2017 Big Valley Jamboree Edition
Photo by Ron Pilger
August 1, 2017
Bill Sears, Tyler Bossmann and Matt Hunter step up to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Inside... A variety of merchandise and services, including: Farm equipment and supplies, auctions, camping supplies, realty, entertainment, homes, building supplies, personal shopping, banking and more!
Fifty guys will be experiencing a bit of pain in exchange for long-term gain for the community when they walk the entire Camrose Kickin’ Country Parade in red highheeled shoes. The parade will take place in Camrose on August 3rd (Big Valley Jamboree weekend). The admirable effort will be key in raising funds for the
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
News... BVJ Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Urban defies gravity in country music . . . . . . . . . . . Hometown Tracy Millar is back on main stage . . . . . . . Country music legend Willie Nelson is no stranger
Looking great in red pumps and ready to walk a mile…
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initiative. All proceeds will be directed to Camrose Women’s Shelter. Last year over $23,000 was raised during this novel, but exciting, fundraiser. Hoping to surpass this amount as a result of Thursday’s high-profile walk, this year the money will be used to support the Shelter’s Second Stage Housing initiative. Second Stage housing is defined as stable, longer-term, self-contained, safe, affordable private living units for women fleeing domestic violence and supported programming for service recipients. It’s another milestone for the local Shelter’s mandate, which has been doing amazing work for 30-plus years.
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Tracy Millar Williams and Ree Sam Palladio Tanya Tucker Kacey Musgraves Keith Urban
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Wine Soaked Preachers sing good old country music Sunday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
The Wine Soaked Preachers play good, oldfashioned country and western music. Alberta residents, The Wine Soaked Preachers, may have started out as a Corb Lund tribute band, but they’ve graduated to one of
the province’s most entertaining roots bands. In 2016, the Calgarybased band released their second album, Same Old Town, which charted on college radio stations across the country. The four-piece band has
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It started with a shuffle beat in a room with two likeminded musicians in the most unusual of locales (Edmonton) for a punk rock-country band. The beginnings were humble, but the evolution was far from that. Like a beautiful whiskey aging in an oak barrel or a crisp, golden ale fermenting in a vat, the music evolved into a delectable cacophony of art and joy. Consistent gigs and a pickup truck full of songs in their repertoire kept this four-piece band grooving and growing stronger in the Canadian music scene. Echoing the sentiments of their heroes, their brand of country is fused with attitude and high energy.
Band frontman and rhythm guitarist Quinn Clark, or ‘hat with beard’ to his friends, describes the importance of a high energy live show: “It’s something that’s immensely hard and nearly impossible to convey on a record, although we’ve tried our best to do that. I think that’s what I like most about playing in a band; a collaboration with other players. You become each other’s audience.” Bringing a rock ’n’ roll swagger, an “us against them” punk rock attitude
and old fashioned country soul to a highly commercialized and stale sound has reminded us about the power that was in the roots of this genre. The live show stands above all else with the party atmosphere and high energy; it’s impossible not to dance, toe tap and have a great time at their shows. With positive reviews following in the wake of their performances, which have spanned the globe, The Give ’Em Hell Boys are bringing back the days of Cash, Williams and Jennings.
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Urban defies gravity in country music
ally established himself as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer who has brought his own distinctive talent, energy, and charisma to Country music and beyond. In return, Urban has now established himself as both a global superstar and a highly respected artist with the impressive track record to prove it, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards,
Academy of County Music Awards and Australia’s coveted Aria Award. He has a loyally devoted worldwide fan base that comes to see him every time he takes the stage, as he connects with the people who have made it all possible. Urban’s millions of fans have followed his creative progression from his first American album as a member of The Ranch (1997), through an increasingly accomplished series of the Platinum-selling solo albums, Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004), and Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing (2006), as well as the compilation Greatest Hits: 19 Kids (2008). “I have a real appreciation for the long, colorful, diverse musical road I’ve taken to get here,” Urban explained of his musical journey. “All through my youth in Australia, I got to play in so many different situations. I grew up in Tamworth, which is sort of the country music capitol of Australia, playing and competing there, but I also formed my own band playing West Coast Rock stuff that I loved. Then I got a job as a musical director for a cabaret singer, so I was learning “Twelfth of Never” and “Viva Las Vegas” too.
