Tim Hicks is wrapping up his stellar 2014 with a performance at the Grey Cup Kickoff Festival on November 28 in Vancouver, so I decided to take him to University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium to try out Tim’s football skills! You can watch the video below.
Watch the video here: http://www.etcanada.com/blogs/etc_120182/tim-hicks-is-ready-for-some-football/music/
While Tim told me that when he started his music career, he never really thought about his music being connected with sporting events, but his songs now being used at games, he finds it “fantastic and fascinating all at the same time”. Tim says, “it makes a whole lot of sense: beer drinking, and country!”
After the massive success of his first album, Tim “lost a lot of sleep” writing material for his new album, 5:01. With it debuting at #1 on the Country Album charts in August, Tim now says, “I feel so lucky that people are connecting to it.” While the new album does feature those barn-burning tracks that Tim is known for, he says that he wanted to show some growth as well. “It would have been easy to just put out another 12 party songs,” Tim explains, “I want to show people that I’m more than just the beer drinking guy from down the road”
That includes his latest single, “She Don’t Drink Whiskey Anymore”. Although Tim didn’t write the track, he “fell in love with” when he first heard it, and thought “I really want to sing that song”. “Coming out of ‘Here Comes The Thunder’ which was our first single,” Tim says, “I felt like it was really important to show people a different side of me, which is why we chose ‘She Don’t Drink Whisky Anymore’ and the response has been great.”
Tim admits he is “grateful” to artists like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church, who have been bringing a rock sound into country music, because “they’ve given me the opportunity to bring my sound to light”.
And Tim says he is learning a lot as he tours with Dierks Bentley this fall: “This is a guy that’s built his entire career on having great songs, and having a great band, and a great live performance. So for me, that’s the path I would like to take over the next 10 years.”