February 16, 2008 / 1:39 AM / 10 years ago

Canada's Road Hammers take route south

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Best known north of the border for their mix of new and classic trucking songs, the Canadian band Road Hammers has released a straight-ahead love song as its first U.S. single.

“I Don’t Know When to Quit,” from the band’s “Blood, Sweat and Steel,” due May 27 from Nashville-based Montage Music Group, is No. 56 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The band — leader Jason McCoy, guitarist/vocalist Clayton Bellamy, bassist/vocalist Chris Byrne and drummer Corbett Frasz — was conceived in 2005 as a side project by McCoy, who also is a solo artist. The group came together under the banner of CMT Canada’s reality TV show “Making the Band.”

“It was an unplanned pregnancy, and it was an experiment on-camera,” McCoy says in the band’s bio. “But we’re all real happy with the baby.”

After scoring hits and awards in Canada, the band decided to try its hand in Nashville.

The act’s 2005 self-titled Canadian release included covers of Del Reeves’ “Girl on the Billboard” and Eddie Kendricks’ “Keep on Truckin’,” while the new set will include Jerry Reed’s “East Bound and Down” and Little Feat’s “Willin’.”


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