May 30, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
The Road Hammers are country music megastars in Canada, and now they are getting their own reality TV series in America on GAC. The series will be directed by fellow Canadian Jason Priestly. Yes, the same Jason Priestly who played Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90120.
The Road Hammers follows band members’ Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne and Corbett Frasz as they move from Canada to America, and as they attempt to negotiate a U.S. record deal.
“A couple of years ago I had an idea to start a band called The Road Hammers,” said Jason McCoy, who is a two-time Canadian Country Music Awards Top Male Vocalist. “We made an album and it went platinum, won two CCMAs and a Juno and then I had another idea, ‘Why not move the band to Nashville and tackle the American market? It seemed like a good idea at the time.’”
The series covers the frustration, tension and difficulties that the band encounters. For example, several of the band members offer up some interesting quotes. Drummer Corbett Frasz said, “There better be a payoff at the end of this whole thing.” Lead guitarist and vocalist Clayton Bellamy said, “We are in the music business, not the friend business.”
“GAC followed the success of The Road Hammers during our coverage of the Canadian Country Music Awards and we found an energetic band both in concert and in person,” said Sarah Trahern, who is senior vice-president of programming for GAC. “We feel it’s important for our viewers to see what artists go through as they pursue that elusive record deal. We introduced Taylor Swift as she was landing her record deal and now we’re providing the in-depth real world look at The Road Hammers’ U.S. adventure.”
The Road Hammers is set to run for eight episodes and will premiere on Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 PM ET on GAC. The Road Hammers will also be appearing at CMA Musicfest in Nashville on June 6, and their first U.S. CD release called “Blood, Sweat & Steal” is scheduled to be released on June 24.