Five Questions With Hillside Outlaws

Photo Credit: Bobbi Sloan Photography

BC’s own country group, Hillside Outlaws have been a busy bunch. They released their EP, Country Jukebox at the end of July, and also a video for their single, “Hair of the Dog”, which you can check out below. We had a chat with the band for our newest segment of Five Questions With, so take some time out of your busy day and find out more about the band!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are Hillside Outlaws! We got together as a group in the summer of 2016 through mutual friends. After collaborating and writing original music together, we performed our first show at the Penticton Fall Fair later that year. We have continued to write, tour, and hone our craft on larger stages and for bigger audiences gaining a loyal fanbase along the way. This summer, we’ve released our first radio single, “Hair of the Dog” and our debut EP, Country Jukebox!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Our music is on the edgy side of traditional country. Most of our influence comes from the classic era where the lyrics told the story. In each song, we try to envelop a deep meaning that is relatable while still providing a great listening experience. When we write a song, our goal is to make the listener feel something or relate to it in some way. we want to take our audience on a journey.

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

We have two release parties scheduled in August – one in Penticton on August 25th at Elite Restaurant and one in Vancouver on August 26th at The Roxy. We have grown a fanbase in both regions and feel it is necessary to include both venues as our fans have shown us a great deal of support. We want to celebrate this achievement with all of them. We plan to raise the roof during this two-day party with a high energy show that will keep the dance floor hopping hotter than the first of July!

For our live shows, we like to get up close and personal and get the crowd involved as much as possible. As “outlaws”, we like to create a live show that’s unpredictable and right on the edge, but is always a great time for all involved.

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

My personal favourite on our EP is “Girls In Trucks”. It is a super fun song with a great classic sound but what I like most is that the story is different than any other country song I’ve heard.

For far too long, the songs have been about the guy’s big jacked-up truck and the ladies only ever get to be the passenger. From my experience, women love to drive trucks too! This song is a fun way to give these awesome women a voice to say, “Hey! Trucks aren’t just for guys!”

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

I am a brand new Meghan Patrick fan. I recently met her at the Rockin’ River Country Music Fest and was pleased to find out that on top of being a brilliant performer and a great songwriter, she is also a complete sweetheart. I have also been a longtime fan of Aaron Pritchett and Tim Hicks. I draw a lot from their work ethics as artists and as a band, we try to emulate it. They set a great example for emerging artists because even though they have reached huge success, they remain humble and continue to work hard at every aspect of the business. That includes making great music but also connecting with the people that got them there in the first place – their fans.

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