Canadian country duo Petric have been around since 2015, but they’re just getting started. Discovered by Juno award-winning singer Dallas Smith during a Canadian Music Week showcase, brothers Jason and Tom Petric have been making a name for themselves; nabbing slots at prestigious festival stages like Boots and Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Calgary Stampede, and Big Valley Jamboree. With streaming numbers reaching seven million and growing, YouTube views in the 300 thousands, and rising airplay on Canadian country radio – they’re well on their way.
We caught up with the brothers to talk about their new single “Single Problem”, hitting the road, and what’s next for 2019.
Congrats on “Single Problem” – streaming numbers put it at 30,000 already, and growing. How does it feel to have the first song of 2019 out for everyone to hear?
It’s a really exciting feeling! It’s like a good first date, you have no idea what’s going to happen, but you’ve got butterflies and excitement, and we can’t wait to see where this goes.
Can you tell us about the songwriting process with that single?
Jason wrote this song with Jason Blaine last summer in Nashville. We have been huge fans of his for over a decade, so this has been pretty cool for all of us. They did a great job writing this song! Hopefully, we can continue to work with JB!
What have you learned about your dynamic as a team since you started back in 2015? Do you approach anything differently?
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. When we help each other and build each other up, that’s when we are at our best. Jason is a great songwriter, Tom is an amazing singer, and Jordan is a very talented and smart musician. The three of us together work really well.
You’re hitting the road soon for a few radio spots and a few shows – what’s your favourite part about being out and travelling with your music?
When we get to go to a new city and play our music, it feels like we’re on this big adventure. Sometimes it’s intimidating, sometimes it’s tiring, but it’s always exciting. We live in a great country, and we’re very grateful that music has given us an opportunity to travel and experience Canada like we have.
You’ve already played a number of big festival stages – what venue sits at the top of your bucket list?
We have a thing for the Ottawa Bluesfest! That’s an amazing city, and it’s a really cool festival… fingers crossed, one day. We also want to play Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. We haven’t played too many arenas, but that one would be incredible for us and our families.
What do you appreciate/admire the most about country music?
Country music reminds us of our childhood. Our early years, and our teenage years, we were raised on country music. Country music represents family, our parents, camping, fishing. Even as the genre changes and our influences change and grow, country music will always have a special place in our hearts
What else can fans expect from Petric in 2019?
We have been writing like crazy. We are going to be hitting the studio in May to continue working on a new album.
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