chad and Tim are when they get in the same room together… or what toy Chad would wish for this Christmas, or Tim’s favourite classic Christmas carol to sing.

So to give you a little more insight into 2 of Canadian country’s biggest stars, we got the boys to ask each other a few questions so we could share them with you!

But before we get to that, let’s look at just how impressive these tour dates are going to be…

We’ve had the chance to see both Tim Hicks and Chad Brownlee on a few stages over the last few years, and if you’ve seen 1 or both of them as well, you know a few things.

1) They both like to play loud. This isn’t soft, slow country music all the time. Although some of that lives in their full sets. This is good timing, boot stomping, beer drinking music and it’s a lot of fun.

2) They both have hits to play for the crowd. In the last few years Tim and Chad have both released some awesome songs that have resonated with audiences. And if you’ve never had a chance to sing along live to Stronger Beer, When The Lights Go Down, Stompin’ Ground, or Hearts On Fire – you need to take that chance and enjoy it!

3) Chad and Tim are both solid dudes. Good guys that we have been privileged to meet and hangout with even a little bit. That’s always a nice bonus!

Now… dates and cities. Check them out and if you can see Tim or Chad, or if you’re lucky, both of them together, we highly suggest looking into tickets!

Jan. 6, 2017 – Kelowna, BC – Tim Hicks & Chad Brownlee w/ Jojo Mason
Jan. 7, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Chad Brownlee & Tim Hicks w/ Jojo Mason
Jan. 8, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Tim Hicks & Chad Brownlee w/ Jojo Mason
Jan. 11, 2017 – Fort McMurray, AB – Chad Brownlee & Tim Hicks w/ Dan Davidson
Jan. 12, 2017 – Saskatoon, SK – Tim Hicks & Chad Brownlee w/ Tenille Arts
Jan. 13, 2017 – Calgary, AB – Chad Brownlee & Tim Hicks w/ Dan Davidson
Jan. 14, 2017 – Edmonton, AB – Tim Hicks & Chad Brownlee w/ Dan Davidson
Jan. 16, 2017 – Winnipeg, MB – Chad Brownlee & Tim Hicks
Jan. 17, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON – Chad Brownlee
Jan. 19, 2017 – Regina, SK – Chad Brownlee
Jan. 19, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – Tim Hicks w/ Jason Blaine and River Town Saints
Jan. 20, 2017 – Oshawa, ON – Tim Hicks w/ Jason Blaine and River Town Saints
Jan. 21, 2017 – London, ON – Tim Hicks w/ Jason Blaine and River Town Saints
Jan. 22, 2017 – Sudbury, ON – Tim Hicks w/ Jason Blaine and River Town Saints
Jan. 26, 2017 – Montreal, QC – Tim Hicks w/ James Barker Band
Jan. 27, 2017 – Moncton, NB – Tim Hicks w/ James Barker Band
Jan. 28, 2017 – Halifax, NS – Tim Hicks w/ James Barker Band

And now… please enjoy this little Q&A session with Chad Brownlee and Tim Hicks!

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5 Quick Questions with Jojo Mason!

Back in September we had a chance to sit down with emerging country star Jojo Mason for a little hangout during Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON. And since we had him sitting still (mostly) for a few minutes, we decided to rope Jojo into playing along for a little 5 quick questions action.

Jojo is one of the coolest and most genuine dudes you’ll ever meet. His smile and laugh are contagious, and there is nobody more thankful for what’s happening in his life. Pure energy. That’s what this guy brings.

So, when you get the chance to see him on stage, take it. And now, enjoy 5 quick questions (and some photos from our hangs and his live show) with Jojo Mason…

Q1: What is the 1 album you can put on repeat on a long drive and not need to swap it out?

Jojo: Dallas Smith, Side Effects

It’s a new record, but it’s really good, so we’re not surprised to hear Jojo give this answer. In fact, we’d love to sit with him and sing along to One Little Kiss.


Q2: What is the first song you can remember knowing all of the words to so you could sing along?

Jojo: I Wish, by R. Kelly.

This is pretty freaking impressive. Any youngster that can both follow along and learn the words to something that bounces back and forth as much as I Wish is on the right track to becoming a singer.

Q3: When you aren’t working on music, what is your favourite thing to do?

Jojo: Playing pickup hockey.

Like the good Canadian boy that he is, Jojo likes to strap on the skates and play. Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

Q4: When you’re going into a songwriting session, what is the #1 thing you need to have?

Jojo: Comfy clothes.

Jojo made a pretty strong case for needing comfy clothes when he’s getting ready to write. It makes sense that you can’t concentrate and let the creativity flow if your jeans are too tight!


Q5: What artists do you think we should be paying more attention to than we are right now?

