Jason McCoy has reason to celebrate these days, and probably even more next month. The Minesing product, along with Boots and Hearts head honcho Brian Kehoe and Barrie’s James Barker Band, are the local nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, due to be doled out Sept.10 in Saskatoon.
McCoy tells BarrieToday he’s still coming down from the nomination of himself and his band, The Road Hammers, in the duo or group category.
“I can tell you for a fact, that it is an honour just to make the short list of recognition is an amazing and humbling thing to experience…and having been a band for 13 years, it’s truly special!”
The Hammers and the Barker Band are in the same category, which doesn’t faze Jason in the least.
“I’ve always welcomed competition, it makes for stronger music, and helps inspire everyone in the industry. Having a local band doing well on the scene is fantastic…when I was a kid growing up in the area, I couldn’t find others my age who were into country. Now it’s the biggest genre of music out there.”
McCoy, known for songs like Mud, I’d Still Have Everything, and She’s Good for Me, looks to younger artists – while not being specific – to carry the torch for country music in Canada and elsewhere.
“I’ve been amazed at how the youth are bringing the traditional elements back into country…it’s awesome!”
And there’s no question in Jason’s mind that this weekend’s Boots and Hearts Festival is making an impact, lifting the visibility of country music in these parts.
“Boots and Hearts has an impact well beyond the weekend of the event itself. The emerging artist program helps cultivate the artists of tomorrow, and showcase our local talent to tens of thousands of fans. It’s a very important component for sure.”
Jason, who has been feted by the Country Music Association in Nashville in years past with an international artist awards, concludes by telling people he’s achieved the stardom on the strength of all those who helped along the way.
“As both a solo artist and with The Road Hammers, I wouldn’t have had any success if it weren’t for the local support I’ve received over the years, and I’m grateful for that; I’m also very encouraged to see that this support is cultivating a brand new crop of amazing talent right here in our backyard!”