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Canadian country music star Brett Kissel performs Thursday in Bowmanville

Singer with eight CCMA nominations kicks off Boots & Hearts Festival Thursday night Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Jul 30 2014 When Canadian country star Brett Kissel hits the road for a nationwide tour with headliner Brad Paisley in October, the eight-time Canadian Country Music Award nominee will be financing the trek by selling a few of his cows. Seriously. The 23-year-old Kissel, who was raised on a 100-year-old…


Jason Blaine Aims To Pump Up The Country Crowd

Story by Nick Krewen | September 13, 2013 For SOCAN Words and Music   “Hey, Nashville! Break’s over!” Jason Blaine remembers the gentle joshing he received from fellow workers during the few years he toiled at a filing cabinet factory back in the ‘90s. As a then-aspiring country music singer and songwriter who dreamed of living in Music City, Tennessee, and making an impact on country music, Blaine was ribbed…


Trails and Trials

Story by Nick Krewen | December 26, 2011 He’s known for his amazing country ballad “Trail In Life,” but British Columbia’s Dean Brody truly knows what it means to have trials in life. In the past three years alone, the 36-year-old singer and songwriter – a recent hat trick winner at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards for Album (Trail In Life), and for Single and Songwriter of…


k.d. lang: Waiting to Exhale

PUBLISHED IN CANADIAN MUSICIAN IN OCTOBER ’97   k.d. lang: waiting to exhale     By Nick Krewen   On her latest album, k.d. lang is smoking. Literally. Drag, the eighth album to be exhaled from the talented larynx of the Ninth Wonder Of The World, is a collection of songs that share the common theme of smoking, a topic sure to raise the hackles of the politically virtuous and…


Terri Clark – Gifted and Talented

Published in the edition of Canadian Musician   TERRI CLARK By Nick Krewen   Sometimes talent is only one aspect of the equation. There’s no question that Terri Clark is a gifted country singer and songwriter: one who made enormous impact in Nashville with her self-titled debut album and a hatful of hits that began with the sassy, assertive post-break-up anthem of independence, “Better Things To Do;” and continued the…