tal Europe, England, Ireland, Scandinavia and Australia. “One of the things I strive for is to make every show feel like it is in an intimate setting. It doesn’t matter whether I am playing a backyard barbecue or on stage at the Big Valley Jamboree, I believe you can make that personal connection with an audience,” said Tracy who is in the process of writing material for her third solo album, one that will follow her 2004 release You Go Girl and her 2008 effort I’m Not That Girl Anymore. Reiterating that the songs she sings “have to be a reflection of real life”, Millar feels she is “on the edge of a new chapter as an artist.” Sensing she has hit her stride as a writer expectations, from this woman who has continually set her sights high, are built on the touchstones to yesterday and material inspired by her multi-faceted life. It’s an altered direction in the sense that this will be an acoustic, unplugged affair, one that should dovetail nicely with albums that touched on her love of traditional country music and a number of songs that didn’t disguise her love for the bluegrass tradition. Coming off an itinerary that found her playing major
festivals not only in western Canada, but Chicago, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and opening for Tim McGraw, Tracy still grins when she’s asked about bluegrass superstar Rhonda Vincent singing on her last recording. It’s a great story that bears repeating, as Tracy confidently but politely asked Vincent, following a Vincent concert if she would consider being a guest vocalist on a “Spread A Little Love Around.” It wasn’t long and Vincent put harmonies on the song along with enlisting her brother Darren Vincent from Ricky Skaggs’ band Kentucky Thunder to also sing on the track. In a sense, that story sums up the manner in which Tracy approaches her art and life. She’s grounded, understands who she is, what her strengths are, what makes her tick, what affects her on a deeper level, and does her best to channel it into song and singing, and believes that others will continue to be moved by her music. So far, so good, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be more of the same as the next chapter in Tracy’s journey.
Saturday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m.
Fifteen years after his first-ever BVJ performance, Keith Urban will be returning to the main stage! Urban’s “ripCORD World Tour 2017” follows the spring 2016 release of his eighth studio album, RIPCORD, which has already produced three No. 1 singles – the Grammy nominated “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Break On Me,” and “Wasted Time,” which stayed atop the charts for two weeks and became Urban’s 21st No. 1 record. RIPCORD’s fourth single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is on country radio and headed towards yet another top position. Urban continues to add to his career CMA Awards nominations, garnering four including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year. As the days go by, we’ll be waiting for the upcoming long hot summer when Keith reclaims his rightful place under the BVJ lights. On Defying Gravity, the openhearted and uplifting new album by Keith Urban, there is a deeply felt musical statement, a life-affirming song cycle marked by a clearheaded sense of passion and hope. From the opening romantic yearning of “Kiss A Girl” to the heartfelt gratitude of the closing “Thank You” Defying Gravity offers listeners the inspiring and stirring sound of a great
musical artist coming of age and creating his most personal and effecting music yet. “Fortunately, this is where I am at right now in life, in my marriage and in my home with a new girl,” Urban said of Defying Gravity’s truly joyful and thankful mood. “And coming down the road that I’ve taken to be here, I do feel a lot of gratitude.” The road that Keith
has traveled to get here has been uniquely his own. How else on earth to explain how this kid, born in Whangarie, New Zealand and raised in Caboolture, Queensland Australia, has grown up to somehow become one of the biggest stars in the very American world of Country music? Since first moving to Nashville back in 1992, Keith Urban has gradu-
Hometown Millar is back on the main stage Saturday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.
The performance of a song should provide a direct link to, and illustrate a powerful reflection of, an artist’s soul, and that is exactly what defines Camrose’s Tracy Millar as an artist. A singer, songwriter and interpreter, Tracy is all about art and craft as communication, she is a vibrant artist who understands that a deep connection can and should be made between audiences and an artist, after those same connections have been fused between writers, musicians and performers. She comes from a world far away from those where an artist’s career is shaped by listener and audience surveys, wardrobe consultants, and the myriad of variables that the music business insists are necessary to drive a career. A rural Alberta gal, Tracy is a single mom, who is just as passionate about her career as a nurse and contributing to her community as she is about making fine music. And that is passionate with a capital “P”, as this recording artist never gives less than 100 per cent of her heart, and Godgiven talents to any project or performance. All this wouldn’t carry
much weight if Tracy’s efforts over the last decade had landed on deaf ears and indifferent audiences. But the fact is Tracy has been winning over the public and peers with a pure voice that comes out of the country tradition and songs that have resonated with audiences that might be
hearing her for the first time on radio or the tenth time in a live setting. Not only have singles like “Talk, Talk, Talk” and “Spread A Little Love Around” worked their way up the charts at home, they’ve given her a great entry way into reaching audiences at radio in continen-
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Camrose Busing Schedule for Big Valley Jamboree
19th Annual Camrose Kick’n Country Parade
Thursday, August 3rd
Shuttle busing service is available from the CRE grounds (in front of the main building) to and from the following locations within the City of Camrose during Big Valley Jamboree, Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. Downtown Camrose Come out and enjoy the community spirit of Camrose!
Non-stop Express Service
Help us honour our 2017 Parade Marshalls – Camrose & Area 4-H Clubs, celebrating 100 years!
• Recreation Centre 12:00 noon to 3:00 a.m. daily
Featuring the Tofield Hitch Masters team, Al Shamal Shriners and Walk-A-Milers for the Camrose Women’s Shelter and honouring our Vets, Cadets and First Responders.
Special Parade Shuttle
Starting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday (Thursday morning)
Get a photo with Ole Uffda! (On Main Street, pre-parade)
Treat yourself to lunch at one of the community BBQs following the parade.
