Nova Scotia country artist Dean Brody is performing at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Feb. 22 as part of his “Dirt” tour. Submitted photo
SUMMERSIDE – Dean Brody likes P.E.I. so much he almost purchased a home here.
“Before we moved to the East Coast our first move to look at things was actually around Stanhope area,” said Brody during a recent interview.
“But some things happened and we ended up staying another year in Nashville. Then when we moved we tried the South Shore (of Nova Scotia) and, for whatever reason, that’s where we ended up. But yeah, I definitely love P.E.I.,” he added.
Brody, a burgeoning star in the Canadian country music scene, is playing a sold-out show at the Harbourfront Theatre on Feb. 22.
In fact Brody is seeing a lot of ‘sold out’ signs on marquees right across Canada.
According to other media reports, Brody sold out 17 of his 26 show dates before his “Dirt” tour even got started.
“There’s something about that sign that says ‘sold out,’” laughed Brody.
“It’s a really encouraging sign. It’s your fans saying ‘we love your stuff,’” he said.
Brody is a relatively new artist, having had his first big break in 2008 when Broken Bow Records signed him.
If you have not heard of Brody himself, you may have heard some of hits, “Canadian Girls,” “Bob Marley” and “It’s Friday,” featuring Great Big Sea.
He’s currently touring to promote his third studio album “Dirt,” which was released in April of 2012.
For his headlining tour, it’s been going well, he said.
“It’s a little bit nerve-racking, but at the same time once we got going … it’s been a ball; it’s been a lot of fun,” he said.
“It’s going to be good to be back on the East Coast, good to be close to home”
“I still feel a long way away … but it’s been great, I have a great group of guys that I travel with, and not just my band but my crew is just a hard working bunch.
“And they know how to hang out too, which is something you don’t really think about until you assemble a team for a bus – they’ve got to be 11 guys who can live with each other for a long period of time,” he said.
Brody was in Prince Albert Saskatchewan during his interview.
He’s originally from B.C., but has settled in Chester, N.S., with his family.
That’s where he wanted to be, he said.
“I grew up in the country and it just never leaves your blood – not me anyway. I gotta have space to think and get perspective on life. For me, that happens in the country and remote places,” he said.
For anyone who was fortunate enough to score tickets to Brody’s show, he said he’s looking forward to seeing them. Hopefully they feel likewise.
“They can expect a show that’s going to be a little different. We have a lot of fun on stage – for a country show we rock it up quite a bit.”