I’ve been able to do a lot of cool things since starting Country Music #CMchat nearly 4 years ago but this is probably the coolest, uhmm literally. We’re headed to Canada to hang with Canadian Country Music Association’s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Gord Bamford at one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, The Fairmont Banff Springs it’s like a castle! AND it may or may not be haunted from what I Google’d about it, so there’s that too, Jen Swirsky seems very excited about this.
ANYWHO we’ll be doing a lot of outdoor activities and we’re trying to decide what to pack. I live in Arizona so I don’t really have any cold weather clothes. Can you rent parkas, gloves and wool things?
I’ve been following Gord on Twitter for some time now, you should too. What a sweetie he is, and cute to boot! You may not know his name now but he will soon be making his way to the United States, via your radio!
I made a playlist of some of his music videos. Check him out and let me know what you think!
MORE ABOOT GORD BAMFORD (from his bio)
Gord Bamford is country through and through. In the way he lives his life and in the way he writes his songs, Gord brings a unique out-look to his music in which his heartfelt sincerity can instantly be heard. Whether in front of 35,000 screaming fans opening for Tim McGraw at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Alberta, or playing a quiet small town hall for 150 people, Gord is right at home!
Born in Taralgon, Australia Gord’s parents divorced when Gord was four. His mother moved Gord and his sister back to her native Canada to the small town of Lacombe Alberta where he still resides today. Gord had a love of music from an early age and one experience as a young child set the ball in motion for a career in music – being invited on stage to sing “Rockabilly Rebel” with legendary rocker Rod Stewart! Through his teenage years Gord spent the majority of his time involved in sports and actually entertained the thought of a professional career in baseball. His love of music…. Country music especially, however continued to grow and in 1994 Gord made to the finals of a local Search for the Stars contest. He won first prize which included a recording session at a professional recording studio. It was at this point that Gord decided to put sports on hold and focus his energy into music….. and a lot of country music fans are glad he did!
In 2001, Gord recorded his first full length album and began writing the songs that would form the basis for “God’s Green Earth”. During the recording sessions, Gord came across a song that had been sent to him from Nashville. The song “God’s Green Earth” was written by respected Nashville hit-maker Byron Hill and once the album was finished, Gord sent a copy to Byron so he could hear how the song turned out. Byron heard something he liked in the small town Alberta boy’s voice and invited him to Nashville to meet and discuss Gord’s music and future. This sent a chain reaction into motion and Byron has been involved in Gord’s career ever since, producing Gord’s next two albums and co-writing a lot of the hit songs you know so well.
“He’s a true country artist and is destined to be a huge star. His very likeable personality will endear him to even the harshest critics of the genre, and those who really know the genre will instantly hear Gord’s roots. Gord Bamford lives it, breathes it and sings it!” Byron Hill, Nashville Singer/Songwriter
Gord’s sophomore album “Life Is Good”, was released in 2004 to rave reviews and generated SIX top twenty radio hits! Including “Life Is Good’, “Heroes”, “All About Her”, and “I Would For You”, firmly establishing Gord as an up and coming star in the Canadian country music scene.
During these years, Gord spent a lot of time honing his skills out on the road playing clubs, halls, and rodeos. For every mile under those tires, there’s a story waiting to be told and Gord took advantage of each opportunity to write those songs and tell those stories. Numerous trips to Nashville, writing with Byron as well as other top songwriters, has sharpened Gord’s skill as a tunesmith and have made him a sought after collaborator in Canada as well!
Gord’s third full length album titled “Honkytonks And Heartaches”, was released in September of 2007 and has solidified his place as a chart topper in the Canadian country music industry. Gord’s song writing skill has never been more evident than in this collection of tunes with the first three singles; “Blame it On That Red Dress”, “Went For One, Stayed Till Two”, racing up the charts to become number one top charting Canadian singles on country radio. Also on the album, “Postcard from Pasadena” and the latest hit single “Little Guy” are the type of country songs that Albums of The Year are made of, and Larry DeLaney (Publisher of Country Music News) declared “Honkytonks and Heartaches” was indeed the Canadian Country Album of the Year!
God’s Green Earth (2000)
Life Is Good (2004)
Honkytonks And Heartaches (2007)
24 X 24 (2000)
God’s Green Earth (2000)
Where A Cowboy Likes to Roam (2001)
Man of the House (2001)
Classic Country Song (2002)
My Heart’s A Genius (2004)
All About Her (2005)
Life Is Good (2005)
Blame it On That Red Dress (2007)
Stayed ‘Til Two (2008)
Postcard From Pasadena (2008)
Little Guy (2008)
Drinkin’ Buddy (2009)