Canadian band Emerson Drive sings anthem at two home openers
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Canadian band Emerson Drive sings anthem at two home openers

Thursday, April 3, 2008 – Emerson Drive may be Canadian, but they will be singing the U.S. national anthem to help usher in the start of the major league baseball season in Chicago and Kansas City.

The band will play the anthem for the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals on April 7-8. The White Sox play the Minnesota Twins, while the Royals host the New York Yankees.

Emerson Drive will also helm the seventh inning stretch festivities for each team including fan autographs and giveaways for the White Sox and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the Royals.

Lead singer Brad Mates said, "This is going to be fun. I'm a big baseball fan, and season openers are always exciting. It's a real honor to be part of these big opening days for the White Sox and for the Royals....Plus, they've given us great seats. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon or two."

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"What If?" by Emerson Drive is breezy and glossy pop-country, if you like that sort of thing. This second album (like its debut) was produced by Richard Marx who - and you can almost see this one coming - is a breezy and glossy pop singer/songwriter/producer. The result of this pairing is akin to a fluffier sounding Lonestar - assuming, of course, anything even gets any fluffier than that ever-so-feathery Lonestar. But whether these songs were composed-by-committee - it took nearly a full baseball ...
Emerson Drive follows in the footsteps of Highway 101 and Sawyer Brown, bands named after streets - in this case, the Emerson Trail from that hotbed of country and western music Western Alberta. Unfortunately, the nomenclature is the only thing E.D. has in common with those two talented bands. The guys have an undeniably pleasant way of harmonizing, some naive enthusiasm for themselves ("Ours is the Mt. Everest of work ethics" bassist Jeff Loberg avers, even though these guys can't be bothered to ...

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