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Country artist Chad Brownlee looking forward to Swift Current stop

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Chad Brownlee, centre, will perform with Bobby Wills and Jess Moskaluke. Chad Brownlee, centre, will perform with Bobby Wills and Jess Moskaluke. Image contributed

In only a few days country artist Chad Brownlee will embark on his third cross-Canada tour, but his first as the headliner.

The whirlwind When the Lights Go Down tour is 26 shows in just 30 days. It gets underway in Summerside, Prince Edward Island March 4, and concludes April 4 in Nanaimo, B.C. Along the way Brownlee will make stops in every province, including a March 29 show at Living Sky Casino in Swift Current.
Coming along for the ride are Jess Moskaluke, 2014 CCMA Female Artist of the Year (also a two-time 2015 JUNO nominee) and Bobby Wills, 2013 CCMA Rising Star of the Year.
“It’s very exciting and a little nerve-wracking,” said Brownlee, in a phone interview Feb. 19.
 He added it is a good time for him to hit the road on tour as he has a supportive fan base eager to see him in concert, and it dovetails nicely since his third album was released last year in June titled The Fighters.
His debut album came out in 2010 and since then Brownlee has earned seven Top 10 hits on Canadian country radio. He’s also been nominated for a JUNO in 2013 for Country Album of the Year, CCMA Male Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2013, won the CCMA Rising Star award in 2011 and won the CCMA New Artist Showcase in 2010. Brownlee has also won 11 British Columbia Country Music Association awards.
For Brownlee, his quick rise to country fame has been in part thanks to the team of people around him. The former NHL draft pick left hockey to make music his new career.
“I love doing what I do,” he said, about performing for fans.
If he can make a living at it, then the experience is even better.
“It’s why I quit hockey — to pursue music. We can create our own realities and we can choose certain paths,” said Brownlee. He is glad he has chosen a path that includes writing and performing his own work and entertaining audiences.
His When the Lights Go Down tour will be all about creating special moments for those audiences.
“I have a couple of new songs (and) I’ve put a lot of thought into the show and the set list,” he added.
Brownlee enjoys all aspects of music, both the performing and the writing.
He feels the two go hand in hand.
“I love songwriting because you can eternalize and emote. You can really get inside a song and then you can become the performer (and share it). It’s a nice marriage between the two (singing and songwriting) ... I love all aspects of what I do.”
Although he gave up hockey professionally, Brownlee still hits the ice for fun.
“You’ll never take it out of me. It made me who I am today,” he added about his time spent playing the sport.
That hockey essence will make an appearance for the upcoming tour. Brownlee will bring along, and it will be played on stage, a unique guitar made from 22 Sher-Wood hockey sticks. It was created by Jeff Robinson, of Robinson Guitar Company.
The guitar will be up for grabs through an online auction. People can start bidding on it March 4 until early in April through Brownlee’s website (http://chad brownlee. com) or the When the Lights Go Down tour website (www.whenthelightsgo down
“It’s a really cool piece of equipment,” added Brownlee.
Tickets for the Swift Current concert March 29 can be purchased online at: http://tickets. listing. asp?cityname =Swift%20 Current,%20SK or in person at the Living Sky Casino.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show getting underway at 8 p.m.

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