The self-proclaimed hardest working group in B.C. will be making a stop in Border City on June 16 as part of an upcoming radio tour that will see them playing from the West Coast to Ottawa, making appearances at a slew of radio stations along the way.
The Chris Buck Band, which recently won the 2014 British Columbia Country Music Association award for “country club act of the year,” can be caught at The Bluenose Bar and Grill next Tuesday and they are promising a fun high energy show that will keep the audience dancing.
“That’s what we’re known for, we are very energetic. It’s a fun show,” said Chris Buck, lead singer and guitarist. “I’m excited to see all of these towns I’ve never visited. It’s going to be a little overwhelming as well because we’ve got quite a busy schedule. We’re going to be visiting three stations a day on top of doing shows. So it’s going to be fun; it’s going to be busy.”
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Buck and co. have played over 150 shows in the last two years and have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. The group started out as a cover band and gradually built up a strong local following but now they have been slowly making the transition into more original territory.
The time spent performing other bands’ music has infused a few different styles into their sound, which Buck describes as a cross between ska, reggae and country, a sub-genre the band has dubbed California Country.
“It’s got a very summertime feel to it. It’d be a little bit of a Zach Brown kind of sound and we do have some rock and roll edge to it as well,” he said. “But Bob Marley is one of my idols and my voice is quite a bit country but I just thought I’d try to incorporate it a bit on some of my songs.”
He said they’ve always had the idea of creating their own material in the back of their minds and recently they really started to take the thought seriously. Creating and writing is his passion and last year the Chris Buck Band released their debut album Buck Wild. Playing covers was a way for Buck to support himself but now he’s using the radio tour to promote the original music.
People looking to catch the act at the Bluenose can expect a bit of both and will also have the opportunity to make some requests. He encourages everyone to go out and have some fun and they plan on making the trip once a year as he’s looking to beef up his local fan bases in towns across the country.
“I think if they come out they’re going to have a good time, I really do,” Buck said. ‘I think they’re going to come out and walk away having a good night of just enjoying some fun music.”