Growing up in a small town in Saskatchewan, Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty — a.k.a. Hunter Brothers — cared about three things: hockey, music and farming. When they weren’t working the fields, the five siblings spent summers singing gospel across Canada and the U.S., while winters were for hockey, playing for the likes of Kelowna Rockets and, eventually, the Edmonton Oilers.
Over the years, the brothers continued to find themselves drawn to the singing that united them in their childhood. Hours of youth spent mirroring Jackson 5 videos ignited a passion for performing from a young age, and naturally, an organic pop-meets-country tone emerged. There was something special in the brotherly bonds. And soon, as the brothers went on to attain their first #1 hit on country radio, win three SCMA music awards, and four CCMA Award nominations, the world would know it too.
Continually inspired by their everyday surroundings, including daily life involving family and farming, Hunter Brother’s recently released sophomore album State of Mind showcases the magic that can be found in the seemingly mundane. It works to fuse together the brothers’ genuine positive outlook on life and love, through impactful tracks such as “Next Year”, “I Still Fall”, “Train”, and the first single from the record, “Lost”, which recently became their first #1 at Canadian country radio.
Hunter Brothers’ debut album, Getaway, featured two Top 10 smash hits, “Those Were The Nights” and “Born and Raised”, the latter of which was recently selected as the official anthem for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament.
Since their explosive launch, the Hunter Brothers have been keeping the family tradition alive: hitting the road when they’re not riding the tractor, at times ballooning to as many as 21 family members in the same bus “That means a lot of colouring books, improv, dirty diapers and bathroom breaks on the side of the road,” they laugh. “It’s like a reality show on wheels, and each time a new kid gets added to the mix, the more interesting it becomes!”
This ‘reality show’ life has also proved fertile for comedic pay-dirt. Every season at harvest time, the brothers re-write well known songs with words that are relevant to farming culture, performing them over the brother’s CB radios. The fruits of this labour can be seen online where parodies, which include “The Combines Stuck” (a reworking of Corb Lund’s “Truck Got Stuck!”) and “Shade of Blue” (a fatherly take on the Ed Sheeran hit) have been viewed well over 3 million times organically. These videos along with the Brothers’ active presence on social media led to CCMA nominations in 2017 and 2018 for “Interactive Artist of The Year”.
2019 continues to see this unconventional group on the rise, with State of Mind as the #1 Canadian selling country album for four consecutive weeks since its release, quickly amassing more than 4 million global streams across digital platforms since release. Early in 2019 the Hunter Brothers joined country superstars Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke and High Valley for The Journey Tour on 26 dates.