Kerosene Creek is one of Ontario’s HOTTEST new country acts having shared the stage with Doc Walker, George Canyon, Terri Clark and Travis Tritt. With non-stop touring this year you can see Kerosene Creek headlining many fairs, festivals and rodeo’s all across Ontario. This unforgettable band delivers an energetic, fun-filled performance with outstanding talent and sound. Kerosene Creek performs a much wider range of your country favorites with both Mandi Lee and John sharing lead vocals.
Kerosene Creek’s music includes all of the hottest new country songs with some classics and originals tossed into the mix. The release of their first single ‘Girls Get in Free’, an up tempo, anthem song, has been received with great reviews and can be heard on radio stations across Canada. They are currently working hard in the studio on their debut album due to be released at the end of this year.
With an ever growing fan base and rising popularity, Kerosene Creek’s live shows are not to be missed. Please visit them on Facebook, Twitter or their website –www.KeroseneCreek.com- to check out their upcoming tour dates, music, videos, photos, merchandise and much more!
‘Girls Get in Free’ is available NOW on iTunes and CD Baby.
Mandi Lee - lead vocals & rhythm guitar
John Hughes - Bass & Vocals
Art Normand - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Doug Henry - Guitar & Vocals
Fernando Monteiro - Drums & Vocals
Debut Single - Girls Get in Free released March 2012.
Self Titled Debut Album to be released early 2013.
Kerosene Creek Ready to Light it Up!
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It’s difficult for any local band to make an impression in the music industry. Yet, when it comes to...It’s difficult for any local band to make an impression in the music industry. Yet, when it comes to rising popularity in the new country genre, not too many can hold a candle to Kerosene Creek.
The five-member group can be described as a product of the contemporary rock-country-pop movement that’s taken shape over the past decade, spawned by the likes of Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. In fact, it was Lambert’s debut album that inspired the name.
Vocalist Mandi Lee Chandler’s powerful rendition of her 2005 hit Kerosene led to the renaming of the band formerly known as Homegrown, a moniker that parted ways along with its lead singer in 2010.
Chandler, a 31-year-old Cambridge product, has been singing and playing the guitar most of her life, but became inspired by the style of Gretchen Wilson, who released her debut album back in 2004. She listened to Faith Hill and Shania Twain before, but was never much into old country.
The new sound had a different “edge” that Chandler took a liking to, and she began to enter singing contests – and won. She won the KIX 106.7 Star Quest competition in 2006 and Oktoberfest Idol in Kitchener in 2007. That same year, she opened for the Road Hammers and played alongside Aaron Lines at the Uptown Country Music Festival.
“Unfortunately, entering competitions doesn’t get you that far,” Chandler said. “I had my own website and was trying to get my name out there.”
One thing led to another and she’s been touring Ontario with Kerosene Creek the past couple of years, performing covers.
The band has played at fundraisers, community events, even political shindigs, but moreover, bars and concert venues including the Stampede Ranch in Guelph, Stampede Corral in Kitchener, and Grand River Hotel and Mainlanders in Cambridge.
Last year, the band made some inroads on a broader scale, opening for Doc Walker at Paddyfest in Listowel, becoming a member of the Canadian Country Music Association and reaching the finals of the KIX 106.7 Songwriter's Search with Girls Get in Free. The debut single is being released on country radio stations across Canada on Tuesday and will be available on iTunes and CD Baby.
Chandler is already looking forward to an interview with 1380 CKPC in Brantford on the drive home that day at 4 p.m. and hopes that the song will catch on.
A debut album is also in the works. The band travelled to Nashville in February, played two shows at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and collaborated with songwriters.
“We hope by next year at this time we’ll have a full album done,” said drummer and Cambridge native Fernando Monteiro, noting that each band member also works a day job. Monteiro said that every member plays a huge role. The others include bassist John Hughes and guitarists Doug Henry and Art Normand.
Bios on the band’s website (www.kerosenecreek.com) lists every member as a vocalist. It’s not uncommon for them to perform duets.
“Right now we’re hitting all the country bars across Ontario,” said Chandler. “It would be great to sign with a record label one day. For now, we’re an independent, but the reception has been really good and people come back and want to see us again.”
Kerosene Creek will be at the Dirty Dog Saloon in Hamilton March 31.
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On the heels of a promotional blitz as they release their new single, “Girls Get In Free”, Kerosene ...On the heels of a promotional blitz as they release their new single, “Girls Get In Free”, Kerosene Creek (or warmly referred to as one of Ontario’s hottest country acts) drummer, Fern, and I discussed the song and dominating the country scene in the province.
“‘Girls Get In Free’ was written by all members of the band and our good friend singer/songwriter Steve Rivers,” Fern explains. “It’s about a group of girls putting all their troubles and worries aside and just have fun on a Broadway- Nashville TN night out. The hook (title) speaks for itself. Especially to the female audience where ever we perform at.”
“There’s a rumour country shows are always sold out, why do you think that is?” I ask him.
“After playing with different bands and genres I quickly discovered there is a lot of people out there that love country music but don’t show it until you walk in,” Fern replies. “At the Stampede Corral or Stampede Ranch, for example, (you’ll) find 800+ people dancing and singing along to the music. Today’s country is plain and simple; your pop rock with some twang to it, and a lyrical message that people easily associate with.”
I was curious, though. Is Kerosene Creek primarily an original band or do they play covers?
