Award-winning Manitoba country band Doc Walker will be live in concert at Houstons Country Roadhouse later this month.
As part of the bar’s 20th anniversary, the Portage la Prairie band will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 14, which was announced Thursday morning.
The band has earned multiple top-10 and top-five hits on Canadian radio and some of the Canadian music industry’s highest awards — including six CCMAs in 2008 alone — as well as the 2009 Juno for Country Recording of the Year for, “Beautiful Life.”
Doc Walker’s 2009 release, “GO” focused on the endless comings and goings that characterize life on the road and their new album, “16 & 1”, finds the band looking back at the roots that they’ve grown so deep over time, celebrating how far they’ve come since first putting them down and moving forward all the stronger for having done so, the band’s promotional material states.
Named for the crossroads of two major prairie lifelines not far from where Doc Walker settled in to record the album, “16 & 1” represents something of a homecoming for the band, particularly for lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson.
In fact, by choosing a former schoolhouse in Westbourne, as the site for recording the album, Thorsteinson is touching down very close to home, literally across the road from the house he grew up in.
“From grades one to six it’s actually where I went to school,” he says in the band’s promo material. “I never thought we’d be recording our seventh record in a town of 100 people, in a classroom where I used to sit, while I’m looking out the window at my parents place.”
Tickets for the Houstons show are on sale now for $35 and are available at the Royal Oak Inn or the bar.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 2, 2012