The Washboard Union shares “I Run On Country” (Interview)

The Washboard Union

The Washboard Union are back with “I Run On Country”

JUNO and CCMA Award-winning band, The Washboard Union have unleashed their highly-anticipated new single, “I Run On Country,” via Universal Music Canada.

Recorded in Brentwood, TN, with producer Matt McClure (Lee Brice), the anthemic new song signals the first taste of the next chapter for the band. It delivers an undeniable ‘sing your heart out’ melody borne directly out of their love of country music and country life.

“I Run On Country” is the group’s newest track in over a year since the release of their award-winning album Everbound in 2020, which earned two Gold-certified singles for “Country Thunder” and “Dock Rock,” a SOCAN Country Music Award for “Country Thunder” and two CCMA Awards for Group of the Year and Roots Album of the Year.

With a new partnership with Universal Music Canada and a world-class team, The Washboard Union is poised for an incredible 2023, with lots in store for their fans.

Listen to “I Run On Country” below and learn more about The Washboard Union via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, and I am the banjo player and a singer in the musical ensemble known as The Washboard Union.

You have unveiled your latest single, “I Run On Country.” What can you tell us about the writing process of this track?

The three of us have been country music fans since we were kids, and “I Run On Country” was essentially a love song written to country music which has fuelled this band since our very beginnings. This was a song we wrote with a good pal of ours named Dwave Thomson, and when we all woke up the next day after writing it we knew we were onto something. It has been amazing to play this song on stage a few times and watch people want to sing along with it the first time they hear it. This is one we think our fans are going to love.

You worked with producer Matt McClure on the single. How was that experience?

I cannot say enough great things about Matt. He is one of the most caring and thought-provoking producers we have ever worked with. From our first call with him, we just had a sense that he was the perfect guy for us to work with on this next chapter in The Washboard Union’s story. Our world is better for having got the chance to spend time making music with Matt McClure.

Last year, you toured 32 towns and cities in Canada. What was the highlight of the tour?

Beyond the fact that we took our music to towns that had not had live music in a few years, it was the fact that we were part of a giant sing-a-long every single night. People knew the words to songs we had never even performed live before, from Campbell River, BC, to Cape Breton, we were really reminded that while we are all a little different, this country is made up of some amazing people who live their lives to the absolute fullest. It was really an inspiring tour for the 3 of us and gave us no shortage of new ideas to turn into songs.

Do you have any upcoming tour dates to tell us about?

Lots coming up. This week we just announced 2 of our first US shows of the summer, with us heading down to Country Thunder, Florida, and Wisconsin in addition to Ponoka Stampede and a ton of others that have not been announced yet. We have some big plans for the next 18 months coming and can’t wait to be on stage again in front of our fans.

What’s next for 2023?

A brand new video for “I Run On Country” is coming on April 14th, and a ton of new music, tons of shows, and a whole lot more. This is the start of a brand new chapter for The Washboard Union, and joining us on it are our new partners at Universal Music Canada. We can’t wait for you to all hear what we have in store for you.

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