Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families for the year 2020! Our Travelin’ Outfit brought in the new decade with a fine concert in beautiful downtown Bragg Creek, Alberta. The band will be hitting the road early in the new year with a prairie trip through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in February with a series of feature concerts. It has become an annual tradition for us to perform a run of concerts celebrating the songs and legacy of Canada’s iconic country troubadour: Stompin’ Tom Connors. Hus was the last to tour coast to coast with Stompin’ Tom, performing as Tom’s opening act and as a member of Tom’s back-up band. In 2013 Hus was honoured to be a pallbearer at Tom’s funeral when the Legend with the “Black Hat and Stompin’ Board” passed away at the age of 77. Since then Tim has performed an annual “Stompin’ Tom Birthday Show” featuring some of the classic Canadiana songs written and recorded by his old friend and mentor. This event has become so popular that it has turned into a series of shows each February. This year will bring the concert to some new venues and we look forward to seeing you there!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends, fans, and supporters across the country and around the world!
This month Tim is featured in the rodeo edition of “Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine”. Here’s a rare write-up about the other side of life of a Canadiana travelin’ troubadour: family life back at the homestead in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The article is part of the magazine’s popular “At Home with Western Celebrities” Series and Tim had a fun day visiting with photographer, writer, and long-time supporter Billy Borgwardt (formerly of Country Music News) and sharing some time away from the concert stage. You can check out Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine and here is the write-up as well:
CANADIAN COWBOY COUNTRY MAGAZINE: AT HOME WITH TIM HUS
Canadiana Country Troubadour Tim Hus moved to Alberta from his home in the Kootenays of British Columbia in 2003. Tim says that he moved to the province "because Alberta was the home of Ian Tyson and the Calgary Stampede, and I felt that if I wanted to make a livelihood in country music, Alberta was the place to be". Sixteen years later he still expresses that sentiment.
After receiving a personal invitation from Stompin' Tom Connors, Tim Hus spent two years on the road with the national icon, becoming the last man to tour across the country as Stompin' Tom's opening act. Connors stated that Hus was the best opening act that he had in his fifty year music career. Sadly Stompin' Tom's health failed and he would never tour again, but before he passed he endorsed Tim as his successor. Tim has continued to tour across Canada performing both his own original songs about everyday life and Canadian history, and also performing a “Salute to Stompin’ Tom” feature show.
In total Tim has logged over a million road kilometres since 2003, which is equal to more than 60 trips back and forth across Canada, playing from one coast to the other and throughout the northern territories as well. Tim tells the story about visiting Tuktoyaktuk, where an elderly Inuit gentleman approached him and asked if he could shake his hand. The man told him how all his life he had enjoyed seeing cowboys on television but he never thought he would ever get to meet one in person in his hometown.
Although the Calgary area is his base, almost every show Tim plays involves travel, so it doesn't matter where he actually calls home. His wife, Janelle, who he married on August 31st, 2014, is an assistant professor of anthropology with Athabasca University, an online educational institution. Additionally she is involved in many projects and research studies that can involve attending meetings and conferences in many different places, but do not commit to living in any particular location. Both prefer the laid back life in a small town. The couple now have two sons, Huckleberry, aged two, and Arlo who is ten months old.
After watching for suitable small town property on which to make their home, they finally found what they were looking for in Sundre, Alberta. The property was listed as a one acre treed lot with an abandoned house to be demolished. What they got was an older house with good foundation and framework, a good well, a septic system, and a nicely wooded back yard. Having once worked as a carpenter's helper, and previously renovated a property in Calgary, Tim felt this would be an ideal place to customize as they wished to meet their family needs.
Since most of his musical performances are on weekends, unless he is on a cross Canada tour, Tim often has 3 or 4 down days a week to work on his property. To date he has added a second floor, put on a new roof, put in new windows, thickened the walls to provide more insulation value, added an entrance room, fully modernized and finished the downstairs interior, and nearly completed the upstairs. Working on a limited budget, Tim has been able to acquire quality tools, as well as building materials, through auctions or end of line sales. Much like he is as a songwriter, Tim is a meticulous craftsman. All joints are tight and everything is plumb. As time and budget permits, Tim will now be completing the exterior, but until then, although it doesn't look that great on the outside, the family lives in a fully modern new home.
