Dave talks with country artists & plays their songs. You'll hear about career highlights, current projects, stories behind the songs & more. You can contact the show at email@example.com.
Interview with Pamela Rooney
Quebec's Pamela Rooney is on a mission to keep traditional country music alive! She has just released a new album Storms Never Last featuring 10 classic country songs including "Jolene", "Mama Tried" & "He Stopped Loving Her Today".
Tune in to hear Pamela talk about her music career & hear several of the tracks from the new album.
Interview with ANNIKA
Calgary, Alberta born and raised ANNIKA has been engaging and entertaining audiences around the world since 2014 as the lead singer of the CCMA-nominated country-pop duo Leaving Thomas.
Her debut solo single, "I Really Don't Want To," was added to over 20 Canadian country radio stations, reached No.33 on the CBC Country Top 40 chart, has been in the Top 40 at Mediabase for five consecutive weeks, and has been in the Top 50 on the Billboard Country Chart for four weeks. ANNIKA was also featured in the Billboard MRC Canadian Music Newsletter (July 2021) .
ANNIKA has co-written over 100 songs to date with Nashville heavy hitters such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Phil Barton, Brian White, Patricia Conroy, and most famously, Liz Rose, and has performed at incredible venues with Leaving Thomas such as Boots and Hearts, Country Thunder, Calgary Stampede, Rockin’ River Fest, and many more.
She is taking a new musical direction since moving on from the country-pop duo by releasing her first full length solo album, Stand Still. The project is a departure from her previous work and showcases a more mature, introspective ANNIKA, highlighting her talents as a musician, specifically as a piano player. The project will be broken down into two EPs and one deluxe album, delivering a total of 14 tracks within 12 months.
ANNIKA is here to chat about & share her 2 new singles: "Encore" a duet with chart-topping, Platinum-selling, JUNO, and CCMA award-winning Canadian country star Brett Kissel AND "Love Looks LIke You".
Interview with Brittany Brodie
Ontario's Brittany Brodie grew up on traditional country music from Vern Gosdin and Dottie West to Johnny Horton and George Strait. In later years she was listening to LeAnn Rimes, The Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride. She even found inspiration in The Spice Girls. They were what got her through her formative years, being bullied throughout her childhood. “One day I will thank them in person!”
People always ask her, 'When did you get into her music? Her answer is: 'Music was not something I woke up one day and decided to do. It chose me. I was born to have this life, this career. I have never had to think about my purpose in life. I've know since day one."
Brittany visits me on the podcast to chat about her love story that inspired her latest single "Found The One".
Interview with Rod Black
Beginning his journey in Langley, British Columbia, Rod Black was born into a professional rodeo family, moving regularly around Canada in his early life. After settling in the Prairies, Rod attended high school in both Regina and Saskatoon, where he immersed himself in vintage classics from southern rock pioneers and original country outlaws.
The inspired mix of rock and country influences that some liken to Kid Rock crossed with Uncle Kracker gave Rod a distinctive musical flavour that has led to breakthrough success in both genres. First signed to Island/Def Jam Records New York as the frontman of the rock group Jet Black Stare, Rod powered his way to #26 on the US Billboard Rock Charts with the band’s rip-roaring 2009 single, “Ready to Roll”.
With Jet Black Stare on hiatus, Rod tapped into his country roots to collaborate with longtime friend and CCMA award-winning producer Jeff Johnson on 2014’s “Keepin’ On”, which reached the Canadian Billboard Top 20 and earned him 2015 nominations from the Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group or Solo Artist (Country) and the BC Country Music Association for Male Artist of the Year and the Ray McAuley Horizon Award.
In 2018, Rod re-released “Keepin’ On” to the US market, where it successfully hit the Top 80 on the US Country Music Row Charts. 2019 brought a new single, “Good Times”, produced by his former Jet Black Star bandmate Dan Swinimer, which hit #1 on CBC Country/Sirius XM Canada and stayed at that position for an incredible 16+ weeks.
After reuniting with Jeff Johnson, Rod released the 2020 single, “Walk On”, which hit #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Country Singles Chart (South Africa), and has led to a new EP – front-lined by Black’s 2021 singles “Barely Gettin’ By” and currently “Laketown” – that is due later this year.
Interview with Kadooh
After spending over a decade as the guitarist and backing vocalist of the rock band State of Shock, Vancouver-based Country Artist Kadooh made the decision to cross over to country, a genre he’s grown to love, and step into the spotlight for the first time as a solo artist. In 2018, he won his very first country music award, earning the Ray McAuley Horizon Award at the BC Country Music Association Awards (BCCMA). In 2019, he released his debut self-titled EP and 3 singles, and the winning streak continued leading to nominations for BCCMA Male Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year, and ultimately taking home the BCCMA award for Video of the Year for “Somethin’ to Roll On”.
Kadooh is gearing up to release an EP later this year. Brought together with the help of producer Jeff Johnson, the EP will continue to reflect Kadooh’s new sound — one that has found influence in not only his everyday life, but an engrained love of music as a whole.
The music video for his new single "Rattlesnake Bite" filmed in Abbotsford, BC was brought to life by Director Stephano Barberis. Kadooh’s close friend, and award-winning musician and songwriter Chad Kroeger of Nickelback not only makes a special guest appearance in the video, but also co-produced the new single
Interview with Manny Blu
Montreal's Manny Blu is getting ready to release his new EP DEViL on August 20th. The project features five songs written by some of Nashville’s best writers including Ryan Beaver, Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brinley Addington, Anthony Smith, Michael Hardy, Craig Wiseman, Aaron Eshuis, Joe Clemmons and Logan Wall.
Featured on the album is the single "Valet" featuring fellow Montreal artist Brittany Kennel released in early July.
“Valet” tells the story of a couple falling in love while experiencing some of the most cherished Nashville spots, romanticizing the place that Manny now calls home.
While definitely one of the most traditional country-sounding songs found on DEViL, Manny continues to push his punk-inspired mentality forward by embracing the fact that an acoustic country ballad is the perfect, unexpected addition to the EP tracklist.
Being a former hockey player & MMA fighter, Manny knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. So when Covid derailed live shows, he launched his own live performance series Live & Turned Up on his Official YouTube page. The series "Live & Turned Up" finds Manny performing a mix of original songs, fan favourites, and unexpected covers.
Manny describes the new EP as “an ensemble of songs that have a variety of skill sets and sides of me as an artist that I haven’t shown before, and is probably the most complete project I’ve released to date. I think DEViL has elements that call back to what I’ve released before and what I have coming next.”
With the EP's singles "Train" and "Valet already released, Manny just dropped a third single, the weekend party anthem "Circle Up" featuring singer-songwriter Blaine Holcomb lending his vocal talents to it.