January 3, 2018
Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!
After a very fun and successful tour of Northern BC at the end of 2017 we were happy to take some time off to sit by the woodstove and enjoy the festive holiday season. We would like to thank all of the venues and promotors who hosted our Canadiana Roots-Country Music show this past year and of course to our many fans and supporters who attended the concerts and enjoyed our music. We are truly grateful to be entering our 15th year as a full time Travelin' Band performing our own original songs from all across the land and we are already lookin' forward to the next time that we will be travelin' through your town. We are halfway to thirty years on the road...see you soon!
Tim Hus & Band
If you are interested in listening to an interview and hearing some live acoustic songs performed recently at the Smithers Community Radio Station located in a 100 year old CN Rail car please click here: Lounge Car Sessions
September 10, 2017
We hope that you are doing well and that you have had a good year celebrating Canada’s 150th year since Confederation with lots of fishing, camping, and fireworks. It has been awhile since we’ve sent an update and we hope that all of our friends, supporters, and roots-country fans are doing well. It is officially the last day of summer today and at the homestead in Sundre, Alberta it has been lightly snowing for most of the day. I guess that’s to be expected in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies!
This summer our concert travels have taken us from British Columbia to the Maritimes as well as to Colorado, Ohio, and New Jersey. We just returned from an exciting trip to Southern Ontario where we performed at our first ever "mud bogger" - Melbourne Mud Madness. Along with various festivals and concert venue dates throughout the provinces we have been performing a special feature show this year at select concert halls and also a memorable set at the Alberta Legislature:
Across This Land in Stories and Song - Salute to Stompin' Tom featuring Tim Hus
Celebrating Canada’s 150th, Tim Hus proudly presents the music of a Canadian classic performed by a Canadian Western troubadour. Tim Hus shares personal stories of his friend and mentor, Stompin’ Tom and provides a show of music, patriotism and yes, a bit of board stomping! This is a multimedia show and features a backdrop of the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto as it appeared in the 1970’s.
On July 1st, 2017 Tim was honoured to perform at the Grand Opening of the new Stompin’ Tom Center in Skinner’s Pond P.E.I. along with many other noted Canadian artists. This was certainly a great place to celebrate the National holiday not only because Stompin’ Tom was such an iconic Canadian songwriter and performer but also because Prince Edward Island is considered to be the “birthplace of confederation”.
Here is a link to an article that was published in the Toronto Star: PEI Honours Stompin' Tom
The band has lots of interesting shows lined up for the next couple of months in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC and we are looking forward to seeing our western fans at a town near you very soon. Please check out the Tour Dates Page where we are adding new shows regularly.
Tim Hus & Band
We started off the 2017 concert season with a very fine concert in good ol' windy Lethbridge at the Lethbridge Folk Club. Opening the show was Carter Felker with Skinny Dyck and a good time was had by all. Tim also had the opportunity to stop in for a visit with Global TV's Mark Campbell and his show "Cool Cars & Interesting People". Hus requested a ride in a Fargo pick-up truck for a ride around town - this one is an all-Canadian 1966 model not quite like the model depicted in Tim's song "Cattlerack Cadillac" from his 2008 award winning Stony Plain Records album "Bush Pilot Buckaroo". What is the most important part of an automoibile? An old-timer once told me it's the "nut that holds the wheel"...
Below are a couple of videos: The first is Tim's interview with Mark Campbell and the second is a live performance of "Cattlerack Cadillac"
Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families for 2017!
Another cycle of the annual calendar begins as we bid farewell to 2016 and roll into a brand new January. We brought in Canada’s 150th birthday year with a New Year’s Eve show amongst the majestic Rocky Mountains of Jasper, Alberta. The year just passed was filled with lots of fun times and fine concerts from the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to the Kispiox Valley Music Festival in British Columbia. Our old travelin’ partner Spider Bishop climbed back on board the Hus Bus to take over duties on the big upright bull fiddle – a position he held throughout most of the 2000’s - and we welcome him back. We also debuted our new multimedia show “Across This Land in Stories & Songs – A Tribute to Stompin’ Tom” – with close to 800 people attending our opening in September. This show features a theatre set of the Horseshoe Tavern in the 1970’s while we share stories of our two cross-country tours with Stompin’ Tom and share Canadiana songs from coast to coast while we present images of Tom’s iconic career and Canadiana catalogue on a large projector screen. We will be presenting this show at select venues throughout the year in between our regular Canadiana Cowboy stops on the Never-Ending-Highways-Tour. We are also looking forward to getting into the studio to record new songs and welcome the opportunity to see you somewhere out on the road. The year 2017 will be filled with events celebrating 150 years since Canada’s Confederation in 1867 and we look forward to sharing our homegrown Canadiana songs all year long. As always – we sincerely thank you for your support of our independent brand of Roots-Country Music and look forward to seeing you soon!
