Paul Lagendyk says country is in his blood.
The local musician, who grew up just outside of Muskoka but has lived in Huntsville for over 15 years, is about to release his second album, The Blue Collared Cowboy. He’ll be celebrating at a sold-out CD release party on April 27 at the Huntsville Legion.
“I am so thankful for everyone in the community and cannot express how supportive everyone has been,” says Lagendyk. “The whole town has been amazing and I want this album release party to be a party from me to give back to everyone so they can be involved in the release with me.”
Lagendyk came from a very musical family and has always loved playing at campfires and was in a few different high school bands.
He first released the EP Canadian Country in 2015, which has been played on 41 different radio stations. It was followed by his debut CD Shiny Rails to Nowhere in 2017. Now, he is excited to share The Blue Collared Cowboy with the world. All three were produced by Andre Wahl, legendary Canadian producer and a family friend of Lagendyk.
“My first album was like a bucket list item and I made that album for me,” says Lagendyk. “I wasn’t sure if it would go beyond that but a local radio station wanted to play it and I got a few opportunities to play live and people responded so well.
“I always knew I would love making music but I didn’t anticipate enjoying the live shows this much. I love the energy from performing. I have fun and everyone else has fun.”
His latest album is a more personal one, he says.
There is a song for everyone in this album. One song is devoted to my love for my kids, one is for people who hate their jobs, there are heartbreak songs and another is inspired by my friend who went through cancer. I want these songs to brighten people’s crappy days. This album is really about where I am in my life right now.
Lagendyk’s proudest musical achievements include placing in the top 200 nationwide in the CBC Searchlight competition two years in a row, being awarded song of the year on Hunters Bay Radio also two years in a row, and most recently gaining over 11,000 listeners on Spotify in just a few months.
If the opportunity arose, Lagendyk says he would love to turn music into a full-time career and tour in the future. He is inspired by the success of musicians Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine.
Lagendyk will be promoting three of the songs from his new album on Spotify and radio. Keep an eye out for possible gigs in the Muskoka area later this summer—check paullagendyk.com for updates.
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