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BLACK MOUNTAIN WHISKEY REBELLION

Black Mountair Whiskey Rebellion

Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion features a collective of talented musicians (Mitch Merrett, Corbett Frasz, Erik Dylan, Greg Carroll, plus special guest, Clayton Bellamy), bringing multiple years of touring experience, studio time and multi-faceted musicianship to the mix.

Banding together to create a sonic awakening that walks the line of boundless melodic prowess and raw, unapologetic truths, BMWR have merged a fascination with the history of the North American moonshiner and a love of Southern power chord guitar rock into a collection of fictional smoky  backwoods tales, resulting in an album that is introspective and speaks from the soul; producing tracks that are dark and brooding complete with lyrics abundant in grit and uncompromised delivery.

Debut single “Holy Smoke” quickly garnered the attention of Rolling Stone Country, who included the group in their July 2018 list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know”. Writer Jim Beaugez describes the track as “Merrett’s distorted guitar snarls underneath a chicken-pickin’ country hook, kicking off a tale told through lyrical double- entendre and a fist-pumping chorus before closing with a full gospel revival coda”, dubbing the collective “A Canadian group of rootsy outlaws”. He goes on to detail their overall sound as “a fleet of rumbling IROC-Zs at Talladega revved-up on leaded gasoline and ready to chase the checkered flag.”

“Holy Smoke”, together with BMWR’s self-titled follow-up track, have a combined 1.7 million streams to date (March 1st); no small feat given the songs have never been released to radio, with the collective instead relying on a grassroots approach to sharing new music and gaining fans. Combining their love of motorcycles, music, tattoos and more, with numerous Gold-certified singles, song writing credits and industry awards between the five members, these long-time musical friends have finally come together to collaborate and deliver the indulgent yet timeless sound that is the Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion.

DON AMERO

With the release of his 2018 album, EVOLUTION, Don Amero (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) stepped into the mainstream country music genre with brand new material that he considers his strongest yet.  Don is an engaging storyteller, songwriter and performer who has been touring and speaking all across Canada for over 10 years. With 7 albums to his name he has already garnered numerous national and international awards, including a JUNO nomination in 2013 and two more in 2016.

Raised in the notoriously tough north end of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. Yet, despite the poverty, gangs, drugs and violence that surrounded him, his life was tempered by love and support that held him up enabling him to thrive beyond those struggles and find his passion in music.

When Don was 14 years old he walked into an audition and soon discovered that he had a gift for music. His intention when auditioning for the musical was to catch the eye of his Jr. High crush, but instead he landed the lead role in that years play as ‘Curly’ in ‘Oklahoma’.

Around that same time Don’s personal life was in turmoil as his family was breaking apart, but somehow he found solace in learning how to play music on his father’s old guitar.

The music he was learning to play resonated with his souls longing and inner pain. It became his therapy and over the years Don’s passion grew and his focus as an artist has been to create music that he hopes will be medicine for others.

DAVID JAMES

Since bursting onto the Canadian country music scene following his 2014 signing with MDM Recordings Inc., award winning country artist David James (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) has lived by the motto “nothing worth having comes easy and opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” and work hard he does. The 2016 release of his debut EP “Songs About A Girl” garnered the Manitoba native two Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations including a nod in the “Rising Star” category, his debut performance at the highly celebrated Boots and Hearts Music Festival, a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for “Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country” and a tour slot with country artist Chad Brownlee before returning to the studio to begin working on a new EP. 

His October 2017 sophomore album “Downtown Kids” is what followed, spawning James’ first and second Top 15 hits and most successful singles to date with “Sun Set On It” and the title-track earworm “Downtown Kids”. James marked the release with a performance at Calgary’s Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre as part of the live music broadcast series Stampede City Sessions, which debuted on PBS (KPBS) to an audience of more than 2 million viewers. The six-song EP showcases James’ melodic pop-rock infused country sensibilities and lyrically draws influence from both his personal and professional life and in keeping with his upward trajectory, he was nominated for four Manitoba Country Music Association Awards including “Male Artist of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, “Video of the Year” and “Single of the Year”.

In November 2018, James dropped “Cars, Girls, & The Radio” and hit the road in 2019 where he appeared as the featured guest on JUNO Award nominated country artist Aaron Pritchett’s “Out On The Town” tour, which stopped in over 50 cities across Canada before wrapping in the fall of that same year.

