FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 18, 2016 (REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN) – Saskatchewan Twangster, Blake Berglund, is releasing a limited edition, double-single on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Word’s Gettin’ Around/Funny Thing About You Leaving will appear on translucent orange vinyl and act as the first installment to a trilogy of releases throughout 2016 and 2017. As the overall concept unfolds, Word’s Gettin’ Around/Funny Thing About You Leaving will be followed by the anticipated full-length concept album, Realms, and the finally The Architect EP.
“I didn’t realize the scope of the project until I was well into the process. The songs had a through-line that demanded a third release to complete the thought. The last couple months have been an intense game of creative catch-up.”
Recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, ON in early 2015 and produced by Aaron Goldstein, the two tracks explore a throw-back sound and push the boundaries of country music’s modern tone. With the apparent mainstream shift in Berglund’s genre, Word’s Gettin’ Around/Funny Thing About You Leaving has a sincerity through its thought-provoking lyricism and polished musicianship.
Berglund’s efforts have found him a co-write on Barber’s new release, The Puck Drops Here and Quinton Blair’s current single “Following Him Around”. His solo-penned track, “I’ve Never”, was recently performed by Calgary-based duo, FOXX Worthee, as part of a three song set to award them the top prize through Country 105’s Rising Star Competition presented by The Ranchman’s and Lammle’s Western Wear.
“We’ve been relentlessly independent and will continue to enjoy the grind while we slowly hand responsibilities off to focus more on the creative process and the hustle.”
Berglund’s hustle is defining. Industry buzz of him selling 10,000 albums door-to-door across western Canada shows a sense of heart and ingenuity that doesn’t go unrecognized. Paralleled with a devout artistry, refined writing, and a vision and you have yourself a Contender.
“Staying true to the vision, we are abandoning the industry’s model of releasing on Fridays and dropping 300 hard copies on Tuesday, May 10 – my 33rd birthday.”
The double-single hits national radio on Monday, April 25 and tour kick-off and vinyl release will take place at The Exchange in Regina on Saturday, May 7 with special guests The Windows Up Above.
WORD’S GETTIN’ AROUND TOUR 2016 (PART 1)
May 7 Regina, SK The Exchange w/The Vultures & The Windows Up Above
May 9 Moose Jaw, SK Common Café
May 10 Swift Current, SK House Concert
May 11 Medicine Hat, AB Mario’s Pub
May 12 Calgary, AB Wine-Ohs w/Quinton Blair
May 13 Calgary, AB The Palomino Smokehouse (Happy Hour Upstairs)
May 14 Priddis, AB Water’s Edge Pub
May 17 Oyen, AB The Barn Pub & Grill
May 18 Saskatoon, SK House Concert
May 19 Rosthern, SK Good Habits Café
May 20 Birch Hills, SK Mane Event aka The Flute & Fiddle
May 24 Lloydminster, SK The Root: Community Emporium
May 25 Camrose, AB Sacred Arts
May 26 Red Deer, AB Red Boar Smokery
May 27 Usona, AB House Concert
May 28 Sundre, AB Swamp Donkeys Pub