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James Barker Band

Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music's biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.

Their first single, "Lawn Chair Lazy" (written by band front man, James Barker, along with fellow Canadians Gavin Slate and Travis Wood) became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada's Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band's follow-up single, "Just Sayin'," received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third single, "Chills," also received a number one from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a number one at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album. The boys finished a 26 date cross-Canada tour with Dean Brody, High Valley and Madeline Merlo and opened up for Keith Urban on two Quebec dates in August, highlights of a festival-filled summer. 

In April, the band dropped their first EP, GameOn, via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, which debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week. On the EP Barker found an immediate chemistry with writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Todd Clark, and Donovan Woods with who he wrote the majority of the songs for the EP, which was engineered and produced by Todd Clark. The result displays a consistency of voice, which is both authentic and clear. The cohesiveness of Game On leaves no doubt that James Barker Band knows the land on which they stand.  

On Sept. 4, 2017, James Barker Band performs alongside The Reklaws, The Redhill Valleys, The Pistolettes and Melissa Marchese as part of a free Supercrawl-presented showcase concert that kicks off at 2:30pm in the South Plaza of Tim Hortons Field (64 Melrose Ave., Hamilton).

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