SCUGOG: The headline act for the Port Perry Fair concert, being held on Sunday, Sept. 4th, will be Cold Creek County.
The James Barker Band will also be performing at the concert. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the entertainment shelter on the fairgrounds. Last year, the Port Perry Fair concert featured the Small Town Pistols and local Uxbridge artist Julien Kelland.
The Port Perry Fair runs from Saturday, Sept. 3rd until Monday, Sept. 5th. The fairgrounds are located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd.
Cold Creek County
Cold Creek County came by their name naturally. Cold Creek, after all, runs through the rolling hills, apple orchards and villages in central Ontario, near locations the band members call home.
Nestled in the rural in-betweens of Peterborough and Belleville, Ontario, (lead vocals/acoustic guitar) calls Brighton, population 4,800, home. The Drummer is from nearby Hastings and its 1,200 populace. Josh Lester (guitar/vocals) and (bass/vocals), by the sons of bluegrass master, Emory Lester, hail from the outskirts of Frankford, population 2,500. Lead guitarist, the relative city slicker in the group, is originally from Stratford, Ontario, population 30,000. Band members literally cross Cold Creek to get to each other’s homes.
“I’m a small town guy and I love it,” says Oliver. “Because I’ve been here so much and my community has been so supportive, everyone is loving and small towns have that I’ve-got-your-back vibe no matter what.”
“Our Town”, the first single from the band’s debut release, is a rousing singalong that celebrates what happens when everyone in town lets loose on Friday night.
“Our Town”, Cold Creek County’s debut single was produced by Scott Cooke (Chase Rice, assistant engineer on Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Dallas Smith) and co-produced by Oliver, who also co-manages the band with Chief, the titular head of Chief Music (Florida-Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Chris Lane and Joey Moi).
“Til The Wheels Come Off”, the second single from the band’s debut release, is a country anthem that all country fans can belt out, whether in their truck or at their concert. It was produced by Scott Cooke (Chase Rice, assistant engineer on Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Dallas Smith) and co-produced by Oliver.
Chief believes Cold Creek County, who’ve already opened for the likes of Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Travis Tritt and Jason Blain in their short time together, have what it takes to touch country fans, be they from Cold Creek County or not. They deliver a powerful, dynamic sound that’s already captured a sizeable fan base. Being heavily influenced by Country and Rock, the band brings both worlds together, in a way that’s sure to get your feet stomping. Cold Creek County spent 2014 honing their sound and performances, winning at the 2014 Wire Awards and opening for country stars, including Dallas Smith, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella and Jason Blain.
“It’s our roots,” says lead singer Brandon Scott. “We grew up with rock and country.”
Be sure to check out their latest single “Beer Weather” on your local radio station today!
Singer-songwriter and recording artist, James Barker's love of music started at age 4 with his first instrument, the fiddle. Playing at churches and fall fairs at such a young age, made James comfortable on the stage, and solidified where he was destined to be. At age 12, James picked up his first guitar and knew this held his future.
Many long days on a tractor, working on the farm, didn’t bother this country boy, he used the hours to write his catchy country tunes. Influenced by everyone from George Strait to Led Zeppelin, has led to James' unique charismatic style.
In the past few years James Barker has spent extensive time writing in Nashville, and touring across Ontario opening for Emerson Drive, Tim Hicks, Tebey, Kira Isabella and Leah Daniels. Without a doubt, they provide an energetic and diverse show, playing a wide variety of musical styles, incorporating influences from classic and new country.
The development of the Country music industry has encouraged artists to think outside of the box for promotions. James accredits social media as part of their rise in popularity in the Country music scene. Their followers and fans have steadily been increasing over the past couple of years. Fans and industry representatives selected the band to perform on the main stage, at the 2015 Havelock Jamboree, during The Next Country Music Star Search.
The Sirius Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Online Showcase competition has helped James Barker band achieve over 10,000 online votes. The enormous online support has led them to receive the 1st place peak performance slot, at Boots & Hearts 2015.
They were recently selected by The Country Music of Ontario Board of Directors, to Showcase with Michelle Wright, at The New Faces Going Places Conference, held during the CMAO Award Show, in Markham, ON.
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