SiriusXM Country Roundup Week of October 6th, 2017


Hockey Night in Canada's Ron McLean chats with SiriusXM Country's Sarah Burke at the CCMA Awards.

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Dallas Smith has been hogging that #1 spotlight for weeks now with ‘Sky Stays This Blue’ but Brett Kissel has taken over the top with ‘We Were That Song.’ Paul Brant makes his debut with ‘The Journey’ this week at #11.

We release this list of the hottest songs in Canadian Country music every week – we’ll keep you posted on our socials:


The Country Music Community Begins To Heal After Vegas

In the early hours of the week, the country music community was confronted with a tragedy that became the worst massacre in American history. As Jason Aldean sang ‘When She Says Baby’ at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, shots were fired, lives were taken, and panic set in for innocent concert go-ers who were just looking to take in some live country music.

I think what’s important now is the music that follows a tragic event like this and how it’s helping both the artists and fans in this community to heal.

Maren Morris Released ‘Dear Hate’ and will donate some proceeds to Music City Cares Fund for the victims in Las Vegas.

She says, “The biggest thing we can do besides donating money and donating blood is not being afraid to still enjoy live music.”

A Route 91 headliner this year, Eric Church released ‘Why Not Me’ after a performance at the Grand Ole Opry this week, saying the song was dedicated to a man who died shielding his wife from bullets:

“Those are my people. Those are my fans…The reason I’m here tonight is because of Heather Melton, and her husband Sonny who died, and every person that was there. And I’ll tell you, I saw that crowd. I saw them with their hands in the hair, with boots in the air, and that moment in time was frozen…and there is no amount of bullets that can take that away.”

Tom Petty: Forever Inspiring Country Artists

Music lost another great this week. Tom Petty passed at 66 years old after cardiac arrest and a grueling media rollercoaster of reports that confirmed and denied his death several times. What I was absolutely certain about was Rolling Stone calling Tom Petty “Contemporary Country Music’s Biggest Rock Influence” and I couldn’t agree more. While he always included a country cover or two in his live sets, let’s remember his roots. Florida and an instrument that came way before the electric guitar; the harmonica! Gainesville, Florida was home for Petty before Los Angeles and there he adopted that classic country feel that blended with his southern rock sound. Let’s also not forget Johnny Cash’s request to have Petty & the Heartbreakers as his backing band on ‘Unchained.’

Taylor Swift shared her thoughts on his music with Rolling Stone:

“To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity…it said so much in the lyrics, the concepts, the stories, the message, the nuances … but always brought you back to a hook that got stuck in everyone’s head. He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play ‘Free Fallin.” Count me as one of them.”

NHL Faceoff: Ron Maclean’s Country Music Picks for the ice

In honour of the puck-dropping on the 2017 / 2018 NHL Season, what perfect timing to revisit a conversation from backstage at the Canadian Country Music Awards. I spoke to long-time Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and country music fan, Ron MacLean after he inducted his pal Paul Brandt into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame:

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SiriusXM Events Guide

Date: SiriusXM “Highway Finds Tour” With High Valley
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
When: October 19th, 2017
Artists: High Valley, Ashley McBryde & Adam Doleac
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