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Jason Benoit – Country From The Rock

Jason Benoit – Country From The Rock
To coin one of Willie Nelson’s signature lines, Jason Benoit can’t wait to get on the road again. Actually Jason is already on the road, travelling from his home in Newfoundland to Southern Ontario then on to Alberta, where he is playing a string of dates with his fellow Canadian country troubadours and good buddies, The Washboard Union. Jason will... Read More

Don’t Mess With Meghan Patrick

Don’t Mess With Meghan Patrick
Alongside Kasey Musgraves and Ashley McBride, Meghan Patrick is among a handful of fiercely independent women that are blazing new trails in country music. Born and raised in Bowmanville Ontario and now residing in Nashville, Meghan has honed her singing and songwriting skills to a tee and the results are proudly on display on her latest recording, the six-song EP... Read More

Austin Jenckes – The Voice That Roared by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces

Austin Jenckes – The Voice That Roared by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces
When Austin Jenckes wrapped his gravelly pipes around covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’ and The Bee Gees’ ‘To Love Somebody’ during season five of the television series ‘The Voice’, you simply knew you were hearing someone special who would soon be on the radio with original material.  The only thing you did not expect was that it would take... Read More

Dallas Smith – Number One with Seven Bullets

Dallas Smith – Number One with Seven Bullets
If you want to describe Dallas Smith’s chart success in western terms, you might say that he’s starting on his second six-shooter. You see, the JUNO, CCMA and Music Express Awards – winning artist recently earned his 7th Number One single with “Rhinestone World”, serving as the second consecutive chart-topper from his new EP “The Fall” and sixth consecutive chart-topping single... Read More

Nice Horse – Enjoy The Ride

Nice Horse – Enjoy The Ride
by Roman Mitz Alberta-based Nice Horse provides one of the best country music values of the summer as they take to the Northern Comfort Saloon stage at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto from August 31 to September 2. The show is free with CNE admission so just order up a tall boy or two and enjoy the sweet sounds... Read More

Tim Hicks’ Hot New Licks

Tim Hicks’ Hot New Licks
by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces ‘Gonna stomp our boots till the neighbours call the cops’. The opening line to Tim Hicks’ latest single “Loud”, and one of a dozen songs you’ll find on his new release “New Tattoo”, gives you a great indication of the wild ride that’s in store for you. The song is about tearing it up... Read More

The Heels Have It

The Heels Have It
by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces Vancouver country trio The Heels were not always The Heels. They started out as the The Heals, thus the play on words of their debut album title, ‘Love, Heels’. Two-thirds of the group, Kyla Rawlins and Brittni Dominelli, had just ended difficult relationships and music was the catharsis that saw them through the hard... Read More