• Duggan Mall • Ken’s Furniture • Subway City Center • Ramada Inn 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. daily
Winners plaques sponsored by Panhandle Productions. Photo by S&L Photography
Pickups every 30 minutes $2.50 per ride Family rates available
Remember! If you drink, don’t drive!
Rides on the Mirror Lake Express Train
will be available at Mirror Lake from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Alberta-raised Bamford takes stage
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Australian-born and Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi Juno nominations and the only two-time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 and 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Bamford as
one of country music’s best neotraditional artists and like so many others that have come before him; Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today. Bamford’s seventh studio album, Tin Roof, winner of the 2016 CCMA Album of The Year, was released in April of 2016 with Sony Music Entertainment Canada. Tin Roof follows the Juno Nominated Country Junkie album and it’s Number 1 Billboard hit song “When Your Lips are so Close.” The three-time CCMA Male Artist of the Year is a writer on 12 of the 15 tracks for the new album and collaborated with distinguished songwriter/ producer Phil O’Donnell (Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, George Strait). “Phil and I instantly connected in the studio. Working with him really brought a fresh, new sound to this album and I’m really proud of the results,” said Gord. “Phil is truly a genius in the studio. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road and playing this new material live. Gord is a man who believes with his whole heart
in giving back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has generated almost $2.5 million since its inception in 2008 for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and numerous children’s hospitals across Canada and MUSICOUNTS. “Those organizations have had an impact on my life and that’s why we do what we do. It’s always great to get out, play music, be on stage and wake up every morning loving what I do. But probably the greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives. It’s hard to comprehend but it’s an awesome thing to see a kid’s face light up who is really sick and all he wants to do is go to Disneyland. It puts it all into perspective as to why I think God put me on earth to do what I do because it’s helping other people.” That humble, likable approach is what continues to draw legions of new fans to Bamford. But it’s the music that keeps them loyal. Bamford has the amazing ability to evolve, sense where his fans want to go, and take us all along with him.
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Country music legend Nelson is no stranger Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 2015, Nelson added two more titles, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list; and the new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard’s Country album chart and Number 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. And this year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at Number 1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.
Little Big Town set for headlining BVJ stage Friday, Aug. 4 at 9 p.m.
Little Big Town
Grammy Award-winning group, Little Big Town consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Pain Killer, they have seen massive success with Number 1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, with “Girl Crush.” In October 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McIntire asked them to become the newest mem-
bers of the Grand Ole Opry; two weeks later, they were inducted. Little Big Town has earned almost 40 award show nominations and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. They are the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and have been nominated for the same award at this year’s CMA’s. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Little Big Town won Best Country Group/Duo Performance and “Girl Crush” received the honour for “Best Country Song.” The group recently received honours from the Academy of Country Music for Vocal Group of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert, and the group was also recognized
with the Crystal Milestone Award. At the recent Billboard Awards Little Big Town and “Girl Crush” were nominated for Top Country Song as well as Chart Achievement Award, and the group was also honoured as the 2016 Music Business Association Artist of the Year. Little Big Town recently released their brand new single “Better Man” to country radio. “Better Man” is the first single off of the group’s forthcoming seventh studio album entitled The Breaker. Next year, the Ryman Auditorium and Little Big Town will team up for the historic venue’s first-ever residency, “Little Big Town At The Mother Church.” The group will headline six nights throughout the year with the first one falling on the day of their album release.
Fox sings about life down on Canadian farms Friday, Aug. 4 at 3:30 p.m.
In 1988, a young man set down a long rolling gravel road. In the distance a small yellow farmhouse faded from view. Leaving the safety of his home in the foothills of southern Alberta, George Fox was about to get the break he had long hoped for. On that clear spring day he could never have imagined the amazing success story he was about to become. It is now more than a dozen years since that fateful drive. Fox has a mantle of country music awards, he has recorded eight albums and there is a street named after him in his hometown. George has traveled the world, opened for some of
the biggest names in country music and headlined sold out shows coast to coast. Growing up in Cochrane, the son of cattle ranchers Gert and Bert Fox, George was like a lot of rural kids – he lived, breathed and worked the farm. One day he arrived home from school and casually told his parents he was starting a rock band. Little did anyone know that the seeds for the future had been sown. In 1981, George went to Sweden on a farm exchange program. The host farmer asked Fox to bring along some country albums and it wasn’t long before Fox also took to the music. Upon his return to Alberta, he decided he should
devote another five years to ranching, but fate had other plans. Soon Fox was back playing music, writing songs, and a short while later, with his life savings, he went into the recording studio. The end results were tapes he could sell at local shows. In 1988, one of those recordings passed through a series of hands, eventually landing on the desk of a Warner Music executive. A short while later a phone call from the label took George from the safety of the foothills and set the wheels in motion for what was to become an extraordinary career. With the release of his first self-titled album in 1988 country music fans discovered Fox.
