New Single “We’re Okay” featuring Amanda Kind: July 23, 2021

I’m super excited to officially announce that my new single, “We’re Okay”, a duet featuring the super talented Amanda Kind, will be out on July 23rd.
I joined a virtual songwriting group a few months ago looking to meet some local songwriters, and maybe collaborate on some writing projects. I really had no idea what to expect or who I would meet. I wasn’t expecting to meet such a fantastic group of talented local artists, writers, performers, and producers. And I certainly wasn’t expecting that a song that I’d co-write would end up being my next radio release!
Working on this song has been a whirlwind of a collaboration with co-writers Carrie DeMaeyer Songwriter, Amanda Kind, and Matt Koebel Music (who also performs on the track and did a killer job producing it). I am so excited about this song and how it turned out – I can’t wait to share it with you!
The last year has been a really trying one for many people. This song speaks to how the strength of commitment in a relationship, and being each other’s emotional support when it’s needed most, can provide the strength to ride out the hardships.

New James Downham Single “Lay Down Lonely” To Be Released November 18, 2020

James Downham’s latest single, “Lay Down Lonely” is due to be released to radio on November 18, 2020. “We were in the studio working on this song when the pandemic hit back in March. So close to being finished at the time, but then we had to hit the brakes on everything. Now, with the new studio up and running, all the protocols in place, we were finally able to put the finishing touches on the track,” says Downham.  for more on the track, and what’s new with James Downham, you can catch his interview with Cal Gratton on Canadian Coast to Coast Closeup on November 16th. The Coast 2 Coast Closeup features interviews and music from some of the best independent and emerging artists in the country. Interviews are posted on https://www.cjvr.com and

DCB’s “Get Flirty” featuring renowned Canadian fiddle Champion, Scott Woods, drops April 27th

Durham County Band is back at it again. The new track, “Get Flirty” features lead vocals by DCB’s Pete Wheeler, and a special guest appearance by Canadian champion fiddle player, Scott Woods. Fast fact – both Wheeler and Woods live in the sleepy southwestern Ontario town of Fergus – famous for its annual Highland Games (well, and maybe for Scott Woods, too!). The track is out April 27 for streaming or downloads on all of your favourite platforms, as well as on radio coast-to-coast.

New DCB Single “Tonight Tonight” on the Airwaves, Coast to Coast

Durham County Band has released their 4th single to country radio. “Tonight Tonight” hit the airwaves nationwide on August 6th. DCB’s Pete Wheeler is featured on the new track on main vocals. In true DCB style, this ultra-catchy tune features great guitar licks and tight harmonies. You can stream the single on Apple Music, Spotify, or download from iTunes (and everywhere else you get your music!).

James Downham and Durham County Band on Canadian Coast to Coast with Cal Gratton

This week, it’s all about new music by both James Downham and Durham County Band on Canadian Coast to Coast with Cal Gratton.

First up, it’s DCB’s Pete Wheeler hanging out with Cal on Wednesday, December 5th. Pete and Cal will be talking about the band’s new single, “Don’t Turn Away”, about the band’s journey so far, and what’s to come in the months ahead.

Then, on Thursday, December 6th, James joins Cal to talk about what’s happening with his solo music. Cal will spin the new single, “Baby, Are You Ready?”

It’s always an honour to chat with Cal, particularly considering the amazing calibre of guests he regularly has on the show. The show runs weekdays at 1pm MT/CT on 105 CJVR FM in Melfort, SK and on CIXM FM in Whitecourt, AB.

You can also catch the interviews posted on SoundCloud at

New James Downham Single “Baby, Are You Ready?” drops on Monday, October 22nd

James Downham’s brand new single, “Baby, Are You Ready?” will be released coast-to-coast on country radio on Monday, October 22nd. This is Downham’s first wide release to country radio. His two previous radio singles “Fly Away” and “Don’t Talk To Girls” were primarily released to AC radio, though “Don’t Talk To Girls” was simultaneously released to some key country markets.

The tune was penned by fellow Durham County Band member, Pete Wheeler. “When we originally recorded the song, we intended to release it as a DCB song,” recalls Wheeler. “But when James laid his vocals down, we knew he had just done something special. He just owned it. Right then, I told him, that’s gotta be a James Downham single. He agreed, and here we are.”

The track was recorded at Wheeler’s Sonica Disturbia studios in his hometown of Fergus, ON and was mastered at Lacquer Channel Studios by Phil Demetro.

New Durham County Band Single “Don’t Turn Away” Available Now!

The next Durham County Band single “Don’t Turn Away” is available now!  Fans of the band can purchase the single directly from the band’s website!

Following the incredibly successful first release “Back Roads,” this new single serves up another helping of the band’s signature harmonies, intricate guitar licks, and catchy choruses.

“We’re so excited about this next single,” says Pete Wheeler.  “We field-tested this song during our radio tour this summer, and the feedback on this tune was overwhelmingly positive.  It was a natural follow-up.”

Featuring the main vocals of Kip Walker, this song showcases the band’s diversity, not only in style but also in lead singers.

“I’m really proud of this song,” Walker states, interviewed by telephone from the band’s studio.  “It’s a story of perseverance, of dreaming big and taking chances, which is something people can relate to, no matter their walk of life.  And, for the band, it celebrates our dexterity as writers and performers.”

Released to radio on October 15, 2018, “Don’t Turn Away” is also available for purchase from the band’s website at  Check it out now!

Durham County Band Releases First Single, “Back Roads”!

DCB made a guest appearance at the May 23rd Revival House Show in Stratford to showcase some of their new material.

On May 22, 2018, the Durham County Band released their first official single to radio.  The lead-off track from their upcoming EP is a rocking powerhouse called “Back Roads.”

Pete “Hawaii” Wheeler, the lead singer and lead guitar player on the track, is as excited as any of the DCB members.

“We’re just really proud of this song, and we’re so stoked that this single is coming out right at the beginning of summer time,” Wheeler comments from the band’s studio.  “Like so many of our songs, it’s that tasty balance of country rock, vocal harmonies, and great guitar hooks.  I think people will really take to this one.”

DCB’s Kip Walker working the microphone.

A party anthem set in the dusty parking lots and country lanes, “Back Roads” marks the first wide release of any Durham County Band material on the radio.  All you Durham County Bandits out there, be sure to check out the new track, available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google!