Five Questions With Bruce Worthington

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Ontario’s Bruce Worthington has recently released his new single, “Shook“. We are thrilled that Bruce took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us for our newest segment of Five Questions With. Be sure to check him out at one of his upcoming shows. We are quite sure you won’t regret it!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a country music singer from sunny Sauble Beach Ontario, and when I’m not playing and writing country music, I am working on my PhD at the University of Toronto.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

My music bends towards the traditional country sound but is laced with lyrics and samples that show my love for urban music and themes. I typically write songs that reflect honest, even humorous scenarios and events in my life, or perhaps a theme that is consistent with some of my academic work in theological studies. Musically, I love to write songs that people can dance to, especially songs that one might play at a country dance at the Legion or a county fair.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

we play upwards of 75 live shows a year, typically at bars, honky tonks, community centres around Central Ontario. We also have a house gig at our local NASCAR track, Sauble Speedway, it’s so much fun! At my live shows, it’s my goal to make sure everybody has a good time. I joke A LOT and entertain with fun anecdotes, stage banter, and contests. Most of our shows are at least two hours long, so I mix in some traditional country, along with some Canadian favourites like Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and such. Check out www.bruceworthington.com for all my show dates!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

My current single “Shook”. It’s a song based on a scenario from the TV show Trailer Park Boys, so there’s a bit of humour if you listen closely. The song has some dirty minor chords, with a great chorus lift, in my opinion. I think Steve Hinson (Chris Stapleton) did a particularly good job on the slide guitar parts.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?

I’m on a big Tom Cochrane kick right now. I’m a sucker for CANROCK in general, so the usual suspects: Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Northern Pikes, and especially Matt Mays. I really like Tebey’s recent single “Denim on Denim.” Also a huge fan of Drake, and The Weekend!

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