Friends, Romeans, Country Fans…

The CCMAs are over.  Hands have been shaken, babies have been kissed, music was played and consumed, as were the Lobster and great craft beer of Nova Scotia and surrounding area.

“Hey Darren. I thought you said you were going to keep us informed everyday” Yes I do believe I said that, but have you ever been to Halifax? I was busy every day Romeans. Meetings, shows to play, friends to get together with that I haven’t seen in a year, also the history of this town is incredible. By the time I got back to my room I was wiped out friends.

One of the things I was able to see was the Citadel. It was an old Fort, I thought would take an hour or so to get through. Two and a half hours later they were kicking me out cause they closed at 5pm. I could have been there for another two hours it’s that great.

The town is full of history. You need to go there. It is a must see, now for my wife and kids. Hit the link up top and plan your next summer vacation. You won’t regret it.

I want to make a shout out to my good friend Kathryn Hummel for her celebration of being in the music business for 10 years. What an achievement! She has been working with Hey Romeo for years and continues to do so at our label Royalty Records.  Lots of great artists on this label folks.


I saw some great music Romeans! A lot of it I have told you about before, but when you’re at the CCMA weekend and all your peers and industry are checking you out, you have to up your game, and these artists not only upped their game, they raised the bar. The Boom Chucka Boys brought the energy of a freight train rumbling down the track with every show they did. It was awesome seeing my good friends kill it! I also found out Neil (guitar) lives only a few blocks from me in Edmonton. I see a lot of jamming in my future.


Another great singer I got to see perform more than once was Tristan Horncastle. If there was such a thing as an east coast gentleman (to be clear I am comparing him to a southern gentleman. I’m not saying there are no gentlemen on the east coast because east coasters are some of the nicest people on the planet earth!) Tristan would be the guy I would point to. Always a smile and a great one liner to keep you laughing, Tristan had three or four shows to sing on the Friday then he drove 4 hours to New Brunswick to play a gig that night. The next day he sang at the Royalty Records party and sounded as strong as he did the day before. Great voice, great guy. Looking forward to doing some shows with him in the future.




Washboard Union is another band that just keeps getting better every time I see them. They kicked ass on the BVJ stage this summer and every show the played this past week. If you don’t know this band you need to. Great music and a solid bunch.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Tenille who continues to grow as a singer/songwriter and an artist. She just keeps getting better and always kicks my ass to pick up my game.

Amy Metcalfe is another gal that is knocking me out. Check out her music here.

If you don’t have Lindi Ortega’s new record “Faded Gloryville” I will have to question your commitment to country music. She is as country as it comes. She has the style and grace of Loretta Lynn and the hardcore edge of Johnny Cash or any outlaw out there. She’s more outlaw than the wankers that call themselves outlaw today.

I got a chance to hear Emerson Drive sing their new single at the Gala Dinner and it’s going to be another hit. These guys just put out good music period.

Okay Romeans I’ve gone on long enough. Support Canadian music! There is so much more than what I have listed here. Like Hey Romeo We have a new single at radio “Pushing up Daisies” and our new record is out on the 25th of September. We can only do this through your support. So please buy some music and request our song at your local radio station.

Oh yea, cling to your roots and keep an eye on the horizon.