ST. ALBERT RAINMAKER COUNTRY CONCERT SERIES
Saturday May 28, 2022
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Mixing country music with the hard-hitting stomp of rock & roll, Cory Marks prepares to release new music. Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, drinking songs, and breakup ballads, his songs are rooted in the influence of Cory's hometown, where he grew up surrounded by the salt-of-the-earth residents of North Bay, Ontario. It was there where he began playing drums at ten years old. Whenever he wasn't banging along to songs by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, he was listening to his parents' country records, developing a deep appreciation for outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Those two genres — classic country and amped-up rock — would eventually join forces in Marks' own music, earning him a string of gigs with heavyweights like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert along the way. He is now part of the Better Noise Music family as their flagship Country artist.
Even from a young age, Chris Buck knew he was destined to make waves in the music biz.
And fact is, five years since breaking onto the scene with his self-titled, debut album, the singer/songwriter has continued to make a name for himself on the Canadian country stage, and beyond.
“I've always done country music, I've never done anything else,” he explains with a smile. “I sang Alan Jackson at my first karaoke contest. It’s a genre and a lifestyle that has always just spoken to me. It’s how I’ve always lived.”
Now, with brand-new music on its way, Chris says he’s ready for fans to really experience the kind of artist he’s always wanted to be — one that works hard and lays it all on the line.
“I wanted to create an album where every song is something special,” he said. “This album took time, and I think people are really going to be able to see the development, not only as a singer, but a writer, as well. I want everyone to see that hard work does pay off, and this album is the culmination of that.”’ One of the fastest rising Canadian country acts since the release of the Billboard Top 20 hit That’s When You Know featuring Kira Isabella, Chris saw the track hit hard with over 7 million streams, earning him a gold record and a CCMA Award nomination for Video of the Year.
An upbeat and laid-back country sound is the signature style of Canadian country artist, Justin Hogg. As he heads into a promising year, Justin is thrilled to have just released his brand new single “Good Thing Going On”, written by songwriters Jimmy Thow and Aaron Allen and recorded with multi-platinum award-winning producer Jeff Dalziel at CCMA nominated OCL Studios in Calgary, Alberta. Justin has received nation-wide radio airplay and has charted in the Top 100 on the Trax Report with his song, “Just Drive”, introducing him to listeners all across Canada. His latest single “Suntans and Beer Cans” earned Justin a Country Music Alberta nomination for Video of the Year in 2019.