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The Road Hammers at Country Thunder
By: Brianna Nightingale, CSO Contributing Journalist

The Road Hammers, who know what it’s like to be on the highway for long periods of time, create songs for those who live and understand every aspect of being away from home.

Jason McCoy, a seven-time Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) winner, is the man we can give initial credit to. Little did this 2004 CCMA male vocalist of the year know that his venture to Bermuda would be the beginning of a successful, driven, vivacious four-man band.

As they cruised along on scooters, one of his friends pointed out that they were like “road hammers” driving along. Right away he knew that was the name of his next band.

“It sounded so cool. I loved it,” says McCoy.

He rounded up 3 great musicians from Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and formed this group in 2005. The band consists of Jason McCoy and Clayton Bellamy on guitar and vocals, Chris Byrne on bass and harmony vocals and last but not least, percussionist Corbett Frasz. 

Their hard work has already paid off in Canada; they are two-time winners of the CCMA Group of the Year as well as Juno award winners, the equivalent to a Grammy. Now, with a recent move to Nashville, they plan to aggressively conquer the US charts and send their single to the top.

“I’m a Road Hammer,” their single which comes out in the US on September 14, is the most requested song on Sirius Satellite Radio. 

It’s a tune from their self-titled debut album (already released in Canada), which will be released with three additional songs in the US. The album, which includes 4 singles, launched at number 1 on the sales chart and is currently platinum north of the border. It includes covers such as Del Reeves’ “Girl On the Billboard,” Jerry Reed’s “East Bound and Down” and Little Feat’s “Willin’.”

These guys recently returned from a 10-day tour in China and are doing a radio tour in the US during the month of August. 

“We’re excited about tackling the American market,” McCoy said. 

With the same booking agent as Jason Aldean, this is sure to occur successfully and very quickly.

Season 2 of a CMT documentary is being filmed about The Road Hammers. Following them around as they make themselves known in the US, the documentary is directed by Jason Piestley of 90210 fame.

This may be the nicest group of country rock-stars I have ever met. Check them out on the web at www.TheRoadHammers.com , on YouTube or their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/theroadhammers

You will not regret it.

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