Wednesday night at the Idaho State Fair the James Barker Band is scheduled to open for country star Randy Houser at his “Party in the Dirt” concert. Fans of the popular Canadian country band can expect to hear hits like “Lawn Chair Lazy” and “Chills” from the band’s 2017 album “Game On.”
In 2013, the band formed in Ontario, Canada and includes James Barker (guitarist and lead vocalist), Connor Stephen, Taylor Abram, and Bobby Martin.
They nabbed the Emerging Artist award from the Boots & Hearts Music Festival in 2015 and were on their way. After winning the 2018 Juno Award (that’s the Canadian Grammy) for Country Music Album of the Year with “Game On,” things have picked up for the group. In an email interview, Barker talks about getting the band together, forging a country band in Canada and dealing with success.
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