“I’ve been looking for 30 years for a young guy who’s proud to write songs about our country. I’d like to pass the torch to Tim Hus.” So says Stompin’ Tom Connors, the Canadian icon who’s delighted that there’s a newcomer in the wings.
Now, with his second CD on Stony Plain, Tim Hus is going to consolidate his role as a singer and songwriter who aims to capture the Canadian spirit with historic and geographic detail as well as a sense of humour.
Hockeytown (SPCD-1351) is a CD with a dozen songs that proudly hoist the Maple Leaf flag: they talk about Hamilton’s disappearing steel industry, fishing off the coast of Newfoundland, the Red River floods in Manitoba, the Nova Scotia birthplace of Hank Snow – and, of course, hockey. Hus is a songwriter who does his research, and the language – of fishermen, steel makers, hockey players – is as accurate as it is evocative.
The CD’s title song has been serviced to country music stations in Western Canada.
To mark the release of the new CD, Hus is undertaking a major Alberta tour, which also includes no less than 11 private functions, most of them in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. The upcoming public dates are as follows, and also included a Canada Day concert in Fernie, BC and an upcoming three day festival appearance at Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife:
July 8, Calgary, Mikey’s Juke Joint
July 9, Calgary, Bottlescrew Bill’s
July 11, Calgary, The Unicorn
July 16-18, Yellowknife NT, Folk on the Rocks
Tim’s links to Stompin’ Tom go back to his first Stony Plain release, Bush Pilot Buckaroo (SPCD-1336), on which he covered Connors’ song, “Hockey Mom.” Impressed, Connors invited Tim to tour with him in Ontario and eastern Canada last year. The tour was a huge success – and now Tim will tour with Connors in Western Canada. Hus will open each of the shows, and then he will back up the headliner.
July 31, Thunder Bay, Community Auditorium
August 2, Dryden, Cultural Centre
August 4, Winnipeg, Centennial Concert Hall
August 7, Regina, Casino Regina
August 9, Saskatoon, TCU Place Theatre
August 12, Red Deer, Centrium Enmax
August 14, Calgary, Jubilee Auditorium
August 19, Chilliwack BC, Heritage Park
August 21, Vancouver, Centre For Performing Arts
August 24, Vernon BC, Wesbild Centre
August 28, Dawson Creek BC, EnCana Events Centre
August 31, Edmonton, Jubilee Auditorium
September 4, Fort McMurray AB, MacDonald Island Park
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