Country singer Aaron Pritchett will be returning to Lloydminster on Jan. 31 with the Outlaws and Outsiders tour. Pritchett and two other acts will be playing at the Buckle Country Saloon, where they’ll give the crowd a night of hard-hitting country rock.
Pritchett said he’s played the Border City a few times and is always impressed by the dedication of the town’s country music fans.
“Always awesome,” Pritchett said of his past experiences here. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a bad crowd in Lloydminster.”
The tour, also featuring opening acts Cory Marquardt and King and Cash, will see 18 shows in 21 days starting in Victoria B.C. and ending in Winnipeg, Man.
Marquardt, a North Bay, Ont. native, is an up and comer, somewhat new to the industry.
“He’s been playing the clubs and a lot of venues out in Ontario, but I think this his first real “bus tour,” said Pritchett. The other group, King and Cash, features Dan Arnold and Faber Drive guitarist Jordan Pritchett, who also happens to be Aaron’s son.
Though this is Pritchett’s “first kick at the can” in touring with the two acts, he feels the shows will be a great time, even though he might have to take on a loose role of parental supervisor.
“I think ultimately what I’m going to have to do is, you know, be the father figure to these guys on the road and make sure that they stay in line,” he said with a laugh. “But also make sure that they have a lot of fun and that they act appropriately for the crowds that we play to and afterwards mingling with the fans and friends of ours.”
He said the shows will have more of a country-rock feel as opposed to country western, with the music having a bit of an ‘80s rock edge.
“It’s going to be high energy from every act. Not just myself. I mean, I go out there and I give 90 minutes of blood and sweat as much as I possibly can, but I know that Cory is the exact same way and so is King and Cash,” he said.
Pritchett is using the Outlaws and Outsiders tour to push a couple of his upcoming projects. The first is an EP of singles he’s had out for the last few years, as well as a greatest hits album. He’s been in the game for about 20 years, but he says he can’t believe he’s already at that stage.
“I feel like I just started in this industry a couple years ago,” said Pritchett. “But it’s been several now and now it’s time for our greatest hits package. We’re planning on that probably for early summer.”
As an avid user of social media, Pritchett would like to remind fans to hit up his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. “Anytime I can, I’ll have a chat with them for sure.”