Opening set by
Ginger St. James
Jamie Oliver (Big Tobacco & The Pickers)
Shawn Creamer (The Beauties)
Colonel Tom Parker (Colonel Tom and the American Pour)
No other band can capture the innovative and timeless country legend like The Rizdales
“In case you didn’t get the memo, they’re the best country band in North America” said Eye magazine about The Rizdales. Lead by husband and wife songwriting team Tom and Tara Dunphy, The Rizdales are a hardcore honky tonk band from London, Ontario. Their sound however, comes from deep in the heart of the American south. Heavily influenced by the classic country greats, such as Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, The Rizdales sing about love, loss and reality without ever taking themselves too seriously. They have released 5 critically acclaimed albums, were handpicked by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson to be her Canadian backing band and have played festivals, hole in the wall bars and concert halls from Ottawa to Austin. Over the past 11 years they have performed alongside such greats as The Mavericks, Dale Watson, The Derailers, The Good Brothers, and more, earmarking their place in Canadian roots music history.
2014 is proving to be a landmark year for The Rizdales. They traveled down to Austin, Texas in February to attend the inaugural Ameripolitan Awards, where Tara was nominated for Best Female Honky Tonk Vocalist. The Ameripolitans celebrate the best in Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw music. Inspired and excited from their experience, they returned to the studio with fantastic results. “Blue Ain’t The Word: A Tribute to the Music of Ray Price” features 15 tracks, showcasing some of Canada’s finest musicians and stays true to the music of the late, great Ray Price. The songs span Price’s long career, each one hand picked by Tom and Tara Dunphy, reflecting their love and respect for the man and his music.