Press Release: Jimmy Rankin Announces Fall Tour







(Photo by: Mark Maryanovich)

“ [Back Road Paradise] has a polished sheen to its songs, upbeat and hook-filled, underscored by country touches like fiddle and pedal steel….Back Road Paradise’s lively new songs are destined to become onstage favourites.” – Chronicle Herald

“…the catchiest batch of tunes Rankin’s ever written, with all the hallmarks of what he does: Smart lyrics, great vocals, perfectly crafted songwriter material, couched ina bigger, modern country sound…It’s the best vocal album he’s ever done.” – CBC

(SEPTEMBER 15, 2014) Canadian roots artist and perennial fan favourite JIMMY RANKIN is set to embark on a 24-date Fall tour this October and November, hitting multiple stops within Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The tour kicks off in Lockeport, NS on October 3, 2014 and is in support of Jimmy’s 6th solo LP Back Road Paradise, available now on Song Dog Music/Fontana North. Says Jimmy, “We’ve gotten so much positive response to the songs on this album and lots of requests for more shows within various provinces… we’re digging deep with more tour dates in those places.” See below for detailed tour dates.

Back Road Paradise features 12 brand-new Rankin compositions, including the hit single “Cool Car” and duets with Grammy winner and bluegrass icon Alison Krauss, as well as Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. The LP has enjoyed much critical acclaim, and first single “Cool Car” ranked #2 of CMT’s most popular videos. The album’s follow-up track, “Whiskey When The Sun Goes Down” was just released and has been rapidly climbing the Country charts. The official video for the single was recently shot in Vancouver by award-winning director, Stephano Barberis, and will be released later this month.

Jimmy Rankin has established himself as one of the most entertaining and respected Canadian artists in the recording industry. His career boasts multi-platinum sales and numerous industry awards for his work as front man for Celtic-Pop heroes, The Rankin Family and as a marquee Canadian solo singer/ songwriter. A dynamic live performer with broad demographic appeal, Rankin’s shows draw from an impressive catalog of hits, moving effortlessly between Roots, Country and Pop stylings.


10.03 – Lockeport, NS @ Lockeport Regional High School
10.04 – Pictou, NS @ deCoste Centre
10.07 – Berwick, NS @ Union Street Cafe
10.08 – Truro, NS @ Marigold Cultural Centre
10.09 – Mabou, NS @ Strathspey Place
10.10 – Guysborough, NS @ Chedabucto Place Performance Centre
10.11 – Charlottetown, PE @ Confederation Centre of the Arts
10.19 – Brandon, MB @ Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
10.20 – Estevan, SK @ Estevan Comprehensive High School
10.21 – Redvers, SK @ Redvers Recreation Centre
10.22 – Kipling, SK @ Kipling Community Centre
10.23 – Moosomin, SK @ Moosomin Community Theatre
10.24 – Langenburg, SK @ Langenburg Community Theatre
10.25 – Preeceville, SK @ Preeceville Legion Hall
10.26 – Wadena, SK @ Wadena Community Legion Hall
10.28 – Hudson Bay, SK @ Brooks Hall
10.29 – Canora, SK @ Canora Composite School
10.30 – Kamsack, SK @ Kamsack Playhouse
11.01 – Indian Head, SK @ Grand Theatre
11.03 – Weyburn, SK @ The Cugnet Centre
11.04 – Deloraine, MB @ Deloraine Winchester Theatre
11.06 – Snow Lake, MB @ Snow Lake Community Hall
11.07 – The Pas MB, @ The Kelsey School
11.08 – Thompson, MB @ Letkemann Theatre
12.07 – Wolfville, NS @ University Hall

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Jimmy Rankin Announces Fall Tour

Jimmy Rankin is set to embark on a large, 24-date fall tour in October and November of this year, hitting multiple stops within Nova Scotia, Price Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He will be kicking off his tour in Lockeport, NS, on October 3rd. A complete list of tour dates can be viewed at Jimmy Rankin’s Tour Page.