Jojo: Sykamore and Lanie McAuley

Jojo even gave us tracks to listen to… He’s Mine from Sykamore and Pour Me One More from McAuley. Give them a listen, he’s not wrong.


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CCMA 2016: Jack Daniels Kick Off Party w/ Tim Hicks, Aaron Pritchett, Cold Creek County, Jojo Mason, Meghan Patrick, Petric, James Barker Band & Amy Nelson

We’re live in London, Ontario for the CCMA Country Music Week – and while the big awards won’t be handed out until Sunday night, the festivities have already started with a bang!

Thursday night we hit up the Jack Daniels Kick Off Party and caught 8 Canadian country acts up on stage with an awesome crowd of fans on the street cheering them on and singing along… and drinking. It was exactly what we thought it was going to be, in all the best ways.

The CCMA Kick Off Party gave us…

Amy Nelson
The James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick
Jojo Mason
Cold Creek County
Aaron Pritchett
Tim Hicks

All of those acts. All on one stage. All in one night.

Amy Nelson kicked off the official party with a full band behind her, and she was ready to go. As the early crowd started to fill the closed down street, Nelson dished out a heap of energy as she sang, giving everyone a taste of the talent that won her the CCMA 2016 Spotlight Performance Contest.

Be sure to check the Regina native out on her social media channels, and stay tuned because it looks like new music is coming soon!


Next on stage, and familiar to our eyes and ears, was the James Barker Band from Woodville, Ontario. If you’ve listened to country radio at all this summer, you’ve heard these boys… Lawn Chair Lazy climbed all the way to #3, not a bad result for a debut single.

We’ve had the chance to see the James Barker Band play a few times now in the last couple years, and Thursday night’s set at the CCMA street party was more of what people have come to now and love from the guys. They were fun and energetic and sounded great (all things on our checklist) and they even gave us a listen to what could be their next single… Just Sayin’. Keep your ears open for it on country radio in the near future.


Two of our favourite Manitoba boys were next to take the stage, and they kept the good times rollin’. Petric are one of those acts that we wish we saw a little more often, because it’s never a bad time for us. And it was pretty cool to see them in front of the London, ON fans that may not have seen them before.

Tom and Jason did a great job getting the sing along voices going as more people came into the party, and when they added an acoustic version of I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing to a set that included Here Goes Everything, It Girl, and All She Wrote, we got the loudest street party choir we’d heard so far in the night. Here’s hoping we all get to see more of Petric again soon.


In quick order we got the next act up on stage… and to nobody’s surprise Meghan Patrick hopped right up, showed everyone what’s she’s got in her bag of tricks, and put everybody in the mood for more volume, more drinking, and more country music.

The cheers had started to get louder as more people filled in to kick off the CCMA’s with a party – and when Meghan played her cover of Jolene and her breakout radio hit, Bow Chicka Wow Wow, they got pretty damn loud for her. And we loved it!


Next we got to see maybe the most enthusiastic and excited dude in Canadian country music. If you don’t know Jojo Mason yet, you’re missing out. This guy has more energy than we know what to do with, and he’s kind and happy and just bubbles over with joy on stage. And on Thursday night he showed us again that he’s able to transfer those good time feelings onto the crowd, who were having a great time.

There was singing and dancing in the street for Red Dress, Good Kinda Love, It’s All Good, and an awesome cover of Tom Petty’s classic, Free Fallin’ – Jojo did what he does – got ‘em all going. And we’re sure he’ll do it again next time we see him!


After Jojo we got blast of excitement when Cold Creek County took their turn and filled the stage with bodies and instruments and sound and songs. It always seems to be a party when you put these guys up, and that makes sense, because they’re a full guest list all to themselves… but they graciously shared the festivitities with the even louder crowd getting later into Thursday night.

It was a quick set (they all were) but long enough to get everyone revved up even higher with Our Town, Til The Wheels Come Off, Beer Weather, and Flo Rida’s Welcome To My House. Big ups to the guys for packing a big punch in their short time. Everyone was all in!


CCC hopped off stage and it wasn’t long before Aaron Pritchett got on, and things got louder again!

The Canadian country music vet has been pumping out radio tunes for a long time now, so Thursday night he gave us 2 we’ve known for years, and 2 that country radio has done a great job of supporting lately. It was awesome to see and hear people get into Out Of The Blue and Dirt Road In ‘Em, and it was even cooler to slip into memory mode and hear the singing along to Big Wheel and Hold My Beer! Nailed it!


Tim Hicks wrapped the show, and was the one everyone was waiting for. The St. Catherine’s boy knows how to amp up a show, knows how to work a crowd, and knows that Canadian country music fans are in on what he’s doing!

