The Road Hammers
|The Road Hammers|
|Years active||2005-2010, 2013-present|
|Labels||Open Road (Canada)
|Associated acts||Del Reeves|
|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 went on hiatus after one last show on December 31, 2010 in Langley, British Columbia.The group reformed in 2013 and released their latest album, Wheels, in 2014.
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, a Newfoundlander. 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. It debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian country albums chart. 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 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|The Road Hammers||
|Blood Sweat & Steel||
|The Road Hammers II||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2005||"I'm a Road Hammer"||—||n.a.||The Road Hammers|
|"East Bound and Down"||—||n.a.|
|"Girl on the Billboard"||—||n.a.|
|2007||"I Don't Know When to Quit"||—||51||Blood Sweat & Steel|
|2008||"Girl on the Billboard" (US release)||n.a.||54|
|"I've Got the Scars to Prove It"||—||—|
|"Homegrown"||87||—||The Road Hammers II|
|2009||"I've Got the Scars to Prove It"
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart
n.a. denotes: not applicable, not released in that region
|2013||"Get On Down the Road"||12||82||Wheels|
|"I've Been Everywhere"||27||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- ACurrent single.
(with Doc Walker)
|2005||"I'm a Road Hammer"||Margaret Malandruccolo|
|"East Bound and Down"||Milton Sneed|
|2006||"Girl on the Billboard"||Margaret Malandruccolo|
|2009||"I've Got the Scars to Prove It"||Geoff McLean/Christopher Mills|
|2013||"Get On Down the Road"||Margaret Malandruccolo|
|"I've Been Everywhere"||Sean Smith|
|"Run" (with Blackjack Billy and Doc Walker)|
|2015||"Hillbilly Highway" (with Colt Ford)||Sean Smith|
Awards and nominations
|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 Year – The 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||Nominated|
|2015||Juno Awards of 2015||Country Album of the Year – Wheels||Pending|
- Road Hammers end their run at Cascades Casino
- Hammers give country a Southern-fried injection, Georgia Straight, October 6, 2005
- Road Hammers truck on through Blood Sweat & Steel, Country Standard Time, June 2008
- Brandt, Road Hammers lead Canadian country nominees, Billboard.com, August 3, 2005
- Canyon, Road Hammers, Lund Band Lead CCMA Winners, Billboard.com, September 12, 2006
- Country rockers' reality show returns for Season 2, Edmonton Journal, July 9, 2007
- All Roads Lead Home for the Hammers, CMT, January 20, 2009
- "Canadian album certifications – The Road Hammers – The Road Hammers". Music Canada.
- "The Road Hammers Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- "The Road Hammers Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- "The Road Hammers Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.