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5 X Country Music Award winners for 2016, The Washboard Union have defied classification and have become one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Country music scene. This year the band took home both Rising Star and Roots Artist of the Year awards at the Canadian Country Music Awards and won 3 BC Country Music Awards for Group, Songwriter and Roots Artist of the Year. They had 2 top 10 singles in the past year with “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” & “Shot of Glory”. As Warner Music/Slaight Music recording artists they are an authentic blend of where country and bluegrass are headed next. This year alone they have shared the stage with: The Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam, Lonestar and more. As regulars to Nashville Tennessee the band recorded their latest EP In My Bones at the legendary RCA Studio A. You simply have to see them Live!
The Washboard Union are a sextet out of Vancouver, British Columbia that are led by principle members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts.
Duncombe & Grain eventually packed up and left their hometown of Kelowna, BC. and ventured to Vancouver where they moved in to a magnificently beautiful 1920’s Tudor style mansion. By coincidence Roberts was himself renting in the same mansion and would occasionally join the brothers for impromptu single malt fueled jam sessions. These early sessions would be the kernels of what would blossom and eventually give rise to The Washboard Union. Living there at that time Roberts would reminisce “was like living in a garden gone to seed.” Grain provided guitar and vocals and Duncombe added his own voice and a banjo. Roberts, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with harmonica, guitar, mandolin and of course, the washboard in his arsenal, became the team’s secret weapon. The band’s independently released self-titled debut album was produced by noted rock producers GGGarth Richardson (Nickleback, Biffy Clyro, Hedley) and Canadian Music Hall of famer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) – on the track “Half Cree” – whom the band are proud to call a friend and mentor.
Born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Meghan Patrick has dedicated her entire life to music, wanting it to be more than just a passion. “I was drawn to playing guitar so I could start writing music to go along with the words I was writing. I wanted to be self-sufficient as a creative artist.” It wasn’t long until Meghan had mastered both electric and acoustic guitar as well as the banjo.
Prior to setting out as a solo artist, Meghan was the lead singer of the popular roots act The Stone Sparrows. A newgrass / bluegrass band, The Stone Sparrows released an EP and a full-length album before the members parted ways amicably in 2013 after playing their second Boots and Hearts Festival.
Meghan has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. She has recently signed a publishing deal with Olé Nashville. Her debut album, Grace and Grit is set to be released in the spring of this year. To make this album, Meghan travelled to a number of studios in Canada and America, including the capital city of country music, Nashville. On the way, she worked with producers Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes), Vince Gill, Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Avril Lavigne) and Carly McKillip. To add even more star power to her debut Meghan brought in a few more big names, including multiple Grammy nominee Joe Nichols who duets with her on “Still Loving You,” and fellow Canadian Chad Kroeger, who co-wrote and produced her forthcoming debut single “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” along with several other cuts on the album.
In addition to Kroeger, Grace and Grit features an impressive list of cowriters, which includes Rodney Clawson (CMA Songwriter of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and Grammy Nominated), Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviazuk, Marty Dodson, Patricia Conroy, Bruce Wallace, Buddy Owen, Phil Barton, Phil O'Donnell and Andrew Allan. What’s more, superstar engineer Justin Niebank, who has mixed for the likes of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes is mixing the entire record.
The songs Meghan writes are about real-life situations and are both personal and autobiographical. They are story songs, but they are her stories which infuse the material with an authenticity and sincerity that is palpable.
“I have to feel connected to the music, especially when I am playing live. The emotions I write about are real and audiences know when you are being true to yourself. Performing my own music and forming a bond with my audience is what I do this for. And that’s the most enjoyable thing in the world.”
High energy and a lot of fun, The Mudmen are a Celtic Rock Band who inspire a party as soon as they hit the stage. Founded by The Campbell Brothers in 1998, The Mudmen have 8 studio CDs building a resume and a legion of fans from young to old.
The Mudmen have met and performed for the Queen and have been honoured to entertain and share the stage with numerous celebrities over the years, including Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Paul Shaffer, William Shatner, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.
The Mudmen Robby Campbell, Sandy Campbell, Jeremy Burton, Mike Meacher, Dan Westenenk and Eric Bolton believe nice guys do finish first. Their love for music and performing is as strong as their off stage friendship. With over 2,500 shows to date you are sure to feel the same way about the Canadian, Celtic, Rock band known as The Mudmen.
Performing over 200 shows annually, Hamilton Ontario’s Freedom Train is the go-to band for parties and festivals across Canada.
Freedom Train puts a spin on their huge variety classic rock, R&B, country and funky songs.
