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31 JULY 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – As “Summer Time” continues to climb radio charts, already totalling over 7-million streams in less than 7 weeks, award-winning country stars James Barker Band release a brand new heartfelt track “Mama’s Cooking” today with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  “Mama’s Cooking” was co-written by prolific country singer-songwriter Hardy (Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen) during a writing-session in Nashville and is the first track released from a fan dedicated project called JBB-Sides. Fans can expect a new JBB-Sides track every Friday for the next three weeks. With JBB-Sides, James Barker Band dug into their catalogue of never-recorded songs, some of which fans will recognize from live sets, live streams, and social media.


“Mama’s Cooking” is a sentimental track for lead singer James Barker, he explains: “I wrote this one way back in 2014, back when I was still farming full time, and would make trips down to Nashville once I had enough money saved up to go for a couple weeks at a time. Right before I left for this trip, my grandma on my mother’s side had gotten sick, and had to have a procedure done, but the doctor assured us it was a pretty common procedure. A couple hours after I landed in Nashville my mom called to tell me that there had been serious complications during the procedure, and she likely only had a few hours, making it impossible for me to get back in time. I wasn’t able to get a flight back until two days later. So I went into a write that next day, with Michael Hardy, who was a good buddy of mine and we’d written quite a bit at that point, and the first thing he said was “man I miss home, and I miss my mama’s cooking”, and it just seemed almost like fate or something that he would be missing his family on that same day. I never told him that story, didn’t want to be a downer. But yeah, that’s the day we wrote it. I flew to Nashville on the Sunday, my Nana passed away on Monday August 11, 2014, the same day we wrote ‘Mama’s Cooking’. I flew home on the Tuesday.”


After taking a short break and celebrating their 75th consecutive live stream last month, James Barker Band will return to Instagram and Facebook for their beloved live sessions every Tuesday and Friday at 7:00PM ET for the next five weeks until all B-Sides tracks have been released. In the early days of the global pandemic, with sports seasons being cancelled and lots of uncertainty on the news, JBB wanted to find a way to bring people together every night with music. On March 19 James Barker Band went live on Instagram with their #sixoclockshadowsessions playing new songs, old songs and covers for fans from home for their fans. With the other three band mates (Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen) hilarious banter throughout the show - this became a daily routine for JBB and something the fans counted on, James often taking requests and helping celebrate birthdays and wedding anniversaries for people stuck inside. To continue the tradition and celebrate the release fans can tune back into the band’s socials starting this week.


James Barker Band have solidified themselves as one of country music’s most electrifying groups. JBB have been on a meteoric rise since the four burst onto the scene with their major label debut just four years ago. With over 175 million global streams, JBB have 1 Platinum and 5 consecutive Gold singles under their belts.  JBB have been dominant on the radio charts with their first five singles reaching top-10 on Canadian country radio and they had the most spun song on country radio in both 2017 (“Chills”) and 2018 (“Good Together”). The band’s debut EP Game On landed the 2018 JUNO Award for “Country Album of the Year” and the lead single, “Chills” was awarded “Single of the Year” and “Best Selling Canadian Single” at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. Along with their national awards and record-breaking metrics, JBB have a list of international accomplishments unprecedented for a domestically-signed band. Their record-breaking, radio hit “Chills” reached #46 on the American Billboard Country Chart, they are the first domestically signed act to do so. Last year JBB were the only Canadian signed country act to play CMA’s C2C Festival last year in London, UK & Germany. The band was nominated for their second consecutive Country Music Association’s (CMA) Global Country Artist Award and most recently were nominated for four CCMA Awards.




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