Growing up as an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Tim and his family are enjoying life in the Sundre area. Being only a couple of blocks from the Red Deer river, Tim is able to enjoy walks with his blue tick hound, Cobalt, go fly fishing, or just relax by the river, strumming his guitar and writing songs. He has written a bunch of new songs which he will be taking into the studio this winter and recording them for his seventh album which he will be releasing next year.
Happy New Year Folks!
We hope you had a good holiday season and are looking forward to a great year in 2019. Thanks for stopping by our website for a visit – we appreciate your interest in our brand of homegrown Canadian story songs. We brought in the New Year in fine style with a concert in Redcliff, Alberta and now we are hunkered down by the woodstove for some songwriting and making preparations for our concert tours for the coming season. 2018 was filled with plenty of adventures and fine concerts and we even made it to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT this fall on the new Inuvik-Tuk Highway – all the way to the Beuafort Sea and the furthest North that can be reached by road in Canada. We met an old Inuit man who told us “All my life I have seen cowboy hats on TV but I never thought that I would see somebody wearin’ one in my home town” I guess our songs really do take us to some very remote and interesting parts of our great land! As always - thanks for your support and encouragement and we look forward to seeing you all down the road before too long.
Tim Hus & Band
September 10, 2018
We finished off the summer festival season with lots of good times at Waynestock, Old Macdonalds Music Festival, and a memorable night at the Badlands Amphitheater where an intimate crowd of 2500 people enjoyed Corb Lund and Tim Hus sharing their unique western roots music and did their best to represent the legendary Ian Tyson who was absent and unable to perform. It was a warm late summer evening and some of the Alberta cowboys rode their horses to the show and listened from the surrounding hills to Tim and Corb's stripped down acoustic western music:
Now the chill of early fall is in the air and Tim and his longtime travelin' pardner Spider are loading up their instruments and heading north on the Alaska Highway to share their Canadian songs about bush planes, trap lines, prospectors, and Dempster Highway truckers in Charlie Lake, Dease Lake, Whitehorse, Carcross, Atlin, Marsh Lake, Haines Junction, Faro, Mayo, Dawson City, and all the way to Inuvik at the end of the month of September. This will be a great time of year to visit many northern fans and friends and hopefully strike a bonanza of new Canadiana Cowboy Country Music enthusiasts. See you soon!
August 24, 2018
I hope that you all have had a good summer and that the warmer months have been treating you well. We have been making the rounds on our summer 2018 edition of the Never-Ending-Highways-Tour performing concerts at music festivals, rodeos, cowboy festivals and even a special concert on the platform of the historic Kettle Valley Railway Station. This coming weekend we will be performing an acoustic set at a very special venue in Southern Alberta: The Badlands Amphitheater at Drumheller. This is an outdoor concert that holds 2500 people and the venue is known for great sight lines, clear sound,and incredible views of the surrounding hills under a big Alberta sky. The concert is part of their Canadian Icons Series: An Evening of Cowboy Songs and Stories with Ian Tyson and Corb Lund. Spider (upright bass) and I will be performing a 45 minute opening set. It is an event that I am really looking forward to as it will be the first time that Ian, Corb, and myself will be performing on the same show. All of us have recorded albums for Stony Plain Records so it will be fun to share our unique western Canadian songs with everyone. Hope to see you there! Best, Tim Hus
CONCERT UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to an unexpected and serious medical situation, Ian Tyson will no longer be available to perform at the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller, AB on August 25th. The show is still SOLD OUT and will continue with Corb and Tim singing their own songs as well as western classics from Ian Tyson's catalogue.
January 3, 2018
Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!
After a very fun and successful tour of Northern BC at the end of 2017 we were happy to take some time off to sit by the woodstove and enjoy the festive holiday season. We would like to thank all of the venues and promotors who hosted our Canadiana Roots-Country Music show this past year and of course to our many fans and supporters who attended the concerts and enjoyed our music. We are truly grateful to be entering our 15th year as a full time Travelin' Band performing our own original songs from all across the land and we are already lookin' forward to the next time that we will be travelin' through your town. We are halfway to thirty years on the road...see you soon!
