The James Barker Band, hailing from Woodville, received the Country Album of the Year award Saturday (March 24) at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.
Vying against Tim Hicks, Jess Moskaluke, Dean Brody and High Valley, the James Barker Band came out on top with their first EP, Game On.
“We’re so excited to finally release our EP, Game On. It feels like we’ve been working on these songs for so long that everyone should already know them, but at the same time it feels like only yesterday that we were recording Lawn Chair Lazy. We have poured everything that we have into these songs, and I hope people can feel that,” says Barker in a statement on the band’s website.
“From the diverse collection of tunes, to the working album art and EP title, we wanted to make sure that the whole project made sense with who and what we are. We are a group of fun loving country music fanatics that are influenced by all kinds of genres, but we aren’t just party animals. We have personal lives and relationships just like everyone else. We really hope our fans enjoy listening and can relate to these songs as much as we do!
Dear 16-year-old me, dreams do come true. Damn. pic.twitter.com/KD9dgEfOc9
— Taylor Abram (@taylorabram) March 25, 2018
The band, which consists of Barker, Taylor Abram, Connor Stephen and Bobby Martin, also received a nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year but lost out to The Beaches.