The Road Hammers

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The Road Hammers
Origin Canada
Genres Country rock
Years active 2005-2010, 2013-present
Labels Open Road (Canada)
Montage (US)
Associated acts Del Reeves
Website www.theroadhammers.com
Members Jason McCoy
Clayton Bellamy
Chris Byrne
Past members Corbett Frasz

The Road Hammers is a Canadian country music group composed of Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne. Formed by McCoy as a side project, the trio's music is influenced by 1960s and 1970s trucker music and Southern rock. Their first self-titled album included remakes of several classic truck-driving songs. It was recognized with a Juno Award in 2006, along with numerous Canadian Country Music Association awards. After five years together, the group disbanded after one last show on December 31, 2010 in Langley, British Columbia.[1]

History[edit]

The Road Hammers was founded in 2004 as a project by lead singer and guitarist Jason McCoy, a multiple Canadian Country Music Association male vocalist of the year winner. He stated the idea was to play trucker music, and came together with two other musicians with similar views on music - country-rocker Clayton Bellamy, whose father is a truck driver, and bassist Chris Byrne, both Albertans. The first sign of the band was in a video by Paul Brandt for his remake of the classic song "Convoy". McCoy appears in the video, wearing a Road Hammers shirt. Originally the entire band was to appear, but scheduling conflicts didn't allow for that to happen. In addition to recording their self-titled album, the Road Hammers was also the subject of a reality show of the same name on Country Music Television in Canada.

The album The Road Hammers was released in 2005, and received strong reviews for its Southern rock sound and covers of classic songs.[2] It debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian country albums chart.[3] Covers on the album included "Girl on the Billboard," the 1965 number-one hit for Del Reeves, "East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed, and Little Feat's "Willin'." In the wake of the album release, The Road Hammers swept to the upper end of the Canadian country charts; four songs reached the top 10 through 2005 and 2006, and the band was nominated for six CCMA Awards[4] winning Group or Duo of the Year. It was also recognized at the Juno Awards for Country Recording of the Year. The album's success continued into 2006, with the Road Hammers receiving two CCMA awards, Group or Duo of the Year and Best Video.[5]

In July 2007, McCoy stated that the band will be part of a second season of its reality show, following its attempts to secure a recording deal with an American label.[6] In late 2007, The Road Hammers signed to an American record label, Montage Music Group and the group's debut American single, "I Don't Know When to Quit" was released on December 10. Their second album, entitled Blood, Sweat, and Steel, was released on June 24, 2008.

The Road Hammers released their second Canadian album, The Road Hammers II, on February 24, 2009.[7] The album's first single, "Homegrown," has reached the Top 20 of the Canadian country singles chart.

Clayton and Jason were contestants on the reality show Mantracker on September 6, 2010, where they both beat the hunters to the finish line.

On October 8, 2013, The Road Hammers released a single titled "Get On Down the Road" on iTunes in Canada and the United States.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
CAN US Country US
Heat
The Road Hammers
Blood Sweat & Steel 50 39
The Road Hammers II
  • Release date: February 24, 2009
  • Label: Open Road Recordings
Wheels
  • Release date: June 3, 2014
  • Label: Open Road Recordings
21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN
[9]
US Country
[10]
2005 "I'm a Road Hammer" The Road Hammers
"East Bound and Down"
2006 "Nashville Bound"
"Girl on the Billboard"
2007 "I Don't Know When to Quit" 51 Blood Sweat & Steel
2008 "Girl on the Billboard" (US release) 54
"I've Got the Scars to Prove It"
"Homegrown" 87 The Road Hammers II
2009 "I've Got the Scars to Prove It"
(Canadian release)
86
"Goodbye Dust"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN Country
[11]
CAN
[9]
2013 "Get On Down the Road" 12 82 Wheels
2014 "Mud" 16 68

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "I'm a Road Hammer" Margaret Malandruccolo
"East Bound and Down" Milton Sneed
2006 "Girl on the Billboard" Margaret Malandruccolo
2008 "Homegrown" Roger Pistole
2009 "I've Got the Scars to Prove It" Geoff McLean/Christopher Mills
2013 "Get On Down the Road" Margaret Malandruccolo
2014 "Mud"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2005 Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Won
Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
Album of the Year – The Road Hammers Nominated
Single of the Year – "I'm a Road Hammer" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "I'm a Road Hammer" Nominated
2006 Juno Awards of 2006 Country Recording of the YearThe Road Hammers Won
Canadian Country Music Association Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Group or Duo of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "East Bound and Down" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "East Bound and Down" Won
Top Selling Album of the Year – The Road Hammers Nominated
2007 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2010 Juno Awards of 2010 Country Album of the Year – The Road Hammers II Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
2014 Group or Duo of the Year Pending

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