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.comhttps://www.ckbi.com/ https://www.cjnb.ca/ and https://www.xm105fm.com/
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.
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!).
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 https://soundcloud.com/cal-gratton-1
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.
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 www.durhamcountyband.com. Check it out now!
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.”
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!
At nine in the morning, on January 24, 2018, Durham County Band released their “Valentine’s Day “ video into the world via their YouTube Channel and waited for the Internet to explode.
One week before the official release, the band laughed at the thought of this song beaming into the eyes and ears of people around the world.
“It’s hard not to be excited about it,” said Kip Walker, lead singer of this particular Durham County Band track. “We’ve had this wonderful, funny, and relatable song kicking around for so many years and finally, people are going to be able to hear it.”
“Obviously, we’re crazy excited about releasing it, not just to radio but also in video form,” added Pete “Hawaii” Wheeler, studio guru and guiding force of the Durham County Band. “We laugh and talk about how amazing it would be to have people singing this anthem around the world. It’s really a universal feeling, something we believe people will relate to.
To get the story of Valentine’s Day, the song, you have to go back many years. Kip recalled the inspiration for the song with a sly smile.
“Using this chorus melody that James had, I actually wrote this song with a friend of mine, Buddy Bandit. We were just sitting around, complaining about how terrible Valentine’s Day can be when you’re alone. Like everyone else is super stoked, and you’re just sitting around eating soggy fish fingers.”
Soggy fish fingers?
James Downham burst into a belly laugh. “The Bandit may have been eating soggy fish fingers himself on that particular Valentine’s Day when the song was written. So sad. So gross!”
Leading up to Valentine’s Day 2018, however, the mood was decidedly more upbeat.
Bronson Brown, bass player and director of the video, related his eagerness to get the song out there and let the public decide how big it could get. “It’s silly to hope for something to go viral, with so many factors at play. But how crazy would that be? Crazier things have happened.”
He shrugged, looking at the rest of the band.
“Once it’s released, we’ll have three weeks until Valentine’s Day. We just get to sit back and watch what happens.”