CCMA-nominated fun-loving country group, River Town Saints, are releasing their highly-anticipated debut self-titled album on June 9. With tracks produced by Chad Carlson, David “Dwave” Thomson, Gavin Slate, Jeremy Bortot, this eight-track album features upbeat, vibrant tracks, reflective of good times, love and life.

River Town Saints Album Cover

Their upcoming single, “Woke Up Like This”, out June 7 to radio, is co-written by lead singer Chris Labelle, along with Gavin Slate and Travis “T Buck” Wood, and is an incredibly catchy, uplifting song that will have fans pressing ‘repeat’ constantly and reflecting on their own memories. It is inspired by finding love at first sight at a party – and just how quickly things can progress when it’s the perfect fit. “This song is about spending the night with a girl you just met at a bar – but this is no one-night stand. In this scenario, it’s about wanting to get to know her, dancing with her, laughing with her, talking to her. When you wake up in the morning it’s obvious she’s special and you can see a future with her,” said Chris Labelle.

River Town Saints perform at their Ottawa homecoming show February 11 - photo by Worn Leather Media
River Town Saints perform at their Ottawa homecoming show February 11 – photo by Worn Leather Media

In addition to earlier hits like “A Little Bit Goes A Long Way”, “Cherry Bomb” and most recently “Bonfire” which went Top 10 at Country Radio, the record includes new songs such as “I Hope You’re Driving”, about driving in anticipation to meet up with a love interest, and “Hungover It”, a song that laments hitting the bottle a little too hard and attempting to turn over a new leaf upon waking up with ‘nothing to show for it’.

River Town Saints hail from Ottawa, comprised of five friends from Ottawa, Chris Labelle, Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo. Their first single, “A Little Bit Goes a Long Way” landed them on many “Artists to Watch Lists” for 2016, and they have since reached more than 1 million streams of their singles on Spotify. And was that prediction ever right –  since then, the band has been nominated for the CCMA Award for Rising Star of the Year and they are currently up for five CMAO Awards.

The group recently thrived while out on tour opening for country legend Kip Moore and Tim Hicks. The summer will be busy as they prepare for performances at Red River Ex (MB), Trackside Music Festival (ON), Lucknow’s Music in the Fields (ON) and more. Catch them this October, back in Ottawa, as they headline Sing Out! For CHEO details for this event coming soon!