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“There must be something in the kick drum drumming, there must be something in the guitar strumming.”

It’s tempting to describe the chorus of Brett Kissel’s smash single, “Airwaves,” as what’s gotten him to this point, but that barely scratches the surface of the artistic growth Kissel displays on his latest album, Pick Me Up. The pride of Flat Lake, Alberta has already reached a place very few other Canadian country music artists have attained, but defying the odds has been Kissel’s mission his entire life, the result of a tireless work ethic instilled while growing up on his family’s farm. Following the incredible success of his 2013 major label debut, Started With A Song, Pick Me Up shows that, like a thoroughbred just out of the gate, Kissel is hitting his stride.

For the new album, Kissel once again teamed up with CCMA Award-winner Bart McKay, as well as one of country music’s premier producers Mickey Jack Cones (Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins). The common thread was not an attempt to replicate the success of its predecessor, but to have the results reflect Kissel’s unstoppable drive to make his music bigger and better.

“There’s no other place I prefer to be than on stage,” Kissel says. “With all of the shows we did for the last album, we were totally prepared as a band when we went into the studio to cut the new material, and determined to exceed the fans’ expectations. Looking back, I might have been preparing for it even while we were finishing the last album, knowing that the next one needed to have more energy.”

It’s clear that rationale was behind the choice of “Airwaves” to be Pick Me Up’s first single, as the song established itself as a fan favourite after only a few live outings. Building on that kind of feedback from his audience has always been important to Kissel, and he takes a lot of pride in being one of the most active Canadian country artists on social media. It’s all fuelled his efforts to expand and enhance his live show, something that kicked into high gear once he hit the road in the fall of 2014 as special guest on multiple Grammy & CMA award winner Brad Paisley’s cross-Canada tour. Channeling that joyous experience into Pick Me Up became job one.

At the same time, Pick Me Up displays how far Kissel has come as a singer and songwriter, most evident on tracks such as “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair,” a tribute to his mother, a multiple cancer survivor, as well as “I Can Play Guitar,” containing playful insights of life on the Brad Paisley tour, and “Come Pick Me Up,” a poignant rumination on a failed relationship. A desire to present these varied facets of his life played a big role in choosing the material for the new album, Kissel explains.

“I really want everyone who buys one of my records to feel as if they’re getting a piece of me at that moment. I’m very fortunate to be a 26-year-old guy touring the world, but at heart I’m still the same kid who grew up in an amazing family on a cattle ranch in Alberta, and going though a lot of the same things my listeners are. To try to get all of that on to one record is always a pleasant challenge.”

After the year Kissel had in the wake of the success of Started With A Song, no one could be blamed for kicking off their boots, cracking a cold one or two, and imagining things couldn’t get any better. But coasting on his accomplishments has never been part of Kissel’s makeup.

The numbers say it all, however: His JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist marked the first time in 17 years a country act earned the honour. That accolade seemed a lock for Kissel, despite some stiff competition, as it came on the heels of five Billboard Canada Top 10 singles from his major label debut album, Started With A Song. And that’s not to mention his staggering eight Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, of which he won two.

And he didn't slow down with the release of Pick Me Up. He earned another CCMA Award win in 2015, and four more in 2016 – including Male Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice. That followed a tour with Garth Brooks, a JUNO nomination for top country album, and most importantly the birth of his first child, daughter Mila, with his wife Cecilia.

It was the fulfillment of the dream Kissel has had from the moment he received his first guitar at age six. At 12, he released his first album and took his first trip to Nashville soon after. Many, many, many more trips later, Kissel and his wife settled in Music City, and suddenly the notion of being accepted by the country music establishment was within reach. Kissel’s debut on the Grand Ole Opry in the summer of 2015 brought that into even sharper focus.

“Getting a chance to spend time with Brad Paisley, George Strait and Garth Brooks—my heroes—and having them be so kind and generous, has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Kissel says. “I’m trying hard not to take it all for granted, but soak it all in and learn as much as I can. It really does feel like a big family here.”

Kissel is indeed adding his unique artistic perspective to the rich musical tradition that has inspired and sustained him for as long as he can remember. On Pick Me Up, there is no disputing he now belongs to that tradition and will continue adding to it for years to come.


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WHAT THEY USE

Kick

BETA 91A
Half-Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

Precision-engineered. Integrated preamp. Two-position contour switch for kick drum & other low-frequency applications.

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PG52
Instrument Microphone.

High-performance cardioid dynamic kick drum microphone tuned to capture low-end punch.


Kick

BETA 52A
Kick Drum Microphone.

Optimized for low-frequency bass punch/high-power SPL handling. Designed for kick drum.

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PG52
Instrument Microphone.

High-performance cardioid dynamic kick drum microphone tuned to capture low-end punch.


Snare

SM57
Instrument Microphone.

Multi-purpose mic for clean sound reproduction of amplified or acoustic instruments.

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PG57
Instrument Microphone.

A versatile microphone for use with amplified or acoustic instruments.


Hi-Hat

KSM137
Instrument Microphone.

A versatile, durable, and precise single cardioid polar pattern instrument microphone.

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PG81
Instrument Microphone.

Precision-engineered to excel at professional sound reinforcement or recording of toms, snares, and percussion.


Hi-Hat

SM81
Instrument Microphone.

Industry-standard mic renowned for sonic accuracy in stage and studio performances.

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PG81
Instrument Microphone.

A sensitive, flat response microphone ideal for acoustic instruments.


Overheads

KSM32
Embossed Single-Diaphragm Microphone.

Embossed single-diaphragm, side-address microphone for highly critical studio and live sound productions.

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PG27
Instrument Microphone.

Side-address condenser microphone for instrument and vocal recording applications.


Bass

BETA 56A
Instrument Microphone.

Compact drum microphone engineered for close miking of snare and toms.

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PG56
Snare | Tom Microphone.

A compact drum microphone for close miking. A50D Drum mount included.


Guitar

KSM32
Embossed Single-Diaphragm Microphone.

Embossed single-diaphragm, side-address microphone for highly critical studio and live sound productions.

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PG27
Instrument Microphone.

Side-address condenser microphone for instrument and vocal recording applications.


Guitar

SM57
Instrument Microphone.

Multi-purpose mic for clean sound reproduction of amplified or acoustic instruments.

On a Budget?

PG57
Instrument Microphone.

A versatile microphone for use with amplified or acoustic instruments.


Wireless

ULX-DTM
Digital Wireless System.

Uncompromising digital wireless for professional sound reinforcement.

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GLX-D
Digital Wireless System.

Featuring intelligent technology and smart power options that put reliable, digital wireless sound in the hands of performers everywhere.


Vocals

SM58
Vocal Microphone.

Tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals, the SM58 is a legendary live vocal microphone known for its rugged reliability on tour.

On a Budget?

PG58
Vocal Microphone.

A rugged microphone tuned to accentuate the clarity of lead and back-up vocals.