Residents of Wood Buffalo should get ready for a rockin’ good time as the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo announces the full artist line up for Summer Sounds FM, the new annual summer music festival set to launch at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place on July 14, 2018.
Four new country names have been added to the roster including Bobby Wills, Cold Creek County Leaving Thomas and Alberta’s own, Craig Moritz. Headlining the single-day festival is Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore, accompanied by Billboard charting artists LANCO & Jess Moskaluke, the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008.
“We are really excited to add these artists to our Summer Sounds FM line up,” said Kelsey Stefanizyn, Senior Manager, Sales and Events for the RRC. “The festival is off to a strong start with this diverse and dynamic group of artists representing new and emerging trends on the country music scene. The vision is for music fans to have the opportunity to take in up-and-coming and charting artists in a variety of genres over the years at our beautiful venue, right here in Wood Buffalo.”
Tickets for Summer Sounds FM are now on sale and are available in person at the Box Office located at MacDonald Island Park and online at macdonaldisland.ca/events. Open to all ages, ticket prices start at $89 plus applicable fees and taxes. Advance purchase parking passes are also be available for this event.
Featured Artists New to the Summer Sounds FM Line-Up
An acclaimed musician with a reputation for writing from the heart, CCMA Award winning artist Bobby Wills (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is best known for two things – his signature cowboy hat and a diverse musical personality, combining a classic country sound with a toe-tapping, dynamic twist. His latest album, “In Comes The Night” is the 5th release in Wills’ vast discography and features singles “Get While The Gettin’s Good” and the romantic title-track “In Comes The Night”. The deluxe edition of the EP (released February 23, 2018) also features two new variations of the song “Out Of Your Mind”, both a radio edit and a live version. Wills has an impressive list of accolades under his belt, including winning the 2013 CCMA “Rising Star” Award in addition to consecutive 2013/2014 “Male Artist of the Year” nominations, consecutive 2015/2016 “Songwriter of the Year” nods as well as 2016 nominations for “Single” and “Album of the Year”. He was also crowned “Male Artist of the Year” as well as “Fans Choice” award winner at the 2017 ACMA Awards.
Cold Creek County
The feel-good party songs from this Ontario band’s Till The Wheels Come Off (2015) debut have given way to a warm and more reflective look at the people and places around them for their new Homemade EP, the first of two upcoming releases. Produced and mixed by Scott Cooke (Florida Georgia Line, Nickelback), Homemade showcases a new, more mature side of Cold Creek County pushing the bands vocal harmonies to the forefront. It’s the sort of music that comes naturally for a band that rehearses in a converted barn where only one corner of the building that gets cellphone reception. It’s also all very consistent with the band’s small town/country worldview and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
The contemporary country duo, Leaving Thomas is composed of singer/songwriters Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy. In January, 2018 the duo released their first self titled album which hit #1 hit on the iTunes Country charts. Their debut single, “Waiting Kind Of Girl” broke the top 40 at Canadian Country Radio in 2017, and their latest single “Blame It On The Neon” peaked at #18 in March, 2018. With features on SiriusXM’s the Highway and CMT (US), “Blame it on the Neon” has become a breakthrough song for the duo. Known for their captivating stage presence and infectious energy, Leaving Thomas is an act that you’re going to want to keep your eye on!
(Fort McMurray, May 17, 2018) - Craig Moritz is Alberta through and through. Growing up and working in industries from retail to oilfield, he knew he had yet to find his true path. Craig’s inspiration and motivation came froma down to earth, "real" conversation about the music industry with Country Artist Toby Keith. Since then, Craig’s ‘let's get down to business and have a good time’ vibe has made him a Calgary Stampede mainstay, sharing the stage with some of the greatest names in today's country including Sara Evans, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, David Lee Murphy and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.