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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

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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

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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!

Kris Barclay and More at the 2017 Brooklin Spring Fair

The summer season in a lot of small town starts when the fair rolls through town, and last weekend we got things kicked off for ourselves in Brooklin.

The Brooklin Spring Fair had everything you’d expect to see, carnival rides that were trucked in and set up on the midway, kids laughing and screaming and lined up for their turn on the scrambler and the ferris wheel and more.

We saw dudes trying to win prizes for their dates, and we saw women winning prizes for themselves, and we saw a whole lot of people losing money…

And we saw Kris Barclay on stage doing his thing and facilitating a summer country music party outside of the beer tent!

Barclay, the recently announced host of the 2017 Havelock Country Jamboree, had to wait for the noise to die down after the nearby demolition derby before he and his band could turn on the sound – and when the wait was over, the music started.

The crowd assembled in waves as some folks came from the beer line with their hands newly full of cold ones, some people came from the midway after having their stomachs turned enough on the rides, and some came from the metal bleachers that had stared at the smashing cars in the hours before.

Barclay and the boys wasted no time getting the party going with a super strong half dozen covers…

☆ Anywhere With You – Jake Owen
☆ Springsteen – Eric Church
☆ Beer In Mexico – Kenny Chesney
☆ Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
☆ Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me – Keith Urban
☆ Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn

And the band played on from there as people sang along, danced in the grass and dirt, and drank their Saturday night, spring-turning-into-summer beers, and let the night wash over them.

And because we were at the fair, and the small town in us loves the show, check out some pics from the Demolition Derby – including an adorable shot of some little ones being ferocious but safe in their big wheels.

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Photo Review!

Sadly we weren’t able to get down to PEI this summer for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. BUT, with the help of our friends, we do have some awesome photos to share with you.

We heard it got a little chilly, but more than anything else we heard that it was a great time with great music – and some awesome fans! We can’t wait to check it out live and in person next summer…

Check out the big name headliners, the up-and-comers, and country music favourites from Cavendish, PEI 2016!

Kenny Chesney

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Blake Shelton

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The Band Perry

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Dean Brody

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Meghan Patrick

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The Washboard Union

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Blackjack Billy

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Cold Creek County

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Old Dominion

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2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Q&A with Petric, Cold Creek County and Bobby Wills

With the Canada Day long weekend behind we’re looking forward to next weekend and Cavendish Beach Music Festival!

July 8th, 9th and 10th we’re going to see some of the biggest names in country music including The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. CBMF is bringing us 36 major acts over the three days and that doesn’t include the Emerging Artists who will be rocking the RBC Emerging Artist stage all weekend.

On top of the headliners, you’ll see The Road Hammer, Tebey, Dean Brody, Bobby Wills, Meghan Patrick, Washboard Union, River Town Saints, Petric, and Cold Creek County.

We’re getting into the meat of the summer music festival and we wanted to know what some of our favourite artists are thinking. We’ve asked Petric, Cold Creek County, and Bobby Wills, three questions about festival season, CCC’s Trevor MacLeod and Petric brother, Jason answered for us.

Here we go!

Q. In 50 words or less, is there one thing you’re most looking forward to about playing Cavendish Beach Music Festival?

Petric Cavendish Social 300Petric: We’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this festival. We’ve heard the music fans out there are the best, so that gets us really excited!

Cold Creek County: 
One thing we are looking forward to about playing Cavendish is the amazing vibe! Sharing the stage with The Band Perry, The Road Hammers, Black Jack Billy, The Washboard Union and Olivia Lane. That mixed with an awesome turnout of music fans, makes the experience one of a million.

Bobby Wills: The East Coast is always special and I expect Cavendish to take that to the next level! All the musicians and artists I have spoken to about the event talk so highly of the whole event! I can’t wait.

Cold Creek County Social Media 300Q. Who are you most excited to see?

Neither of us have ever seen Blake Shelton, so that will be a pretty cool experience!