October 11, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Northern B.C. and Yukon Tour
Clearwater, Dease Lake, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Teslin, Atlin, Crag Lake, Carcross, Haines Junction, Faro, Mayo, Dawson City, Inuvik
-CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED-
Dear Northern Friends and Fans,
It is with disappointment and regret that we are passing along the news that we will not be able to perform our Northern British Columbia and Yukon tour dates this October. We were really looking forward to another trip up the Alaska Highway and the opportunity to share our Canadiana songs of bush planes, prospectors, trappers, and Dempster Highway truck drivers. Unfortunately Tim fell from a roof while helping our steel player Jeff Bradshaw get his building closed up for the winter and shattered his foot. The injury sustained was quite severe and requires extensive surgery that will keep Hus confined to hospital for several weeks. We will reschedule our Northern tour to 2017 and are already looking forward to seeing everybody before too long. We sincerely apologize to our fans, supporters, and promotors, who have been inconvenienced by the latest circumstances.Clearwater, Dease Lake, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Teslin, Atlin, Crag Lake, Carcross, Haines Junction, Faro, Mayo, Dawson City, and Inuvik - we look forward to seeing you in 2017 to make up for the missed concerts in October. Re-scheduled dates to be announced...
Happy Thanksgiving to Everybody from coast to coast to coast and beyond from Tim Hus & Band
Tim tells an epic tale about chainsaws and sled-dogs for Tourism Calgary!
Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family for 2016!
It certainly has been awhile since we posted an update on our Never-Ending-Highways-Tour. The year 2015 was another good one and we have some fine new songs that we are looking forward to recording on an upcoming album project. Although we managed two concert trips to the Maritimes and plenty of BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan shows our tour didn’t make it to central Canada this past calendar year and we sure have received a lot of your emails and messages from Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec letting us know that we were missed. Thank you very much for your support and enthusiasm and we are looking forward to coming your way with some new songs soon.
Tim Hus & Band
We are excited to announce that Tim Hus will be performing at the world famous Calgary Stampede - July 3rd to July 12th, 2015 on the
TRANSALTA "CANADIAN CLASSICS" GRANDSTAND SHOW every evening for 10 days!
This is the biggest stage on the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" - A nightly entertainment extravaganza.
The 2015 show promises to take you on a coast-to-coast Canadian journey with classic audience favourites. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede—a group of energetic performers with world-class vocals and precise choreography—will shine throughout the evening. A star-studded lineup of feature performers, including the Alberta Ballet, will premier new numbers this year. Cross-country Canadian Cowboy Tim Hus will be representing Canadian Country Music.
It has been a busy spring this year with two trips to the Maritimes already and plenty of good times, fresh seafood, and new friends. From May 10 - May 18 Tim was invited to participate in the "Canadian Song Challenge" in Charlottetown which pairs Prince Edward Island songwriter's with songwriter's from across the country to collaborate and pitch their compositions to an international panel of music supervisors from London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Sydney.
Tim was proud to represent Alberta and had a successful songwriting week with PEI's own Meaghan Blanchard. While in Canada's potato province Tim also performed three concerts at the May Run Music Festival. Many thanks to the good people of Prince Edward Island and Music PEI for their warm hospitality and great festival!
If you would like to hear an interview that Hus had with Karen Mair of CBC's Mainstreet PEI please click on the link and scroll down: CBC Mainstreet PEI
Tim will be performing a series of House Concerts in the Maritimes next week. These feature concerts are presented by HomeRoutes where fine folks across the country turn the living room of their house into a concert venue. Experience Tim Hus and his brand of Canadiana cross-country music in a very personal and intimate setting! For this set of unique concerts Tim will be performing as a duo with friend and celebrity guest Alex Madsen (from Moncton's own outlaw band - The Divorcees) on lead electric and acoustic guitar. For fans of Canadian roots-country music this should be a real treat. Please check the Tour Page for details.
Here are the locations:
Wednesday, April 8 - Quispamsis, NB
Thursday, April 9 - Moncton, NB
Friday, April 10 - Summerside, PEI
Saturday, April 11 - St. Peter's, NS
Tuesday, April 14 - Charlos Cove, NS
Wednesday, April 15 - Three Fathom Harbour, NS
Thursday, April 16 - LaHave, NS
Tim Hus is the "Voice of the Alberta Motor Transport's Safety Message" for the year 2015!After many years of traveling the highways of the country and writing a truckload of Truck Drivin' Songs Tim is honoured to be working with the Alberta Truck Driver's Association (AMTA) this year with their radio, TV, and publicity campaigns.
See you on the road!
Happy New Year! We hope you had a good holiday season with plenty of good times with friends and family. December has rolled over into January and there is a brand new year with lots of adventures to look forward to. In western Canada we are deep in the chill of winter and catching up on visiting with friends as we get workin' on new songs and travel plans for the upcoming season on the Never-Ending-Highways-Tour. Stay warm and see you soon!
July 1, 2014
Happy Canada Day!
We wish you the very best on our national holiday and hope that you get a chance to take in some of the festivities happening throughout our land. We will be performing two concerts today featuring songs from all parts of Canada that we have written in our cross-country travels. This afternoon we are performing a set at 2:15 pm at historic Fort Calgary (just to the East of Downtown Calgary) and this evening we will be performing two long sets before the fireworks at Irricana Town Park in the town of Irricana (located 50 km Northeast of Calgary. Both events are free to attend. Hope to see some of you there!