This power-trio features the four octave vocal range of vocalist / bassist Carl Jennings, the inventive two-piece kit drumming of Tim Jennings and the creative guitar stylings of “Big”Ed Mitchell. The three members create a full and authentic sound. They can go from re-creating a Led Zeppelin classic note-per-note one moment, then switch to their own arrangement of a Louis Armstrong standard. Their variety of great songs and vastly different musical styles within a show has been the secret to Freedom Train’s success for the past 28 years! Freedom Train is proud to make music their living since 1989 with the same band members!
Carl Jennings - Vocals & Bass
Born in Montreal, Canada, Carl began a full-time career in music when he was 16. Along with his brother Tim, Carl performed in Pegasus, Speck Jennings, and eventually in Freedom Train. As a producer, musician, and audio engineer at Westmoreland Recording Studio, Carl has recorded/produced countless artist, groups, TV and radio ads, and TV show themes.
Tim Jennings - Drums & Vocals
Born in Huddersfield, England, Tim started drums at an early age, playing in orchestras, rock bands, and teaching music throughout his teens. Touring and recording in Pegasus, Speck Jennings, and Freedom Train, Tim developed a unique drumming style by using just a two piece drum set, a kick and snare drum! Tim currently teaches drums at Long & McQuade in Burlington, Ontario, and can be heard on numerous recordings and jingles, as well as be seen competing in bike races across Ontario.
Ed Mitchell - Guitar
The first day Carl and Tim met Ed they asked him to join their group Speck Jennings. “We didn't really need to hear him play, we just knew,” says Carl. Born in Belfast, Ireland, Ed began playing guitar with Hamilton, Ontario group Varga, eventually joining Speck Jennings and Freedom Train. As well as performing on countless records and jingles, Ed had a lead role in the independent film Kung-Fu Supreme and has also painted/designed CD covers for many artists.
JULY 22, 2017 •
Gates open at 3:00pm
The Redhill Valleys • 4:00 pm
Ultimate Urban • 5:00 pm
Freedom Train • 6:20 pm
Mudmen • 7:40 pm
Meghan Patrick • 9:00 pm
The Washboard Union • 10:30 pm
An amazing International Tribute to Keith Urban with all the rock-star swagger and fiery-energy to thrill fans at Festivals, Fairs, and Clubs throughout North America.
ULTIMATE URBAN covers Keith Urban's entire award winning career to date. Number one hits such as "Somebody Like You" and "Long Hot Summer" and "You Look Good In My Shirt" make for an unforgettable tribute to one of the world's greatest and most dynamic country artists.
The Redhill Valleys
The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk/Rock group from Hamilton, Ontario. Rooted by their influences in southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul, the newly formed trio are forging a musical path all their own. The collaboration of guitarist Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and drummer Tim Allard is built upon a common dedication to the craft of songwriting, unifying the poetic ease of their lyrics with unforgettable melodies, harmonies and guitar riffs.
The path to now began when bassist Chelsea McWilliams and guitarist Danielle Beaudin hit the open road for Nashville, Tennessee. They collaborated on their newly developed material and it wasn't long before the pair found their rhythm. Drummer Tim Allard joined shortly after their return from the Music City, and it became undeniable that something unique was under way as their individual sounds came together as one. They didn’t know it yet, but this was the beginning of The Redhill Valleys.
The trio dug their heels in over the following year, polishing their live material and playing the local circuit. Songs worthy of a full-length album were quickly coming to life, and a curious hum among the Hamilton music scene was building around their folk, roots, and rock inspired sound. Their collaborative influences brought catchy country choruses, as heard on their new single titled "Wrong Way Turns Out Right”, a Canadiana inspired folk ballad called “Parry Sound”, and unapologetic toe-tappin' rock via tunes such as “You Can’t Be Alone” and “Ragged and Run Down”. Their set-list crossed genres and touched on the hearts of true music lovers.
After a successful fundraiser, the group was able to raise money to begin the recording process. Their debut album was recorded at Westmoreland Recording Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with producer Carl Jennings. The 12-tracks feature McWilliams, Beaudin and Allard trading off lead vocals, which leads the listener on a multifaceted and deeply rich journey. In the studio, the trio honed in on their respected and multi-instrumental abilities to fine tune and translate the energy of their live performances into the record. With the help of producer Jennings, their sound became distinct and the songs unforgettable.
Released on April 26th 2016, the album is now available for purchase via The Redhill Valleys store and download on iTunes and Bandcamp, and streaming on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music and more!