11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The good-time anthems and bittersweet love songs on Emerson Drive’s Roll are the work of a seasoned country-pop group that blend craftsmanship with heart. The accent here is on the upbeat as singer Brad Mates leads the group in saluting a soulmate (“We Fit Together”), celebrating small-town values (“We Are This Town”), and giving a shout-out to their fans (“Show Us Whatcha Got”). “She’s My Kind of Crazy” and “This Is Our Time” are bursts of radio-friendly exuberance; “Love Hangover” and “Alone Today” let Mates display his persuasive way with a ballad.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The good-time anthems and bittersweet love songs on Emerson Drive’s Roll are the work of a seasoned country-pop group that blend craftsmanship with heart. The accent here is on the upbeat as singer Brad Mates leads the group in saluting a soulmate (“We Fit Together”), celebrating small-town values (“We Are This Town”), and giving a shout-out to their fans (“Show Us Whatcha Got”). “She’s My Kind of Crazy” and “This Is Our Time” are bursts of radio-friendly exuberance; “Love Hangover” and “Alone Today” let Mates display his persuasive way with a ballad.

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About Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive began in the western Alberta town of Grand Prairie, where singer Brad Mates, bassist Jeff Loberg, fiddler Pat Allingham, and keyboardist Chris Hartman began honing their sound as high-school talent-show competitors. After everyone came on board, they chose the name 12 Gauge, refurbished a rickety old school bus, and began gigging throughout Canada. Eventually guitarist Danick Dupelle and drummer Mike Melocon joined up, and new manager Gerry Leiske sent the young sextet out on the road yet again. The six hard years of touring paid off when a Nashville showcase impressed industry powerhouse Dreamworks into offering a contract in 2001. The band's self-titled debut arrived in May of the following year. Produced by Richard Marx, the album was a slick pop-country affair that had as much in common with boy bands like BBMak as it did with country new traditionalists such as Mark Wills. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
  • GENRE
    Country

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