Tim Hus & Band
May 10, 2014
Tim Hus and his band were recently featured in an hour long live concert for the season finale of the TransCanada Backstage Concert Series. The concert was recorded in front of a live audience for CKUA Radio. To listen to the concert online at the CKUA archives please click here
We have some good news today. We made it to the regional finals of CBC's Searchlight Contest! This is quite an accomplishment - there were 4500 bands across the country that entered the contest and now there are 230 left and we are one of them. That puts us in the top 0.5%! We will even be interviewed on CTV tomorrow. We really do appreciate you taking the time to vote in this contest and sincerely thank you for your enthusiasm and support. We need your help one more time to make it out of the regional finals so please vote once a day by clicking on the Searchlight Logo above.
This is the big one - if we make it to the finals we will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. Thanks again for your help. Onwards and upwards...
It looks like we made it through another long Canadian winter and spring has finally arrived! The year has been off to a good start for our cross-country music band. We have been making our way from one great show to another with warm and appreciative audiences at every stop. Your support is truly encouraging.
We are very pleased to announce that out of the thousands of acts that entered CBC's Searchlight contest for Canada's best new musical act we made it to the Regional Semi-finals. Voting is now open and we would really appreciate it if you could click on the Searchlight image above and cast your vote. You can vote once a day:
Thanks for your help!
Tim Hus Band
We hope that the year 2014 has been good to you and yours so far. We are in the middle of a prairie tour of Manitoba and have been experiencing some of the harshest winter weather we have seen in some time. Touring in winter (I guess we figured March was getting on towards spring but honestly the beginning of March on the prairies this year might as well be the beginning of January) can be challenging and it is often a matter of crossing your fingers to make the shows on time. We installed the Canadian weather shield (a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator - attached to the grill with wire twist ties) in Saskatchewan at -45 celsius. Geez...
The diesel has been faring alright though we did plug into a dud outlet in Portage la Prairie one night and it took us almost three hours to get going the next morning.
The concerts have been going very well with lots of people coming out in spite of the weather. Today we are on our way to Oak River as we are booked to play the Oak River Hotel. A few years ago we were performing at the hotel when the one and only Stompin' Tom called Tim up at the bar and told us that he appreciated all of our songs about Canada and extended an invitation to go on tour with him. We toured from Newfoundland to Vancouver and all points in between and it was an experience that will never be forgotten. As it turns out it was to be Tom's last cross-country trek as he passed away last year on this day: March 6th, 2013. It might be a coincidence but interesting to note that we end up in Oak River on the one year anniversary of his passing: the very place where it started for us. We will definetely be having a Moosehead beer tonight for Tom. To see some photos of Tom's final maritime tour please click here
Best wishes to you and yours for the holidays. Hope your day is filled with turkey and stuffing and Christmas pudding and all the rest. We are taking some time off over the holidays to catch up with friends and family and are gearing up for another year of rollin' up and down the highways of the land bringing our show to every community hall, roadhouse, and truckstop along the way.
Tim Hus Band
November 14, 2013
Time just seems to slip away and it has been awhile since we have posted an update. Many thanks to everyone that came out to our first round of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba album release concerts. The shows have been really good with lots of folks attending and most of the concerts sold out. Thanks for your enthusiasm - it seems our brand of cross-country Canadian music is catching on! We have been receiving many emails and inquiries from Ontario and the Martime provinces... don't worry - we will be touring your way soon but not until 2014 as the highways of the land are covered with ice and snow once again. We will do our best to bring our show to a town near you (even if you don't live near a town). It's looking like it will be great year of summer music festival in 2014 so we are looking forward to that already!
Below is another fine review from the October/November issue of Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine:
CANADIAN COWBOY COUNTRY MAGAZINE
WIDE CUT COUNTRY
WESTERN STAR - TIM HUS
Historian, poet, storyteller and much more! Tim Hus is one in a million! He adds his own unique slant to the Canadiana folk song tradition. His friend and mentor Stompin' Tom Connors personally invited Tim to tour with him and Tim is the last person ever to hold that honour. He has proudly taken Connors' torch and holds it high.
His songs criss-cross Canada from Halifax Blues to the Marietta Miner to the Madawaska River. No backwater town is left untravelled and Tim's been everywhere, man. His unique characters are easily envisioned within the first verse of a song. He has honed his songwriting skills (which are now top-notch) largely on the road as he tours constantly.
Western Star is Tim's third release for Stony Plain Records, following three earlier independant albums. It was produced in Tennessee by Harry Stinson (Steve Earle, Corb Lund, Ian Tyson) who Tim has worked with previously and the combination obviously works! Harry brought in special guests including Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart's band), plus former members of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys and George Jones' band. They add just the right touches to enhance, but not change who Tim is: a true Western Star.
#1 on Roots Music Report this week!
First off we would like to thank everybody across the land and around the world for your enthusiastic reception of our new album. Thanks for your support of our independant brand of cross-country roots music. We are humbled that so many of you went down to your local music store to pick up the CD or purchased it on itunes. We were very surprised when we found out that Western Star was the #3 most purchased album on itunes Canada. Not bad for some scruffy guys in a van putting on a concert in every community hall, saloon, and truck stop along the way, eh?