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Moskaluke will be mixing it up at BVJ Friday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m.
With her collective YouTube views to date just shy of 20,000,000, the past few years have been a whirlwind year for country songstress Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc./EMI Music Canada), a Tyler Ward Featured Artist who rocked the stage on a 45-city tour with his camp throughout North America in 2011. A self-proclaimed nighthawk, the road is her oyster; late night gigs and travel schedules do not faze this budding talent, wearing her signature stilettos and sporting her long dark rocker-chic hair. John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway,” these words mean everything to Moskaluke. She can still hear her father sharing this, encouraging her as she contemplated what the future might hold. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis, but his memory lives on in Jess’ music. Now years later, she is
well on her way to a promising career with industry accolades, a new album release on the books and a rapidly growing fan base. In reflection Jess shares, “My dad is my hero for teaching me how to be brave, and that being brave is not the absence of fear, but rather in the presence of fear possessing the ability to overcome these emotions and persevere.” An interesting aside, if it wasn’t for her parents support and encouragement, her future may have been very different as Jess states, “I would have been a parole officer!” Her career began as a small town girl in Saskatchewan at the age of 15, entering local contests to share her music with the world, as so many aspiring artists do. Her debut single “Amen Hallelujah” rocked the Canadian radio airwaves and has received over a half a million views on YouTube. Defined by her powerful vocals, in Jess’ words the song is “a fun, uptempo country song about what it’s like to finally find
someone that you’re interested in and have an instant attraction to them. A very countryrock, as opposed to countrypop song, I like to mix it up a bit sometimes,” she said with a mischievous smile. The journey has been a winding road, with many highlights in this young career. In 2005, Jess was awarded the title of “Most Promising Entertainer” at a local talent competition, and went on to win second place the following year (in the same competition). Following this, she placed in the Top 200 at the 2008 Canadian Idol competition. Unfortunately, she was unable to compete due to a severe case of laryngitis. The accolades continued as Jess was also the champion of the 2010 Painted Hand Idol and the 2010 620 CKRM Big Country Talent Search; the very same local competition that she entered a few short years ago in 2005. She capped off 2011 winning the Big Dog 92-7/Astral Media’s The Next Big Thing competition.
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Merlo country music darling Friday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
Canadian country music darling Madeline Merlo enjoyed a big year. Driving-playlist essential, her new single “Whatcha Wanna Do About It” is the fourth release from her debut album. Making CMT’s Top 20 Country Music Chart and Sirius XM’s #OnThe Horiszon List, played nationwide in the USA, it’s a toetapping follow-up to catchy “Honey Jack,” which received widespread airplay and attracted both country and pop music lovers alike. After the success of “Honey Jack”, Merlo opened for country royalty Keith Urban and went on to scoop up 2015’s Rising Star award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Female Vocalist of the Year at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards. Then she rounded out 2015 touring with heavyweights Dean Brody and Paul Brandt. Merlo, who was selected by Spotify for their “Spotlight on 2016” artists to watch, taking Canada by storm to perform at major country music festivals across the country, including Rocking River Country Music Fes-
tival, B.C. and Boots and Hearts, Ont. If you’re not in the footstomping crowds, you can catch Merlo acting in country musical film Country Crush, inspired by the Nashville scene, out this summer. Merlo plays aspiring singer Nancy Taylor who falls in love in her quest for stardom, alongside Jana Kramer and Sophie Tweed-Simmons. This is Merlo’s first lead role in a movie, although she has previously worked with award-winning director John ‘JP’ Poliquin on the immensely popular “Alive” music video. Merlo signed with RGK Entertainment and Open Road Recordings at 18. After
several trips to Nashville her first single, “Sinking Like A Stone” was added by JRFM in Vancouver, winning the Hot Country Challenge. The word began to spread and Merlo’s journey began. She has always had eclectic taste, and in her music you’ll hear the influence of classic country of artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, R&B greats Etta James and Billie Holiday and modern superstars such as Miranda Lambert. She has contributed to Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls, which features interviews with female artists, entrepreneurs and public figures in British Columbia. She’s also performed for the Canadian Armed Forces as part of Team Canada, a small group of Canadian ambassadors from the sports, music and entertainment industries visiting Sicily, Italy, and an operations base in Kuwait. Closer to home Merlo is a champion of local artisans and is passionate about promoting new designers. She’s an ambassador for Wear Your Label, a conscious clothing line that creates conversations about mental health. Her boho, free-spirited style is as unique as her sound.
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BVJ hears from Tucker
Tanya Tucker Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.
In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” Truer words have never been spoken.
For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre. Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” and “Texas (When I Die)”, just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Tanya headlined the first BVJ in 1993 and returned again to play the main stage in 1998.
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Dungarees inject modern twist to country Thursday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.
