One Bad Son

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One Bad Son
One Bad Son in 2012
One Bad Son in 2012
Background information
OriginSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active2004–2020
MembersShane Connery Volk
Adam Hicks
Kurt Dahl
Past membersAdam 'Granny' Grant
Steve Adams

One Bad Son is a Canadian rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, consisting of Shane Connery Volk (vocals), Adam Hicks (guitar), and Kurt Dahl (drums). Kurt Dahl is an entertainment lawyer in Canada.[1]


The band formed in 2004 in Saskatoon, when Dahl, Hicks and Volk started writing songs that would become part of their debut album, This Aggression Will Not Stand. The album was recorded in Saskatoon in 2005, and released by U.S. independent record label Versailles Records. The album title is a reference to the movie The Big Lebowski. The single 'Alive in Texas' from the album was a surprise radio success in Saskatoon, after an intern at the local rock station played it to a DJ and it was subsequently added to heavy rotation.

Dahl, Hicks and Volk moved into a house in Saskatoon together in 2006, and started writing songs for their second album, Orange City. The album was again released by Versailles Records and spawned two regional radio successes in "Crooked Mic Stand" and "Sun/Fire." Around this time, the band started touring heavily throughout Western Canada.[2]

In 2007, the band won a regional contest to open a concert in Regina for Godsmack. This led to an opening slot for Buckcherry and Default on New Year's Eve 2007 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, following which Default invited the band to join them on tour.[3]

In 2010, the band released The Rustbucket EP independently. The singles 'Rustbucket' and 'Retribution Blues' were released independently, both of which received broader radio play across Canada.[4] Around this time, the band released an iPhone app that allowed users to make their own version of the song "Rustbucket".[5] In late 2010, the band moved from Saskatoon to Vancouver, and shortly thereafter signed a record deal with 604 Records.[6]

The band's self-titled third album was released by 604 Records on September 25, 2012.[7] The album was recorded in Vancouver and produced by Danny Craig, drummer for Canadian band Default. Frustrated with the lack of response from radio stations across Canada, the band decided to show up at various rock stations in Western Canada to play their song 'Scarecrows' in person. To the band's surprise, the tactic worked and ended up taking them from Vancouver to Ottawa, and resulted in a surprise hit with 'Scarecrows', which went to No. 5 across the country.[8] The band returned home to Saskatoon to shoot the 'Scarecrows' video, which featured local fans and friends as extras.[9][10]

The band embarked on a cross-country tour with Buckcherry in 2013,[11] as well as dates with Monster Truck, Three Days Grace, and Crash Karma in support of the new album. The single 'It Ain't Right' was released in 2013, and went to No. 11 on Canadian radio. In October 2013, the band won a nationwide contest hosted by Sirius XM Radio to play the Grey Cup festivities in Regina, opening for fellow Saskatoon band the Sheepdogs.[12] The single 'Retribution Blues' was released in 2013 and became the second top 10 single of the band's career, staying in the Canadian top 10 for 15 weeks.[13] One Bad Son has been listed as one of the top 10 Canadian bands of 2013 [14] and 2012.[15]

The band spent the early part of 2014 writing songs for a new album, and went with Juno Award winning producer Eric Ratz as producer and engineer.[16] The first single from the album, 'Satellite Hotel', was released in July 2014 and became the fastest charting single of the band's career, and second top 5 single in Canada.[13] Black Buffalo was released on September 2, 2014.[17] 'Satellite Hotel' won producer/engineer Eric Ratz a JUNO for Engineer of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards.[18] The song 'Black Buffalo' was released in 2015 and became the band's fourth top 10 in Canada.[19] In April 2015, the band was chosen to open for Def Leppard on their Western Canadian tour.[20] In October 2015 the band was chosen by Judas Priest to open for their Western Canadian Dates.[21]

The band spent most of 2016 writing new songs, releasing their 13th single, "Raging Bull", in early 2017.[22] It became the fifth top 10 single of the band's career in April 2017.[23] On May 1, 2017, 'Raging Bull' reached No. 1 in the Canadian Rock Charts. And on October 13, 2017, they released the new album, Made in the Name of Rock n Roll.[24]



  • Shane Connery Volk – vocals (2004–present)
  • Adam Hicks – lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)
  • Kurt Dahl – drums (2004–present)


  • Steve Adams – bass, backing vocals (2017–2019)
  • Adam Grant – bass, backing vocals (2007–2017)
  • Geoff St. Germaine – bass, backing vocals (2004–2006)



  • This Aggression Will Not Stand (2006)
  • Orange City (2007)
  • The Rustbucket EP (2010)
  • One Bad Son (2012)
  • Black Buffalo (2014)
  • Made in the Name of Rock n Roll (2017)


  • "Alive in Texas" (2005)
  • "Sun/Fire" (2007)
  • "Gringo" (2007)
  • "Crooked Mic Stand" (2008)
  • "Rustbucket" (2010)
  • "Retribution Blues" (2010)
  • "Scarecrows" (2012)
  • "It Ain't Right" (2013)
  • "Retribution Blues" (2013)
  • "Satellite Hotel" (2014)
  • "Vinyl Spin Burner" (2014)
  • "Black Buffalo" (2015)
  • "Psycho Killer" (2015)
  • "Raging Bull" (2017)
  • "Scream for Me" (2017)
  • "Hurricane" (2018)

Charting singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album

2010 "Retribution Blues" 42 The Rustbucket EP
2012 "Rustbucket" 33 One Bad Son
"Scarecrows" 5 One Bad Son
2013 "It Ain't Right" 11
"Retribution Blues" 6
2014 "Satellite Hotel" 5 Black Buffalo
"Vinyl Spin Burner"
2015 "Black Buffalo" 6
"Psycho Killer"
2017 "Raging Bull" 1 Made in the Name of Rock n Roll
"Scream for Me"
2018 "Hurricane"
"—"denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Scarecrows" Matt Scott
"It Ain't Right" Matt Leaf
"Retribution Blues" Matt Scott
2014 "Satellite Hotel" George Vale
2015 "Black Buffalo" Shane Volk
"Psycho Killer"
2017 "Raging Bull" Daniel Keen
"Scream for Me" Un­known
2018 "Hurricane" Un­known


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  10. ^ "Good news from One Bad Son". University of Saskatchewan. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "One Bad Son excited about taking their shot with Buck Cherry". Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  12. ^ "SiriusXM Canada Announces Winner of 'Rock the Grey Cup'". Broadcaster. October 30, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
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  15. ^ "Top 10 Indie Bands 2012". T-Mak World. December 23, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
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  17. ^ "INTERVIEW: With Kurt Dahl from One Bad Son". August 24, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  18. ^ "JUNO Award Nominees". Retrieved April 19, 2021.
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  20. ^ Kurt, Dahl (April 23, 2015). "On the road with Def Leppard: 'It was like a bomb going off'". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  21. ^ "Metal gods Judas Priest deliver the goods at MTS Centre". winnipegsun. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  22. ^ "Song Premiere: "Raging Bull" by One Bad Son - World Premiere". LIVE IN LIMBO. March 1, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  23. ^ "One Bad Son hits Top 10!". April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  24. ^ "Made in the Name of Rock n Roll by One Bad Son". Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  25. ^ Peak positions for One Bad Son's singles on Canadian Active rock Chart:

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