James Barker Band
We have chosen a band this month, that we have enjoyed going to see live, numerous times. They have earned several awards and number one singles - 6 to be exact - that are all Gold Certified and Top 10 in Canada ! We are “Just Sayin” with certainty, that these guys are not “Lawn Chair Lazy”, that’s for sure ! Our Featured Artist (s), for the month of May, is the James Barker Band!
JBB was formed in 2013, and the founding members of this award-winning, record crushing band, is James Barker (lead vocals & guitar), Taylor Abram (vocals & guitar), Bobby Martin (bass), and Connor Stephen (drums). They are more than just a band.
Since the quarantine, we feel like we know James a little bit more, than before, with his live feed every night. Which we love by the way ! He’s brought the rest of JBB band members, online during some of his sessions, and we think that’s pretty amazing. It shows the mutual respect they have for one another and just how tight this band is, regardless of the current situation.
With over 140-million total global streams, the James Barker Band really has taken over the country music scene, in Canada and abroad!
JBB’s biggest exposure early on, was when they won the Ontario-based, Boots & Hearts Music Festival ~ Emerging Artist Showcase in 2015. All of their hard work earned them the attention of Universal Music Canada, which they later signed with. In addition to their first six singles success, James Barker Band, has had the most spun song by a Canadian artist on Canadian country radio in 2017 (“Chills”) and then in 2018 (“Good Together”). Their debut “Game On” EP was awarded “Country Album of the Year” at the 2018 Canadian The JUNO Awards.
Their first #1 Canadian country radio hit “Chills” climbed to #46 on the US Country radio airplay chart in 2018, and that was the first time for a Canadian Country artist, that wasn’t signed to a domestic label, was able to make that happen ! “Chills” went on to break all kinds of records, even achieving Platinum certification. It didn’t stop there either, it won “Single of the Year”, “Best Selling Canadian Single” at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. It was the most streamed domestic country single in Canada in 2017. They have had numerous nominations and won the coveted Fans Choice Award, at the Country Music Association of Ontario in 2017.
We think of JBB as trail blazers, paving the road for other Canadian bands & artists to follow ! As you can see above, they have a lot to be proud of and we certainly are proud of them and everything they have accomplished!The James Barker Band released their second EP “Singles Only” in May of 2019, which included the summer hit single “There’s a Drink for That” – that song became the fastest JBB single to hit the 2-million total global streams mark (took 4 weeks) (with over 12.6-million global streams already). Unbelievable! They also did a 12 stop European tour, last Fall to support the new EP.
We have run into James a few times, while out for an evening of music. No surprise there! He’s one of a handful of artists, that makes time to support his friends, fellow artists & musicians. Which we think is wonderful and we know, those artists really appreciate his support!
We have seen James Barker Band perform at several different venues including headlining some pretty big festivals. They bring it every single time ! Which is what their fans have come to expect & enjoy. Whether it’s a small intimate group or a festival size crowd, they connect with their fans, while looking like they are having a blast on stage, as their fans are, off stage! Not an easy task!
James Barker Band’s music has been described as contemporary country with a little bit of rock, thrown in there! Their influences include but are not limited to ~ Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Dean Brody, Eric Church and many more! Their songwriting is continuing to evolve, as well as, their amazing harmonies. If you haven’t seen their videos, make sure you do, they are so much fun ! The latest single is “Slow Down Town” and it’s climbing the charts already. We are happy the James Barker Band is “Good Together” and we can’t wait to see which records they’ll crush, in 2020!!