Bixby hits top of the charts

Canadian Idol runner up Jaydee Bixby, is no longer in second place as his debut album Cowboys and Cadillacs was number one on the National Country Music charts (Nielsen SoundScan for top selling albums) for the week ending July 17. The album hit stores on July 8 and in the first week sold 4,096 albums. On the Top 100 chart, which covers all genres of music Bixby’s album debuted in eighth place, which is higher than Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo’s debut album. He is also currently number 19 on the radio charts.

By Tiffany Williams

Editor

Canadian Idol runner up Jaydee Bixby, is no longer in second place as his debut album Cowboys and Cadillacs was number one on the National Country Music charts (Nielsen SoundScan for top selling albums) for the week ending July 17. The album hit stores on July 8 and in the first week sold 4,096 albums. On the Top 100 chart, which covers all genres of music Bixby’s album debuted in eighth place, which is higher than Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo’s debut album. He is also currently number 19 on the radio charts.

He was a guest on City TV Edmonton doing a cooking session and he made a guest appearance on Canadian Idol on July 22, plus has been touring Alberta at various locations.

Bixby has been attending school at the Ponoka Outreach School and recently performed at the Ponoka Ag Society’s Bull-a-Rama and at an Outreach School function.

His cousin on his mother’s side is Ponoka resident Gord Hickey.

One of Hickey’s favourite songs is Cowboys and Cadillacs, which is a slow ballad describing how the country boy working in the city yearns for the country. The song takes you on a journey of saddling up one’s horse and going fishing when mom calls for supper. Now as he works he sings how life is not the same without cowboys and cadillacs and blue jeans and black hats. It’s a great song, which makes you want to stay in the country with the rolling mountains forever. If this song, which he played at the Bull-a-Rama, becomes a single it is sure to go straight to the top as well.

“It’s where he grew up. I feel it epitomizes what he is all about. He’s a small town boy singing around the campfire,” said Hickey. “I love the album, although I am a little bias.”

They are all new songs except ‘Break it to Them Gently’ originally performed by Burton Cummins.

His current single is called ‘Old Fashioned Girl,’ where he sings about a love who is a little bit like Momma and a bit like Minnie Pearl. Pearl was the queen of country comedy who was know for her hopelessly unfashionable knee-length country dresses, straw hat decorated with plastic flowers. She was always happy and for 50 years performed as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The song is a fun loving song with a good beat and when it comes on the radio you can’t help but sing along. It is sure to stay a hit for many weeks to come.

Hickey notes that they have switched up his band to younger 20 something musicians compared to his parents and Ponoka teacher Terry Dortman. But he says that he is keeping it all in the family as his Dad Bud harmonizes in ‘Cowboys and Cadillacs’ and ‘Boys in the Band’. It’s an up-temo song about going being at a party and is a song to dance to. Also his Mom, Shelly sings in ‘I’m Ready Whenever You Are.’ Bixby also helped put pen to paper as he helped to co-write ‘Love Is’ and ‘Somewhere Tonight.’

The album consists of rocking country numbers, which you could hit the dance floor with or snap your fingers the whole way through. It also has slow and heartfelt ballads, which make you remember your loves and yearn for the country. It is a well-produced album that hits all the notes right on.

Bixby is currently touring in Ontario and Alberta and is set to do more dates this summer for more information on his new album or tour dates visit jaydeebixby.com.

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