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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview with Kendra Kay
Manitoba's Kendra Kay is here to chat about her new song "Homegrown Heart".
The 2 x MCMA Female Artist of the Year winner has had the opportunity to spend more time on her family ranch in the past two years than she has in a long time. As a songwriter, she felt naturally inspired to write about it. This is how her new single Homegrown Heart was born.
“This song is my story – it is inspired by my roots, life and family. I wrote it to tell the story of who I am, and from the idea that everyone has that little piece of home, it is a universal feeling. When I am not out on the road touring, I am on the road barrel racing or at home working with my horses and that feels like home for me. I know there are so many people out there that will connect with this song and feeling, no matter where they call home,” says Kendra.
When the reigning MCMA Fans' Choice Award winner (Kendra won in 2020 & 2021) was unable to tour with her band, she turned to another passion. She loaded up her horse and hit the road for a different reason. Kendra joined the rodeo circuit which led to winning a Championship Buckle for Barrel Racing!
Kendra continues to grow her audiences as she achieves 1 million global streams, has had music videos placed in rotation on CMT Australia, and embarked on tour dates across Western Canada. She hit the road armed with her 5-piece band, playing major events such as the Calgary Stampede, Red River Exhibition Fall Fair and the Ponoka Stampede to name a few.
When Kendra isn’t working on the ranch, out on the road with her horse or touring with her band she is recording new music, cutting tracks from an impressive list of writers including Carly Pearce, Maren Morris and Meghan Patrick.
Homegrown Heart was written by Kendra & Tyler Del Pino and produced by award-winning producer Murray Pulver.
Interview with Alli Walker
Alli Walker is back with the release of her new single "Country Music". Giving listeners insight into some of the biggest country tracks and artists that have shaped her life, the nostalgic and upbeat track is available on all streaming platforms.
Written by Alli, Dustin Bird and Brian John Harwood and produced by Danick Dupelle (Tebey, Tyler Joe Miller, Emerson Drive), the track got its debut on TikTok earlier this year. Quickly racking up over a million views, the demo allowed fans to bond over the role country music has played in their lives.
“I wanted the production, storytelling and emotion of this song to feel as nostalgic as it does when listening to some of the songs we mention in the track,” says Alli of how “Country Music” came together. “I can still remember belting out Alison Krauss's part in 'Whiskey Lullaby' when I was a teenager, repeating 'Remember When' by Alan Jackson over and over on my little blue MP3 player and performing 'Strawberry Wine' to a slow dancing crowd with my cover band. When I sing this song it brings back so many memories of discovering my favourite country tracks throughout my life.”
The release of “Country Music” showcases Alli's first new music since dropping her debut album The Basement Sessions in Fall 2019. It also marks a new direction for the PEI native as she finds her sound and carves her own path in the industry. “Prior to my debut album, I spent over 10 years getting my feet wet - I knew I needed my 10K hours and my 'dues paid' before I released anything of my own,” explains Alli. “Writing, recording, and releasing my debut album on my own in 2019 was the perfect experience on what it takes to be an independent artist and still cut through the noise".
Interview with The Record Breakers
The Record Breakers are an energetic Canadian pop-country band melding the right amount of sunrise and sunset. Formed in 2014 for a Beatles-related celebration, the band began to explore and develop their identity. A special encounter with Blue Rodeo inspired them to bring country into their sound, which has become uniquely that of The Record Breakers. Like some of history's greatest bands, The Record Breakers feature two main vocalists and song-writers, Hayden and Bella. Rounding out the band are Michael, Devan and Julian. Coupled with solid musical arrangements, memorable hooks and big harmonies, the end result is diverse and engaging.
Following their 2016 self-titled debut EP, the band released their second album Bigger Plan, in June of 2018. Most notably, The Record Breakers opened for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi, at the Montreal Bell Centre in May of 2018. The band marks that as “an opportunity of a lifetime.” In 2019, they were crowned "Discovery of The Year" at Festival New Country Brome and in 2020 they were selected by CBC Searchlight to be in their Top 50 Producer Picks.
