Super charged country

Tex Holliday is in Maple Ridge this week for a CD release party

Tex Holliday plays the Buffalo Club on July 22.

Tex Holliday plays the Buffalo Club on July 22.

Canadian singer-songwriter Tex Holliday returns to the music he loves the most with his first solo release Always on Holliday.

Inspired by Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakam, Keith Urban and Bryan Adams, Holliday promises “super-charged” country with a rock edge, complete with blue jeans and boots at a CD release concert in Maple Ridge this week.

Holliday has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for the past few years and currently splits his time between Vancouver, B.C. and Houston, Texas.

The guitar took over his life at the age of 12 and this passion led Holliday to pen songs, not only for himself, but for many other artists who have recorded his tunes for Sony, Electra, Warner and a host of indie labels.

With songs of the rock genre under his belt, Holliday says it’s now time to get back to the music he loves the most by releasing his own “brand” of country.

His debut single “Wrong Side of Heaven” was released in Canada in May, followed in June by the full-lenght album Always on Holliday.

Opening for Holliday is one of British Columbia’s finest blues artists, Les Copeland.

Primarily selftaught, Copeland’s unique sound has developed out of a rich mixture of influences including blues, jazz, Spanish flamenco, pop and classical music.

• Les Copeland and James Lehmann open for Tex Holliday at the Buffalo Club in Maple Ridge on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.