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We're back--and we're going country!

Prevost_Posse_Pic.jpgIt's the first show of the new SoundXchange season, and it's also Canadian Country Music Awards weekend, in Saskatoon, so of course we're looking to the country with interviews with Saskatoon alt country sometime rockers Wyatt, CCMA Rising Star nominee Codie Prevost (left), and Codie's drummer (and oh so many other folk's drummer) Renaissance man Hal Shrenk.

Welcome back to the X, and BTW--Yee. Hah.


Saskatchewan's Codie Prevost is one of our province's nominees in this year's Canadian Country Music Awards. This Sat on SX I interview the charming Codie, his amazing multi-band, multi-talented drummer Hal ShrenkHal.jpg,and Danny Fortier and Scott Patrick of Saskatoon's alt folk country rockers (want a few other hyphenates with that?) Wyatt.


Codie Prevost is nominated this year for a Rising Star award at this year's CCMAs.  

Building on the momentum from his first two award winning albums "The Road Ahead" (2005) and "Spin 6-PAK Vol. I" (2008), Codie Prevost has just launched his highly anticipated third album, "Get Loud". An exciting change for Prevost this time around was having the opportunity to work with one of Canada's top producers, Tom McKillip in Vancouver, who captured his unique style and sound. The lead off single/video "Rolling Back To You" climbed to the top 30 on the BDS chart and the video got heavy rotation on CMT. The 2nd single/video "Standing Still" has just been released to CMT/radio and is gaining momentum.

With Main Stage performances at the Craven Country Fest, Manitoulin Country Fest, the Havelock Country Jamboree & Dauphin Countryfest already under his belt, 2011 promises to be an exciting year. Named "Countries newest sensation" by ET Canada Prevost has been invited to perform at Prairie Scene in Ottawa and will be making his European debut with a performance in France at the Country Bike Festival in Tours as part of the Canadian Country Music Night.

His live performances consistently captivate his audiences, treating them to upbeat and feel-good singles like "Rolling Back To You", "Next Weekend", "Not Just The Beer Talkin" & "Spin", named "Country Song of the Year" at the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards to sincere ballads including "Call Me When You Get There", and the infamous tear jerker "I'm Okay".


His drummer (and the drummer for many other artists) Hal Schrenk is arguably one of the best, and certainly one of the most inventive drummers in Canada. A talented graphic designer, sound designer, and rock road warrior, it's a pleasure to check in with Hal.


Wyatt.jpgWyatt  an original 4-piece band from Saskatoon, will be playing around the Toon during the WCCM awards.Imagine old school southern rock combined with the rich, vocal flavours of Bon Jovi, The Eagles and Rascal Flatts.....this is Rock Country. Together, singer-guitarists Scott Patrick and Daniel Fortier, drummer Bray Hudson and bassist Cam Ewart have a sound and a commanding on-stage chemistry that instantly converts audiences to fans.

WYATT has been busy not-so-quietly building a strong following in Western Canada over the last couple of years. 2007 saw them walk confidently into the limelight with showcases at JUNOFEST, SCMA's, and CCMA's, and celebrate the release of their debut album 'Hard Road'. This gritty album mixes soaring guitars with beautiful vocal melodies through the universal themes of living, loving & losing and is chock-full of infectious tunes including "This Town", "I Don't Mind", "Like We Belong" and the title track "Hard Road".

2008 was a year of evolution for WYATT as they began to build their fan base the old fashioned way - one show at a time. After ringing in the New Year with Aaron Pritchett, WYATT toured Western Canada extensively, including sharing the stage with Jason Aldean and jamming with Grammy nominees Emerson Drive and John Rich (Big & Rich) at a WYATT show in Regina, SK. The band was also featured in Deric Ruttan's video "First Time in a Long Time" and Jason Blaine's video, "My First Car", which both went to the top 5 on CMT in 2008. WYATT topped off a stellar year by receiving "Rising Star" and "Group of the Year" at the 2008 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, only the second time a single band received the two awards in the same year, and the first since The Johner Brothers in 1991! Wyatt followed these wins up with a repeat win for SCMA Group of the Year in 2009 and won the SaskMusic/Astral Media "Next Big Thing" contest in June 2009. Says drummer Bray Hudson, "Receiving the support and recognition from fans and your home province is one of the main reasons we can be successful doing what we do."

WYATT spent 2009 working hard on their latest project 'If I Had a Dollar...', set for release with Road Angel Entertainment, and distributed on behalf of Fontana North by Universal Music Canada . Working with Nashville-based writer/producer Noah Gordon (Jason Blaine, Emerson Drive) and Grammy-nominated engineer T.W. Cargile of BIG Studios, the band has recorded some of its strongest work to date.

According to singer/guitarist Scott Patrick, "We are really excited with the way the new record came together. Working with Noah as a producer to help refine and shape our sound has been an incredible experience, but working with him as a songwriter has really allowed us to grow as artists." Adds singer/guitarist Daniel Fortier, "The reaction from fans and industry alike to the new songs has been unbelievable. We have such incredibly loyal fans from all walks of life. It makes all the work to date so much more rewarding." According to bassist Cam Ewart, "One of the great things we are able to do with this band is 'convert' fans who don't traditionally listen to country music. We are always getting feedback from audiences who weren't fans of country music until they came out to a WYATT show or heard our songs on the radio."