Cold Creek County: 
The Band Perry, their show is unbelievable.

Bobby Wills: I have never seen Kenny Chesney and hear he is one of the best in the business.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about festival season?

Bobby Wills CavendishPetric: The vibe at a country music festival is one of a kind. Great music—and hopefully great weather—it always ends up being a lot of fun! We’ve dreamed of getting to play at these shows for years. It’s really cool to now get this opportunity.

Cold Creek County: 
All the people having a good time, and how they project their energy outward to the music.

Bobby Wills: The fans! The atmosphere and fan interaction at festivals is totally a unique experience.  Nothing like it!

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2 years ago

Rock On: Tucker Beathard in Toronto!

With a quick hello, thank you for coming out, and “I’m gonna play you some songs I wrote”, Tucker Beathard took a seat on the Rivoli stage in Toronto and started a Monday night showcase for the intimate crowd in the back room.

The 21 year old from Nashville was comfortable on stage, and after a long day with Toronto media, we’re sure it felt nice to just get up and sing some songs with his guitar. Beathard presents as a singer-songwriter, introducing tracks with short stories and explanations, doing his best to share why he writes what he does. And then he starts playing and singing and it all comes together in one nice package.

Tucker Beathard - The RivoliNote: At one point Tucker gave praise to his dad, who also writes (Kenny Chesney’s Boys Of Fall, Eric Church’s Homeboy) and taught him the importance of writing truth and real life.

As talented a songwriter as the budding star is, it’s easy to see that he’s blossoming as a performer and singer as well. His guitar playing was fantastic and intricate, and his voice has country radio written all over it – which you know because there’s little doubt that you’ve heard Rock On over the airwaves in the last few weeks.

Tucker sang four songs for us on Monday night, all originals, all his own, and all easy to sit and relax and listen to and fall into.

Tucker Beathard Toronto Showcase Set List

✪ Momma and Jesus
✪ Ride On
✪ God And My Guitar
✪ Whiskey In A Wine Glass

Tucker Beathard - The RivoliNote: As Beathard worked through his songs I was reminded of early Thomas Rhett, not in the voice or an imitation way, but in the way he presents himself and sings his songs and believes in every lyric he’s singing.

Momma And Jesus can be found on Tucker’s The Demos – Vol. 1 EP (along with Rock On) which you can give a listen to online now… and you should. And the three other songs lead us to believe that there will more music before long from Beathard on Dot Records.

Tucker Beathard’s story includes a torn labrum that ended his college baseball career before it began, and resulted in his full-time move to music. As a sports fan you never want to wish an injury on someone, but this time, it feels like it paid off in all the right ways for this singer/songwriter on the rise.

Tucker Beathard: Whiskey In A Wine Glass

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2 years ago

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

2 years ago

Jason Blaine: Boots & Hearts 2016 Performer Q&A

On Wednesday I hopped on a quick call with Boots & Hearts 2016 performer, and Canadian country music man, Jason Blaine to talk about the festival, his newest album, and what’s coming up for Christmas this year.

Thank you to Jason for taking the time to talk, we all know how busy this time of year is, and he genuinely proved what I’ve always been told: Jason Blaine is one of the nicest people in country music.

If you still haven’t picked up your Boots & Hearts 2016 tickets, we’d recommend doing it quickly – because Tier 2 pricing will be gone soon!

Let’s get to it!

Jason Blaine Performance CMAO Awards 2015-4091Q. The first thing I asked Jason was, you a morning person? It wasn’t an 8am call, but it was pre-lunch and I know he’d already been busy.

A. His response: Not really.

Jason told us that he’s a morning person because it’s required. When he got into music he thought it’d just be a lot of late nights and late mornings. But… then you have a few kids and you end up getting up early. There are early morning flights and commitments. He did add that he writes some of his best stuff late, late at night.

Q. We saw you on the main stage in the sunshine at Boots & Hearts back in 2013, are you excited to come back to even more fans at a new venue?

