Lacombe country singer Gord Bamford is riding high in the saddle, as his CD Honkytonks and Heartbreaks is named album of the decade by the Canadian Country Music News.
It was an easy pick, said the News’s publisher and editor Larry Delaney, who had 120 albums to choose from.
Not only does the album contain “real country” music, as opposed to pop passing as country, it also features great songwriting. said Delaney, who after 30 years of publishing is considered an expert on Canadian country music.
Bamford said he strived to make a CD that was true to his country roots and that will be relevant 20 years from now. He hopes the Album of the Decade award, which validates his role as singer/songwriter, will ensure that.
Delaney considers Bamford to be among Canada’s top songwriters, especially since he began co-writing with Nashville’s Bryon Hill.
The local singer was also recently awarded by SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) for his single Stayed ’Til Two, which was the most performed song on domestic radio.
Bamford will release his fourth CD, Day Job, on April 6. Radio stations will receive the first new single next week.