Blake Berglund has successfully melded his own vibrant, fresh and unique sound, through two independent albums that have turned the heads of the Canadian Country music establishment, and earned him a 2011 SCMA Rising Star Award. Having sold more than 15,000 copies of his earlier two albums off the stage over the course of a solid two years of non-stop touring, Blake is anticipating his career going into high gear in 2012. This spring calls for a loaded van, a fresh album, and a relentless tour schedule.
Heading into the studio with John Ellis has been a career goal for Blake Berglund: “After hearing the production on “Buckles and Boots” (Ridley Bent) I instantly started to dig deep into John’s production credits and everything that came up I instantly added to my library. The majority of my favourite artists right now give credit to John as their producer so to be among them, is quite an honour. We ended up having some Thai and beers one night in Vancouver a couple years ago, throwing around the idea of working together. I’m very excited to see it come to fruition.”
It was Blake Berglund’s Prairie upbringing complete with equestrian care and vinyl infatuation that created an honest craft evident in every song. In an age where safety lies in genres, Berglund drags you along in his lyrical love boat, through fingerpicking Lightfoot-esqe melody lines, Spanish-strewn guitar licks and orchestral arrangements. He croons over whiskey-soaked steel guitars and soars above three-chord blues anthems. Defining his lyrical style, he's tortured by tales of lost loves, downtrodden communities, and substance abuse but displays enough Rock star bravado to fill a stadium – all sprinkled with the perfect amount of sensual undertones and subject quirkiness.