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Peterborough Musicfest: Doc Walker

Canadian country mainstays Doc Walker are back with their aptly titled new album “The 8th”, their eighth such compilation to date. This long celebrated band released the album’s second single “That’s How I Like It” to country radio to critical acclaim and fans are thrilled by their return. The band hit the road on November 20th of 2014 as part of the Bands On The Run Tour across Canada with The Road Hammers and Blackjack Billy.

With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, they have been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.

Even with several mantelpieces worth of hardware to their credit and a growing international profile that has resulted in three Australian tours, the band refuses to rest on past laurels. “After a while the ‘tried and true’ becomes ‘been there, done that,’” guitarist Dave Wasyliw says. “With every new album we evolve to some degree. I think it’s exciting to go to work and not know what’s going to happen next.”

The band’s seventh album, 16 & 1, released in 2011, was a bit of a sea change for the group musically, but still reflected the values that have made the band enduringly popular over time. Doc Walker’s eighth full length album includes the Top 10 hit “Put It Into Drive,” and the singles “Shake It Like It’s Saturday Night,” and “That’s How I Like It.” “Our music speaks to the pride we have in our roots, and the gratitude we have to the fans,” says lead singer Chris Thorsteinson, “and that is the most important thing. At the end of the day, all we want to do is write a record that we love, and that we know our fans are going to love and want to sing along to.”

Earlier Event: August 22
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
Later Event: August 23
Heroes and Rails Bike Tour