Vernon is about to get an intimate performance with award winning country artist Gord Bamford

Vernon is about to get an intimate performance with award winning country artist Gord Bamford

Country artist Gord Bamford pays Vernon a visit Nov. 17

Australian-born and Alberta-raised artist Gord Bamford performs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

It’ll be a night of boot-stomping country when Australian-born and Alberta-raised artist Gord Bamford performs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Country fans will enjoy this more intimate and exclusive location for a night of Bamford’s hit music, including songs like When Your Lips Are So Close, Drinkin Buddy and new single, Fall In Love If You Want To, expected out Oct. 4.

Bamford has had an incredible 2016, including a cross-Canada arena tour, shows in Australia, Switzerland and the U.S., and receiving the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Album of the Year Award for Tin Roof earlier this month in London, Ont.

He’s one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 23 CCMA awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two-time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA), receiving the 2013 and 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award.

But it is his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Bamford as one of country music’s best neo-traditional artists and like so many others that have come before him, Bamford is not an overnight success. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years honing his craft, working to get where he is today.

Bamford’s seventh studio album, Tin Roof, was released in April by Sony Music Entertainment Canada. It follows the Juno nominated Country Junkie album and it’s #1 Billboard hit song When Your Lips are so Close.

The three-time and reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year is a writer on 12 of the 15 tracks for the new album and collaborated with distinguished songwriter/producer Phil O’Donnell (Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, George Strait).

“Phil and I instantly connected in the studio. Working with him really brought a fresh, new sound to this album and I’m really proud of the results,” said Bamford.“Phil is truly a genius in the studio. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road and playing this new material live.”

Opening for Bamford will be local artist Jesse Mast, whose single Bad Blood made the top 40 country charts this year.

Tickets are $62.25 (for the first three rows) and $52 and go on sale at the Ticket Seller box office (250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca) Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m.