The Dungarees have a definitive musical mandate … take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster and steel guitar that they love from classic country, and inject it with modern intensity and pop sensibility. One of Canada’s biggest rising country stars, The Dungarees have performed at some of the biggest country festivals in Canada, including Big Valley Jamboree, Dauphin CountryFest, SunFest and have opened, as direct support for Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Shooter Jennings. The band’s first single “Ain’t Through Being Happy Yet” was mixed by Nashville genius at the board – Mike Purcell, and has received rotation and feature plays on commercial country radio across Canada. They recently returned from Nashville where they wrote and demoed material for their upcoming album with Grammy award winning producer, Ray Kennedy. In April 2015, the band travelled to Ontario and performed a private showcase for Warner Music Canada. Through that meeting, The Dungarees solidified a deal with RoadAngel/Warner Music. The Dungarees recently took home the Country Artist of the Year award at the Edmonton Music Awards and were shortlisted for Roots Artist of the Year for the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards. Most recently they were nominated for Group of the Year at the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards.
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Big & Rich provide the kick at launch party Thursday, Aug. 3 at 11 p.m.
They are America’s Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world. With the release of Hillbilly Jedi, they reassert their position as modern music’s best party soundtrack with songs like “Party Like Cowboyz,” “Rock the Boat” and “Get Your Game On.” As might be expected, though, given the wide sweep of their talent, they do a great deal more. Their music has always displayed great range, with well-crafted songs about love, loss, patriotism and social issues all interspersed among those party anthems, and that is especially true here. Hillbilly Jedi covers a great deal of stylistic ground, from “Last Words,” which John describes as “Roy Orbison meets Queen,” and “Lay It All On Me,” a meditation on happiness and love set amid a hauntingly beautiful track complete with choir, to “’Cause I Play Guitar,” a bluesy bauble celebrating the fruits of the rocking life. And if there is any doubt about the anticipation level for this, their first album since 2007’s Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, it can be put to rest by the fact that Hillbilly Jedi’s lead single, “That’s Why I Pray,” became their fastest riser since “Lost In This Moment,” which climbed to the top of the charts five years earlier. A topical spiritual anthem, “That’s Why I Pray” is the cry of a battered but hopeful soul in a world whose turmoil is splattered 24/7 across the world’s airwaves, brought to life by two artists adept at capturing real emotional resonance. It is also a song that displays the pair’s willing-
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ness to reach beyond their own formidable songwriting talents as they seek to make the best possible music. “When you’ve got two songwriters,” said John, “some people wonder why we’d record something we didn’t write, but we are in a position to take the greatest music we can get our hands on, and if something brilliant and poignant like ‘That’s Why I Pray’ comes along, we don’t care who wrote it.” “I was surprised at how well it did right off the bat,” adds Kenny, “but I felt very positive that it was the kind of song that would make a difference.” Big & Rich have, of course, made a difference,
exploding into the public consciousness in 2003 as that rarest of breeds – true country music game changers. With 2004’s triple-platinum Horse of a Different Color, they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music, filter them through their pens and voices and produce a sound that is instantly recognizable, if not classifiable. “You still can’t really define what that sound is,” said John. “Even we can’t.” It begins, of course, with that one-of-a-kind vocal blend, as unique and compelling as any in the history of the popular airwaves. “I listen to a lot of music and I haven’t heard any two
voices go together like this,” says Kenny. “John and I can match each other anywhere. He can sing anything and I can make an entirely different other melody around it and vice versa.” If radio didn’t fully know what to make of them at first, fans of every musical stripe did. They packed arenas with a flying circus of sight, sound and spectacle, a touring renaissance fair of the mind, complete with raised glasses and danceable beats. And now, Hillbilly Jedi harkens back to the strength and magic of that debut. “It has very much that same feeling as our first album,” says Kenny, “in that we just wanted to go wher-
Dynamic Texan Paslay delivers tunes Thursday, Aug. 3 at 9:30 p.m.
EMI Records’ Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for Grammy Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of The
Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” in 2013 and earned his first Grammy nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/ Group Performance for “The Driver” a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. Eric was also honored with an ACM Song of the Year nomination for “She Don’t Love You” at last year’s show in Las Vegas. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay has joined friends Chris Young, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith on tour.
