The Hunter Brothers

Country Thunder Music Festival 2018 Preview

With four incredible locations, Country Thunder will be back yet again in 2018, and it will be bigger than ever!

With festivals in Florence, Arizona, Craven, Saskatchewan, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Calgary, Alberta everyone can have the opportunity to put on their cowboy boots, grab a cold one and dance to an amazing lineup all weekend long!

Get ready for some of the biggest names in country music taking over my city, Calgary, during the weekend of August 17th-19th. I thought the lineup last year was incredible but wait for 2018. The summer of 2017 featured Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, and Randy Houser to name a few! Country Thunder’s new 2018 lineup is filled with the most successful and chart topping artists yet; Eric Church, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, Midland, Madeline Merlo, Hunter Brothers, Lindsay Ell, Bryan White and Jess Moskaluke and more!

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One of the artists I am most excited to see is Eric Church! I’ve been really lucky to see him a couple of times, and I must say he’s one of the only artists who gives me goosebumps every time he sings. One of the most memorable moments at Eric’s shows is when he strips it down to a solo acoustic performance; I truly believe this is the kind of live music experience we all crave. His acoustic performances are definitely something for the books! I highly recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible, as Eric will be closing off Country Thunder the finale night.

Another artist I cannot wait to see is recently announced CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award winner Dierks Bentley. Sadly I have never seen Dierks perform, but I have only ever heard wonderful things. I’m a huge fan of Dierks, one of the biggest reasons why I adore his music so much is because of the stories behind his writing. Musically what he always tries to do is create records that reflect who he is, snapshots of his life at the time. I can’t wait to sing along to some of his most popular songs; Somewhere On A Beach, Black, What The Hell Did I Say, and Different For Girls.

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‘m looking forward to experiencing the diversity all these artists will bring; from heart filled songs to heart breaks, celebrating the weekend, living and learning, being outdoors with your friends and growing up in a small town, this festival will have all your country needs checked off.

Because the festival is located in the city, there are no camping accommodations, only hotels. But don’t worry!!! Country Thunder has a list of 19 different hotel partners near the festival site that will suit your budget and requirements. Plus, with your festival passes you are welcome to shuttle back and forth for free. Try not to wait too long to purchase tickets to Calgary’s Country Thunder though, as limited tickets are remaining for the full weekend festival.

So grab your sunscreen, cowboy hat, wear your best dancing shoes and get ready to experience everything that Country Thunder has to offer in 2018!

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Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2018 Headliner Announcement: Luke Bryan

If the first artist announcement for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is any indication, country music fans in Prince Edward Island are going to have a lot of fun July 6-8, 2018!

Tuesday morning the festival announced that Luke Bryan, the man with 19 #1 hits, will take the stage to headline Sunday, July 8 and finish off a weekend of partying and country music.

We’ve seen Luke Bryan on a big stage before, in 2014 and 2017 at Boots & Hearts, and if you haven’t seen him, we can promise that it’s a good time. The energy, fun, and music from the stage turns the whole thing into a big party, and you won’t want this night to end.

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Related: Luke Bryan at Boots & Hearts 2017

The festival is excited to have made the announcement and to be bringing Bryan to the festival, with Whitecap Entertainment President, Jeff Squires saying, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Luke Bryan to Cavendish. He’s been the #1 requested artist for many years and it’s the perfect year for him to see what our festival is made of, 10 years strong! We’re looking forward to another beautiful weekend full of friends, family and the breathtaking beaches of Cavendish at CBMF 2018!,”.

With past performers including Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, and more, you can trust that Cavendish Beach Music Festival will be adding more big names to their 10th anniversary festival in 2018.

We don’t know who yet, but if you’re looking for some guesses, we’d tell you to look out for…

🎵 Kelsea Ballerini

🎵 Thomas Rhett

🎵 Brothers Osborne

🎵 Andrew Hyatt

🎵 Madeline Merlo

🎵 The Hunter Brothers

Stay tuned for more information when it comes, and get your tickets starting Friday, December 1 – CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKET LINK!!!

