Acclaimed country star hits the streets of Swift Current –

One of Canada’s most distinguished country music artists will park his tour bus in Swift Current at the end of August.

Gord Bamford, winner of 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards, will take it on stage, as Swift Current celebrates its fourth annual Taking it to the Streets event.

Bamford has been back on the road, playing shows since February, although he explained things were a little different than they were before the pandemic.

“When we started, we mostly played smaller community shows, so they were all good,” he said. “Big, big crowds, they still seem a little hesitant about things, but for the most part people are getting out.

“We try to do things a little bit different from most things where we are kind of, to keep it a little bit smaller to start with. Sometimes we play two nights in one city. So yeah, they’ve been really good, and it’s been nice, I think people are ready for that.

The country superstar added that being from a small town himself, he likes playing in smaller venues.

“I grew up in it, so it’s pretty easy for me, and obviously that’s where I started my career,” he said. “It’s kind of nice to come back and keep doing it. And we will for many years.

With ten albums to choose from, Bamford reassured that fan favorites would be in the mix for the August 20 broadcast.

“We were so lucky to have so many songs,” he said. “We stick to songs that are familiar to people and the hits we’ve had over the years. We mix the new from time to time, but not much. As a music fan, I don’t like going to a show where I hear songs I’ve never heard before.

Despite his global success and over 85 million streams, the musician has remained humble and true to his small-town roots.

“I’m just doing my thing, being who I am, a pretty blue collar worker who’s involved in communities,” he explained. “I have three kids and I do the same as any normal person. I go to ball games and hockey games with the kids and whatever they do.

“I just make a living, really. I mean, it’s my job and I love it, every day I’m going to do it, and I’m very lucky that it gets to this level, and I can make a good living doing it, but I don’t am no different than anyone else out there.

Bamford added that he looked forward to reuniting with friends and family in the area.

“My wife is actually from Swift Current, so there’s a little connection there,” he concluded. “It’s going to be good to come back out there and see friends and family and have an event. Every time we get to the fast current it’s great so I don’t expect it to be any different.

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