Norm Brunet – Five Questions With

Norm Brunet

Norm Brunet unveils video for new single, “So Long”

Ottawa-based country rock musician Norm Brunet is pleased to announce the release of his new single “So Long.”

“So Long” follows the release of Norm’s 2019 Reflections EP and is a classic rocking country track with metaphorical lyrics about living during the COVID pandemic and trying to keep the faith.

“I wrote this track after being sidelined during the COVID pandemic,” says Norm. “Not being able to tour took away my livelihood and it was so hard to remain hopeful. ’So Long’ is about what it was like to live through the pandemic as a musician and how it felt to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

A lifelong Ottawa resident, Norm’s artistic ability was evident at an early age. With a diverse appreciation for music, Norm counts among his many influences the country-tinged southern rock sound of the Eagles and Poco, Americana artist Rodney Crowell, and the rocking sounds of John Mellencamp and Bob Seger, to name a few.

For the past ten years, Norm has been performing throughout the U.S. southern states, playing clubs and festivals and occasional shows in his hometown of Ottawa. He will undertake a series of U.S. club dates starting in Florida this March.

Watch the video for “So Long” below and learn more about Norm Brunet via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a Country Music Singer-Songwriter, Performing & Recording Artist. You may remember me from my last two albums, It Don’t Get Better Than This, in 2017, and the Reflections EP, 2019. Both were critically acclaimed in the U.S., where I have concentrated my live shows for the last ten years.

I was raised in Canada’s capital Ottawa, and my artistic ability was evident at an early age. I had a diverse appreciation for music then and still do, and I count among my many influences that country-tinged southern rock sound of the Eagles, Poco, Americana/ Country Artist Rodney Crowell, as well as the rocking sounds of John Mellencamp and Bob Seeger, these guys have shaped my musical journey…

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

“So Long” is my new single. I wrote this track with metaphoric lyrics after being sidelined during the pandemic and not being able to tour and perform, which took away my livelihood during those difficult times; as it was for everyone on the planet, it was pretty hard to remain hopeful. “So Long” is about living through the pandemic and how it felt to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel when it ended.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Basically, from everyday situations, I don’t lock myself in a room and slug it out till I have something. I let the moments inspire me. It usually starts with a melody in mind and a lyrical hook then it evolves from there. I have learned not to force it, but when it comes, I run with it. It always happens to me at the strangest moments, but I take advantage of it even in the middle of the night.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, I’m heading to the southern states in March for a series of performances starting in Florida and others in Georgia and Tennessee, and as in the past, there are always add-ons as the tour progresses.

What’s your goal for 2023?

I have been getting great responses on the radio. I’m doing press right now, and more are coming in every week. I’m also looking forward to getting back to performing here in Canada, and my team and I are working on some dates for the summer and fall as we speak. I have more songs written and ready to record, so that will also be part of my upcoming year as well.

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