Blackjack Billy is the Nashville-based “no-holds-barred, good-time, party-down rockin’ country” group that includes Noll Billings (vocals), Ian Munsick (vocals, bass guitar), Jeff Coplan (electric guitar) and Brad Cummings (drums). Madeline Merlo is the “Canadian country music darling” and 2015 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) winner for Rising Star of the Year. Together, they have recorded “How to Get the Girl” that’s released to Canadian country music radio on May 3 and everywhere else on May 5.
Band mates Noll Billings and Jeff Coplan along with Canadian country music singer/songwriter Tim Hicks wrote this tune and seem to have had a lot of fun doing so. This upbeat and fun song was born from the guys sitting around and discussing failures on just how to win over the girl. Hicks takes note of that “maybe there’s actually some good advice from all our failures” and Coplan says, “it became clear that some crazy things had been done and said to try to get girls.”
Blackjack Billy’s admiration of Merlo, her work and her sense of fun is what was obvious to all that she was the perfect female artist to be featured with them on the single. And Merlo feels the same about the guys in Blackjack Billy. We reached out to Merlo and here’s her response to – What about this song drew you to it and want you to be a part of it with Blackjack Billy?
“I love all the boys in BJB and have always thought they had a really fun sound! Jeff Coplan and I have worked together quite a bit in the past so I was really excited when they asked me to feature on their new song!”
“How to Get the Girl” is an up-tempo and high-energy tune and it’s an incredible collaboration for Merlo and Blackjack Billy. They each bring their own perspective of how this playful melody should be voiced making it so enjoyable to hear.
“You only gotta read the signs” to know that this is a great song.
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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.