By Jamie McKenzie
Tim Hicks is a five-time Juno nominee and a Canadian Country Music Award winner. He made his country label debut in 2013, but has been playing music professionally for years before that.
Hicks started playing music as a young child with his great-grandmother, before beginning music lessons.
“Where I took lessons, they put together these little bands with kids around the same age, around the same skill level and I just got the bug real early on and I just fell in love with it,” said Hicks.
He said he’s always had a band since he was seven years old. “There’s video footage of that that no one will see,” he said with a laugh.
It’s been a busy year for the country music artist, his album Talk To Time was released in late 2022. This year also saw the release of Throw Down Deluxe (Remastered), which is a re-release of his debut album that came out 10 years ago, which features the never before-heard track “Taking It Easy,” and a brand new version of the fan favourite “Stronger Beer (Keg Party Mix).”
Earlier this summer Hicks also released Campfire Troubadour Volume Two, an album filled with summertime anthems that remind you of sitting around a campfire, as a follow up to his Juno nominated album, Campfire Troubadour Volume One (released in 2021).
“One of my COVID hacks was to have campfires in the backyard so that we could be distant, the neighbours could come over for a beer, and I could sing a few songs and it got us through a really tough time,” he said.
Hicks will be headlining at Kipawa Countryfest on August 19th.
“It’s my birthday weekend, so it’s going to be pretty wild,” said Hicks. Adding that he’s really looking forward to the show and plans on playing all the hits plus some of the new stuff like “Yee To The Haw” and “Talk To Time.”
“The number one thing that people say when they see us play is ‘wow you guys look like you’re having a good time’ and I always say that’s because we are,” he said.