Gord Bamford, Honkytonks & Dive Bar Tour | Saturday, November 3, 2018
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD
The Woods Nightclub is Proud to present
Gord Bamford, Honkytonks & Divebar Tour
With Jojo Mason
\\ GORD BAMFORD //
Australian-born & Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two- time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists and like so many others that have come before him; Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today.
Bamford’s eighth studio album Neon Smoke was released in early 2018 and follows his Tin Roof album, winner of the 2016 CCMA ‘Album of The Year’. Tin Roof, nominated for the 2016 JUNO Country Album of The Year follows the Juno Nominated Country Junkie album and it’s #1 Billboard hit song ‘When Your Lips are so Close’. The 3-time CCMA ‘Male Artist of the Year’ once again collaborates with distinguished songwriter/producer Phil O’Donnell (Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, George Strait). “Phil and I instantly connected in the studio. Working with him really brought a fresh, new sound to this album and I’m really proud of the results,” said Gord. “Phil is truly a genius in the studio.
Gord is a man who believes with his whole heart in giving back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has generated over $3 million since its inception in 2008 for children’s charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, numerous children’s hospitals across Canada and MUSICOUNTS. “Those organizations have had an impact on my life and that’s why we do what we do. It’s always great to get out, play music, be on stage and wake up every morning loving what I do. But probably the greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives. It’s hard to comprehend but it’s an awesome thing to see a kid’s face light up who is really sick and all he wants to do is go to Disneyland. It puts it all into perspective as to why I think God put me on earth to do what I do because it’s helping other people.”
That humble, likable approach is what continues to draw legions of new fans to Gord Bamford. But it’s the music that keeps them loyal. Gord Bamford has the amazing ability to evolve, sense where his fans want to go, and take us all along with him.
\\ JOJO MASON //
“When fate, serendipitous timing and a jar of moonshine combine – expect the extraordinary….expect the unexpected…” – Dan Swinimer, Manicdown Music Inc
When JoJo Mason walked in to a Christmas party on December 21, 2013 clutching a jar of that Ole’ Smokey Moonshine, he could not have predicted how a strange combination of events would change the course of his life forever.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan February 26, 1990, JoJo spent most of his early years like many true Canadian kids – playing hockey on ice rinks and frozen lakes. With the opportunity of a successful career in the sport, he relocated to Victoria, BC in 2004 to play at the junior ranks. But this pursuit suddenly came to a screeching halt after suffering a herniated disk. This injury was devastating to his future in hockey and drove him down an unknown road without a destination – until now.
As the story goes – that fated jar of moonshine resolved a debate Dan had had with a co-writer earlier that day: “During my writing session I wanted to use the line ‘drinking moonshine out of a jar’ because growing up in a small town, that’s exactly what we used to do. My co-writer had never heard of this and we debated this line for some time – we never did settle on it. Later that night at a Christmas party, in walks some guy named JoJo and to my delight, he was toting a mason jar
of moonshine. This was an immediate talking point for us and the rest is history.” Some say everything happens for a reason and some believe in fate. Whatever the case, JoJo’s
irresistible personality and obvious star quality caught Dan’s attention and as the night wore on and the drinks continued to flow, JoJo expressed an interest in singing.
“At first I just passed it off as booze talk. JoJo had absolutely zero experience as a singer. In fact – until that moment he had never even aspired to be a singer. When I asked JoJo if he could
sing, he uttered his now legendary response ‘I’m not the worst – I sing in the shower’. The more I talked to him and experienced his infectious, magnetic personality, the more I felt it worth my
time to see if this guy could actually sing.”
And sing he could. It’s been a busy three years since JoJo started his work with Dan and Manicdown
Music. He released his first single “It’s All Good” on June 21st, 2015 and it’s been a wild ride ever since. “It’s All Good” was the #1 most added song at radio in its first and third weeks of release, an accomplishment that has never before been achieved by an independent artist’s debut single in Canadian radio history. “It’s All Good” had a surreal run – reaching the top 10 on both Mediabase and BDS charts. JoJo’s 2nd single titled “Good Kinda Love”, was released in early November of
2015 and also hit the ground running. It was the #1 most added song its first week, debuted at #42
on the charts and eventually became JoJo’s second Top – 10 hit.
After an unprecedented two consecutive Top 10 singles out of the gate, Dan knew it was time to get help. This was the moment Swinimer and Manicdown Music Inc. joined forces with 604 Records for the release of Mason’s third single “Red Dress” in early 2016.
“Not only does Jonathan Simkin and his staff at 604 Records have an undeniable track record,
they have amazing vision and they aren’t afraid to think outside of the box. They are perpetual
leaders in an ever changing industry, they are excited about the future of music and they are
thriving at a time when many established players are struggling.”
JoJo’s music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country,
but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. He will charm you with his
personality, wow you with his beat boxing, earn your respect with his work ethic, inspire you with his character and compassion, elicit a smile with his message but most importantly, JoJo will
sweep you off your feet with his voice. From a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to
Canada’s next country music sensation.
“The first time I heard him on the radio, I could tell he was a truly unique voice in country music. He is an engaging, charismatic young man who has a long career ahead of him.”
– Jonathan Simkin, CEO, 604 Records Fast forward to 2017, JoJo has 4 Top 20 singles under his belt and is on the heels of releasing his debut album on June 9th. Follow along as he reveals the track listing via a new video each week of stripped down versions of the songs.