Bamford nominated for Juno

For Gord Bamford, being nominated for a 2011 Juno Award already is icing on the cake for what was a terrific 2010, for the reigning Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Male Artist of the Year.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced last week that Bamford is nominated for Country Album of the Year.

“Throughout my entire music career I’ve been driven to be true to my songwriting and to write about what I know best, and that’s real country music,” explains Bamford. “I work hard to maintain a consistent message and meaning with my songwriting, so that at the end of the day, the fans have music that will withstand the test of time. In music I think that’s what all artists aspire to.”

Day Job is the fourth CD from the Alberta based musician. Bamford wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the album, and produced it with Nashville based songwriter Byron Hill.

He has 12 tour dates scheduled at various locations across Eastern Canada.

Bamford won five CCMA awards in 2010: Male Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Album of the Year, Record Producer of the Year (with Nashville’s Byron Hill) and Humanitarian of the Year. In February 2010, Bamford’s Honkytonks and Heartaches CD was named as Album of the Decade by Larry Delaney of Canadian Country Music News.