Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.
The guys have had a busy year, with no signs of slowing down. Their first single, “Lawn Chair Lazy,” which was written by band front man, James Barker, along with fellow Canadians Gavin Slate and Travis Wood, became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band’s follow-up single, “Just Sayin’,” received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third, single “Chills” released on March 3 also received a #1 from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a #1 at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album. The boys have played shows with the likes of Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Dean Brody, High Valley, Tim Hicks and more.
The band performed live on the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards and were nominated for five awards:Single of the Year – “Lawn Chair Lazy”Album of the Year – Game OnRising Star AwardVideo of the Year – “Chills”Group or Duo of the Year.
In April the band dropped their first EP, Game On, via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, which debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week. On the EP Barker found an immediate chemistry with writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Todd Clark, and Donovan Woods with who he wrote the majority of the songs for the EP, which was engineered and produced by Todd Clark. The result displays a consistency of voice, which is both authentic and clear. The cohesiveness of Game On leaves no doubt that James Barker Band knows the land on which they stand. On this EP they lay bare questions of love, life, and responsibility – and ask of their fans to be equally uncompromising on this journey.
“We’re so excited to finally release our EP, Game On. It feels like we’ve been working on these songs for so long that everyone should already know them, but at the same time it feels like only yesterday that we were recording Lawn Chair Lazy. We have poured everything that we have into these songs, and I hope people can feel that,” says Barker. “From the diverse collection of tunes, to the working album art and EP title, we wanted to make sure that the whole project made sense with who and what we are. We are a group of fun loving country music fanatics that are influenced by all kinds of genres, but we aren’t just party animals. We have personal lives and relationships just like everyone else. We really hope our fans enjoy listening and can relate to these songs as much as we do!”.
THE ULTIMATE THEATRICAL TRIBUTE TO ROCK’S BIGGEST STARS!
It’s the classic rock music you love … and you can’t get enough of it. Are these rock icons the real thing or is this Snake Oil?
This is not a tribute band! Snake Oil’s musical cast not only look like the rock stars they portray, but they use their own natural voices to perfectly impersonate the singing and speaking voices and stage mannerisms of these rock icons. Snake Oil’s live theatrical shows are known for their impeccable authenticity to the original artists’ recordings, with spectacular costumes, hilarious audience interaction and an array of incredible special effects. Snake Oil has an outstanding cast of world-class accomplished musical artists, talented singers, and technical support to ensure an authentic 80’s arena-style rock show experience.
Warp back to a time with the lost art and attitude of real 80’s rock. The kind of costumed and propped rock show that filled and shook the arenas and stadiums of the world; The Hair Rock, Melodic Rock, and Classic Rock you love, fueled with energy, fun and sprinkled in humor, these guys are good, real good.
The rock icons portrayed on center stage are supported by Snake Oil’s stage characters; Due, Roxxx n’Hammer, JIZ, G-Spot, Ryan Koke and Koz. These are 6 rockers from different parts of the world, who met purely by chance backstage at a rock festival in Leeds, England. Three of them hit it off right away, two of them didn’t, and 1 still doesn’t remember. However it was determined that they all had the same musical aspirations. From Muff Ireland, Detroit Michigan, Denver Colorado, Kokkola Finland, Winnipeg Canada and 1 doesn’t remember. This band of musicians is guided by one thing: “The spirit of the rock n’ roll party and everything that goes along with it!” Your audience is guaranteed a good time!
Kiss, Def Leppard, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Poison, ACDC, Journey, The Scorpions and many more…..
Ottawa Country Band Rainwater Whiskey are playing today’s top country hits!
In the spring of 2012, the guys in Rainwater Whiskey came together from very diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from Acadian to metal, from rock to big band; and you wouldn’t expect a country band to form out of those styles. However the love for country was reignited in the bands members and they have fused as a hard hitting country band.
After a few months of rehearsal we found our groove and decided to make a go of playing throughout Ottawa and the Valley. We had our first opportunity in Arnprior, playing Priorpallooza which went really well and the ball started to roll from there. Since then we’ve been lucky enough to play with Brea Lawrenson, Jordan McIntosh, and Rory Gardiner, which as everybody knows, are some of Ottawa’s best country music artists. We’ve also opened for Bill Durst, The Road Hammers and were fortunate enough to play with Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies. We’ve played some awesome events along the way as well: Burn Your Bra for Bev, Carleton Place Winter Carnival and Canada Day, Priorpalooza, The Eastern Ontario Firefighters Challenge, the Live Love Laugh Fundraiser, the Arnprior Stampede, Ranch Night and Fair as well… just to name a few.
It’s looking like an EP is in the works for 2017 as well. We’ve already written 7 original country tunes and are well on our way to completing the rest needed for an album. You may have already heard “Redneck Represent”, “Seventh of September” or “Bless this Heart” at a recent show, so stay tuned for album updates!
The band’s sound has morphed and matured, their southern-rock roots pinnacled on 2011’s sprawling work “Princes and Kings” and moved from there into something far more unique. Today the songs are much more focused, and give more the feeling of looking forward than looking back. Working with John Chandler and Ken Friesen as producers on new material, the band still believes in and relies on local talent rather than looking beyond the Ottawa valley for the big names and hype of other cities.
Silver Creek have reinvented themselves while firmly establishing their place among the “must-see” bands in Ottawa. Sharing the stage with diverse legends ranging from The Guess Who to Kevin Costner, from Blue Rodeo to Bob Weir, Silver Creek is at home in any setting. This was confirmed when they were tapped to be the backing band for such acts as Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, White Horse, William Prince, Tanya Tagaq and more when the Juno Awards came to Ottawa in April of 2017.