“At the moment we do more covers then originals. The venues we play require us to perform from 9:30 to 2 am so we have to come up with material that will carry on for that time as opposed to your average 1 1/2 hour set on a 2 or 3 rock band event. But eventually we would like to turn that around into a full show of Kerosene Creek music and maybe a couple covers as an encore like you see in the ‘big leagues’,” Fern tells me. I noted that when I met Fern he was primarily a rock artist. “I am a rocker and will always be,” he states, “but I fell in love with this genre about 6 years ago and quickly discovered that I could adapt and learn more about country drumming. I’m always trying to learn new rudiments from all over the musical spectrum. At the same time I bring in that hard edge beat that drives the band. I hit the drums with the same conviction as a rock show.”
As for the new single, (a pop-country up-tempo ditty that is surprisingly catchy and rivals most mainstream artists in today’s market), I asked Fern why the band opted to release a single versus a full EP. “In country music we experience a lot of this,” Fern tells me. “Single is released and the full EP or album comes out almost a year after. With iTunes it has become a ‘single’ business almost. There’s been a few examples lately attached to youtube videos that wen’t viral. We feel this is the right time to present Kerosene Creek to a wider audience with the release of ‘GGIF’. There has been quite some hype about the band since our trip to Nashville this past month.”
So what can you expect from a Kerosene Creek show? “A fun filled highly energetic party!” Fern says. “Mandi’s vocals are superb. She’s such a powerful singer and we’re just the wheels that follow her steering wheel. It’s amazing to see people’s faces in the front rows mesmerized at her performance. John also sings besides playing bass which brings that country cowboy vocal element to Kerosene Creek and both their vocals mesh quite well in duets we perform at our shows.”
By Care Humphries
Kerosene Creek at the UpTown Waterloo Country Music Festival
Video talking about the festival with Kerosene Creek playing through out the whole video.
Convoy For A Cure Set to Roll Through Oxford
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Kerosene Creek performed at the Convoy for a Cure, donating a portion of their merchandise sales to ...Kerosene Creek performed at the Convoy for a Cure, donating a portion of their merchandise sales to the cause.
Backstage Concert Raises More Than $8000
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Kerosene Creek performed at the Kaitlyn Hantz Fundraiser in Delhi to help raise money for the Hantz ...Kerosene Creek performed at the Kaitlyn Hantz Fundraiser in Delhi to help raise money for the Hantz family in their time of need.
Mandi Lee is the 2007 Oktoberfest Idol!
Video of CTV News announcing Mandi Lee as the 2007 Oktoberfest Idol.
From the bars/clubs/festivals that we usually play, it's generally a 1 hour set, 3- 45 minute sets or 4- 40 minute sets. Here is a list of our currant material which we switch up to fill those sets.
Girls Get In Free
He Broke My Heart (I Broke His Guitar)
Did I Just Say What I Just Said
Hand Me Down Man
One Kiss Too Late
Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
Here For The Party - Gretchen Wilson
All Jacked Up - Gretchen Wilson
I Got Your Country Right Here - Wilson
Work Hard, Play Harder - Gretchen Wilson
Fastest Girl in Town - Miranda Lambert
Baggage Claim - Miranda Lambert
Kerosene - Miranda Lambert
Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert
All I Want To Do - Sugarland
Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland
Down in Mississippi - Sugarland
Stay - Sugarland
It Happens - Sugarland
Settlin' - Sugarland
Let 'Er Rip - Dixie Chicks
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Why Haven't I Heard From You - Reba McEntyre
Turn on the Radio - Reba McEntyre
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
Picture to Burn - Taylor Swift
Good Girl - Carrie Underwood
Last Name - Carrie Underwood
Undo It - Carrie Underwood
Rock This Country - Shania Twain
Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler
I Feel Lucky - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Sweet Child O' Mine - Sheryl Crow
Your Cheatin' Heart - Crystal Shawanda
My Roots Are Showing - Crystal Shawanda
Look It up - Ashton Shepherd
Wildflower - JaneDear Girls
Back in the Saddle - Matraca Berg
Here For a Good Time - Terri Clark
Little White Church - Little Big Town
Pour Me - Trick Pony
Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline
You and I - Lady Gaga
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not - Thompson Square
(Kissed You) Goodnight - Gloriana
Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
You and Tequila - Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter
Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean
Hicktown - Jason Aldean
Working Man Blues - Merle Haggard
A Little Less Talk - Toby Keith
Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy - Big & Rich
All About Tonight - Blake Shelton
Footloose - Blake Shelton
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off - Joe Nichols
5-1-5-0 - Dierks Bentley
Lot of Leaving Left to Do - Dierks Bentley
Am I the Only One - Dierks Bentley
Sideways - Dierks Bentley
Play Something Country - Brooks and Dunn
We're From the Country - Tracy Byrd
Highway Patrol - Paul Brandt
Country Girl (Shake it for Me) - Luke Bryan
Rain is a Good Thing - Luke Bryan
Blame it on That Red Dress - Gord Bamford
Drink in my Hand - Eric Church
Fishin' in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
That's How Country Boys Roll - Billy Currington
Don't Close Your Eyes - Keith Whitley
The Dance - Garth Brooks
The Race is On - Sawyer Brown
I Don't Even Know Your Name - Alan Jackson
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Keep Your Hands to Yourself - Georgia Satellites
There are no upcoming dates at this time.