Country Rock

The Mavericks Bring Out the Horns for Trampoline

  NICK KREWEN The Hamilton Spectator February 6, 1998   The Mavericks are expanding, and Hamilton concertgoers will be among the first to notice the difference when the Grammy-winning Miami band hits Copps Tuesday, sandwiched between Tim McGraw and Charlie Major. “We have a four-piece horn section traveling with us, and we have a friend of mine by the name of Jamie Hanna singing harmony and playing rhythm guitar and…


Tim McGraw is on the draw

PUBLISHED IN COUNTRY WEEKLY, FEBRUARY 1997   By Nick Krewen Like the song on his multi-platinum album Everywhere, Tim McGraw knows “Where The Green Grass Grows.” “Yeah — as soon as we build our house,” jokes Tim, who is nominated with his wife Faith Hill for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals at this year’s Grammies. “As far as my family life goes, I’ve got it made. I’m the luckiest guy…


Garth Brooks: The Next Bill Clinton?

Versions of this article appeared in The Hamilton Spectator and Country Weekly. but this particular feature was written for Toronto on-line magazine Magnet in 1995, which lasted only one issue.       by Nick Krewen   Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the future President of the United States Of America….Garth Brooks. Okay, I’m joking. Garth Brooks hasn’t declared his candidacy, nor did he mention any political aspirations whatsoever…


Shania: From Pain to Fame

    NEED TO KNOW: Shania Twain at the Canadian Country Music Awards, at Hamilton Place, 9 p.m. Tonight. Sold out. Tune into CTV at 9 p.m.   BY NICK KREWEN Special To The Spectator September 18, 1995   Don’t let her dazzling beauty fool you. Beneath the glamorous exterior of Shania Twain beats the heart of a survivor. The 29-year-old Windsor-born singing and songwriting sensation, who leads the pack…


Steve Earle speeds down Copperhead Road

  Nick Krewen The Hamilton Spectator December 3, 1987   “Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad He headed up the holler with everything he had It’s before my time but I’ve been told He never came back from Copperhead Road.”   – from “Copperhead Road”, written by Steve Earle, copyright 1987 Duke Of Earle/ Goldline Music (ASCAP).   Rock ‘n’ roll rebel or country crusader? Virginian-born Steve Earle would…