“All The Time”, released in August of 2019 became James’ fastest climbing song at radio to date and boasts over 1.3 million collective streams to date.  The companion video debuted on CMT in the U.S. as part of their ‘Next Up Now Program’ – a program created to highlight songs and videos of up-and-coming stars in the country music genre.  Additionally, James was awarded ‘Male Artist of the Year” at the Manitoba Country Music Association Awards.

Kicking off 2020, is the release of the single “If I Were You” on March 6th followed by an EP release of the same name on March 13th.  “If I Were You” is written by Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard (1/2 of the Diamond selling duo Florida Georgia Line), Michael Wilson Hardy and Bart Butler.

CHARLIE MAJOR

Charlie Major

He’s more Mellencamp than Merle. His lyrics champion the ‘Blue Collar Hero’ in a manner that resonates of Springsteen and other roots rock legends, but it is in the country music format that Charlie Major finds his home.

Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Charlie had a heyday at radio as he became the first Canadian artist in history to score six BDS #1 hits off of his debut album. Nine more chart topping hits would follow, and Charlie would crisscross the world headlining tours and connecting with his fans at fairs and festivals.

TYLER JOE MILLER

Merging a traditional style of writing and a soulful voice, Tyler Joe Miller is making a name for himself in country music.

Miller was signed to MDM Recordings Inc. in 2019 and released his debut single, “Pillow Talkin’” in late December of 2019. The catchy tune quickly earned him the title of iHeart Future Star at the beginning of 2020 and has now achieved Top 15 status at Canadian country radio. 

“I’ve been watching Tyler Joe perform around the Vancouver area for a quite a few months quietly taking stock in the performances and fan reaction,” shares Mitch Merrett, MDM. “He is one of just a few artists I have seen that can silence a noisy room in a matter of moments. His voice and songwriting abilities are so well developed as a new artist we are more than excited to get Tyler Joe to the next level and share the depth of this young talent.” 

In October 2019, Tyler Joe was awarded the Ray McAuley Horizon award at the BCCMA’s, an award that is presented to a new artist who has shown achievements in recorded and or live performances and celebrates their contributions to country music in British Columbia.

Born in Surrey, British Columbia, Tyler Joe Miller was raised on country music listening to his favourite artists on summer drives to his cabin in the caribou in northern BC. Tyler Joe first played in a band in his early 20’s performing in bars in downtown Vancouver before he took a break from music for a few years. During his time off, he began doing humanitarian work often in Guatemala where he found his passion for helping people. 

With a desire to fuse his love of music with a passion for philanthropy, Tyler Joe began his own non-profit organization called The Climb Outreach Society who believe in the value of every person and promoting a higher quality of life for those in need.

Inspired by artists such as Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Kenny Rogers, Tyler Joe, is in pursuit to make a difference in the world – sharing a style and sound that is the heart and soul of country music.

JESS MOSKALUKE

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of country music.  Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away – #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), she has achieved not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away”.  A multiple 2015 JUNO Award nominee and 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and the reigning three-time consecutive CCMA Award winner for Female Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) – the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title.  A proud small town girl, when she first posted her music online, no one could have anticipated the bright future that lay ahead.  Many years later with her growing fan base, she now has over 32 million views on YouTube to date.  In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.

BOBBY WILLS

An acclaimed musician with a reputation for writing from the heart, Bobby Wills (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is best known for two things – his signature cowboy hat and a diverse musical personality, combining a classic country sound with a toe-tapping, dynamic twist.   His passion for writing songs has once again been acknowledged, receiving his second consecutive Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) 2016 nomination for Songwriter of the Year.  A consecutive 2013 – 2014 CCMA Award Male Artist of the Year nominee, and 2015 CCMA Award Songwriter of the Year nominee, Wills was nominated in 3 categories for the 2016 CCMA Awards, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year (for the top 10 hit, “Won’t You Be Mine”).  His last album, Tougher Than Love is the 4th album in Wills’ vast discography, featuring two top 10 hits to date.  Exploring his diverse musicality, the EP blends a classic country sound with a modern edge, complemented by Wills’ signature emotive, relatable lyrics.  His latest album In Comes The Night was released in September 2017.