Road Hammers sign with Montage Music
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
– Canadian band The Road Hammers signed a record deal with Montage Music Group, a recently activated Nashville-based label. Jason McCoy, (2004 Canadian Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year) Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne and Corbett Frasz make up this quartet playing country, southern rock and blues.
"We're looking forward to rockin America with Montage, this is a kick ass label, who get what we do...we play to live and live to play and hope to make a lot of fans along the way," said McCoy.
The Road Hammers have made a mark in Canada where they caught the attention of CMT Canada. The station followed the band and documented their journey on the road and in the studio while making their first album in 2004. The footage became a prime time, 6-episode reality series on the Canadian network, airing in 2005.
The Road Hammers are the reigning winners of the Canadian Country Music Association's "Video of the Year" and "Group or Duo of the Year" awards. They are also distinguished with the Juno award for Best Country Album in spring of 2006.
"We couldn't be happier that the Hammers are part of the Montage family. Their fresh viewpoint on the industry and approach to music are what sold us on them," says Allen Butler, President and CEO of Montage.
The new single "I'm A Road Hammer" releases to radio in the very near future with a full length CD to follow later this year.
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