Rainmaker Country Concert

Saturday May 25, 2024 - 7pm

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James Barker Band have fueled an incredible story over the last eight years, largely on their own, from opening for local bands in dive bars to charting multiple No. 1 singles and hundreds of millions of global streams to headlining festivals and playing stages across North America and Europe. After notching their record-setting gold-certified fourth No. 1 in Canada with "New Old
Trucks" feat. 14x Grammy-nominated and multi-PLATINUM selling artist Dierks Bentley the group currently holds the title of the most #1s for a Canadian country group in the BDS/Mediabase era. This latest spot at the top of the charts follows-up their “dynamic country-rock” single (MusicRow) “Over All Over Again,” which also went #1 in 2021. Also in 2022, JBB has gone on to release the summertime smash hit “Wastin Whiskey” as well as “Beer Me” and “Rain all Summer”. With this, the multi-award-winning four-piece is continuing their meteoric ascent in Nashville.

Made up of James Barker (lead vocals/guitar), Taylor Abram (guitar/background vocals), Connor Stephen (drums), and Bobby Martin (bass), the members of James Barker Band grew up within an hour of each other in rural towns surrounding Toronto. In 2017 these best-friends saw their hard work pay off when they sent their single “Chills” straight to the top of Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 chart. From there, James Barker Band released a string of successful singles, including the Gold-certified tracks “Wastin Whiskey”, “New Old Trucks”, “Over All Over Again,” “There's A Drink For That”, “Just Sayin',” “It's Working,” “Lawn Chair Lazy,” “Good Together,” “Summertime,” as well as Platinum-certified songs “Keep It Simple” and "Chills" and a GOLD-certified EP (Game On). Now, as the unstoppable group continues to trailblaze, many miles from their hometowns, the opportunities are limitless – but the band remains grounded in their small-town roots.

From moving to Nashville on a whim in the early 2000s, buoyed only by a strong passion for music and songwriting, to working tireless years, cultivating industry and artistic success, Steven Lee Olsen is a country artist truly in tune with the genre’s poignant themes of love, work, and play. Garnering over 25 million global streams and a variety of songwriting collaborations with Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and more, Steven Lee Olsen's veteran songwriting credentials in the industry have been further displayed throughout the last few years as he continues highlighting his progression as a solo artist. This journey has been fully realized through his successful string of releases and EP under Universal Music Canada, including his most recent track “Outta Yours” and hits "Relationship Goals," "The Woods," "Nashville or Nothing," and the CFL ON TSN Song of the Season "What You're Made Of," which soundtracked CFL ON TSN broadcast coverage throughout 2021. On the touring side, Steven Lee Olsen launched his summer of 2022 with several live shows, including Canada's largest country music festival, Boots and Hearts, Montreal's Lasso Montreal Festival tonight and the Manitoulin Country Fest in Northern Ontario and more. In 2023, Olsen kicked off the year on Old Dominion's No Bad Vibes tour alongside Frank Ray and Shawn Austin with stops in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and more.

Sometimes nostalgic, oftentimes adventurous, Steven Lee Olsen’s pop-infused take on country music is one meant to energize and inspire. Accumulating a global fanbase, the Toronto-born singer continues to develop his artistry outside of his various co-created #1 chart-topping songs like “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” His knack for delivering consistent country-pop hits makes him both a force to be reckoned within the industry and a country artist who has truly, since the age of twenty when he set foot in Nashville for the first time, devoted his life to country music.

Having solidified himself as a chart-topping lyricist and an artist with a global reach, powerhouse vocalist Steven Lee Olsen is one of this generation’s most promising Country singer-songwriters with no plans to slow down. Throughout the past year, Olsen highlighted his ever-evolving artistry and identity as a singer-songwriter, further carving his name in country music. Stay tuned for more to come.

Gather 'round, y'all, for the tale of Jacquie Daniels and the Blank Slates, a true-blue Metis Outlaw Country Artist. With a microphone in hand and a heart ablaze with rebellion, her journey began. She's armed with a horn section and a cowhide-clad stand-up bass, embodying a mix of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and the spirit of the queen herself, Dolly Parton. But there's more – she proves women can sling outlaw swagger just as fierce. Think Dolly's allure with a dash of Jenning's no-nonsense edge – she's an artist who knocks you flat while sparklin' in rhinestones.

Now, her recent triumphs: Jacquie waltzed away as Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year at the 2023 North America Country Music Awards International. A stamp of approval that can't be ignored. After conquering the globe, she learned from legends at a Nashville songwritin' boot camp, where ol' Jennings' spirit still lingers.

She's shared stages with Clayton Bellamy, Donna & Leroy, Lisa Hewitt, and Donny Parenteau – names that carry weight. Her achievements stretch far, from snaggin' Best Original Song at YYC Rising Star 2022, shakin' up the Jim Beam National Talent Search and Canadian Music Week, to settin' stages ablaze as an opener.

Justin Sutton has made a name for himself in the Alberta country music scene with his authentic approach to the genre. His debut album, recorded with producer Bart McKay, has received widespread recognition and airplay on hundreds of radio stations worldwide, with standout track "Greyhound" receiving over 40,000 streams on Spotify alone. 

As a songwriter, Justin's lyrics reflect his personal experiences and observations, capturing the struggles and triumphs of everyday life with a mix of humor and heartbreak. Drawing inspiration from traditional country music, blues, and southern rock, as well as contemporary artists like Colter Wall, Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson, and Tyler Childers, Justin's music is a raw and authentic representation of the genre.

Adding depth, emotion, and character to his music, Justin connects with audiences and leaves a lasting impression. With the release of "Side B" of his debut album on the horizon, Justin Sutton is ready to make his mark the country music world.