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Brett Kissell – Picking Up Where He Left Off

Brett Kissell – Picking Up Where He Left Off
by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces Last year was a good one for Brett Kissell, which can be confirmed via the four Canadian Country Music Association nominations he received in 2015 on the heels of his debut album ‘Started With A Song’ and gold single ‘3-2-1’. Well, the sophomore jinx is certainly not a factor for Brett as the first... Read More

2015 Canadian Country Music Association Winners

2015 Canadian Country Music Association Winners
 Jess Moskaluke Well, the 2015 CCMA’s are in the books and it was certainly a night of pomp and circumstance at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. The show rivalled the Toronto International Film Festival in terms of fashion statements but, fittingly, the stars strolled down the John Deere Green Carpet as opposed to the traditional red carpet. Calgary’s Gord Bamford... Read More

Red-Hot Country

Red-Hot Country
There are a lot of great tunes heating up the country charts but there’s none hotter than ‘Our Town’, the first single from Cold Creek County. The song hooks you immediately with a memorable acoustic guitar lick and then turns into a party anthem that praises the virtues of Friday nights and cold beer, name checking Lynyrd Skynyrd in the... Read More

Danielle Marie – Here Right Now

Danielle Marie – Here Right Now
Don’t mess with Danielle Marie, the 19-year-old starlet who has just released her new disc Here Right Now.  Danielle, who hails from Morinville Alberta but now calls Vancouver home, is fiercely independent and wise beyond her years in terms of calling the shots for her career. The tattoo on her wrist which reads ‘Let them talk’ speaks volumes about sticking... Read More

Kate Todd: New Country Re-Boot

Kate Todd: New Country Re-Boot
Kate Todd may have had a little luck along the way in terms of establishing herself as a bona fide actress, country singer/songwriter and music teacher, but her success is mostly the result of natural talent combined with hard work. She began her acting career portraying singer/songwriter Lily ‘Shady Lane’ Randall in the television series ‘Radio Free Roscoe’. Her most... Read More

Twin Kennedy: Double Barrel Country

Twin Kennedy: Double Barrel Country
Things can become a little confusing when you’re interviewing country singing twins over the telephone. In this case it’s Carli and Julie Kennedy, the siblings that front Twin Kennedy who are calling to talk about their hot new country platter “It’s A Love Thing”. Because of the similarity of their voices we devise a method to ensure that quotes are... Read More

Chad Brownlee Goes Coast To Coast

Chad Brownlee Goes Coast To Coast
It’s been a dreadful winter in terms of the frigid temperatures, so it’s nice that we’ll at least be able to soak up a little country heat via the “When The Lights Go Down” tour as it rolls across Canada during March and April. Chad Brownlee headlines the tour in support of his remarkable album ‘The Fighters’, and he is... Read More

Catching A Lift With Dallas Smith

Catching A Lift With Dallas Smith
Dallas Smith is feeling very upbeat these days so it seems appropriate that the title of his new country platter is Lifted. His debut album Jumped Right In launched five singles onto the Canadian charts and landed him a Juno nomination for Album of the Year. He supported that album with a string of tour dates opening for veteran rocker... Read More

Kira Isabella Shaking Her Cowboy Booty

Kira Isabella Shaking Her Cowboy Booty
Kira Isabella is on a roll. Literally. She’s just completed a seven-hour bus ride from Saskatoon to Brandonwhere she will be performing in support of her new album Caffeine & Big Dreams, which is winging its way up the Canadian country charts. For someone who has just logged over 600 kilometers Kira sounds remarkably perky as she calls prior to... Read More

Russell deCarle. Stepping Out Of His Shell

Russell deCarle. Stepping Out Of His Shell
“I’m right with you man,” Russell deCarle laughs with regard to the 30+ year-old tape recorder being used for this interview. This is the same recorder that was used to interview him several times over the years while he served as front man for the legendary Canadian country band Prairie Oyster. The old school unit would seem to be appropriate... Read More