Lee Bowman says she and the rest of Jetty Road don’t mind the road.
“We’re not shy to doing some travelling,” she says from her home in Australia Bowman, twin sister Paula and bandmates Julian Sammut and Simon Ross will be playing the Merritt Mountain Music Festival on July 10.
That would be two days after playing a festival in Prince Edward island.
“Not everyone has their festivals close together,” Bowman says with a touch of understatement.
Following that cross-Canada jaunt, the band has a bit of time off before their next festival, but it won’t be time off totally, she says.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of radio promos for the new album (Far Away Places) and we’re shooting a video for a song we did with George Canyon.”
The song, Wrong, is one of several on Far Away Places with names Canadian country fans will recognize.
“That’s where we were when we were writing for the album,” Bowman explains. “When we figured out the timing, working back from when we wanted the album to come out, we realized we would be touring in Canada at the time we needed to be getting songs together for the album.”
Since the group’s first three albums were all self-written while back home in Australia, the idea of writing on the road was a strange one to start with.
“Then we realized it was a great opportunity to work with other writers,” she says.
They got to see a number of different writing styles, and Bowman gives quick hit impressions of their Canadian co-writers. Kathleen Higgins: “She’s just a free spirit. The ideas just come pouring out of her. Full of energy.”
George Canyon: “We worked well together. He’s a bit of a perfectionist. If something isn’t coming together, he prefers to leave it and move on to the next idea.”
Jason McCoy: “We had some ideas we couldn’t finish, so we played them for him and he would say, ‘Well, why not try this?’, and it would work.”
The duet, Wrong, with Canyon didn’t start out that way.
“We knew we had some fast songs already, so we wanted to write a ballad with George. When we were finished, he said, ‘You know, this sounds like it would make a good duet. Can we give that a try?’ He didn’t have to ask us twice. When we heard the vocal track he laid down for it, the hairs stood up on my arms. It was beautiful, it was meant to be.”
This year’s trip to Canada marks four years in a row for Jetty Road making it here, and their second trip to Merritt.
“The Canadian trip just keeps getting bigger and better,” Bowman says.