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Small Town Pride: Cold Creek County

By: Radhika Lakhani (@RadhikaLakhani)

Small towns have a certain charm that cannot be replicated in any city. From their apple orchards to an annual fishing festival, they give way for some memorable experiences that the members of Cold Creek County can attest to.

Formed in 2013, Cold Creek County embraces every aspect of storytelling, which has made the country genre so famous. It has the ability to paint a picture in your mind. Whether it is a song of heartbreak, small town pride or Friday nights, there’s a song that will make you say, “I can relate.”

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Brandon Scott, Doug Oliver, Josh Lester, Justin Lester and Trevor MacLeod come from towns whose populations range from 1,200 to 30,000 people. So it should come as no surprise that the first single off their debut album, “Till the Wheels Come Off,” was “Our Town,” a sort of ode to letting loose on a Friday night. The song set a Canadian record by becoming the most added on country radio for a band’s debut single. It even reached the Top 10 on the Canadian Country Billboard Chart, alongside two other singles that cracked the Top 20. Combining the genres of country and rock, Cold Creek County’s dynamic sound has contributed to their fast growing fan base and increasing popularity.

In 2014, the band spent time honing their dynamic sound, and opening for fellow Canadian country artists such as Dallas Smith, Kira Isabella and Emerson Drive. Last month, Cold Creek County were big winners at The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards. Their three awards included the Rising Star Award, Fan’s Choice and Group or Duo of the Year, and they beat out artists like Tim Hicks, Tebey, Autumn Hill and Jason Blaine.

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The band’s success shows no signs of slowing down, as they have made it to the next round of voting ballots for the Canadian Country Music Awards in six categories. The awards will be taking place on September 11 in London, Ontario, and it could become a memorable night for the band. Until then, Cold Creek County will be performing at several music festivals across Canada this summer, including CMT Fest in Kitchener, Ontario.

And if you’re wondering about the meaning behind the band’s name, well, it’s as straightforward as it sounds. Cold Creek runs through the towns of central Ontario in areas that the band members call home.

Cold Creek County is turning heads in the music industry, and there is a reason as to why they are garnering the attention of country and non-country music fans alike. For more information on the band and their upcoming tours, you can visit their website.