Warner Music Recording Artists and now 15 X Country Music Award winners The Washboard Union have defied classification and have become one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Country music scene. This year the band took home Roots artist of the year for the second consecutive year at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards and were named Country Artist of the year at the Western Canadian Country Music Awards. In addition they won a record 7 2017 BC Country Music Awards this year alone. They have had 3 top 10 singles in Canada with “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” & “Shot of Glory” and now “Shine” and were certified gold this year for their single “Shot of Glory” . They have recently shared the stage with: The Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam, Lonestar, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Old Dominion and more. The band have just secured the direct support opening slot on the Old Dominion Canadian Tour.
As regulars to Nashville Tennessee the band recorded their EP In My Bones at the legendary RCA Studio A and were recently invited to perform as songwriters at the prestigious Blue Bird and Listening Rooms in Nashville. You simply have to see them live to fully appreciate the band!
The Washboard Union are a sextet out of Vancouver, British Columbia that are led by principle members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts. The three have been friends seemingly forever and the music they make has set them apart as one of the most unique talents in country music today.
Duncombe & Grain eventually packed up and left their hometown of Kelowna, BC. and ventured to Vancouver where they moved in to a magnificently beautiful 1920’s Tudor style mansion. By coincidence Roberts was himself renting in the same mansion and would occasionally join the brothers for impromptu single malt fueled jam sessions. These early sessions would be the kernels of what would blossom and eventually give rise to The Washboard Union. Living there at that time Roberts would reminisce “was like living in a garden gone to seed.” Grain provided guitar and vocals and Duncombe added his own voice and a banjo. Roberts, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with harmonica, guitar, mandolin and of course, the washboard in his arsenal, became the team’s secret weapon.
December 2017 saw the band return to Nashville to record their sophomore album which has already featured the hit single “SHINE” and will be released April 13 2018 on Warner Music Canada.. The album is being produced by Jeff “Diesel” Dalziel and Matt Rovey (Zac Brown Band/ Dean Brody).
The band is currently booked coast to coast at more than 15 summer festivals across Canada already. 2018 promises to be another very big year for The Washboard Union.