Born and Raised: Hunter Brothers Live at Giant Tiger

Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock, and Dusty Hunter were a long way from their Shaunavon, Saskatchewan farm when they rolled into Giant Tiger in Scarborough for their pop up performance to trade tractors for harmonies.

These five brothers are one of Canada’s rising star acts in country music, with singles El Dorado, Long Way To Love You, Getaway, and (their most recent) Born And Raised connecting with audiences coast-to-coast and making fans and the industry take notice. The Hunter Brothers released their debut album, Getaway, in March 2017, and have seen success in the form of fan base growth, top 40 singles, and more than 2 million streams on Spotify.

We caught up with the Hunter Brothers before their acoustic performance in Scarborough to talk about the feelings of releasing new music, hearing a crowd sing along, hockey, and farming… and which parody song they like best from their growing collection.

Before we even got started, the boys took notice of the vintage 1989 Grey Cup Championship Saskatchewan Roughriders cap I was wearing. Here’s a general tip for anyone that lives in any province or territory in Canada other than Saskatchewan: ‘Riders gear is always a good way to start a conversation!

I asked Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock, and Dusty about the feeling of releasing new music to the world, asking if it was scarier or more nerve wracking than knowing rain was coming in when there was work to do in the fields. The boys explained that the differences are many, and that when it comes to the farm, they know they can hit the panic button, buckle down and work hard and fast until it’s done. But with their music, things are different, with J.J. comparing it more to hockey (which the boys all played to various levels, and we got back to a little later) where you can prepare yourself, feel confident that you’re ready, but still don’t really know what the outcome is going to be. They ended up labeling it nervous excitement whenever new music comes from them to the world.

Back to hockey for just a minute, I asked which of the Hunter Brothers had the best hands, and they all agreed that J.J. ended up with the most developed skills… but that Brock had the most natural ability when it came time to dangle. Being that they’re all so freaking nice, they also gave nods to Dusty’s dangle ability, Luke’s shot, and Ty’s natural and steady ability to play a strong defensive game, always knowing what to do with the puck. It was a giant hockey love fest between these guys.

We asked the boys what it’s been like to see the reaction and acceptance from country music fans in Canada, and they lit up. They have loved the experience of sharing their music, and when they look out and see people singing along it can shake them. They mentioned the crowd in Oshawa at the OHL General’s game a few days ago, and being 3,000 kilometres away they could still look out and see Ontarians singing along. It’s special to them.

In Scarborough, the Hunter Brothers played three songs, spreading their harmonies out over the store, and giving everyone a taste of what they bring to the country music table. And with Getaway, El Dorado, and Born And Raised, they earned applause, saw cellphone cameras in the air, and genuinely looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Before the boys got ready to play, we asked two more questions…

1) Who would you most like to play a show with?

The brothers told us that there are a lot of names on their list… but that the first one they would all be able to agree on would be Rascal Flatts, who they’ve been listening to for a long time.

2) Which of their song parodies is their favourite? (If you haven’t seen the Hunter Brothers parodies, head to Facebook now and scroll through their videos!)

There were two answers… their Coke parody and their most popular parody to date (and my personal favourite) The Combine Got Stuck.

Big thanks to Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock, and Dusty Hunter for taking a few minutes to hang out. We’re looking forward to more chances to see the boys play and to talk about sports, the farm, and music.

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! 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from and Friends!

This year, to celebrate the holiday season, we asked some of our musician friends to send us pics and videos sharing their best wishes to you!

We would like to thank everyone that helped us out with this project, the artists and their teams, and we would like to thank all of you for enjoying the messages when you’ve seen them on social media.

Now, in case you missed any of them, here are a heap of wishes that we would love to pass on to you!

And from our team at, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a safe and awesome New Year!

Dean Brody

Jessica Mitchell

Chad Brownlee

Madeline Merlo



Leah Daniels

Kansas Stone

The Lovelocks

River Town Saints

The Dead Love

The Hunter Brothers

Leaving Thomas

The Dead South

Andrew Hyatt

The Katherines

Mike Robins of Autumn Hill

Andrew Allen

Shae Dupuy


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