The Western Canadian dates will be added very soon, so keep visiting the website!

The tour will be in support of Jimmy’s latest album release, Back Road Paradise, which was released on April 1st, 2014. The album was received with much critical acclaim, following the album’s first single, “Cool Car”, which reached #32 on the BDS Country Charts. The album’s follow-up single, “Whiskey When The Sun Goes Down” was released on August 11th, and has been climbing the charts rapidly. The official video for the single is due to be released by late-September.

For ticket information for these upcoming shows, please visit Jimmy Rankin’s Tour Page.

We Need YOUR Help For Jimmy’s New Video

In anticipation of Jimmy Rankin’s new single, “Whiskey When The Sun Goes Down“, to be released to radio mid-August, Jimmy has asked for YOUR help in creating a music video!

We want you to send in videos of you singing along to the song, and showing us what you do when the sun goes down. It could be relaxing with friends, having a BBQ, sitting by a lake, or enjoying your favourite sunset view. We will include our favourites in a new fan-generated video for the song.

Please keep the videos to about 30 seconds, and send us high resolution videos to

*Note: if you’re filming with your iPhone, please hold them horizontally. 

This contest’s deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, so send your videos soon!


Jimmy to Play PEI Festival Saturday

The first annual Rock the Boat MusicFest is set for this Saturday, August 2nd, in Tyne Valley PEI. This musical addition to the 50th Tyne Valley Oyster Festival will be sure to draw a great crowd, as the MusicFest features Jimmy Rankin, Blue Rodeo, Alan Doyle, Gordie MacKeeman, and Meaghan Blanchard.

To learn more about this exciting show, be sure to read this article by
The Guardian.

Tickets are available for sale here.

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Jimmy Rankin Visits Select Needs Stores Across Nova Scotia

Jimmy will be setting out across select Needs Convenience Stores in Nova Scotia, along with The Chronicle Herald, to promote the upcoming Backyard BBQ contest being hosted by the Herald. These visits offer fans in various locations the opportunity to meet Jimmy, grab a copy of his newest release Back Road Paradise (sold at Needs), and even get Jimmy to sign it for them! Visitors can also register for the Backyard BBQ contest on-site.

Starting Thursday June 12 and running until Saturday June 14, Jimmy will be visiting Needs locations in Sydney, Baddeck, Truro, Kentville, Halifax and Bedford. The following photo lists specific dates and times for each location:


The Chronicle Herald has teamed up with Needs Convenience Stores to offer an unbelievable contest to Nova Scotians. The lucky winner of the Backyard BBQ contest will win a brand new BBQ and a private performance by Jimmy himself. “You and 19 friends could be jamming to Jimmy Rankin as he performs in your very own backyard while a professional chef serves up burgers, salads, hotdogs and more cooked to perfection on a new Weber Genesis Gas Grill that you get to keep!”

You can also enter the contest online by visiting the Chronicle Herald’s Backyard BBQ Contest page. The contest ends June 24, 2014, so be sure to enter today!

Jimmy Rankin Talks “Back Road Paradise” – Top Country

Jimmy had the chance to talk with Kayla Tinson at Top Country about his recent release of Back Road Paradise, what it was like to work with his duet partners on the album, memorable moments of 2014, and much more!

To read the full article, click here: Jimmy Rankin Talks “Back Road Paradise”

Jimmy Rankin to Headline Toronto Show June 7

Jimmy Rankin will headline the Enwave Theatre in Toronto this Saturday night, June 7th, in support of his new album “Back Road Paradise”. For more information, be sure to read the article below. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

“Celtic-pop hero and roots-rock devotee Jimmy Rankin has a remarkable ability to charm audiences.”….

Times Colonist Article on Back Road Paradise

Great article on Back Road Paradise in the Times Colonist!

CBC Manitoba Article!