A. Excited, yes! He’s got good memories of 2013, all positive. We talked about the increase in crowd size (could be as many as 45,000 people at Boots & Hearts in 2016) and how cool that is. He’s also looking forward to seeing the Burl’s Creek in person.

jason-blaine-at-boots-and-hearts-2013Q. Next I had to try and get a little unreleased information… so I asked if Jason knew when he’d be on stage this year? Will we see you in the sun again or will it be later?

A. Jason didn’t tell us which night it would be… BUT he did tell us that he’ll be in the third from headliner spot on Tim McGraw’s night, with Chase Rice between them.

Q. The Boots & Hearts lineup is packed with talent from Canada and the US for 2016, so I asked if there are any acts that he’s especially excited to be on the bill with?

A. Tim McGraw! Jason’s super excited to be on the bill with Tim. He’s been listening to him and looking up to him since he started in the music business.

Q. Then we went back in time a little. We’ve passed the 10th anniversary of your 1st album and we’re coming up on 13 years since you released That’s What I Do (1st single) what’s changed for you over the years that makes you feel like you’re better at your craft?

A. Here’s what Jason told us about all of that – A friend once said to him “if you don’t cringe when you go back and listen to your early stuff, you’re not evolving.”

Jason says sometimes he cringes when he listens to the earlier stuff… so I guess he’s evolving.

Jason Blaine Country Side Album CoverQ. And back to the present… Country Side has been great for you so far with 2 top 20 singles already – how happy are you with how it has turned out?

A. Not unexpectedly, he’s really happy with how it turned out. There were about 60 songs to choose the 13 from to put together the Country Side alubm. There are some tracks deep in the record that he hopes people get to know. Including one he wrote after a father-daughter dance, “Dance with my Daughter”. It’s pretty special to him.

Q. I asked how exciting it will be to be bringing the record out to tour now that fans will have had time to learn all of the songs?

A. Jason says that with this kind of a set at Boots & Hearts, he’ll be probably sticking to stuff the fans will know. They’ll want to keep the energy up, and they’ll try to think about what the fans want to hear. Some time in the new year he’ll be starting work on figuring out the specifics of the set.

Q. Then I asked Jason what his favourite thing about playing on a big stage in front of a big crowd at an outdoor festival?

A. He talked about the energy and also mentioned that he’s played in front of all kinds of audience including small intimate ones, but nothing compares to the energy of a big outdoor festival audience like there will be at Boots & Hearts.

jason-blaine-red-carpet-cmao-awards-2015-3602Q. I love asking this question, so I asked Jason, who the top 3 artists in your most played right now?

A. John Mayer, Joe Bonamass, Kenny Chesney. “I’m a guitar guy” Jason told us. He loves the bluesy guitar sounds of Joe and is a fan of guitar playing.

Q. And lastly, to wrap things up I asked, what are you most looking forward to this Christmas?

A. Jason told us that he and his wife will be packing up their three kids and driving up from Hendersonville, TN (just outside of Nashville) to see the family in Ontario. It’s a journey they make twice a year: Once for Christmas and once for the summer golf festival.

He also mentioned that Boots & Hearts have been supporters of his golf tournament from his first involvement with them. We chatted a bit about how great they are and how caring they are, but also how good they are at what they do.

Thanks again to Jason for taking to time to chat. I can’t wait to see him up on the Boots & Hearts main stage in August 2016!


2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Headliners Announced!

We’ve got another major festival announcement for you today. Cavendish Beach Music Festival has released their first round of performers. Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry and Old Dominion are on the bill for the 8th year of the biggest east coast outdoor music festival. Dates are July 8th through July 10th and tickets go on sale November 5th at 12:00PM Atlantic Time!

