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After winning “Best Live Act” for the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards, The Turnpike Bandits have taken some time to re-shape and concentrate on new material. From performing at big stage festivals to smaller acoustic performances, this 5 piece country/ rock band from Victoria BC has been making waves in the Canadian Country Music scene. Started in 2006 as a 3 piece band, The Turnpike Bandits grew into a power house of musicians. The group is built with six musicians whose talents are as diverse as the Canadian Country side.
The Turnpike Bandits are:
Eric Peterson (Singer/Song Writer/ Guitar), Matt Stockman (Drums/ Vocals), Al Sabourin (Lead Guitar), Hank Engle (Bass), Ray Mohr (Pedal Steel)
The band has performed at many great venues and events over the years. Some of the memorable performances they have had the opportunity to play at are:
Winner of “Best Live Act” Vancouver Island Music Awards 2011
Performed the Windows on the West Stage at the Calgary Stampede 2010, 2011 -Winner of the Special Recognition Award (2010, 2011)
One of the opening acts for Johnny Reid at the Duncan Sun Fest 2010
Opening Act for George Canyon 2011
Headline act at Tri Port Music Festival 2011
Opening act for the Blue Sky Festival 2010 for Tom Cochran-Colin James-Barney Bentall
Opened for Fred Eaglsmith at Element Bar in Victoria
Host of the 5 year running Bandit Benefit Chilli Supper and Concert for Victoria’s homeless and less fortunate at the Cool Aid Center
Playing for our Canadian Forces aboard HMCS Calgary for their annual “Cowboy Up” two years in a row 2009/10, and at the pacific Fleet Club 2009/10
Performed at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference 09/10 at the Whistle stop pub
Eric Peterson performed 2 nights at Merritt Mountain Music Fest. On the Walk of stars Stage
Eric Peterson performed at a few of the 2009 CCMA’s networking events
Since the release of the band’s first album “Good of the Bad/ Bad of the Good” in 2009 with songs like "Truck Go Bang“, “You Can’t Slow Me Down“. …The Turnpike Bandits have been working on many new original songs like “Kickin’ Up Dust”, “Girls Like You”, “This Love” ,and many more will be on the highly expected second album from the band. To be released in 2012.
Between the rockin’ original compositions, The Turnpike Bandits keep the crowds ears tuned in to an amazing list of cover material to keep the toes tapping and boots stomping. From keeping to the roots of Country music performing songs from some of the greats like Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and many other legendary musicians to some of today’s favourite songs from artists like Dierks Bentley, Brooks and Dunn, Travis Tritt and Paul Brandt.
Five years strong and still Kickin’ Up Dust in Canadian Country Music , The Turnpike Bandits have kept true to their drive to deliver a great performance not to be missed with both new songs and old, covers and originals and a high energy presentation.