With over 20 Top 10 singles in Canada, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts. The band has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, and a nomination for Country Music Program or Special of the Year (Doc Walker’s Dock Party) in 2011. The band has also received multiple JUNO Award nominations for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.
Even with several mantelpieces worth of hardware to their credit, and a growing international profile that has resulted in three Australian tours, Doc Walker refuse to rest on past laurels. “After a while the ‘tried and true’ becomes ‘been there, done that’,” guitarist Dave Wasyliw says simply. “With every new album we evolved to some degree. It’s a little more drastic this time out, but I think it’s exciting to go to work and not know what’ll happen next.”
Though their last album 16&1 was a bit of a sea change for Doc Walker, it reflects the values that have made them enduringly popular over time, and speaks as much about the pride in their roots as it does of the affection and gratitude they have for the fans that flock to their shows year after year. “And that, at the heart of it, is the most important thing,” lead singer Thorsteinson says. “Let’s not kid ourselves, everybody wants to sell a million records, but on our records we try to forget all about that. All we want to do was write a record that we love, and that we know our fans are going to love and want to sing along to.” Doc Walker’s brand new single “Put It Into Drive” was released to radio on February 20th. Their forthcoming studio album will be in stores this fall.