Aaron Pritchett plays the Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre, Jan. 11. (Contributed)

Aaron Pritchett headed ‘Out on the Town’

National tour kicks off in Sidney Jan. 11 with David James, Kira Isabella

When Aaron Pritchett and his band set up in the Charlie White Theatre Jan. 11, it will not only be the kickoff to the 36-date Out on the Town national tour, but his new EP of the same name will also drop to fans across the country.

The tour will swing through a variety of venues along the way with a carefully curated ban. “They’re the best of the best in my eyes,” he says. “Not just great musicians, but great people.”

And the show will adapt to different sized rooms with different vibes before it culminates Feb. 23 in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

RELATED: Huge crowd celebrates Sunfest opening night with Canyon, Pritchett in Lake Cowichan

But that doesn’t change the show, Pritchett says.

“I come with the same amount of energy and I’m in your face no matter what,” he says. “I don’t care if they’re sitting and it feels like I’m playing in Russia or I’m in a club and they’re right there and I can touch their hands.”

Connecting with this fans is something Pritchett does regularly. With thousands of followers on three social media platforms, the Kitimat native who now divides his time between Gabriola Island and Nanaimo, doesn’t mind sharing some of his personal life with the public.

“I like to try and engage them in a conversation and reply to their comments,” he says, “and make them see that I’m a real guy.”

View this post on Instagram

Sometimes you just need to get away from things. Over a month ago I asked @warwickandrews, who I’d only met a couple times through his longtime friends @justinpasutto and @jillian.harris, if he’d like to take something that I called a “Mancation”. Go somewhere, anywhere to do something… or even nothing. Camping, crash someone’s pad, anything. He didn’t hesitate and planned a weekend away that was incredible. I’ve had some stress and anxiety over the last several months that I needed to try and relieve myself of, and this past weekend was exactly what was needed. Warwick said “Let’s go to my buddy’s place in Jordan River, BC!” No need to ask me twice and off we went to @matt_zuto’s place just on the outskirts of Jordan River. And, not only does Matt have an amazing property, and live in one of the most incredibly beautiful spots on earth, but he’s one of the greatest dudes you’ll meet. Between Warwick, Matt, Justin, and all their buds, they’re all first class fellas. New friends, forever friends now, boys! Thanks for everything Warwick and Matt! #knowamsaynnn #Mancation2018 #MoreMancationsToCome! #WouldjyaLookAtThat

A post shared by Aaron Pritchett (@aaronpritchett) on

Maintaining the balance as an award-winning performer and a “regular guy” includes being open about the struggles, too. “I think opening up and being honest and being able to say I had a bad day today or I’ve suffered from some anxiety lately – it’s important. It happens.”

Joining the Pritchett parade this time out is opening act, Winnipeg singer-songwriter David James and two-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner Kira Isabella, who Pritchett calls “amazing performers.”

“Country music in general likes artists of all ranges,” he says. “I’m seeing a huge growth in young people coming out to the shows – all the shows, not just mine. As a whole with this tour we cover all those areas.”

RELATED: Jann Arden spotted strolling through Sidney

As the tour rolls through the Prairies, braving a Canadian winter aboard a bus with 12 people in close quarters for six weeks, it’s the fans Pritchett is most looking forward to catching up with as he brings with him new material like the single “Better When I Do.”

Even when he started listening to country music, Pritchett says “it wasn’t the most popular by any means” and long considered himself a “closet listener” to tunes that were “great but somewhat repetitive.”

“It’s a lot more diverse now,” he says of the country genre that catches flack for the way its artists sometimes dabble in pop and rock. “That’s what I was shooting for with the EP.”

On Out on the Town, Pritchett, a Juno, BC Country Music, Western Canadian Music and Canadian Country Music award winner, is hoping for his first number one single. But, really it’s about bringing back to the stage what his dedicated fans want – a rockin’ show.

“That’s the main goal always,” he says, “to have fun and make the audience have fun. When you’re a country fan – country fans seem to be for life.


@kristyn_anthony
kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Bureaucratic mix-up’ could lead to Sooke daycare closure

Sooke CAO confident daycare situation can be resolved

Sooke launches Hockeyville bid

Up for grabs: $250,000 in arena upgrades and an NHL game

New Sooke education academy focuses on environment, community

Program still requires school board approval

Sooke boardwalk reopens to public

Downed tree damages structure during last week’s wind storm

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Most Read