Award-winning Canadian country music artist David James (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) has announced that he’s hitting the road this January with stops in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This five-stop tour has him opening for Chad Brownlee (Hearts on Fire Tour), performing with up-and-upcoming country music duo Leaving Thomas, as well as a solo show.
Canadian Beats wanted to find out from David James himself about his first tour. Check it out:
This is your first tour. Tell me how you feel about being on tour with Chad Brownlee and Leaving Thomas. What do you think you bring/add to these dates?
I’m really excited to get on the road … FINALLY! I’ve been so focused on creating the music, so it’s gonna feel really good to release all of this built up energy night after night! Especially looking forward to debuting a few songs nobody has ever heard before.
How do you feel about your first solo gig in Edmonton? You must be so excited!
Edmonton is a really special city for me. I used to play hockey tournaments there as a kid, it’s where I experienced my first two CCMA Awards, and I have a lot of family there. It’s going to be great to play Edmonton and a few other of these Alberta towns for the first time!
The tour will partly be in support of James’s latest single “What If I Don’t” which is set for release on January 24 (available on all digital platforms January 27). He says, “This song is about wanting to be a better person for someone. We’ve all had those people who come into our lives who treat us like garbage. This guy is saying he wants to change all that; really be the reason there’s a smile on her face, not a tear in her eye.” It’s also “a step in a new direction,” James reveals. This single has a more pop-inspired sound, featuring smoky lyrical guitar interplays and explosive, dynamic endings.
Here’s what else James has to say about his new single:
What can you tell me about your new single “What If I Don’t” that you haven’t mentioned to anyone yet?
I think it might be my favourite song that I’ve ever created. The lifts heading into the first and second chorus just feel really good, and this song kind of represents a newer, bolder direction from me for my music. I’m really excited to get it to radio!
As 2017 begins, David James is “in a G3 sitting on a runway ready to take off.” His shows and the release of “What If I Don’t” has him so pumped that you will be able to experience something special just hearing him perform live. If you’re in the area, don’t pass up the chance to see James!
David James Tour Dates
January 17: Thunder Bay, Ontario at Thunder Bay Community Auditorium*
January 18: Brandon, Manitoba at Houston’s Country Roadhouse*
January 19: Regina, Saskatchewan at Casino Regina Show Lounge*
January 20: Edmonton, Alberta at Knoxville’s (solo)
January 21: Calgary, Alberta at Gravity**
* With Chad Brownlee
** With Leaving Thomas
To purchase tickets for the Thunder Bay and Regina shows, go to http://chadbrownlee.com/shows/
Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.