Critically acclaimed by Billboard Magazine, mixing soulful country and classic rock, award-winning WYATT is set to take fans by storm with their new album You Should Have Been Here Last Night, set for release September 2013. Daniel (Danny) Fortier’s and Scott Patrick’s captivating vocals and guitar skills, Cam Ewart’s bass and Bray Hudson’s drums create the rockin’ country sound of Saskatchewan’s very own WYATT (a band name inspired in true wild west fashion after the famous Wyatt Earp, best known for his participation in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral!). Their catchy lyrics and mixture of country-grooves and hard-rock rhythms will surely get audiences up on their feet. The band has electrified fans across North America and has shared the stage with many country music stars including Rascal Flatts, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jason Aldean and Emerson Drive. With a rapidly growing fan base, their high energy performance and humour-filled on stage chemistry reaches audience members of all ages time and again.
2013 proved to be another exciting year for WYATT releasing award winning singles “Jesse James” (with video rotation on CMT), and winning both the 2013 Saskatchewan Country Music Association award for Single of the Year (for “Jesse James”), and their sixth consecutive Group of the Year title! Their second single and video ‘Roll The Windows Down’ also made waves on Canadian country radio leading up to the October album release. The new CD was recorded at THE ARMOURY Recording Studios in Vancouver and was produced by CCMA award-winner and Juno-nominee Mitch Merrett. The first single “Jesse James” showcased the bands rock-n-roll with a country soul sound highlighting killer guitar riffs and toe-tapping stick-in-the-brain lyrics “I wanna line ‘em up and drink ‘em, I wanna love ‘em and leave ‘em, sometimes I just want to rob a train…”
Exclaims Scott Patrick, “We are really excited about this project. The experience making our last album gave us the confidence to push the envelope and really evolve and refine our sound. Right from the initial talks with Mitch (regarding the album’s direction), we knew this one was going to be a pure WYATT album – rock n’ roll with a country soul. It was an amazing experience to write and record these great songs with a producer who is willing to stray outside conventional lines.”
2010 CCMA New Artist Showcase performers, the members of WYATT have evolved into a musical brotherhood filled with tons of laughter, subscribing to a unified philosophy of commitment, fun, and a passion for pure music. Like many musicians, each artist began their career as a young child, finding the tunes were truly in their DNA. Danny’s journey arose from a twist of fate, where at the age of 6 an ear specialist diagnosed he would be deaf within the year. In the face of such awful news his mom walked him immediately into a store, purchased a guitar and placed it in his hands with the life changing words “You will have as much music as you can get before you go deaf.” A fortunate happy ending, the doctor’s diagnosis was wrong, and Danny in turn found his musical calling. Many moons later WYATT was born. The band was originally founded by Danny and Scott, as they casually collaborated as songwriters. With a bounty of music written, the duo decided to form a band; ironically Cam and Bray originally declined joining when first approached, until they heard the songs they had written! After the first jam session it was clear the quartet were destined to perform together.
The band has received critical acclaim from a variety of press over the years; says Jeff DeDekker of the Regina Leader Post “… And what can be said about Wyatt? Well, let me try a few adjectives. Polished. Professional. Entertaining. Exciting. Everything about the band is good – they’ve chosen material that fits the band, their music abilities (including their wonderful harmonies) are superb and it’s quite obvious they love to perform.” Their sophomore CD If I Had A Dollar… was full of infectious tunes, with two of the singles, “Ride On” and “Questions”, breaking into the Billboard Canadian Country Singles Top 40 charts in 2009 and 2010. “Ride On’s” upbeat sound and lyrics of getting away and “riding on” is the perfect summer anthem. “Questions” is a heartfelt ballad reflecting on the beauty of love and all the troubles that come with it. “It’s about finding a moment and really immersing the listener in that moment so that you can feel it with all of your senses,” says Patrick of WYATT. The album was produced by Noah Gordon (Jason Blaine, Emerson Drive) and engineered by Grammy-nominee T.W. Cargile of BIG Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to recent accolades, WYATT has proudly received many awards including the 2008 Rising Star SCMA and Astral Media’s NEXT BIG THING in 2009. “Receiving the support and recognition from fans and your home province is one of the main reasons we can be successful doing what we do,” says drummer Hudson. The band was also a finalist at the 2010 OnStage.com Bon Jovi’s Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight contest placing 2nd out of 131 artists and won the ourstage.com ‘Capital Hoedown Showdown’ to open for Rascal Flatts in Ottawa.
WYATT will continue to tour throughout Canada… Check out when they will be in your area here!