Hicks’ new album, Shake These Walls dropped Friday morning, and he was ready to share some of that new music in his set. The fans got to hear the title track along with Stompin’ Ground, Slow Burn, and Let’s Just Drink from the record PLUS fan favourites Get By and Stronger Beer. And for all we’ve talked about the crowd being loud, it was never louder than when Tim Hicks invited the crowd to sing Stronger Beer with him!

Final verdict: Great party and great way to kick off Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON!

Stay tuned for more!


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Boots & Hearts 2016 Photo Review: Jojo Mason

We’ve always loved Boots & Hearts for the way they book and push young, emerging country artists. It’s awesome to see, and you can see the progression in careers as the 5 years have passed.

This year one of those artists getting his chance to shine on the main stage was Jojo Mason… and boy did he shine!

The sun soaked Saturday afternoon crowd was half sitting and half standing when the set started, but by the time Jojo was finished that standing percentage was far higher than 50%.

Jojo Mason had the crowd into the set big time with his own recognizable singles, Red Dress, Good Kinda Love, and It’s All Good – and throwing in covers like Chicken Fried and Wagon Wheel endeared him to the assembled country music lovers as well.

One of the biggest highlights for Jojo (as he shared online) was the crowd chanting his name over and over again. It was awesome. Check it out and then keep scrolling to see our pics!

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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!

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Lucknow’s Music in the Fields 2016 Lineup Announcement!

It’s festival announcement day again… with Lucknow’s Music in the Fields making their 1st reveal for 2016!

MITF-2016-Main-Poster-Final-For-Web-1This beauty of a music and camping festival runs August 25 to 27 this year, with country acts lining up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night to inspire sing-alongs, dancing, maybe some drinking, and a whole lot of fun!

And as you can see in the poster, there are some big league acts coming to play in Lucknow, ON in 2016…

It’s a nice mix of homegrown Canadian talent and some of the brightest that Nashville has to offer.

It’s especially nice to see The Lovelocks and Madeline Merlo representing the female contingent, and we’re hoping more ladies are added in future announcements.

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 The Lovelocks


 Lee Brice

 Frankie Ballard

 Jason Blaine

 Madeline Merlo

 Jojo Mason

More artists will be announced as we get closer to the August festival… we know that because we’re still waiting to hear who will be opening the weekend at the Thursday Night Throwdown!

Check out for more info… grab tickets for you and your sweetheart of bff or entire squad… and leave a comment telling us who you hope gets added for the Thursday Night Throwdown

We also want you all to stay tuned… because you never know if there’s going to be a contest or giveaway or awesome opportunity for us to help you enjoy some great live music and camping and good-time experiences!

Be Awesome!

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2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Main Stage Artist Announcement!

Back in November we learned that Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, and Old Dominion would be headed to Cavendish Beach to headline the 2016 country music festival…

And today we’ve learned that 11 more country artists will join them on the main stage in beautiful PEI this July to start filling out the bill and turn this thing into a full blown party for country music fans on the east coast!

With a list that now include 15 acts, we know that fans are going to start getting excited… and we understand – so we want you to share this information with your music loving friends down east, because there’s a chance (there’s always a chance) that we might be able to hook someone up with a little something special for someone this summer!

Get Cavendish Beach Music Festival tickets for you and all of your country friends right now… you don’t wanna miss this!

Now, without any more dilly dallying, let’s look at this list!

2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Lineup!

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Blake Shelton
  • The Band Perry
  • Old Dominion
  • Dean Brody
  • Emerson Drive
  • The Road Hammers
  • Tebey
  • Blackjack Billy
  • Cold Creek County
  • Bobby Wills
  • Jason Benoit
  • Petric
  • Jojo Mason
  • The Washboard Union

Cavendish Beach 2016 Main Stage Artists

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Boots & Hearts 2016 Lineup Announcement #2 – Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Cam, and More!

It’s a big morning for Boots and Hearts fans. And that’s an understatement.

13 acts have been added to the B&H lineup which brings us to a total of 16 including the previous announcement of Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, plus the 2015 Sirius XM Emerging Artist Showcase winners, The James Barker Band.

The list of 13 is littered with returning performers, favourite Canadian acts, and 3 artists from Joshua’s One to Watch in 2016 list.

Here they are…

❤️ Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton On Stage Boots and Hearts 2014Y’all already know about Blake. He’s the winningest coach on NBC’s The Voice. He’s a 4 time ACM and 9 time CMA Award winner. He’s got more hit singles than we can even think of off the top of our heads – and he did a killer job headlining at Boots & Hearts in 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We can’t wait to see him up on the big stage again with a drink in one hand the microphone in the other!

