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Management Clients  Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2012
Label Clients - New Country Rehab released 01/11/2011
Select Highlights 

2011 - Release of New Country Rehab in Canada

            Folk Alliance International official showcase 2011

            ECMA showcase 2011 (Charlottetown, PEI)- Secured UK booking agent

            Benelux and UK release of New Country Rehab

            Reviews in UNCUT, Q and many other publications

            Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver Folk Fest, Harrison Hot Springs, Calgary Folk Festival.....

            Yonge and Dundas Square Toronto, On

            WDVX appearance

            Official Americana Music Association showcase Nashville, TN and 1st US tour

            Factor Marketing and Promo grant for non-factor funded recordings received

2012 - Celtic Connections showcase (Glasgow UK) and 1st European tour NL,DE,UK

            U.S. release of New Country Rehab

            Old Settler's Festival Austin, TX + Texas / Midwest US tour   

            Appearance on Voice of America RADIO

            Communion NYC show 

            Opened for Blue Rodeo at Kee to Bala 

            Vancouver Island Folk Festival

            Bayfest, Sarnia ON

            Blissfest Michigan, US

            Hillside Music Festival

            Canmore Folk Festival

            Edmonton Folk Festival

            Stockholm Culture Festival Stockholm, SE

            Gotteberg Culture Festival Gotteberg, SE 

            Tonder Festival, Denmark

"They have the heart, soul and energy of a rock and roll band but the subtlety of country with poetic lyrics

(Mat Radbourne, Allgigs.co.uk)

New Country Rehab cuts through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. With a knockout combination of sharp innovation and a deep love and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab's powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy. They are "more Arcade Fire than Lady Antebellum...like Canada’s answer to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons” Nigel Williamson, UNCUT( Jan. 2012)

Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman joined by Champagne James Robertson on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tome on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is "poised to be the next big thing in Canadian music” Tom Power, CBC Radio. Growing audiences in Canada, the U.S. And Europe are responding to New Country Rehab’s infectious love and enthusiasm for the music they are playing. The band make it, "super accessible, not only to fans of roots/folk/country, but even to the broader, less country inclined audience” (Josef Jensen, Indie Artist Podcast.

This artistic vision and original writing has earned the respect of many critics, "a debut that demonstrates class” (Rootstime.be) and welcome receptions of audiences, "...even with the deep pool of technical talent here, the focus is on maintaining a mood over all else”(torontoist.com). Maverick magazine’s Russell Hill describes the band’s sound as "Successfully merging the old and new in a rambunctuous way”and describes the band as having"their feet planted firmly on the ground, this Canadian band has the right intentions and there is to be no stopping them.” (March 2012)

Their 2011 debut, self-titled album was received with glowing and international praise by reviewers. The group blends lyrical sensibility and musical focus to produce exceptional original songs. From the first track, Angel of Death, "…fiddle and [vocal] harmonies take us back to the past, but modern guitars and pedals still explode into huge choruses that jump-start the songs and help the band standout (Bryan Acker, Herohill.com). The haunting mood of Cameo, a contemplative tale of escape and redemption, provides a beautiful contrast to the gritty tale of a gambler’s endgame, The Last Hand, a rollicking interplay of fiddle and guitar riffs underpinned by driving bass and percussion that builds relentlessly to the violent climax and denouement of the story. Not afraid to show it’s influences, New Country Rehab takes the Hank Williams, Sr. classic Ramblin’ Man, chews it up and spits it out as an eerie, dub-drenched trip through a mournful latin groove. The group reinvents Bruce Springsteen’s seminal State Trooper with police sirens and jarring, distorted hooks to imbue it with "…a menace even the original struggles to match Andy Fyfe, Q Magazine Jan. 2012

Following a summer of touring as a favourite act at key music festivals across Canada, the band’s performance at the AMA’s in Nashville in October garnered a great deal of new attention for them in the Americana community. In January 2012, New Country Rehab will make its debut appearance in the UK at Celtic Connections in Glasgow as part of a European tour. Early UK press signposts a group on the rise in Great Britain, consistent with the current buzz being generated in North America.

Band members: John Showman, Fiddle and lead vocals / Champagne James Robertson, lead guitar / Ben Whiteley, Upright Bass / Roman Tome’, Percussion, drums and back up vocals

Discography: New Country Rehab (Dollartone - 2011)




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