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For love of Country: a chat with Ty Baynton

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Travelling country troubadour Ty Baynton will appear at Pappy’s Café at Green Achers of Wabigoon March 25. Photo courtesy tybaynton.com

Say hello to the good guy.

Southern Ontario’s independent yet wholesome cowboy, Ty Baynton is rounding up the last of three straight country shows at Pappy’s Café in Wabigoon on Mar. 25.

Instead of sitting on the edge of his seat stressing about Country Music Association of Ontario nominations for Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, Baynton has raised the Canadian flag on his pickup truck and hit the dusty TransCanada.

His patriotic anthem, Canadian Country Boy takes the tradition of pop country and brings content straight from his doorstep. In the polite contrast to the songs about the heartland of America in the same genre, Baynton presents a hockey-playing, sweet-ice-tea-drinking, family-friendly rural tune that’s respectful but proud in a distinctly Canadian way.

“I’ve been performing in bars since I was 15. I know about 200 country songs and they’re about Georgia and Tennessee,” he said. “Me and my buddies were sitting around and said, no one ever wrote a song about the Canadian country boys. We need a song about back home.”

Baynton takes what he calls “the shotgun approach” to the studio, bouncing between songs rather than recording one from start to finish. Against the advice of his producers, he left the electric twang in his single rather than stripping it and adding banjos and fiddles, which would have dipped it deep into country. The result is a distinguishably pop sounding, feel-good track that has attracted over 3,000 views on YouTube over less than a month and attention from as far away as New Zealand.

The songs that have been released from his yet-to-be-pressed album are musically and lyrically more of the same. The contemporary sound that fills Country Music Television’s (CMT) airwaves is about to hear a comforting voice, singing love songs to a vision of Canada that rural patriots see when they look in the mirror.

“Everybody writes songs differently. A lot of people will write from someone else’s perspective but everything I’ve written has happened to me to some degree or another. Out here on the farm, we used to have huge corn roasts when I was a kid. When I got older, that turned into keggers and bonfires with my buddies. We’d have parties at other people’s houses and I’d always be voluntold to talk to the parents and say, ‘don’t worry, we’re on a farm. There’s 40 acres of nothing and we’re not going to break anything.’”

By Jon Thompson

 

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