By Tiffany Williams
Enjoying a lazy summer day is something that Shane Yellowbird likes doing and singing about. Yellowbird who grew up in Hobbema and attended school in Ponoka is in town this week to perform at the Ponoka Stampede on June 26. He will also be shooting his new video for his upcoming single ‘Summer Day’ at the Ponoka Stampede. Shooting started on June 24 and will continue until June 26.
Yellowbird is very excited to be home and to be able to shoot his video in his hometown.
“I was supposed to do it in Nashville but I went to the video director and told him that it was stampede time, it’s my home town and everyone knows me, we will have a lot of candid shots of me having fun,” said Yellowbird.
As he describes his excitement for the song and the video he starts to sing the first few lines of his next hit Summer Day: ‘Ice cubes melting in the sweet tea glass, smell of fresh cut grass, days like this I wish would last just go on forever,’ he smiles and describes that those are some of his favourite days and how he enjoys the summer days of the Ponoka Stampede. He describes the song about having a lazy fun day, singing around a campfire and having a tailgate party.
“I grew up in Ponoka and I also grew up in the rodeo, my parents were both in rodeo, my mom was a barrel racer and my dad was a bull dogger,’ said Yellowbird. “If I wasn’t doing music I would be on the rodeo trail. I am a true cowboy and I want to get that out there.”
He says that he and his love interest will be on the rides at the midway, around the campground and that different celebrities will be making cameo appearances. Although he can’t say who, he can reveal that they will be pro hockey players, country singers and some pro rodeo guys. He also notes that there will be clips of the rodeo action and of him playing at the concert.
“The crowd on June 26 will be in my new video and if they don’t want to be seen on camera they should stay away from the stage and if they are there with a person who they are not supposed to be with stay away from the stage as well,” he said.
He notes that the shoot will be closed; however, he will be doing autographs and mingling with the fans after the video shoot is complete.
“The whole concept of the video is me coming home, just hanging out and by the end of the video I am doing a concert and everybody is having fun. I’m crazy excited about it,” said Yellowbird.
Ponoka welcomes home the rising country star and will be watching for the ‘Summer Day’ video to hit the top of the charts just as all of his other hits have.
Yellowbird’s debut album, ‘Life Is calling My Name’, continues to rise on the charts with his fourth single making it to the top 10. His single ‘Drive Me Home’ reached the top 10 in early June and his smash hit ‘Pick Up Truck’ has marked its 48th week in Canada’s top 100 and ‘I Remember the Music’ has been on the top 100 for 33 weeks.
Yellowbird hits the stage on June 26 with George Canyon when the chuckwagon races are over followed by fireworks.