The good news keeps on rolling in as we are both surprised and delighted to find our new recording
#1 on the Top 50 True Country Roots Music Report Chart!
Roots Music Report is the number one independent music chart in the world. They compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most & by what stations. There are over 400 stations around the world that report to these charts which means that Western Star is the most played album on roots radio around the world this week. Exciting news for sure!
Below we have posted another excellent review of the new album as well:
TIM HUS/Western Star: Yow, this guy is on his third record (for Stony PlainRecords) and we're just hearing about him now? A hell raising, country/folk honky toner that kicks it right into gear from the first note, this is what country has been missing for years. While keeping an eye on contemporary realities, Hus keeps it traditional in a man of the land/one of us/regular folks kind of way. One of those sets that just feels like it's too good to be true, this is just a set of straight up, killer country where there isn't a tear in a beer in earshot because the good times just keep rolling---like the semis this should be blasting out of. Be sure to check it out, Hus is someone you shouldn‘t miss and he‘s flying high here.
#3 on itunes in the first week!
Our new album "Western Star" was released 7 days ago and we are very excited to let you know that it was the #3 most purchased Canadian country music album on itunes Canada last week!
Thank you very much to everyone across the country for supporting our music! We played our first five CD release concerts in British Columbia and the new songs are going over great and lots of folks are already singing along to the words - exciting stuff! We are taking a couple of days off for interviews and such and hope to see you at our first Alberta album release concerts this Friday and Saturday in Southern Alberta at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macloed - the oldest theatre in the province and also the location where Todd Korol did the photography for the new album. Hope to see you there:
CKUA radio host and music journalist Peter North has put together a four part mini-series on the history of country music in Alberta over the last month. The final installment was recorded during Canadian Country Music Week festivities in Edmonton infront of a live audience. Tim Hus was a featured guest and performed some new songs along with ace Alberta musicians Calvin Vollrath, Stewart MacDougal, and Gord Mathews. If you are interested in hearing any of the shows they are available online at the following link: Points North Mini Series. Tim Hus is featured on the final installment Episode Four: Then and Now. All episodes are worth checking out as North has done a fine job celebrating the story of country music in the province.
New Album Available Now!
Today is the official release date for our new album Western Star! The album is now available across Canada in stores (HMV, etc) and for digital download at itunes
and also through our record label Stony Plain Records.
We spent the last four days at the Canadian Country Music Awards and conference in Edmonton where we performed at a variety of events and just received this wonderful review of our new album:
"I think we're looking at the new lion of country music. This is one of the best country albums I've ever heard. No lie"
Stony Plain Records - SPCD1365
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
Besides a gritty ability with lyrics and catchy country music-making, Tim Hus possesses a drawly singing voice that sounds just like your dusty rough-hewn uncle who always shows up on holidays banged-up, unshaven, limping just a tad, and grinning like he knows a whole bunch of things you don't because yer just too danged citified, Buster. More, he ain't one of these Hollywood types who came up through breakfasts on silver platters and dandied-up parties on Rodeo Drive, nope, not at all, cuz in his life he's been, now get this: a beer truck driver (huzzah!), warehouse hand, carpenter's helper, framer, tree planter, forklift driver, van driver, brewery worker (double huzzah!), fruit picker, fisherman, pine-cone picker (seriously!), well driller, sawhand, cabinet maker, painter, courier, assembly line worker, furniture mover, salmon farmer (I'm pretty sure you don't need chaps for that), maintenance man, and general all around day laborer. Beat that inside straight for the Everyman Life if'n ya can, Bertram.
Western Star kicks off with Hus' fourth ode to truck drivers, helping out ol' C.W. McCall and the asphalt rough riders of times gone by right on up to this very day, this one commemorating Western Stars rigs, having previously covered Kenworth, Peterbilt, and Freightliner. Skip down three cuts and you have my kinda religion, the Church of Country Music, Hus relating an anecdote about an audience member who one time clamored for a George Jones song. Tim asked the guy if'n he mightn't have photos of George and Jesus on his mantel back home, and the gent replied "I don't believe in Jesus, but I believe in George Jones". Heh! Open up that bottle of JD, bartender, I do believe I've located my kind of atheist and a friend.
So…are we talkin' Americana here? Nope, Hus comes from the North country, a firm-blooded son of Canada, but, hell, what's the diff? Throw together a concert with Colin Linden, Willie Nelson, Steve Dawson, Ray Benson, Ian Tyson, and this youngun Hus, and what you have is brothers of the sod 'n stave, my friends. Forgotten Sailor sounds like a cross between Gordon Lightfoot and latterday Tyson while Halifax Blues boasts an electric guitar by either Billy McInnis or Kenny Vaughn, can't tell which, that's downright funky, funky, funky. The lyrics are all pure Laredo/Halifax street poetry, and there're so many Stetsons, rattlesnake belts, leather boots, and steer horns bedecking the dozen songs here that you're gonna swear you accidentally stumbled onto a Canuck version of a grittier Oklahoma. And Hus' 'Canadiana Cowboy Fabulous Superlative Band'? Bet the house that they are…'cuz they are, and in Tim Hus, I think we're looking at the new lion of country music. This is one of the best country albums I've ever heard. No lie.
