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Brody Vercher | September 21st, 2007

  1. C. Eric Banister
    September 21, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Not that I am one to self promote, but I have interviews with both Corb Lund and Trent Summar in the archives over at americanaroots.com.

    Both of these guys make great music. Lund gets little attention mainly because he has done a lot in his native Canada, but is just breaking in here. Summar’s first album continues to be one I put on and listen to top to bottom. His newest is great and showcases a lot of the songs he has had cut by other artists. Not to mention Dan Baird rocks on it.

  2. Brody Vercher
    September 21, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I’ve read the one with Trent Summar in the past, but I’ll have to check out the one on Lund. I’m not familiar with anything he has done, but a couple of his songs on MySpace struck my fancy.

  3. Chris N.
    September 21, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Corb Lund has my seal of approval. Never buy Canadian country singer-songwriters without the Chris N. Seal of Approval.

  4. Heidi
    September 21, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Corb Lund is only recently getting mainstream airplay here in Canada and I’m sad that I didn’t discover him earlier. He really is an excellent musician and I’m excited that he’s getting exposure in the States.
    ~Heidi in BC

  5. Pierce
    September 22, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Trent Summar is totally high energy. I saw him sing his heart out in front of about 30-40 people in a small bar in my hometown earlier this year.

    Normally you’d think a guy with a decent following in Texas, would come to NC and just go through the motions. Not Trent…

  6. Brody Vercher
    September 23, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    So Chris, are you a seasoned Canadian country singer-songwriter listening professional? If so, do you have any others that you’d recommend? :P

    Heidi – Is there a strong, local country music scene in Canada?

    Pierce – Thanks for sharing your Summar experience. I keep missing my chances to catch his live show, but now I’ll have some fodder to convince my girlfriend it’ll be worth it.

  7. Will
    September 24, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Shooter isn’t good enough to wash Porter Wagoner’s car.

  8. Matt
    September 24, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Brody, I actually should post an article on some of the Canadian country artists. The thing with Canadian artists is that they are usually more ‘progressive’ or ‘alternative’ than say nashville based artists. Still their bigger stars of the moment are Jason McCoy/Roadhammers (who as a group just got signed to Montage in Nashville), Doc Walker (a band), and a couple of names you’ll recogonize: George Canyon and Paul Brandt. Also Adam Gregory isn’t half bad and Aaron Lines is still kickin’ around and Johnny Reid is the co-writer of the current Emerson Drive single (“You Still Owe Me”) and it’s actually better by him because of his ‘raw’ vocal style. Also There’s Shane Yellowbird and of course Carolyn Dawn Johnson. I’m not from Canada but I follow it.

  9. Brody Vercher
    September 24, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Thanks, Matt. I’m more of a traditional fan, but I do like some of the progressive and alternative stuff, so I’ll try and check out some of the artists you mentioned.

  10. Matt
    September 24, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    I just realized how crazy that post was. It needs some serious editing. Just a few run on sentences there.

  11. Heidi
    September 25, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Well done Matt. You covered it pretty well. It should be noted that after three very successful albums Adam Gregory has set up camp in Nashville as well. I haven’t heard much about how it’s developing but that’s where he is.

    As for a “strong local country music scene”? Yes. We have a lot of artists and radio and CMT Canada take pride in them and promote them heavily. I’d compare it to the Texas Red Dirt scene in that it exists, is active but is not generally recognized by the other 49 states.

    In Vancouver, the major market station here lists their top thirty songs and eleven are by Canadian artists. (Including the Deric Ruttan/Dierks Bentley duet “Good Time”)

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