Monday, September 11, 2023
– James Barker Band will release their label debut EP, "Ahead of Our Time," on Oct. 20 on RECORDS Nashville.
The six-song set includes "Champagne."
"This project tells the story of who we are, where we've been and where we're headed in our next chapter," said Barker. "We were drawn to the title of 'Ahead of Our Time' because these songs have been a part of our journey for a while. From the writing room to the stage, they've been with us on the road, interacting with our fans and evolving along the way. As creators, we've experienced these songs ahead of their formal release, but the only part that matters is when it's in the hands of our fans who can make it their own. We can't wait for everyone to do just that on Oct. 20."
The Canadian band has been together since 2015.
The track list is:
1. "Step On His Boots" (James Barker, Travis Wood, John Byron, Blake Pendergrass)
2. "Ahead of Our Time" (James Barker, Jake Rose)
3. "Champagne" (James Barker, Rodney Clawson, Travis Wood)
4. "Meet Your Mama" (James Barker, Travis Wood, Gavin Slate, Todd Clark)
5. "On the Water featuring Dalton Dover" (Jordan Minton, Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson)
6. "Heartbeat" (James Barker, Travis Wood, Gavin Slate, Todd Clark)
Since aligning with RECORDS Nashville earlier this year and releasing their label debut single, "Meet Your Mama," the band notched their fifth Canadian number one hit.
Made up of Barker (lead vocals/guitar), Taylor Abram (guitar/background vocals), Connor Stephen (drums), and Bobby Martin (bass), the members of James Barker Band grew up within an hour of each other in rural towns surrounding Toronto. In 2017 these best-friends saw their hard work pay off when they sent their single "Chills" straight to the top of Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart. From there, James Barker Band released a string of successful singles, including the Gold-certified tracks "Wastin' Whiskey," "New Old Trucks," "Over All Over Again," "There's A Drink For That", "Just Sayin'," "It's Working," "Lawn Chair Lazy," "Good Together," "Summertime," as well as Platinum-certified songs "Keep It Simple" and "Chills'' and a GOLD-certified EP "(Game On)."