albums w/ jackets & lyrics

She Gets Me

Seven Bridges Road

Head Over Heels

Midnight Train
BIt’s only fitting Cold Lake’s Canada Day celebrations will feature one of the hottest groups on the country scene today. With 15 BC and CCMAs and now their first Juno Award to their credit, The Washboard Union is riding the crest of the new wave of country music, and they’ll be bringing their show to the Marina on Monday night. The Vancouver group’s core is stepbrothers Aaron Grain and Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, and have charted with some of the most memorable radio hits in the last decade, including their first gold single, “Shot of Glory,” “Shine,” “Maybe It’s The Moonshine,” and their latest chart topper, “She Gets Me.” Roberts said if it’s hard to pin down the band’s sound, it’s because of their influences. Simply sticking a ‘country’ label doesn’t do them justice for all the nuances the genre can encompass. He, himself can carry a conversation on artists Judas Priest and Uriah Heep as easily as he can about someone wearing sequins and playing a fiddle, or in this case, a washboard. It’s the latter that formed the basis of the trio’s musical kinship. “We used to get together and play old trucker tunes from Red Sovine and CW McCall just for fun. Then we started writing our own songs,” he said, noting his own personal influences came the same way as many people, with music in the household. “You just discover their music because it’s beside the record player, and you put it on... I grew up in a family where my Mom sang and my Dad was always playing instruments. So we were always surrounded by different styles of music... If it makes you smile, it’s all good.” Roberts said the Canadian music scene is alive and well, and they’re just glad to be part of it. And he admits to sometimes being in a “pinch me” moment at how they’ve skyrocketed to the spotlight, and who they’re keeping company with. “There’s a lot of really great music out there, there’s so much talent, especially in Canada. I’m always blown away when we play places and you get to play with artists you never got to see live before, they’re absolutely amazing,” Roberts said. At the recent Juno Awards this past spring, they broke that glass ceiling and won their first doorstop, for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and presented Meaghan Patrick with her first award, as well. Their cover with her of The Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road” has gained rave reviews, and again harken back to their diverse roots. “You know when people say this music sucks or that music does, I wonder what’s going on. It’s all different, it’s supposed to be different. Life would be pretty boring if it was all the same. They released their 2012 self-titled album on their own and got the opportunity to work with legendary producers Bob Ezrin (KISS, Alice Cooper, etc) and Garth Richardson. Nearly four years later, after signing a major label deal with Warner, they released a five-track EP called “In My Bones,” which had the smash “Head Over Heels.” “What We’re Made Of” was released last year, and backed by the title track, “Feel Like That,” “Livin Outta Livin,” and “I’ll Go Mine,” it was quickly heralded as the band’s strongest offering to date. Like anything they’ve done, inspiration can come from just about anywhere when it comes down to writing the music. “It comes from all over the place, and even when you’re working on something, for one reason or another it can change,” Roberts said. They’ve toured back and forth across the country several times now, but Roberts commented Alberta is still their favourite place to play. “Not sure why, but you guys seem to get us, so we love playing there,” he said, refusing to give even a clue as to what to expect during their shows. “That’s the fun of playing live, you’ll just have to come out to see what we’re going to do.”

  • With notes from Erin Combs, Danny Frieschnekt, Chris Lambert, Lisa Price

    washboard union
    WASHBOARD UNION (2012)
    Half Cree
    Hillbilly Bullshit
    I Can't Complain
    Sweetgrass
    Texas
    3 Day Road
    Midnight Train
    Lost And Found
    Pusherman
    Let R Roar
    Billy The Kid
    Change My Way

    in my bones
    IN MY BONES (2015)
    Can't Hold On Forever
    Heartache
    Everywhere I Go
    No One's Business
    Empty Heart
    Runaway

    what we're made of
    WHAT WE'RE MADE OF (2018)
    Shine
    What We're Made Of
    Livin Outta Livin
    She Gets Me
    Wild Angel
    I'll Go Mine
    Feel Like That
    Keep You Crazy
    Good To You
    One Of Those
    He Ain't Got You
    Be Mine

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