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Cumberland County native Pam Miller surprised patrons at Tim Hortons in Springhill last week with a promotional appearance with Canadian country music hall of famer Johnny Burke in support of their upcoming show here in June.
SPRINGHILL – There’s a genteel nature to the Canadian Country music scene.
Instead of glamorous tour buses or squads of security keeping fans at bay, you’re just as apt to have a legend invite you into their home or take the time to meet with fans following a small show in a rural community hall.
Or belt out a tune while you enjoy a cup of coffee.
Country music hall of famer Johnny Burke is that kind of guy. Burke, whose status in the music industry went from back-up bass player to six-string front man, has shared the stage with the likes of Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Glen Campbell before he found his own success with the 1978 hit album Wild Honey. The New Brunswick native could have let the glitz and glam get to him, but stopping at the Tim Hortons in Springhill to promote the upcoming Canadian Country Music Legends Show, he says playing rural communities is what he enjoys the most.
“My wife is actually my manager and she finds me places to play in small towns because the city, I just can’t do it anymore,” Burke said. “You can’t stay in one place because there’s not enough work but the people you meet are great.”
The tour, which will land Burke, Harold MacIntyre and Brian Mallery in Springhill at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in June, is the work of Pam Miller, who will also performing. Born in Oshawa, raised in Amherst and with family from Springhill, Miller said when she brought the tour together she especially wanted to bring it to the region to showcase some of Canadian country music’s legends.
“I’m so proud to be from Cumberland County so when I started touring the show I wanted to bring the show home.” Pam Miller
“I’m so proud to be from Cumberland County so when I started touring the show I wanted to bring the show home,” Miller said. “We all sing classic country and I consider Johnny a father figure in Canadian country.”
And just like a proud pop, Burke used an impromptu performance for patrons at Tim Hortons last week to let Miller shine as he sang back up and played guitar before moving on to their next promotion of the upcoming show.
The Canadian Country Music Legends Show is scheduled for Friday, June 28, at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. Advance tickets are available, and at the door. For more information contact 902-597-3680, 660-4490, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.