August 16, 2013
Western Star, Tim Hus’ third album on Stony Plain Records, drives his career forward with the momentum of a fully loaded tractor trailer.
With the passing of his friend and mentor Stompin' Tom Connors, Tim Hus proudly carries on the tradition of writing
songs about working Canadians and Canada's rich history. With his Canadiana travelin' band, Tim Hus brings his music
to small town community halls, major international festivals and every truck stop in between.
Lyrics from this newest release describe Tim Hus best: … “I am a singer standing on a stage, following the footsteps of those who led the way.”
• Lyrically and sonically Western Star is Tim’s strongest album to
date. This was achieved with the assistance of Harry Stinson sitting in the Producer’s chair (Steve Earle, Corb Lund, Ian Tyson,Trisha Yearwood, Marty Stuart, Kevin Welch,Kieran Kane).
• Special guests were carefully selected to add certain touches to the songs and form a connection with the tradition and origins of roots and country music and to tip the hat to those who have traveled this road before. These special guests include Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), Hank Singer (George Jones), Wanda Vick, Chris Scruggs, Glen Duncan (a former member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys), Tim Graves, and Kayton Roberts (a member of Hank Snow’s legendary Rainbow Ranch Boys).
• Tim’s accolades include winning the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, and two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
• Tim has been featured on Cowboy Country Television and recently kicked off the CBC Sports broadcast of the rodeo Championships at the 2013 Calgary Stampede
• Two of Tim’s songs appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Hank Williams First Nations that won “Best Music in a Feature Film” at the Nashville Film Festival.
1. Western Star
2. Master Caster
3. Pheasant Huntin’ Day
4. Church of Country Music
5. Halifax Blues
6. Hardcore Apple Picker
7. Inside Passage
8. Forgotten Sailor
9. Marietta Miner
10. Madawaska River
11. Short Go Shuffle
12. Wild Rose Waltz
August 10, 2013
We hope everybody has been having a good summer! We have had plenty of good times and have enjoyed performing at a number of festivals including the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose where we performed at midnight on a Friday night following sets by The Mavericks and Alan Jackson. Our new album will be released on Stony Plain Records/Warner Music on September 10, 2013 just a couple of days after Country Music Week where we will be peforming. We are just putting the final touches on our CD release concerts for September and October and will post venues, and ticketing infos very soon.
Take it easy but take it
Tim Hus Band
July 14, 2013
It is the last day of Stampede in Calgary and we have had a good run of shows. Today I will be singing my song "Saddle Bronc Ride" at 6 PM MST on CBC sports television to kick off the last day of the rodeo. Today there is alot of prize money on the line for the cowboys so it should be a good one!
Here is the link if you want to watch it online after the live broadcast: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Sports/Calgary+Stampede/ID/2396702991/
Happy June. Here's somethin' to put you into a good mood: cowboying with Waylon Jennings. Something worth checking out if you have an hour or so...
I like Waylon and I like cowboys. Good tunes and good times. Enjoy!
May 22, 2013
We just finished a string of shows in British Columbia. It was great to be rolling through the valleys of the Okanagan and the Kootenays. Our spring B.C. trek was on the short side this time around as we have been staying close to home while our man on the big bass bull fiddle Riley Tubbs and his wife Mel are expecting their first child. Our longtime road warrior friend Spider Bishop was able to join us for some concerts and it was great to be spending some time together again. Many folks will fondly remember Spider as he and Tim shared the stage for over a thousand shows starting in 2003. While we were performing our brand of Canadiana cowboy music at the Rutland May Days celebration at Centennial park in Kelowna Riley and Mel welcomed a brand new baby girl: Emmylou Anne Tubbs. We wish them all the best and will post up a photo real soon. This weekend we will be taking the stage at the 8th annual Rocky Mountain Cowboy Festival. See you soon!
Jeff Bradshaw on steel and Spider Bishup on doghouse bass: a couple of farmers having a long weekend!
April 27, 2013
These last few weeks have seen the passing of Stompin' Tom Connors and Rita MacNeil - both of them inseparable from the fabric of Canada's cultural landscape. A couple of days ago the world lost another icon - “The Voice” of Country Music fell silent with the passing of George Jones at the age of 81. Long recognized as country music’s most indescribable voice by not only fans, but critics in all genres. The music world continues to mourn the loss of one its’ finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer.
For the last ten years our band has been on the road performing our unique brand of Canadiana cowboy music in concert halls, theatres, hotels, saloons, festivals, rodeos, and jamborees throughout Canada and overseas. It would be impossible to count the number of times we have been asked to perform a crowd favorite or two from the catalogue of George Jones. His songs and unique voice have been admired and celebrated and are a cornerstone of country music history.
If you are ever invited into the home of a native elder in the north country it is quite common to see a picture of George Jones hanging on the wall (sometimes right next to one of Jesus). It was these thoughts and observations that inspired me to write my song "Church of Country Music" which is a tip of the hat to the honky-tonk sensibilities of the music of Jones. My band and I recorded this song last fall and it will be included on our upcoming album Western Star which will be released on Stony Plain Records on September 12, 2013.
Here is the song: Enjoy!
