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CMT’s Hitlist concert series hits Medicine Hat Sept. 27

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CMT’s Hitlist tour will make a stop at the Medicine Hat Esplanade Sept. 27, allowing country music fans the chance to see three of Canada’s hottest stars — Dean Brody, Deric Ruttan, and Aaron Lines.

The show provides a perfect opportunity for fans to really engage in a complete concert experience.

Featuring a fun Nashville-styled guitar pull, meet and greet sessions, and spontaneous surprises on each stop, fans also have the chance to help plan the tour setlist.

By visiting, fans can vote for the hit cover song they would like Brody, Ruttan, and Lines to perform live in each city.

“I really like Dean and Deric, I’ve always been a fan of theirs and have known them through the years, but not too well,” explained Aaron Lines, who hails from Fort McMurray.

“I’ve been touring now for 10 or 12 years pretty steadily, but I’ve always been doing my own thing, my own show. I’m really looking forward to doing something a bit different.”

Growing up in Fort McMurray was a huge advantage for Lines, who was nominated for a 2011 CCMA Award in the category of Album of the Year for his 2010 release, Sunday Afternoon. After some guitar lessons and some successful attempts at writing his own music, Lines scored a few hit songs in his hometown that were regularly played on local radio.

“It was a really good place for me to get some exposure,” he said. “In a big city, it’s pretty tough for a 16-year-old kid to have a song on the radio.”

From there, Lines spent some time in Los Angeles, and then in Nashville, meeting different people and eventually signing a record deal with RCA when he was only 23.

Although he has a number of other hobbies, music has always been his main interest.

“People in the music industry have a different way of looking at things,” Lines explained. “One of my favorite things about Nashville is being in a city full of people who have the same interests as I do. Growing up, I played a lot of hockey and other sports, but I never had a lot of friends who were creative. When I moved away, it was a good shock for me to be around so many people in the same boat.

He has also enjoyed the opportunities he has had to perform live, sharing his music with other people. He especially likes to see people singing along with his lyrics, or just having fun at his shows.

“It’s so nice to get a reaction,” he admitted. “You can write songs alone in your room all day every day, but if no one hears them, you just don’t know. You just throw an album together and hope that people like it.”

People definitely like the albums. Lines was pleased about his CCMA nomination, noting he has received nominations for each album he has released. Lines has also held his position as the most played Canadian country artist on country radio from 2000 to 2010.

“It really never gets old, getting nominations,” he said. “You never know if people will like your music, and being nominated for an entire album is especially nice. It’s not just one good song — it’s an entire album of them.”

Lines is looking forward to the tour with Brody and Ruttan, which will be a little more informal that his usual shows.

“I’m excited for a lot of reasons,” said Lines, “and I think people will enjoy it, too. It’s not like any other show, so it should be really entertaining.”

The CMT Hitlist tour kicks off Sept. 22 in Kelowna, B.C., and wraps up in Halifax, NB, on Oct. 22. It will be at Medicine Hat Sept. 27.

Tickets are currently on sale at cmthitlisttour. 

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