ever it felt good. That’s the most freeing way to make music and truly the music ought to come out of any artist straight from their heart and creative soul. And we had a blast making it.” The title Hillbilly Jedi comes from a line in the album’s opener, “Born Again.” “It came out in a writing session we were doing with Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi,” said Kenny. “We got to that line and Bon Jovi stops and says, ‘Hillbilly Jedi?’ That’s it! I’d buy that shirt.’ We were like, ‘Hey, that’s about as descriptive as you can get of what we are.’” “’Born Again’ is slammin’, and it kind of explains where we’ve been and what we’re doing – ’making little babies and writing big songs,’ that’s the first line of the song,” says John. “Then it goes into the chorus, with Richie Sambora shredding the guitar, and the big harmonies with Bon Jovi and Big & Rich together. It’s a really cool record.” Also contributing to the proceedings is Cowboy Troy, whose rapping adds to the energy and attitude of “Rock the Boat” and “Get Your Game On.” At the production helm is Dann Huff, whose credits as a musician include Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and as a producer range from Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts to Megadeth. “We thought it was important to put a new sonic feel to what we do,” says John, “but we wanted somebody with a fresh perspective on what we do. We didn’t want to concentrate on the technicalities, but on singing the fire out of everything we could, really making a statement with every syllable coming out of our mouths and letting Dann handle the sonic end. For us, it was perfect.” “He’s an amazing talent,” added Kenny, “and he just wanted us to do our thing. He pushed the edge as much as we do, and it was a great experience.” As Hillbilly Jedi finds the duo on top of their studio game, their live performances find them at their hellraising best, with crowds as intense and appreciative as any they’ve ever faced. “It seems like when you put John and Kenny together and we become Big & Rich, it’s like Clark Kent walking into the phone booth and coming out a superman,” says John. “We can’t explain it. It’s like a chemical reaction between Kenny and me on stage, something you can feel there – Hillbilly Jedi, the force is with you. It’s funny to think about but it’s really true, we walk out on stage and start laying into this thing, the energy goes back and forth between us and the crowd and it’s palpable.”
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Road Hammers big sellers Friday, Aug. 4 at 12 a.m.
The highest selling Canadian country band in history, The Road Hammers, are back with a new record, The Squeeze, a compilation of tracks that epitomizes what the band has become known for–a truly synergistic blend of classic rock meets country. The Squeeze is a unique set of foot-stomping tracks one can’t help but dance to, evocative of the south. From the heart-warming sentiment behind the lead single, “Crazy About You”, which is about continuing to fall in love with long time partners as the years go on, inspired by McCoy’s own marriage, to “Your Love is a Drug”, a down-home, upbeat track with southern flare and “The Squeeze,” an uptempo song co-written with Nashville writer Andrew Petroff and Chris Bryne about ensuring love is good to the last drop–it’s clear that passion for music and love are central themes to the album. Coproduced by Gavin Brown (Metric, Tragically Hip and Barenaked Ladies), Scott
Baggett (Alison Krauss, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt), Jason McCoy, David Kalmusky, The Squeeze brings forward a new personal side of The Road Hammers. Much like previous Road Hammers records, it reflects the band’s love of wheels on the open road, combined with a cover of the classic Dawes song, “All Your Favourite Bands” which showcases Clayton Bellamy’s vocals, as well as Blackjack Billy’s Jeff Coplan, who co-writes on “Down and Dirty” alongside Scott Baggett and Jason McCoy. This record also forges into new terrain, into the realities of life and love without the sugarcoating. As McCoy candidly remarks on the inspiration behind the first single, “Crazy in Love”, “My wife and I started dating when we were just teenagers. Like most couples, we’ve had our ups and downs and it’s been quite a ride, but for some reason, in my eyes, she’s forever 18, and in her eyes, I know I’ll always be the crazy guy she married.”
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Aldean evolving into superstar status Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m.
For anyone looking to brand Jason Aldean as part of a significant musical movement, good luck. There’s a lot about the singer that’s become familiar during his five years as a country hitmaker, after all, he has spent more weeks at No. 1 on the radio charts than any other country artist in the last 12 months. But none of what he does comes out quite like anyone else. The small-town themes that pervade many of his songs-that’s all been done before, but not quite with the unwavering honesty that Aldean applies to the subject. Since his 2005 debut with the scorching “Hicktown,” the singer has set himself apart from the pack as a truly unique artist. He addresses his Georgia-born brand of country music with a singular vision, and he intends to keep it that way. “The whole thing about being creative is coming up
with new things,” he said matter-of-factly in a converted barn on his Nashvillearea farm. “What makes you different and more creative than the other guys is taking something to an extreme and making it better without ripping anybody else off. I think that’s the key. The great ones figure it out and are constantly evolving, and that’s what makes ‘em great.” With My Kinda Party, the Academy of Country Music’s former Top New Male Vocalist further cements his uniqueness with a robust15-track project that builds on his personal past while covering new territory. The first single-the muscular title track-fit very quickly into the jacked-up portion of his concert set list, which already boasts “She’s Country,” “Crazy Town” and “Johnny Cash.” But there’s other stylistic landscape to explore, too-his first fullfledged duet, with big-voiced pop singer Kelly Clarkson; and an almost rap segment in
“Dirt Road Anthem” that suggests Aldean has listened to a little Snoop Dogg in his time. Aldean was the first country artist of any significance to incorporate Guns N’ Roses medleys into his live show-”You’re welcome” is his simple response-and his listening history includes such diverse talents as Aerosmith, the Oak Ridge Boys and even Tupac Shakur. “I grew up listenin’ to all kinds of music-rock and southern rock and country and blues and rap stuff, too,” he said. “My cousin, who’s five months older than me, he went through his rap phase when we had 2Pac in the car all the time. Really, I’m a fan of all kinds of music.” While critics will gravitate to the extremes on My Kinda Party, the essence of the album is simply the solidity of its material. By selling 3.5 million records in the first phase of his career, Aldean commanded the attention of Nashville’s song-
writers as he put together music for the album. With volumes of Music Row’s best craftsmen and women writing for Aldean, he literally had the pick of the litter. As a result, My Kinda Party is stocked with inviting melodies and intriguing storylines, many of them tugging on the small-town themes that have become the backbone of his persona. “Fly Over States,” “Church Pew” and “Tattoos On This Town” exemplify Aldean’s affection
for the topic, though it’s often misunderstood. While country has plenty of bumper-sticker anthems that celebrate small communities, Aldean is more than a simple cheerleader for rural values. He does indeed take on the role of heartland defender in “Fly Over States,” but other songs find him grappling with the heartbreak and limitations that accompany towns with three- and four-digit populations.
