Just nine months after completing a tour that saw them perform for more than 60,000 people, two-time Juno Award winners Tim and The Glory Boys are back on the road for a 55-date, cross-country tour through mid-December.
Considering that quick turn-around, the bluegrass-country quartet – who are now based in Abbotsford, British Columbia but have roots in the Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man. areas – seems open to the grind of the stereotypical Canadian travelling band.
The group’s lead singer, Tim Neufeld, has caught a glimpse of the pinnacle of the music industry as a founding member of Starfield, a Christian rock band that signed a Nashville record deal and performed around the world for eight years through the 2000s. Now with The Glory Boys, Neufeld is, in a way, starting over with a new image in a new genre and a new paradigm on life.
“I’ve signed the major record deal and there are pros and cons to that,” Neufeld said while his band-mates packed an expansive stage-set that includes a stone fireplace and a mounted buffalo head following a recent show in Alberta. “Now, we’re kind of getting out of all that and becoming post dependent; not quite independent and not quite dependent. It has felt like a revival. We finally have control again.”
This scaled back mode of operation has Neufeld refreshed 15 years into his career.
“At this point, I’m happier, more fulfilled and I feel like I’m making the best music of my life,” he said. “I feel exactly like I did when I was 24 signing a record deal, only now I’m 42. Even the people I’m meeting mean more to me now. They seem more genuine and without pretense. The secret to life is learning to enjoy those moments.”
“It’s important to us to laugh and be merry. We want to enjoy the mundane as much as we enjoy the mountaintop." – Tim Neufeld
Tim and The Glory Boys will perform at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church in Brandon at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. The show is one of more than 50 taking place across the country as part of “The Buffalo Roadshow: No More Horsin’ Around” tour. The cross-Canada trek is in support of their latest 10-track album, The Buffalo Roadshow, which was released in mid-September.
Tim is joined on stage by Colin Trask on Dobro and drums; Matt Stride on banjo, electric guitar and vocals; and Jon Mushaluk on upright bass. The Buffalo Roadshow is their second album following the 2016 release of Hootenanny! That recording earned the group the 2017 Juno Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year.
The group’s latest body of work is a mix of country and bluegrass influenced by, but not focused on, their Christian faith.
“We listened to country music and it’s a pretty close cousin to bluegrass, so the mix is a natural migration for us,” Neufeld said. “The country music industry is sort of in a golden age in Canada right now and it all sort of makes sense. We found some incredible partners in the country music industry in Ontario who have taken us under their wings.”
Regardless of the genre of music they play, ultimately, Neufeld and The Glory Boys want to be themselves; a hard-working group of guys who also want to be good husbands, fathers and brothers to each other.
“All while enjoying the crap out of life,” said Neufeld. “It’s important to us to laugh and be merry. We want to enjoy the mundane as much as we enjoy the mountaintop. That’s kind of a theme in our album. It’s also about counting your blessings. There are several songs about simplicity and being content with what you’ve got; a blue collar approach to life with friends and community.”
Tickets to the Brandon show are available at timmytour.com. Tim and The Glory Boys’ other Manitoba shows include stops in Dauphin on Oct. 17, Winnipeg on Oct. 19, and Winkler on Oct. 21.