Singer-songwriter heard country music calling

1297594229747_ORIGINALBy Kennedy Gordon, Peterborough Examiner

Singer-songwriter Jack Connolly is gearing up for his first trip to the Havelock Jamboree. Does he know what he’s in for?

“I’ve been playing folk festivals for a long time, since I was much younger,” the Toronto-based musician says. “The country festivals are new to me. But there’s this energy that comes with any kind of festival that’s just incredible.”

Connolly’s career has taken him from quiet story-based solo work to the big stage with a raucous four-piece band. His early influences were Elvis Presley, and he loves Johnny Cash. Valdy mentored him for a long time, and his other influences included James Keeleghan and Fred J. Eaglesmith. So his origins are definitely rooted in one-man-one-guitar folk.

But things changed. [READ FULL STORY]

Up-and-coming star travels west for BVJ debut

By Mark Crown, Camrose Canadian

Just a girl with a guitar and a love for music. That’s how it all started for Lindsay Broughton, who will perform at Big Valley Jamboree for the first time this weekend.

The Ontario native signed her first record deal with Curve Music when she was just 19 and she’s already making waves around the Canadian country music industry ahead of her first full length album Take Me There, which is set to be released Sept.16.

But perhaps the most interesting part of Broughton’s story is how she was discovered in the first place.

“I had been writing poetry forever and I started putting my poems to music once I picked up a guitar in high school,” she said. “I decided that I wanted to start recording some of these songs so I went into a friend’s basement and recorded a crappy little demo and put it up on Myspace — when Myspace was popular. Within a few weeks I actually had interest from a couple of different labels…it’s basically been a roller coaster since then.”