Blake Shelton is riding a wave of success having won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 2015 and Male Vocalist five years running. He now has 15 consecutive number 1 hits and I’m sure you all watch The Voice. Blake Shelton is everywhere and he’ll be on the Cavendish Main Stage on July 9th.Blake Shelton Cavendish

On July 10th Kenny Chesney will step up as headliner and with 40 top 10 hits we’re pretty sure you’ll be singing along. No slouch himself, he took home the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Kenny hits the road for the “Spread The Love Tour” in 2016 and he’s bringing the love to PEI. Kenny Chesney Cavendish

Let’s backtrack to Friday night. On July 8th The Band Perry will be hitting the festival stage. Their self titled debut album went platinum in Canada and the US and their follow up album “Pioneer” has already reached gold status in both Canada and the US. They’ve won awards from the CMA’s, Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards and The Grammys! They’ll be touring to promote their “Heart + Beat” album which will be in full release November 20th. Reid, Kimberly and Neil Perry know how to put on a great show and you’re in for a treat Cavendish. The Band Perry Cavendishthe-band-perry-at-boots-and-hearts-2013

The final band from today’s announcement is Old Dominion. We had the pleasure of seeing these boys at Boots and Hearts this past summer and let me tell you, they are amazing! Super talented singers and songwriters. If you haven’t seen them you’re in for a surprise. They’ve written and co-written many of today’s major hits and these boys have energy to burn!Old Dominion CavendishOld Dominion Boots and Hearts 2015

This is just the first announcement in what’s looking to be a fantastic lineup for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 season. This festival is growing and it’s become one of the top tourist draws for Prince Edward Island. Cavendish, like many other festivals has become a big supporter of local charities and environmental initiatives. Check out their website for all of the details. We can hardly wait for the next announcement!


2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2014 Profile: Sam Hunt


Sam Hunt Boots and Hearts 2014Name: Sam Hunt
Twitter Handle: @SamHuntMusic
Date of Birth: December 8, 1984
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 215lbs
Position: Quarterback/ Singer-Songwriter
Hometown: Cedartown, Georgia
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

Sam Hunt grew up in Georgia with 2 loves, football and music.

And now, at 29 years old, his football career (high school, college & NFL) is behind him and it looks like a very bright future in country music is in front of him.

Hunt’s first taste of country music success came in 2012 with the release of Kenny Chesney’s #1 hit single, Come Over And after a quiet 2013 on the charts, Sam is back in a big way in 2014…

2 more singles co-written by Hunt have hit the charts this year.
1) Billy Currington – We Are Tonight – #13 on the Billboard Country Charts
2) Keith Urban – Cop Car – #4 on the Billboard Country Charts

Let’s take a step back though, because that quiet 2013 wasn’t really all that quiet. Hunt recorded and released a free, 15 track mixtape titled, Between The Pines.

Between The Pines has given us 2 singles of its own with 2013’s Raised On It… a catchy track about growing up in a small rural spot and having a whole lot of fun doing it. And, Leave The Night On, the new single that tells another small town story, this time with a boy thinking about a girl and asking her to come with him for a night they can both remember. Leave The Night On is sitting at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart right now… and I expect it to keep climbing.

Sam Hunt Profile Boots & Hearts 20142014 is also the first year that Hunt is coming to play in Canada, with stops that include Ottawa Bluesfest and Boots & Hearts, which will mark his Canadian Country Music Festival debut on August 1.

I’m excited to see Sam take the SiriusXM stage on Friday night (6pm) with nobody on the main stage to compete for attention with. With the mixtape and the radio singles that he’s written for others in his arsenal, I don’t doubt that he’s going to be able to put on a hell of a show. And let’s face it, small town is small town… Cedartown, Georgia might be 1,500km from Bowmanville, Ontario, but those things that Sam sings about and grew up with are the same things that I grew up with not far from Canadian Motorsport Park.

Right now I can tell you that I’m in the process of becoming a Sam Hunt fan. And with an entertaining set in Bowmanville, and more songs like the ones he’s released so far, I’ll be all in for a long, long time.

Stay tuned for more updates, profiles and interviews from Boots & Hearts as we get closer to this years festival.

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome.

