By Eraina Hooyer
Juno award nominee Gord Bamford took the stage at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex on June 27 and 28.
Hundreds of people packed into the arena for an evening of entertainment, dancing and socializing.
Bamford connected well with the crowd and performed his latest hits including his two chart toppers, ‘Stayed Til Two’ and ‘Blame it on That Red Dress’.
Opening for Bamford was Craig Moritz and Tailgate who warmed up the crowd for the evening performance. Moritz’ country music career has taken off since he finished high school and has opened for shows for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Major, Jason McCoy, Aaron Lines, George Canyon and David Lee Murphy.
In 2005 Moritz released his first album ‘The Way I Feel’ which has received many rave reviews.
Bamford, who grew up in Lacombe, has attended the Ponoka Stampede many times and even was in the cabaret.
Bamford has come a long way in the music industry from singing at local community and school functions to opening shows for Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Don Williams and Terri Clark.
His career really took off when he entered and won Nornet Radio Network’s ‘Search for the Stars’.
Recently, Bamford was nominated for a Juno and attended the event in Calgary.
Bamford’s third album, ‘Honkytonks and Heartaches’ created a huge response and skyrocketed his song ‘Blame it on That Red Dress’. The song’s music video reached the number one spor on CMT’s Chevy Top Twenty.
Bamford’s fame continues to rise as he makes his way to the top of the music industry and proceeds with quality performances.