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article imageChatting with Canadian country singer Tim Hicks Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 18, 2014 in Music
Canadian country singer Tim Hicks opened up about his four Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nominations this year, plans for the future and Florida Georgia Line.
On his CCMA nominations, he remarked, "It feels great to be recognized at the national level that's for sure! What I love the most about the CCMA Awards is the week leading up to it. It's rare to get everyone in the industry together in one room, so it's really great to be able to talk to and clink a few bottles with everyone. After all, it's a celebration!"
He acknowledged that over the last 18 months, so much has happened in his life. "Performing for 35,000 people at Boots & Hearts this year was fantastic! It was a little emotional watching that many people sing my songs back to me after having spent so many years playing in bars. I'll never forget it."
Hicks is drawn to the country genre of music since it is "all about the song." "Country music still strives for a good song every time, something you can sit down with an acoustic guitar and just sing and have it come across. We don't always get there, but the intention is present in every writing session I've been a part of. Three chords and the truth is the cliche, but I feel like it still really rings true," he explained.
He has toured with such Canadian artists as Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee on their "Boys of Fall" tour, which he dubbed as a "great" experience. "Those guys were so kind to me. At that point no one knew who I was, 'Get By' hadn't come out yet, so I really had no expectations when we started that tour. I had such a good time because it was the first tour I ever did where I got to play my own songs. Plus, it was great to watch Dallas and Chad do their thing every night. I learned a ton," he admitted.
Speaking of "Get By," which he co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line, he revealed that he has yet to meet them, interestingly enough. "It was a song that was never finished. When it got to me, it needed work, but the framework was there for what I thought would be a cool tune. Casey Marshall, and Neil Sanderson had started the song with Florida Georgia Line and sent it to me saying, 'wanna give this one a crack?' I re-worked it a bit and finished it up without knowing that Tyler and Brian were on it as writers. In fact, I didn't find out Florida Georgia Line were involved until the song was done and demoed! So I've yet to shake their hands, and I'm grateful that they never finished what became my first gold single. Thanks guys," he said with a laugh.
Hicks just announced that he will be on the road for the Canadian leg of Dierks Bentley’s "Riser" tour. "I am really looking forward to that! After that, there will be more touring in Canada and the U.S. Now that SiriusXM is playing 'Here Comes the Thunder,' we have a lot of folks from down south asking when we'll be playing the United States, so plans are in the works to get down there," he said.
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