One of the biggest highlights of my 14 year radio career was when I had the Road Hammers in studio for an interview and live performance in October of 2005.
(The NHL had returned from its cancelled season, we were constantly quoting lines from Wedding Crashers and the 40 Year Old Virgin and the Road Hammers were the hottest thing in Canadian country music.) “I’m A Road Hammer” was in high rotation on country radio from coast to coast and they were about to roll into Prince George for a concert AND stop by my radio station for an in studio interview and performance.
I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of celebrity interviews over the years but 95% of them are over the phone. Even if you get an in studio, there is no guarantee you’ll get a song. I’m pretty sure I only ever had 4 or 5 in studio performances in my career, so it was a big deal. On top of that, it was my favourite song at the time so I was incredibly nervous.
It was 12 years ago, so I don’t remember much about the interview. I do remember that Jason McCoy liked my Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt and that they played not one, but two songs! I still have the recordings tucked away somewhere. The day only got better because then it was off to the CN Centre for the concert that night!
Two years later in the summer of 2007, Mare and I were at the old Merritt Mountain Music Festival and it was time to Hammer Down again! We had backstage passes, so we watched the show from a small loft on the side of the stage. It was okay, I guess!
Fast forward and I haven’t seen my favourite country band in concert for 10 years! That changes Friday night when the Road Hammers come to town to play The Mule Concert House & Bar! Not only is it going to be a great show in an intimate venue, but it’s a fundraiser for the Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in BC. If you’re looking for me on Friday night, you’ll find me in front of the stage with my old school Road Hammers shirt on!