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Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:14

New Country Rehab plays in Swift Current March 22

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The modern, high-voltage alt-country sound of Toronto's New Country Rehab brings new life to a genre of music popularized by bands like Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and The Lumineers. This dynamic four piece group will be performing at the Lyric Theatre on March 22, as part of this year's Blenders music series.

New Country Rehab consists of John Showman on vocals and fiddle, Anthony Da Costa on guitar, Ben Whiteley on bass, and Roman Tome on drums. All four members are established session musicians in the Toronto area, and have played in supporting bands for artists like Justin Rutledge and Stars vocalist Amy Millan.

Together, these talented artists produce powerful music full of love, loss, longing, and joy. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes, New Country Rehab has audiences around the world responding to their infectious love and enthusiasm for their music. Since their music is easily accessible not only to fans of roots, folk, or country music, but a broader, less country-inclined audience as well, New Country Rehab's fanbase is rapidly expanding – leading to tours throughout Canada, the US, and even Europe.

Their artistic vision and original writing has also earned the band the respect of many critics, and New Country Rehab's self-titled debut album in 2011 was received with glowing and international praise. The group has an incredible skill for blending lyrical sensibility and musical focus to produce exceptional original songs. Their successful merging of modern music with older traditions demonstrates the group's technical skill, but the main goal of New Country Rehab's music is to present the audience with a beautiful mood. Drawing on instrumentation rich with fiddles, upright bass, and guitar, New Country Rehab's distinct sound is enough to convince listeners that this band is the next big thing.

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