Tim Hus & Band
If you are interested in listening to an interview and hearing some live acoustic songs performed recently at the Smithers Community Radio Station located in a 100 year old CN Rail car please click here: Lounge Car Sessions
September 10, 2017
We hope that you are doing well and that you have had a good year celebrating Canada’s 150th year since Confederation with lots of fishing, camping, and fireworks. It has been awhile since we’ve sent an update and we hope that all of our friends, supporters, and roots-country fans are doing well. It is officially the last day of summer today and at the homestead in Sundre, Alberta it has been lightly snowing for most of the day. I guess that’s to be expected in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies!
This summer our concert travels have taken us from British Columbia to the Maritimes as well as to Colorado, Ohio, and New Jersey. We just returned from an exciting trip to Southern Ontario where we performed at our first ever "mud bogger" - Melbourne Mud Madness. Along with various festivals and concert venue dates throughout the provinces we have been performing a special feature show this year at select concert halls and also a memorable set at the Alberta Legislature:
Across This Land in Stories and Song - Salute to Stompin' Tom featuring Tim Hus
Celebrating Canada’s 150th, Tim Hus proudly presents the music of a Canadian classic performed by a Canadian Western troubadour. Tim Hus shares personal stories of his friend and mentor, Stompin’ Tom and provides a show of music, patriotism and yes, a bit of board stomping! This is a multimedia show and features a backdrop of the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto as it appeared in the 1970’s.
On July 1st, 2017 Tim was honoured to perform at the Grand Opening of the new Stompin’ Tom Center in Skinner’s Pond P.E.I. along with many other noted Canadian artists. This was certainly a great place to celebrate the National holiday not only because Stompin’ Tom was such an iconic Canadian songwriter and performer but also because Prince Edward Island is considered to be the “birthplace of confederation”.
Here is a link to an article that was published in the Toronto Star: PEI Honours Stompin' Tom
The band has lots of interesting shows lined up for the next couple of months in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC and we are looking forward to seeing our western fans at a town near you very soon. Please check out the Tour Dates Page where we are adding new shows regularly.
Tim Hus & Band
We started off the 2017 concert season with a very fine concert in good ol' windy Lethbridge at the Lethbridge Folk Club. Opening the show was Carter Felker with Skinny Dyck and a good time was had by all. Tim also had the opportunity to stop in for a visit with Global TV's Mark Campbell and his show "Cool Cars & Interesting People". Hus requested a ride in a Fargo pick-up truck for a ride around town - this one is an all-Canadian 1966 model not quite like the model depicted in Tim's song "Cattlerack Cadillac" from his 2008 award winning Stony Plain Records album "Bush Pilot Buckaroo". What is the most important part of an automoibile? An old-timer once told me it's the "nut that holds the wheel"...
Below are a couple of videos: The first is Tim's interview with Mark Campbell and the second is a live performance of "Cattlerack Cadillac"
Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families for 2017!
Another cycle of the annual calendar begins as we bid farewell to 2016 and roll into a brand new January. We brought in Canada’s 150th birthday year with a New Year’s Eve show amongst the majestic Rocky Mountains of Jasper, Alberta. The year just passed was filled with lots of fun times and fine concerts from the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to the Kispiox Valley Music Festival in British Columbia. Our old travelin’ partner Spider Bishop climbed back on board the Hus Bus to take over duties on the big upright bull fiddle – a position he held throughout most of the 2000’s - and we welcome him back. We also debuted our new multimedia show “Across This Land in Stories & Songs – A Tribute to Stompin’ Tom” – with close to 800 people attending our opening in September. This show features a theatre set of the Horseshoe Tavern in the 1970’s while we share stories of our two cross-country tours with Stompin’ Tom and share Canadiana songs from coast to coast while we present images of Tom’s iconic career and Canadiana catalogue on a large projector screen. We will be presenting this show at select venues throughout the year in between our regular Canadiana Cowboy stops on the Never-Ending-Highways-Tour. We are also looking forward to getting into the studio to record new songs and welcome the opportunity to see you somewhere out on the road. The year 2017 will be filled with events celebrating 150 years since Canada’s Confederation in 1867 and we look forward to sharing our homegrown Canadiana songs all year long. As always – we sincerely thank you for your support of our independent brand of Roots-Country Music and look forward to seeing you soon!