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Young is collecting awards along the way Sunday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Young has accomplished more by 29 than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he’s also a dynamic live performer consistently in demand, an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter with six Number 1 songs to his name – by the way, he wrote four of them – and a handsome charmer to boot. Now, with the release of his fourth album, A.M., the man known for his classic baritone and melt-yourheart ballads knows how to have a good time, too. Still, when all is said and done, it only takes two words to sum up the career of Chris Young: Definitely country. “I’ve always loved country music, and I really liked singing it as a kid,” Young remembers. “So I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I just kind of always knew.” His first record purchase was Keith Whitley’s L.A. to Miami, followed by the likes of Randy Travis, Tracy Lawrence and Brooks and Dunn. He sang so much around the house that he jokes his parents “blocked him out.” But as puberty approached, the young tenor found himself facing adversity for the first
time. “I was singing all of Vince Gill’s stuff, and then my voice changed,” Young laughs. “For about a year there, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m ruined. It’s the end of the world!’ And then I realized I could sing Randy Travis songs. It worked out well.” That’s something of an understatement for the Mur-
freesboro, TN native. Blessed with parents who encouraged his art, Young soon found his way into musical theatre, jazz training, and six years of classical voice, which honed his emerging baritone into something truly special. In his early teens, Young convinced his mom to drive him into Nashville so he could sit
in with bands and work with local songwriters; by 16, he’d formed a band with some older guys from Middle Tennessee State University, and they started playing George Strait and Garth Brooks covers in whatever clubs would have them. “I was entirely too young to be playing in bars,” Young says. “I would have these big Xs in chunky black marker on my hands. I can’t imagine we were that good, but really, that was me enjoying the heck out of what I did.” Everyone starts somewhere, and Young was starting to hone his craft. “People were telling me to learn to write songs,” he says. “I’d written poems and stuff, but I didn’t really know how. Which is funny, because you don’t necessarily have to know how to write a song. You just sit down and create something. You make it up.” He cut his first independent record after high school, using his own money to fund 500 or so CDs and take himself on a short tour of Florida, where he played mostly Borders bookstores. “One day, I played to three people,” Young remembers. “Two were playing chess, and the other person was reading a book. When I said, ‘Well, this will be my last
song,’ the lady reading the book clapped.” If you’re starting to think, Wow, this kid has a work ethic, you’re getting the idea. Three semesters at Nashville’s Belmont University and a short stint at MTSU taught him he wasn’t cut out for college life. Instead, he picked up more than a diploma interning for a song publishing company owned by Laura Stroud, the wife of his future producer, James Stroud. Soon after, he scored an offer for a regular weekly gig as the frontman for the house band at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, one of the biggest country clubs in Texas. He dropped out of college, and began earning an equivalent of a Ph.D in the honky tonks of Texas, where he played more than 150 dates a year. He was 20. “We would open for anybody who came through – Lonestar, Dwight Yoakam. That’s where I got real experience working with a band, lights, in-ear monitors, everything. I’m pretty lucky,” he admits. “When I dropped out of college and moved to Texas, my parents didn’t disown me.”
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Camrose Golf Course is in spectacular condition!
Silver real crowd pleaser Friday, Aug. 4 at 1 a.m.
RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver has been a top touring DJ/remixer/producer for more than 10 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the US, Mexico and Canada. Currently on tour with superstar Brad Paisley, Silver recently spent two years on the road with Jason Aldean and has toured with such artists as Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Eric Church, entertaining millions of listeners with his unique brand of party rock country style of music mixing. His high-energy performances get the crowds moving – whether in stadiums paving the way for each new act coming on stage, or at top clubs and parties throughout North America. In 2013, Silver signed a recording contract with RCA Nashville, releasing the EP Country Club, featuring country mash-ups of some of the format’s most popular and beloved artists, including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Love and Theft. Recently, Silver launched a syndicated country radio show titled “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver,” delivering a weekly dose of his distinctive brand of up-tempo mixes and mash-ups and featuring hits from country’s biggest stars and newcomers. As an entertainer, Silver has worked with some of the largest companies in the world, among them Jägermeister, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Red Bull, AT&T and the National Guard, to name just a few. National sponsors include Jägermeister and Skin Industries, where Silver’s unique style of entertainment crosses over to audiences in multiple music genres, in all kinds of venues. A highly sought-after crowd-pleaser, he was the first DJ to ever play the Academy of Country Music Awards (2013) and has also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Winter Music Conference in Miami, Wet Grooves “Largest Pool Party in the World,” L.A. X-Games, National Lampoon Spring Break Tour, Viva La Bam Spring Break Tour, Jackass World Tour, House of Blues – Los Angeles & Las Vegas, Hard Rock Café, Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, MTV Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards after-parties, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and thousands of major nightclubs, celebrity parties and venues around the world.