❤️ Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt Wheels Up Tour Toronto June 2015We LOVE Sam Hunt. That’s no secret. He’s on Joshua’s Ones to Watch in 2016 list as we wait for the follow up to Montevallo. He was awesome on tour with Lady Antebellum in 2015, AND he walked away from the American Music Awards with the New Artist of the Year trophy in his hands. This former QB is running his own show, and after a rain shortened set on the small stage in 2014, he’s coming back for more at Burl’s Creek!

❤️ Chase Rice
Chase Rice Live in ConcertChase Rice is on the rise. After supporting Kenny Chesney on the Big Revival tour he set out with The Cadillac Three on the Jack Daniels and Jesus Tour to show that he’s headlining material on his own. His reputation for putting on a great show precedes him, and if he brings that to Burl’s Creek in August 2016, we should all be happy with the results!

❤️ Tim Hicks
Tim Hicks -77692015 was the 1st year that Tim Hicks wasn’t at Boots & Hearts – and we missed him. He told us at the 2014 CNE that he knew he’d have to take a year off at some point, and we’re glad it was just 1 year, and now we get him back. We’ve seen Tim live more than a couple of times now, and if any Canadian artist can step up in 2016 and put on the kind of show that Dallas Smith did in 2015, it’s going to be him. Get your Stronger Beer ready!

❤️ Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive Boots and Hearts 2015 FeatureWhat can we say about Emerson Drive that everyone doesn’t know already? These Canadian boys have been tearing up country music stages for 20 years, and they show no signs of slowing down. They’ve played the big stage and the small stage at B&H, and in 2016 they’re coming back again to show us that they’ve still got it!

❤️ Jason Blaine
jason-blaine-at-boots-and-hearts-2013Another good Canadian boy! Jason is one of the nicest people in country (according to those in country) and as we come up to the 13th anniversary of his 1st single, it still feels like he’s getting better and better and better. We saw him in the sunshine at Boots and Hearts in 2013, here’s hoping it’s the same weather and another great show in 2016!

❤️ Cam
Cam Untamed Feature BannerOh Cam… It’s no secret that I have a crush on Cam. Her voice, her lyrics, her smile, her hair – it’s a total package that is taking country music by storm. And with her debut full-length album Untamed, set to come out on December 11, 2015, we’ll all have plenty of time to learn her tracks so we can sing along at Boots and Hearts. So excited for this performance!

❤️ Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies
Alan Doyle TrishcaAlan Doyle is a Canadian music legend. His career (both solo and with Great Big Sea) has earned him tons of fans and love from coast to coast, and has turned more than 1 venue into a good old fashioned Petty Harbour, Newfoundland kitchen party. And if anyone was taking bets right now, we’d have money on him doing it again at Burl’s Creek. Be ready to dance!

❤️ Autumn Hill
Autumn Hill -8822Young, talented, hot, energetic… there are a lot of adjectives that we can use to describe Autumn Hill, and we’re sure that they’re going to add more to the list as they continue their career. In 2015 the duo cracked the Top 5 on Canadian Country Radio with Blame, and in 2016 they’ll be looking to follow that up with more shows, singles, fans, and love – and by the time August comes we’ll be itching to see what they year has brought them!

❤️ Jojo Mason
Jojo MasonThis mid-20’s Regina native is coming to Boots and Hearts for the first time in 2016, and he’ll be looking to make an impression. His debut single, It’s All Good is available now, and people are taking notice. August might feel like a long time away to some, and really close to others, but either way these 6 months are going to give Jojo Mason a chance to give us all something more to sing along with at Boots and Hearts!

❤️ Jason Benoit
Jason BenoitHe’s a hard working man, you can tell that by the tour dates he’s crammed into his schedule. And he loves to play, you can tell that by the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the stage. Fresh off of tour with Tim Hicks, Benoit will be heading to Boots and Hearts with new fans to make and (hopefully) some new songs for us all to sing. Can’t wait to see what this Newfoundlander brings to the Boots and Hearts festivities!

❤️ Jordan McIntosh 
jordan-mcintosh-boots-and-hearts-2014-wm-0994Jordan is an up and comer. Brett Kissel took him out on tour in 2015 and by his words, loved having him become a brother. Jordan has been at Boots and Hearts before, so he knows what he’s getting into (the screams from the girls that love him) when he takes the stage. We can’t wait to talk to him and watch him do his thing… maybe he’ll share some stories about Livy Jeanne!

❤️ Cory Marquardt 
Cory Marquardt CNE 2015This is exactly what Joshua wrote about Cory for the Ones to Watch in 2016 list, “He parties hard and works harder, and that’s going to result in more and more opportunity and face time for this former hockey player. We know there’s a new video (with a cameo by his dog Emma) and single on the way, and with any luck that’ll be the start of a big year.” We can’t wait to see him at Boots add Hearts to his 2016!

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