Bands

We have worked with a few bands notably some great ones. 

The Washboard Union


In the few short years they have been together, The Washboard Union have defied classification and have become one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Canadian Country music scene.  They won Roots Artists of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association, have signed on with the country music power house  team at Sakamoto Entertainment and inked a recording deal Warner Music Canada/Slaight Music.

The Washboard Union are a sextet out of Vancouver, British Columbia that are led by principle members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts.  The three share a very similar unconscious soundtrack and unbridled love for the art of songwriting and storytelling.  The three have been friends seemingly forever and the music they make has set them apart as one of the most unique talents in country music today.

Duncombe & Grain eventually packed up and left their hometown of Kelowna, BC.  and ventured to Vancouver where they moved in to a magnificently beautiful 1920’s Tudor style mansion.  By coincidence Roberts was himself renting in the same mansion and would occasionally join the brothers for impromptu single malt fueled jam sessions.  It was here the all three began writing and singing together. These early session would be the kernels of what would blossom and eventually give rise to The Washboard Union. Living there at that time Roberts would reminisce “was like living in a garden gone to seed.”  Grain provided guitar and vocals and Duncombe added his own voice and a banjo. Roberts, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with harmonica, guitar, mandolin and of course, the washboard in his arsenal, became the team’s secret weapon.

The Washboard Union is an authentic blend of where country and bluegrass have come and where they are headed next.  It is for that reason that the band has gathered so many fans along the way.Serving notice that they are not about to confirm to convention, the band’s independently released self-titled debut album was produced by noted rock producers GGGarth Richardson (Nickleback, Biffy Ckyro, Hedley) and  Canadian Music Hall of famer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) – on the track “Half Cree” – whom the band are proud to call a friend and mentor. That record led to the band’s BC Country Music Association nomination.

In January 2015, The Washboard Union returned to Nashville, Tennessee to record their latest EP In My Bones in the legendary RCA Studio A.  Originally built in 1964 as the home for Chet Atkins, RCA has been home to some of the most prolific recording artists in Nashville’s rich history including Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, and more and more.“… Standing in the great room you can literally hear a chorus in every wall. It remains as one of the most legendary music rooms in the world.  I can tell you this, you don’t sing in Studio A, Studio A sings to you” says David Roberts.

In My Bones was produced by Trey Bruce (Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio), a name known well in Nashville circles and one of people responsible for saving RCA Studio A from potential demolition.  The band met Trey after having written the song “Someday” together earlier in 2014.  Trey called the band immediately after that first session and demanded he take the producer helm for the bands next record. The answer, of course, was “yes.”  The Washboard Union were joined on the recording of this album by a group of accomplished Nashville musicians including Bob Britt (Dixie Chicks) on guitar, Greg Morrow (George Strait , ZZ TOP) on drums, Michael Brignardello (Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan) on bass and long time guitar player Craig ”Long Haul” McCaul.

The Washboard Union is a band that you simply have to see live to fully appreciate and have been invited to share the stage with some of the biggest names in country music including Zac Brown Band, Lone Star, Keith Urban, Reba Mcentire, The Band Perry, Big N Rich and more.

The Wild


They are The Wild! And they are crazy. Hey, what else did you expect?

“Let’s face it,” laughs Wild! singer-guitarist Dylan Villain. “When your band is called The Wild — with an exclamation point — you’ve set the bar high for yourself. It's gotta be 150mph right from the jump.”

And that is exactly how these guys roll. On the stage, on record or on the road.

But hey, don’t take it from us. Pick up their explosive debut album GxDxWxB, out April 21, 2015 on eOne Music Canada, and hear for yourself, expertly produced by Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Dave Ghrohl, Van Halen) at the legendary Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC with additional production completed at the city’s Armoury Studios. If rock barnburners like Road House, Party ’Til You’re Dead, Straight to Hell and Banger don’t get your blood running, you might wanna check your pulse. And if you don’t agree that their southern-fried blues-punk riffs justify The Wild!’s hard-earned rep as the sons of every great rock'n'roll band from AC/DC to ZZ Top, you best get your ears cleaned, chump.

Make no mistake. Villain and partners in crime — burly bearded singer-bassist Boozus, chrome-domed drummer Reese Lightning and recently recruited rhythm guitarist Pistol Pete — come by that sound and that rep honestly. The band hails from the wilds of Kelowna, B.C., where they grew up like every other rural teenager. “We were riding around in crappy vehicles down dirt roads, listening to old rock'n'roll, punkrock & metal records going to bush parties, hunting and fishing,” Villain says. The latter was earned over the course of a decade together in the rock ’n’ roll trenches, honing their notoriously over-the-top live show in every warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse that would have them.

Now they’re a thicker than water. They’ve been through the fire. And they bring it with them every time they step on the stage. “It’s definitely about that fire,” stresses Villain. “Sure, you’ve gotta play well. But there’s something more than just hitting the right notes and playing everything perfect. You’ve gotta give it everything every night. 150%. You have to put your foot to the floor and never stop — red line that the whole goddamn way.” You might think these guys are nothing but redneck beer drinking hell raisers. But there’s a method to the madness. “We know who we are,” Villain explains. “We know what we're like. We’re a powder keg. We like to have a good time & everything you’ve heard is probably true. But there’s more to us than just that.”

2012 proved to be an eventful year for The Wild! with their first single, Road House, released. Road House was then featured on The Jason Ellis Show on FACTION (Sirius/XM) and is in current rotation in the UK (Steve Taylor’s show ‘Retro Rock’ on 102.5FM – Stourbridge), Canada (Power 104.7FM – Kelowna) and on various online stations such as Punkradiocast.ca and Hotshotbands.com. After teaming up with Vancouver hip-hop music video director, Stuey Kubrick, the Road House music video received more than 10,000 views in its first week and an additional 20,000 views within the first month. Backing the vision, sound and attitude of The Wild! Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage and owner of Wreckroom Records in NYC, posted a link to the Road House video on his Twitter feed.

Sonically, their riffs are steeped in blues and punk, two more subjects near and dear to the band. “We take a huge influence from the blues... and I’m talking about the Delta blues that’s not really heard by a lot of people. But we’ve also got a punk attitude about this whole thing. That’s the thing about great punk rock: You’re not trying to do anything. You’re not overthinking it. You’re just doing it. It was the same with the old Delta bluesmen. They had conviction. They really meant what they were doing and so do we. No matter what we do it’s at 11. We just wanna live hard. We just wanna live free.”



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