October 17, 2013
Thanks for stopping by for a visit to our website and thanks for supporting our home-grown brand of cross-country music. Our Western Star album release concerts have been going great and the rave reviews keep rollin' in. Here are a few more:
...from New York City!
Brave New Country Music: Tim Hus
(click the link to read the full article)
"With a voice as authentic as Johnny Cash, Tim Hus sings songs that sound so right you’d swear they just arrived in a time capsule from the golden age of country music."
"It’s enough to convince you that the best days of country music are still ahead… and just a little north. Tim Hus is my kind of “western star.”"
Tim Hus - Western Star-CD Review- “Bonafide country music stories and pickin” - by John Emms
(click on the link to read the full article)
"Honestly, it’s hard to believe but Hus can sing about any subject and make it bonafide"
"Some people say that Hus is our generation's Stompin’ Tom Connors. Others say he’s walking in line behind Corb Lund and Ian Tyson. Sure. He ain’t no copycat, though. And like the humble guy he is, he won’t let a conversation go by without acknowledging his predecessors, so if you like any of them, or Hus himself, do yourself a favour and pick this one up."
No Depression - The Roots Music Authority
(click on the link to read the full article)
Below are a coupl eof links that you might be interested in checking out:
The first is a nice little article that appeared in Tim's hometown newspaper on Kootenay Lake, British Columbia.
The second is a link to a radio broadcast (podcast) that aired on the University of Toronto radio station on Monday of this week. The show is one more tribute to Stompin' Tom. There has been such a tremendous outpouring of support for Canada's boot stompin' legend that it is difficult sorting out what links to post but Steve Fruitman's is certainly one worth checking out. Steve has been a longtime supporter of Tom's music and grew up in Timmins' Ontario where he listened to Tom singing on the local CKGB radio station in the early days. This show features lots of good music and interesting guests and Tim Hus even makes an appearance near the end. If you have a couple of hours grab a few Moosehead beer and hunker down for a listen...
Sugar Camp Tribute to stompin' Tom
March 14, 2013
It has been a tough week but I was very honoured to be a pallbearer at Stompin' Tom's funeral in Peterborough and to sing and front the band at the public memorial at the local hockey arena: The Memorial Center. The private funeral took place on Tuesday and I'm not sure if I have ever been to a funeral that was licensed. I had the priveledge of drinking Moosehead beer with the former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson at the service - that's something that could only happen at the Stomper's funeral.
There were many touching moments both at the private service on Tuesday and also at the public memorial on Wednesday. Ken Dryden, Mike Plume, Silvia Tyson, J.P. Cormier, Dave Gunning, and many more family, friends, and fans, were all present and we did our best to give our favorite boot stompin' troubadour the best send off possible.
Here is a CBC National News Television clip of the memorial: Tribute in story and song for Stompin' Tom
The 2 hour memorial service was broadcast live yesterday on national TV. If you didn't get a chance to see it but are interested you can watch online at the links below:
The first is a short highlight feature and the second is the full service. The last is Rex Murphy's classy editorial. Please enjoy!
Today might have set a record for the most interviews in one day starting at 6 in the morning and rolling all day long. What a wonderful outpouring of support for Canada's Man of the Land. It seems every newspaper, radio station, and television show is covering the life and career of Stompin' Tom and it is well deserved. Likely there has never been an entertainer in the history of this country who was more adoured by the people. Condolences to all of his fans, friends, and family.
Here's a few more interviews tipping the hat to the one and only Stompin' Tom Connors:
Morning News: Tim Hus Interview
Extended: Tim Hus performs Man in the Black Hat
Leader Post: Two Cases of Moosehead Beer
Some of the stories I have told several times today and alot of the coverage across Canada has been picked up by syndicated stations so likely you will encounter some repitition in these interviews and articles but hopefully there will be some insight into the Canadian boot stomping legend.
March 7, 2013 (afternoon)
I certainly feel like I have spoken to most of the media in the country by now: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and so on. Thank you very kindly for your interest in Stompin' Tom and my connection to him. Here is another brand new clip posted online that will be in tomorrow's edition of the Calgary Herald
...and also on MSN Video Canada ... and on the radio on CBC EyeOpener ...and also with Edmonton AM.
I think the clip Tom would have liked the best of all is this one because I'm actually toasting him with a bottle of "brew" at the end: Canadians remember Stompin' Tom
Also, many people have been asking about the song that I wrote about Stompin' Tom that I have sung several times today. The song is called "Man with the Black Hat" and is one that I wrote early on in my career before I had ever recorded an album. It was also the song that I used to bring the legend out on stage every night when I opened his concert tours. The song was recorded on my first album in 2002. It is available on CD or digital download on the album Songs of West Canada
CBC came through with another great feature today called Stompin' Tom's Musical Map about some of his songs (there are over 250 of them recorded you know so they are not all on here but it is a start and does span the dominion) from across the country.
March 7, 2013 (morning)
What a busy day! I have already done 7 interviews and it isn't even 10 AM. It seems everybody would like to hear my thoughts on being the last guy to tour coast to coast with Stompin' Tom. My phone has been ringing off the hook and I have recieved so many emails and messages from across the country. I am not able to get back to everyone today but I sincerely thank you all for your condolences and kind words and for thinking about my cross-country band on this day. You know we will do our best to continue down the road that Tom started on so many years ago and will do our best to bring honest and proudly Canadian songs to every corner of the country.