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ATB Homegrown Talent Stage 2016 Winner
AGRICULTURAL SALES REP
Battle River Implements Ltd. is a progressive John Deere dealership in East Central Alberta. We sell and service large agricultural, lawn and garden and several supporting lines of equipment. We are currently seeking an individual interested in an Agricultural Sales Representative position for our Camrose location. If you are an energetic, self-motivated team player, this could be the career opportunity for you! Responsibilities: • Represents the company for the sale of machinery to customers • Maintains current product knowledge on features and benefits of all equipment the dealership sells • Completes all sales documentation in a timely and accurate manner • Maintains all customer information • Understands and follows entire sales process from start to finish, including following up with customers to ensure highest level of customer service is being provided • Participates in new equipment field demonstrations as required • Keeps current with customers’ business activities and needs communicated to management in a timely manner • Maintains current knowledge of financing options to assist customers with securing the purchase of new and used goods • Assists with special projects and attends training seminars as requested by supervisor • Keeps current on product knowledge and equipment values • Follows all safety rules and regulations in performing work assignments • Other duties assigned by Management or directly related to customer service
Because tomorrow’s country stars are
ready to shine Come see Canada’s future country stars step into the spotlight, at the ATB Homegrown Talent Stage at the Big Valley Jamboree.
Big Valley Jamboree • August 3–6, 2017
Experience, Education, Skills and Knowledge: • 1+ years’ equipment sales experience is preferred but not required • Knowledge of agricultural or turf equipment and farming operational practices preferred • Computer knowledge and understanding of basic PC functions (Microsoft, Internet) • Ability to work flexible hours • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Ability to create strong working relationships with customers and co-workers • Ability to analyze and interpret basic sales reports • High School Diploma or equivalent work experience • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License Please submit all resumés to Annette Lohner at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 780-679-2246. All resumés are welcome, although only qualified candidates will be contacted.
Williams and Ree crack up BVJ crowds Saturday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.
Williams and Ree, aka The Indian and The WhiteGuy, are one of the longest running and most successful comedy/ music teams in history. Politically incorrect and proud of it, the duo reigns supreme as the quintessential antidote to staid and stagnant entertainment choices. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree met in the Black Hills of South Dakota and formed a union stronger than most marriages. They began touring the country primarily as a musical act but soon incorporated their unique brand of humour into the show. The pair moved to Nashville, TN and allied themselves with the burgeoning country music scene. Today they enjoy a rigorous touring schedule year round. Whether sharing the stage with contemporary country music artists or headlining their own sold out shows at festivals, theatres and Indian casinos, Williams and Ree remain at the top of their game, bringing joy and laughter to generations of inspired, frenetic fans. Williams and Ree have played eight times in their career on the main stage at BVJ. They played BVJ in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and finally 2012 to help celebrate BVJ’s 20th anniversary.
If you need hail damage repair to your vehicle, we’re here for you. Wow! Now that’s a body shop.
Call today for your booking
CFCW’s Jackie Rae is The Auto Shoppe’s celebrity apprentice
4709-36 Street,Camrose, AB 780-672-7231 www.autoshoppe.ca
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Wherever you’re camping this long weekend, Camrose Canadian Tire has what you need…
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OUTBOUND FOLDING BSauvceks5! ARMCHAIR #76-5472. Reg. $19.99, At this price you can leave it behind! Now
COLEMAN WHEELED XTREME 5-DAY COOLER
62 Quart. Ice-cold beverages all weekend long! Holds 85 cans! 85-3499. Reg. $99.99, Now…
Camrose Canadian Tire has what you need for your Last Minute Camping Essentials Hundreds of Accessories for Trailers, 5th Wheels and Motorhomes Outdoor Games
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PORTABLE FIRE BOWL
Portable gas firebowl, up to 54,000 BTUs of heat output. Stainless steel burner. Includes lava rock, 10-ft. hose and propane tank seat. #851296.
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Portable mosquito protection that’s a clip-on, not a spray-on. Odourless, wear it on your belt, shorts, purse, etc. Reg. $11.99
Duggan Mall, Camrose Phone 672-1400 Auto Service 672-1478 LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Service Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Camrose newspaper Big Valley Jamboree edition