Week got you down? These Canadian country cuties just might have the perfect pick-me-up James Barker Band
James Barker Band

In a country where people seem stressed to their limits, leave it to one of Canada’s hottest country bands to give us this simple reminder – life is meant to be fun. Did we all forget that?

We mean, we are just sayin’.

“There are lots of serious issues that you can read about in the newspaper or watch on CNN,” says James Barker, lead singer of Canadian country group James Barker Band. “But sometimes, you just have to stop dwelling on the rough times and get a little goofy.”

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And they’re pros in the goofy department, as seen in their brand-new video for their current single “Just Sayin’.” Fresh off their first single, “Lawn Chair Crazy,” which ended up being the fastest rising country Canadian single in history, the foursome is back with their ultimate feel good song that they say shows them doing what they do best.

“We just have these goofy personalities that we loved showing off in the video,” says James of the music video, which Rare Country is exclusively premiering today. “We’ve all gone to a bar and seen those stereotypical kinds of characters. The funny part is if you look close enough, you can see all of us playing those different roles in the video. Heck, the first time I saw it, I didn’t even recognize some of us.”

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Originally from Woodville, Ontario, the James Barker Band formed in 2013. Two years later, they got their first big break as the winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Music Festival Emerging Artist Competition and earned themselves a spot opening for Thomas Rhett at the annual Canadian country music festival. Since then, the foursome, made up of James, Taylor Abram on backup vocals and guitar, Bobby Martin on bass, and Connor Stephen on drums, have played alongside the likes of Dierks Bentley.


“It’s such a wicked time to be a part of country music,” says James, who counts Brooks & Dunn as one of his biggest musical inspirations. “From Chris Stapleton to Brantley Gilbert, there are just a million things and sounds going on at the same time, and we are so glad to be a part of it.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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