Here is a clip from my interview with Global TV : Friends remember Stompin' Tom
We are saddened by the passing of our friend Stompin' Tom Connors. I wrote a song about my favorite country singer when I was just learning to play the guitar. It is called "Man with the Black Hat" and was recorded on my first album. Years later when I was invited to go on tour with Stompin' Tom and open his concerts it was the song that I used to bring him out on stage every night. The song is on the site-wide music player that is at the bottem of every page of this website. Please click on the song and have a listen to my tribute to the man with the black hat and the Stompin' board.
Here is a clip of the CBC broadcast of the news: Stompin' Tom Connors dies at 77
To view photos of Stompin' Tom and Tim Hus on what has turned out to be Tom's farewell tour of the Maritimes please click here
To read Tim's "Letter's From The Road" feature on what has turned out to be Tom's farewell tour of Western Canada please click here
Today we are saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend Stompin' Tom Connors. Canada has lost it's premier troubadour and country music icon and words can't express how we feel.
I have been a fan of Stompin' Tom's music and his fiercly independant patriotism for many years and have patterned my own music career after his principles.
I had always hoped that I would meet the man some day and have the opportunity to shake his hand and let him know how much his music meant to me.
It was one of the greatest thrills of my life to receive a personal invitation from the man with the stompin' board to tour across the country from Newfoundland to Vancouver and all points in between in 2009 and 2010. Stompin' Tom is my greatest musical influence and I can honestly say that I lost a good friend today. May he rest in peace.
Please have a moosehead beer and play one of his records wherever you are. I know it would make him smile...
I have been doing interviews non-stop since first hearing the news. You can catch my comments tomorrow in Calgary on the CBC Eye-opener at 7:20 AM MST and then on Global TV at 8:30 AM MST. Syndicated programs across the country will also have features.
Here is the official press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS DIES AT THE AGE OF 77:
Peterborough, ON (March 6, 2013) Today Canada lost one of its' true musical icons with the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors O.C.,LL.D.,Litt.D. Connors died of natural causes at his home in Ontario. He was 77 years of age.
Stompin’ Tom literally put Canada on the map with such songs as “The Hockey Song”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Bud The Spud”, “Tillsonburg”, "Big Joe Mufferaw" and countless others.
Born Thomas Charles Connors in Saint John New Brunswick on February 9th 1936, he was separated from his mother at a young age and raised by foster parents in Skinners Pond, P.E.I. until he was 13 years old. His life of poverty, orphanages, hitchhiking and playing bars would eventually turn into a life of hit songs, national concert tours and fame in spite of a constant uphill battle to be recognized by the music industry in Canada. In 1979 in a fit of frustration and disappointment he returned all 6 of his Juno awards as a statement of personal protest against the Americanization of the Canadian Music Industry, a sentiment he continued to express to this day. In 1989 Tom signed with EMI Music Canada, teamed up with talent promoter Brian Edwards and returned to the stage where fans young and old embraced his music once again as he quickly became one of the biggest concert draws and sought after performers in the country.
Due to the unwavering love for promoting his home country, some of the many accolades he has received include becoming an Officer of the Order of Canada, his own Canadian postage stamp, he was invited by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson to receive the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, he was the recipient of both the Queens Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and he earned 3 honorary doctorate degrees (Saint Thomas University in Saint John New Brunswick; "Laws", University of Toronto; "Laws", and the University of P.E.I.; "Letters").
He now has an astounding 61 recorded albums, 10 of which have yet to be released to the public. His songs will continue to be made available worldwide and remain a legacy to his career, his life and his beloved country.
Tom is survived by his wife Lena, 2 sons, 2 daughters and several grandchildren.
The Celebration of Tom's life is being planned for Wednesday, March 13th in Peterborough, ON at 7pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre and per his request, will be open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, the Connors family has asked that donations be made to your local food bank or homeless shelters, in memory of Stompin' Tom.
From the staff at www.stompintom.com
We must regretfully announce today the passing of the Great and Patriotic Stompin' Tom Connors. He died this March 6th 2013 with his Family seeing him off. His family have given us a message from Tom that he wanted passed along to all of you upon his death:
"Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom."
"It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it's beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world."
"I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future."
"I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done."
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors
February 18, 2013
The year is off to a good start. We have had a string of sold-out shows and the weather has been good as we have been making our way around Alberta to some of our favorite concert venues. This past weekend we performed a concert at the historic "Last Chance Saloon" in Wayne, Alberta. If you ever get a chance to visit this place you should check it out. It is almost like stepping back in time: you need to cross 11 bridges to get to the saloon and there ar even bullet holes in the wall from some rowdy days in the past.
The weather has been really agreeable and we even had a chance to run the team on a sleigh ride as we played the Grover's infamous "Poker Rally Sleigh Ride".
Hope to see you at a show soon,
Tim Hus & Band
Happy Valentine's Day!
May the day be filled with romance wherever you are...
