Local country band nominated for CMA Award

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Local country band Buck Twenty has been nominated for the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Rising Star Award.

“The last couple years have been crazy for us,” said lead singer Mike Ure. “We went through a re-brand about two years ago from being called ‘The Mike Ure Band’ to now being ‘Buck Twenty’ and have been very fortunate over the last couple years to have performed some amazing shows and accomplished a lot of cool things.”

With Aidan Johnson-Bujold by his side, the duo released their first single last summer on Canadian Radio – Here’s To The Nights – which charted all the way up to number 58 on the Top 100 Canadian Country Billboard. Ure explained up until the single was released, Buck Twenty was a trio, however the third member decided to step back shortly after the release of the single.

“I didn’t know we had made it to the final ballot until I was woken up by a message from Cordell Green, at 95.9 in Windsor, congratulating us for our nomination, but I had no idea what he was talking about,” said Johnson-Bujold. “So, he had to fill me in. It feels amazing to be nominated alongside so many artists that we have looked up to for a long time and the nomination helps reassure us that we are on the right path and are making some right decisions.”

Johnson-Bujold explains, the “Rising Star” award, is geared towards new artists who are making an impact in the Canadian Country industry and who are early on in their career.

Buck Twenty - comprised of Aidan Johnson-Bujold and Mike Ure - are up for the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Rising Star Award. (Special to the RTT)

Buck Twenty – comprised of Aidan Johnson-Bujold and Mike Ure – are up for the Country Music Association of Ontario’s Rising Star Award. (Special to the RTT)

“As for how we were nominated, the voting for this award can only be done by CMAO members and industry personnel,” said Johnson-Bujold. “That being said, it really meant a lot to us knowing that our peers had acknowledged us enough to submit our names.”
Looking towards their future, Buck Twenty is gearing up to release some new music. Ure said they have been busy writing over the last few months and have completed 30 new songs. While not all of those will get released at once, they plan on heading up to Nashville at the end of May to do some recording and get some new music to their fans. After their trip in may, festival season will be upon us and Buck Twenty has a number of festivals lining up. The band invites their fans to check out their Facebook page and stay connected.

“The support we’ve been receiving from the community is incredible and that’s what drives us to continue to make music,” said Ure. “We’ve been very lucky to have such an amazing following behind us and to have people excited and interested in what we’re doing. Our fans are a huge part of our success and continue to show their support by coming out to our shows, purchasing our music or just telling someone they know about us, it all helps and means so much to us. We have also received amazing support from Cordell Green from our hometown radio station Country 95.9 and have been overwhelmed with how much they have done for us. We are so proud of our Windsor-Essex community and are honoured that they believe in us and our music.”

 

 

 

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