New Year's Eve with Jo Hikk


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December 18, 2014 9:09 AM

Jo Hikk hits the Ezzie's on the Border stage on New Year's Eve. - Photo Supplied

Canadian Country Music Association award nominees Jo Hikk will be taking the stage at Ezzie’s On the Border on New Year’s Eve to deliver a live set for Lloyd’s country loving party goers.

The group, who were nominated for Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award and Top New Talent – Group or Duo, among others, aren’t new to the stage at Ezzie’s and their guitarist and main song writer, Kenny Sitter, is confident people will dig the show.

When asked what the crowed can expect Sitter said, “You know, a lot of fun, high energy. They’ll like it.”

Sitter played the venue nearly two decades ago with a different incarnation of the band, then called Rockin’ Rodeo, and though his memory is understandably hazy from the years gone by, he said it was a good time. Now they’re coming back to tear it up again with more southern-rock styled country jams.

If you look at the group’s lineup, consisting of Kenny, his brother Kelly Sitter, Al Doell and Don Jorgensen, you may notice no one’s last name is Hikk and there’s not a Jo between them.

Sitter said they actually got their moniker when Kelly, the band’s lead singer and bassist, moved to a small town in Alberta and realized that maybe the rural life was rubbing off on him.

“My brother came up with the name because he moved to a small town called Crossfeild and said, ‘I’m a regular hick,’” Sitter said with a laugh. “So, he just put Jo in front of it and he phoned me and said, ‘How do you like that name Jo Hikk?’ And I’m like ‘Yeah, that’s cool.’”

Since then Jo Hikk has recorded three albums, got a decent amount of award nominations, made the Canadian top 40 three times and have videos on the CMT. The one song Sitter considers to be the fan favourite though, doesn’t seem to be catching on with mainstream airplay.

“We have a song called Pimp My Tractor and that seems to be everybody’s favourite. Radio didn’t really take to it because it says ‘pimp’ in it,” Sitter said. The band got the idea for the song from the television show Pimp My Ride, then gave the title a decidedly country twist. “So we thought wouldn’t it be cool to pimp your John Deere tractor?”

If you’re a fan of the song and are frustrated you never hear it on the radio, go down to Ezzie’s this New Year’s and maybe you can catch it live.

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