Following their initial success, The Record Breakers released their first bilingual single "In My Car/Dans Mon Char"and the seasonal hit "Winter" debuting on Amazon Music and Spotify editorial playlists respectively and gaining well over 50k streams. 2021 brought their latest summer-themed EP Bonfire featuring the lead single “Sunflower”. Defined by Roots Music Canada as an “upbeat, catchy and summery” song, it has been featured on editorial playlists and many radio stations across Quebec.
Interview with Scotty Kipfer
Ontario's Scotty Kipfer has just released a new single "Wading In The Water" from his Taking My Time album. He's here to share that song & some others plus he'll chat with me about his music career including the artist & song that influenced his music the most. Scotty will also talk about his recent engagement, the WSA and much more!
Scotty was born into a musical family and grew up in small-town Milverton Ontario surrounded by musicians who always encouraged him to play. By three years old, he was tagging along with his dad to perform with the Milverton Legion Band at local nursing homes, with a plastic saxophone in tow. At seven, he was playing fiddle in a family band. He played piano and a number of brass and woodwind instruments until he became enamoured with country music. Scotty was 17 when he finally picked up a guitar and began to write songs.
Since then, Scotty has worked for record labels and management firms, as a radio announcer, a cartoonist, and a touring guitar player with several artists.
After spending years working in different facets of the music business, Scotty felt the urge to develop his songwriting. He started spending more time working with a community of writers in Nashville while honing his live show with performances throughout Southern Ontario and the American Midwest. At one of his writing sessions, the song “Taking My Time” was born. “I’ll never forget heading home on I-40 after that session,” says Scotty, “I was listening to the work tape of this goofy love song we’d written, and I finally became aware of who I am and who I was going to be as an artist. It was a light bulb moment for me.
Interview with Genevieve Fisher
London born and raised Genevieve Fisher has earned 9 top 50 hits on both Billboard’s BDS and Mediabase Canadian National Country Charts. While 2021 has been challenging for many artists, Genevieve achieved the most consecutive weeks on the national chart of her career during 2021. Her name entered onto the top 40, starting with the David James duet “Then There’s You”. This was immediately followed by her own solo top 40 hit “Playing Favourites”. It was also the first time that her name appeared in the top 40 with two different songs at the same time.
Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning 6 Female Artist of the Year nominations as we well as numerous nominations for Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards. While still in her teens, the Canadian Country Music Association recognized Genevieve’s emerging talent with her CCMA performance selection at the 2012 New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon. Her songwriting skills continue to be acknowledged by the CCMA as witnessed by her selection to perform for the prestigious Songwriters Series in 2016 and 2018.
Her Indigenous background has allowed her to register 3 number 1 hits on the North American Indigenous Music Countdown chart. Genevieve has had the opportunity to perform at some of the biggest music festivals in Canada including Boots and Hearts, Havelock Jamboree, Lucknow Music In The Fields, Manitoulin Country Fest, Trackside and Indigenous Day Live. She has had, and continues to have, the privilege of writing with some of Country music's brightest songwriters including Jason Blaine, Steven Lee Olsen, Patricia Conroy, Michelle Wright, Jason Massey, Jennifer Schott and many more.
Genevieve is here to catch us up on all her latest news & to share a few songs including her new single "Neon Healing".
Interview with Jeff Catto
Ontario's Jeff Catto recently moved from the Christian genre to the Country genre. His recent release "Round Of Life" celebrating his real life wife & 6 kids and his brand new single "Want You Even More" inspired by his wife are two signs that Jeff is in the right genre. As a teenager, he competed on Canadian Idol. Years later, Aaron Pritchett recorded "Summertime" written by Jeff.
Tune in to get to know Jeff better as he reveals what motivates him musically & what challenges he's faced in his music career - and hear his latest releases!
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