4 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2013 Exclusive Q&A: Mackenzie Porter

Mackenzie Porter Singing at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]23 year old Mackenzie Porter may just be getting started in her country music career, but don’t be fooled into thinking that she’s just started to work. Born into a talented family in Alberta, Mackenzie has been singing and acting for years, touring with her brother Kalen before going solo.

Winner of the 2011 the Nashville North Star competition and nominee for the 2013 Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards, Mackenzie’s stock keeps on climbing.

This year Mackenzie hit Boots and Hearts like a storm, playing all day in the LUG tent on Friday and an afternoon slot on the Front Porch Stage on Saturday. We caught the Saturday set and loved it. During sound check you clearly hear her let fly some classical music, and 10 minutes later it’s not a violin, it’s a fiddle and this is country music.

Mackenzie’s sound is young, energetic and smooth. But it doesn’t alienate old country lovers. It’s music that you can listen to with your grandma, but can turn up and sing loud at home too. And the more shows that she and her band play and the more she writes and the more she sticks it out, the stronger she will get.

In the lead up to her performances at Boots and Hearts 2013 in Bowmanville we asked Mackenzie a few questions. Check it out.

Josh & Trish: You’ve had the chance to play shows and festivals with some of the biggest acts in country music (Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood), have you received any tips or tricks from anyone to help with your stage show? And whose show has entertained you most?

Mackenzie Porter: I try to go to as many live performances as I can and at times, I will incorporate something that really moves me into my show from the ones I love. One piece of advice that I really like is “Steal ideas and make them your own.” There are so many talented country acts that I’ve had the pleasure of watching and learning from. Miranda’s show was probably one of my favorites. LOVE THAT WOMAN!!!

J&T: With acting a big part of your life to go along with music, do you see yourself as the country music version of say, Selena Gomez – is that something that you hear a lot of?

MP: I’ve actually never heard that before, but I’ll take it :). No, really I just want to be creating music and telling stories. I’m so fortunate to be able to pursue both career paths because I truly have a passion for both….I find that they very much compliment one another!

J&T: If you could have 1 greatest hit record queued up on your iPod, whose would it be?

MP: BEATLES.. I grew up listening, singing, and performing their songs. They bring back so many memories of my childhood. GOOD AND BAD!! haha

J&T: You’re active on both Twitter and Facebook, what’s your favourite part of the social media experience: Sharing info with your fans, or hearing from them with encouragement and love?

MP: I do like social medias because of the instant feedback and interaction. I try to keep fans up to date with what I’m doing and try to show them who I am and what I’m passionate about. I also follow a lot of artists myself because I like learning more about the people I respect.

J&T: Congratulations on your CCMA Rising Star nomination, how does it feel to be up for an award that has had past winners like, Kira Isabella, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Amanda Wilkinson and Johnny Reid?

MP: Thank you!!! I’m so pumped. I went to the CCMA’s for the first time last year and NOBODY knew who I was. I hadn’t released any music and barely knew anyone in the industry. I remember sitting in the audience when they announced the rising star and I said to myself “I’m going to be nominated next year.” Of course I say that about the Grammy’s and Academy Awards every year as well.. so of course, I didn’t really expect it to happen!! I’m so grateful for being nominated among so many other stupidly talented artists.

Want to know more about Mackenzie Porter? Follow her on Twitter and Like her on Facebook and Peruse her Instagram!

Work Hard, Play Harder, Be Awesome.Mackenzie Porter Boots and Hearts 2013 Front Porch Stage Introduction [credit: Trish Cassling]
Mackenzie Porter at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]
Mackenzie Porter at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]
Mackenzie Porter at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]
Mackenzie Porter Portrait Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]

4 years ago

Reviewing Great Music On A Summer Day

So I know that we’re knee deep in winter at this point. But I’ve got summer on my mind.

I’m a lover of music. Lots of music. I fall asleep listening to Country. I clean listening to Pop. I rock out listening to Rock. I bliss out and to Show Tunes. And so on.

8 years ago
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