Deric Ruttan, Chad Brownlee and Jason Blaine have teamed up for the Your Town Throwdown Tour which will stop at the Living Sky Casino on Nov. 10.
Canadian country music standouts Chad Brownlee, Deric Ruttan and Jason Blaine will be brining their travelling party to Swift Current on Nov. 10 when the 2013 Your Town Throwdown Tour rolls into the Living Sky Casino.
The trio began their cross Canada tour on Oct. 16 in Summerside, PEI and they wrap up their 26-date tour in Vancouver on Nov. 15. Despite their tenacious travel schedule, the party atmosphere of the tour has not slowed.
"The tour's just rocking," Blaine explained during a phone interview at the mid point of their Canadian tour. "None of us are able to get all of our songs that we've had on the radio packed into the show, which is a really great place to be. It speaks to where each of us are in our artist career. But I think to the benefit of the fan, what makes it a fun show is we just kind of picked what we felt was our six biggest songs. And also catered them to the theme of the show, which is high energy, a throwdown, and a real big party vibe, and packed that into each of our little mini sets, and then also picked a couple of our favourites for some of the stuff that we do together."
"It's basically non stop energy from the time we get on stage," Ruttan added. "It's been a lot of fun. I've been really impressed with just the audience reaction. The audiences have been great on the tour, very lively."
Brownlee noted that all three artists are able to showcase their own material, plus country fans get to see a talented trio of performers.
"Jason's fans, Derek's fans, my fans, when they're all in the same room together, they become all of our fans, whether they've seen our show or not before… I think most of them are leaving fans of everybody. Because we have become one band essentially. We play quite a few songs together on stage, and that has brought a sense of cohesiveness between us," Brownlee said.
"That's the really cool thing, and the different thing about this tour, that I don't think a lot of other tours have is that there's so much collaboration between the three of us. It's one show. It's one band. And everyone leaves a fan of each other."
Ruttan, a CCMA Award-winning singer-songwriter, is well known for his radio hits Main Street, 1979, That's How I Wanna Go Out and 2010's most-played Canadian country song of the year, Up All Night. He just released his latest album Take The Week Off, and the lead single Take The Week Off is the only tune from his new record that he performs during the show.
"That's part of the big challenge of a tour like this is with three co-headliners - I've been doing this 10 years, Jason's been doing it seven or eight, Chad five or so - so between the three of us we could each play for three hours and do nothing but singles that we've had."
"What we tried to do was focus on our more energetic, more up-tempo numbers. Songs that fit sort of the Your Town Throwdown theme, the sort of party vibe we established early on in the Maritimes with this tour."
Ruttan is excited by the release of Take The Week Off, and he feels there are numerous tracks on the recording that can be released as singles.
"I"m really excited about this album. I think it's the strongest collection of songs that I've ever put together on one project," he said. "I'm real proud of this record. The last album that I did was a live album that I recorded live at the Calgary Stampede called Up All Night - Deric Ruttan Live. And I really kind of wanted to keep that energy going on this project that we had on the last project even though the last one was a live record."
Ruttan was in the recording studio with a different band line-up, which gave his record a bit of a different feel.
"The result of that is it's a little bit more maybe aggressive of a record than I've made before. So you have kind of the party songs, so people who know me from songs like Up All Night, and Good Time, that guy is still very much represented on this album in songs like Pass It Around, and Happy Place, a couple of new tunes. But also I had a big hit last year with a song called Main Street, 1979 that was a more of an acoustic, sort of reflective song, and there are those moments on this new album as well. And fans seem to really be liking the new record."
Another highlight on Take The Week Off is that it includes the current Blake Shelton song Mine Would Be You, which is currently topping the Canadian country charts and was written by Ruttan.
"I put that song on this album as well. That's another thing that fans are kind of reacting to about the new record is 'hey I'm glad Mine Would Be You is on here, because we hear how Blake does it and now we get to hear how you do it.' So that's kind of cool. I'm excited to have that on there."
Brownlee was the 2011 CCMA Rising Star Award Winner on the strength of his debut self-titled record in 2010. He followed that up with his second album Love Me Or Leave Me in February 2012, helping contribute to back-to-back CCMA nominations as Male Artist of the Year.
While there have been no surprises during the tour, the former 2003 NHL Draft Pick of the Vancouver Canucks is happy to see the tour has built a team comradery among the performers.
"I'm actually pleased it has become a team. Coming from the hockey world, I know that feeling of togetherness and that sense of altruism that really brings success, more so that on an individual basis. I'm not pleasantly surprised, I'm just happy that its turned out the way I wanted it to in the way that Jason, Deric and I have really become one band," Brownlee said.
"All the songs really that we collaborate on - Jason, Deric and I. Whenever I'm up there with those guys it's such a cool energy, and you can tell that the crowd is into it too. So whenever we collaborate, that's definitely my favourite part of the show."
Brownlee has just released the first single from his new album, and Where The Party At is getting air play across the country.
He is excited to be moving into his home province of BC to end the tour, but says they are continuing their high energy performances just as if it is the first tour date.
"It's high energy. It's a party. We're there to have fun, and I think people can see that on stage. We just want people up and dancing and singing and having a good time, and leave them wanting a little bit more at the end of the night."
Blaine boasts 15 Top 15 singles during a recording career which features five albums dating back to 2005.
He released Everything I Love this past July, the follow-up to his wildly successful Life So Far which featured the CCMA Single of the Year winner They Don't Make Em' Like That Anymore.
And while this current tour boasts a definite party vibe, he does have a quieter moment in his set by featuring this chart topping hit.
"I could never get away with touring across Canada without playing the song that won me my first Canadian Country Music Award for the Single of The Year last year - They Don’t Make Em’ Like That Anymore. That song has been really special, and important to my career. And it seems that even though this is the Throwdown Tour, and it's all pretty fun and entertaining, several occasions, even so far on the tour, after playing that song in my set, folks have come up to be after in the merchandise line and tell me their story and how much that song has meant to them."
"In amongst all the fun, there's those real connections that really let me know, and let us know as artists, it makes us feel like what we're doing matters on a deeper level as well."
Admittedly, the direct feedback from the fans has been the highlight of the tour.
"And that's why we're out on the road. It's just again that connection with our fans and to share a night together where they can get to know us…and we can leave each little town with a few more friends than we came with."
With the tour beginning in Eastern Canada, Blaine said there is a definite difference when entering into the prairie provinces.
"People in the Western provinces, or in the prairies, people don't just listen to their country music, they live their country music out here."
"I think that it's been gaining momentum, and it's just been rolling like a big snowball across Canada, growing into something bigger. It had been doing well from the get go, but I think with the social media, folks following us on twitter at twitter.com/OfficialYTTD and #YTTD. And we're also on Instagram, I just joined, you can see pictures and stuff from the previous shows and kind of get a sense of what you're in for."