Here's an article published in this month's edition of Avenue magazine as well as a video clip of a brand new fishin' song that will be on our upcoming album:
"TRAVELLING COWBOY SINGER" TIM HUS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF MUSIC
The travelling country musician reminisces on his early days in Calgary's music scene
Even though he’s in every way the quintessential Calgary cowboy singer, Tim Hus actually spent his formative years in Nelson, B.C.
Like many Kootenay boys, Hus, 34, worked in logging camps to finance his post-secondary education. The rough-and-rugged logging life was ideal creative fodder for an aspiring country-folk-roots musician, and he began writing songs and playing them for his campmates — though he points out an audience deafened from daily exposure to chainsaws might not have been the most reliable gauge of talent.
Regardless, Hus began to believe he might have what it takes to make it as a “travelling cowboy singer.”
A modest start
He moved to Calgary in 2002, envisioning the city as something of a Nashville North, fishing for bandmates before he had a place to live. There’s not much to say about his first show, save his recollection that it drew a rather sparse crowd. “I had one friend in town at that point, the guitar player had one friend, the bass player had a girlfriend and another friend and then two guys playing darts,” he says.
Humble beginnings notwithstanding, at the five-year mark, Hus was on the roster of respected roots label Stony Plain Records and on tour with the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors, a professed fan. In 2005, he’ d also been selected to perform for the Alberta Centennial celebrations at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival, an annual event held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that draws attendance figures in the one-million range. Hus shared the Folklife bill with close pal and collaborator Corb Lund and his hero, Ian Tyson.
Needless to say, he decided to continue on his musical journey.
Hus celebrated his 10-year anniversary in music with a show at the Ironwood last November and recently recorded his sixth album for Stony Plain with Grammy-winning producer Harry Stinson.
These days, the part about being a “travelling cowboy singer” is especially prophetic as he plays in the area of 200 shows per year. Seems there’s a dedicated audience out there for quintessentially Canadian “storytellin’ ” cowboy music, or, as Hus would say, “It doesn’t take a real genius to figure out that people like to hear songs about things they’re familiar with.”
New Album for 2013!
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After some time off over the holidays and a few concerts in Quebec we begin the year by making the rounds to some of our favorite venues in Alberta. We are very excited to be releasing a brand new album in 2013 which we recorded last fall with producer extraordinaire Harry Stinson.
We recently celebrated a decade in the music business and we wish to sincerely thank you for your support and interest in our brand of Canadiana Cowboy Music.
May the year 2013 be good to you and your family wherever you are and we look forward to seeing you somewhere down the road on our travels...
Tim Hus & Band
The album will feature 12 new songs covering everything from Okanagan fruit pickin' and all sorts of liars (fishermen & politicians) to potash minin' and pheasant huntin’ and everything in between!
For this project we embarked on a new adventure working with the very talented and award winning producer Harry Stinson. Harry is a Grammy nominated artist and producer who has worked with a list that reads like a who’s who of the music industry. He’s recorded with Steve Earle, Earl Scruggs, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Peter Frampton, Bob Seger, Leon Russell, George Jones and many, many more and currently performs with Marty Stuart’s touring band – The Fabulous Superlatives – considered by many to be the best "real" country band in the world.
Harry has become a big fan of Tim’s distinctive songwriting. They met several years ago in Alberta when Harry was working with compadre Corb Lund on his award-winning “Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer” album. Stinson has produced four albums for Corb Lund and also recently produced the “Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories” album by our Stony Plain Records label mate - legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Tyson. Harry has taken Tim’s unique brand of Canadiana songs to an entirely new level and we can hardly wait for this album to hit the streets!
Riley Tubbs layed down the foundation slappin’ on the upright bigwood timber bass as never before. Billy MacInnis fiddled up a storm while also pullin’ a double shift and twangin’ on the Telecaster truck drivin’ guitar and pickin’ flat-top lead guitar like there was no tomorrow.
Harry Stinson not only sat at the helm as producer but also joined the band and took over the duties of playing drums. The one and only “Cousin Kenny” Vaughan sat in with us on lead guitar for a few songs as well – both Harry and Kenny were “on loan” to us from Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives (the way these guys play actually makes their band name sound like an understatement).
In addition to the members of our Canadiana travelin’ band we had the privilege of inviting some friends and guest musicians to perform on the album as well.
Hank Singer makes an appearance (he has toured and recorded with George Jones) and so does “Wild Rose” Wanda Vick (she can play anything with strings on it) as well as Chris Scruggs (the surname needs no introduction) who added some steller lap steel to a couple of tunes.
Fans of acoustic and bluegrass music will be pleased to hear that we also have guest appearances throughout the album by Glen Duncan on banjo (a former member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys), and Tim Graves on dobro (nephew of Uncle Josh Graves – the dobro player for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys).
Last but not least Kayton Roberts (a member of Hank Snow’s legendary Rainbow Ranch Boys and an integral part of Hank`s sound for so many years) added a Nova Scotia touch with a steel guitar solo that is bound to go down in history!
These guests have been carefully selected to add a certain touch to a song here or there and thereby forming a connection to the tradition and origins of roots and country music and tipping the hat to those who have traveled this road before us. It has been on honour to work with them. It's gonna be a great year of touring come up!