Opinion

Performer makes a case for country

Country singing sensation, Aaron Pritchett thinks his brand of music appeals to all music fans.

“I want (listeners) to understand that country music is about having fun and joking around,” he said.

One of his songs, Hold My Beer, draws fans from all parts of the spectrum.

The song takes a funny look at one man offering another’s girlfriend more attention than she’s currently getting (his lyrics say “hold my beer while I kiss your girlfriend”) and has been sung by four- and five-year-olds as well as Pritchett’s own grandparents.

“Obviously it’s a funny song and it’s a country song and the message is where people can relate.

“I want everyone to to listen to it and enjoy it.”

Hold My Beer came out on his 2006 release, Big Wheel, following his 2002 award-winning album, Something Goin’ On Here.

Growing up in Kitimat, Pritchett got a feel for small towns and the stories they had — an aspect of country music that he appreciates.

“Back in the ‘90s, when I first found country music ... (it) offered very strong storied lyrics and I sort of try to keep my career model what I learned.”

Now, living in Abbotsford, Pritchett said the image of stereotypical country singers are false.

“You look at Keith Urban, he’s from Australia, he doesn’t wear a hat and he doesn’t come across as a cowboy boot-wearing horse rider,” he said.

Today’s country singers have something to look forward to, Pritchett predicted.

“All in all, the industry is starting to gain the popularity it had in the early ‘90s in the Garth Brooks phase — it has room to grow,” he said.

While he’s popular with fans all over North America, his genre of music hasn’t been absorbed by his teenage son who is in a rock band.

“I listen to (his band) quite a bit — not just to keep up, but he’s playing rock music and that’s the coolest thing right now,” he explained. “Listening to his stuff gives me a whole new perspective.”

Another musician he admires?

Elvis Presley is his all-time favourite performer.

“It’s more for his charisma than anything else. He could convince you of what he was singing ... even if he was having his worst day.”

And while Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll sound inspires Pritchett and he’s proud to say so, he did admit to his shameful musical secret from the past.

“Back in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, over and over and over again, when I had a tape player I listened to Milli Vanilli,” he conceded. “At the time I thought this was a cool piece of music ... I listened to that thing over and over again and I’m not proud of it.”

See Pritchett perform at Kelowna’s Community Theatre on Tuesday. Tickets are available through Ticket Master.

Congratulations to NAME NAME, who won tickets to the show from the Penticton Western News.

To learn more about Pritchett, visit his website at .

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