Renegade Station musicians at the ACMAs. (Contributed photo).

Stettler band Renegade Station and Nice Horse win big at ACMAs

Awards ceremony was held Sunday at Red Deer’s Sheraton hotel

Winning the title of best single at the Alberta Country Music Awards felt like Stettler band Renegade Station had come full circle.

Vocalist Luanne Carl remembers first performing the hurtin’ love song Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight? at the last year’s awards ceremony.

Sunday, the same song about a breakup (written by Jaida Dreyer, Brandon Scott and Tommy Ray) took home the best single trophy at the 2019 awards.

Also in the winner’s circle was Rocky Mountain House native Brandi Sidoryk’s band Nice Horse, which won two awards — group of the year and video of the year, for the song Mansplainin.

The comical tune, co-written by Sidoryk, takes some wry shots at men who talk down to women: “Let me stop you right there. You ‘honey’ me again and I swear … I built this truck from the axle up, I know every darn part under there.”

“We are so happy to say that last night we were given not one, but two of our very first Association of Country Music in Alberta awards,” Nice Horse band members posted on Facebook. “Thank you to everyone who puts up with our horses—t and believes in us.”

Renegade Station’s Carl was thrilled her band got a fourth nod from the provincial country music association. The group, formerly known as Domino, previously won group of the year in 2015 and 2016 and also won the fan’s choice award in 2015.

“You hope every song you release is going to be a hit, but you never know…” said Carl, who believes Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight? “showcased our harmonies and vocal range perfectly, and it took off right away,” getting radio play from coast to coast.

“We were so excited. We hoped the song would be recognized because it did so well.”

The Stettler group was formed 15 years ago as a cover band, but became a serious force five years ago when members (including Russ Carl, Kent Nixon and Scott McKnight) hired a management company and began recording original tunes.

Carl said Renegade Station has now performed in every province except Newfoundland and Manitoba. The group is touring the East Coast this spring, after first playing on Feb. 15 as the torch arrives in Red Deer at the opening of the Canada Winter Games.

That will also be a huge honour, she added.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deerians brave the chill to spend Family Day in the new Celebration Plaza

The 2019 Canada Winter Games hub attracted a lot of parents and kids

Stettler RCMP search for suspects

Attempted theft of an ATM

Sign cost a concern for some in Red Deer

Installation complete on south end welcome signs

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Canadian women beat US 2-0 to win inaugural Rivalry Series

DETROIT — The inaugural Rivalry Series was created to give Canada and… Continue reading

Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

TORONTO — Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their… Continue reading

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

NASHVILLE — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the… Continue reading

‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire

LOS ANGELES — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Most Read