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​​​SPOTLIGHT ON COUNTRY THUNDER 

Craven, Saskatchewan

July 11-14, 2019


Story & Photos by Glen R. Forrester


Country Thunder Saskatchewan started off Thursday July 11,2019 with William and Ree. They are Bruce William and Terry Ree, known has “The Indian and The White Man”, and they are comedians since the late 1960’s. Lucy Voll came on after the comedians, singer guitarist is with her producer David Fanning performs his electronic country music. Terri Clark is from a Canadian family of musicians so she know she loved Canadian music by high school so she worked at a Chinese restaurant to save money to move to Nashville. She has had a successful career in country music that included winning awards. Dallas Smith started out as lead singer in the hard rock band Default. After that he signed with a Canadian record company to start his solo career as country artist.

Friday started up in the afternoon with Jojo Mason is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter 2014 and released his debut single  “It’s All Good” and in 2015 it reached the top 10 on the Billboard Canada Country chart. Meghan Patrick is a Canadian country singer from Ontario and signed to Warner Music Canada and in 2016 released her debut album “Grace and Grit”. Lonestar began in 1992 as a band named Texassee this name came from the fact five members were from Texas. They are an American country music group who has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart also through the years have won a lot of country awards. Gord Bamford is an Australian-Canadian country music singer. 2001 he released his debut album “God’s Green Earth” on his own GWB Records, he has had many music awards. His wife Kendra and him have made a nice family with their children. To end the day with Jake Owen American country music singer and songwriter signed to RCA Nashville in 2006. In 2011 he received his first number one hit on the country chart with “Bare Foot Blue Jean Night” also he has won a few awards. His new album in 2019 “Greeting From Jake Owen”. I would recommend everyone to purchase as it is a great variety of his music.

Saturday fun started out with Shawn Austin Vancouver based singer-songwriter “Paradise Found” debut singer put him as one of the top 10 most played Canadian country artists on radio. Another Canadian group The Reklaws is a country duo brother and sister from Ontario formed in 2012. I think it is very interesting that the band name Reklaw is Walker, their last name spelled backwards. Madeline Merlo she signed with Open Road Recordings in 2013 as a Canadian country music singer-songwriter in 2015 she won with “Rising Star” award CCMA and she won British Columbia CCMA Female Vocalist of the year. Travis Tritt singer-songwriter, actor signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1989. He has a lot of soul in his music and he became the out law image that separated him from the other singer at the time. He was nominated for 8 awards from 1990 to 1999 and won 7. Saturday ends with Tim McGraw (Samuel Timothy McGraw) he started out with a demo tape in 1990 that his father (Tug McGraw who is a baseball player) passed on to Curb Records. In 1996 married singer Faith Hill, they have done some concerts together but still tour on their own. Tim was ready to go on and the weather turned to the worse so he could not perform, everyone was disappointed in the weather but not with Tim. We all know that Tim always put on a great show.

Sunday is the last day of Country Thunder Saskatchewan starting with Jimmie Allen he is an American country music singer-songwriter with Broken Bow Records. He has made history by becoming the first black artist ever to launch his career with a # 1 single on country radio. He also auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol. The Road Hammers a Canadian country rock trio group, they started out in 2004. Have won numerous awards with their southern rock sound.  Steve Earle performed towards the end of Sunday with a huge audience. He is a American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter record producer, author, actor. Since 1986 Steve has released 15 studio albums and received three Grammy Awards. His songs have been recorded with many country singers. To end another successful Country Thunder Saskatchewan event was Chris Stapleton a Kentucky guy who has written or co written over 170 songs by 2018. He loved bluegrass and outlaw country, rock and roll and blues. He sings from the soul so the fans get involved, they were standing and singing along. This was a great closing act for Country Thunder Saskatchewan.

Thanks to Country Thunder Saskatchewan for making this article and photos possible.            

Thanks For The Music Country Thunder!


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