Hillside Outlaws
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Hillside Outlaws

Penticton, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Penticton, Canada
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Country Rock


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"Review from Cannery Brewing"

We were absolutely thrilled to have the Hillside Outlaws perform in our taproom at Cannery Brewing. They were wonderful to work with in advance of the performance to help promote the concert. Their performance was fabulous. They got the crowd going in our completely packed taproom. Guests were very engaged and clearly enjoyed the performance. We were very happy to have the Hillside Outlaws perform one of their first public concerts at the brewery. We immediately booked them again for a repeat performance. The Hillside Outlaws have a very bright future!

-Kim Lawton, Marketing Director, Cannery Brewing, Penticton -

"Review from Charity Event"

Thank you so much for supporting our Cystic Fibrosis - Ruby Lou Do at The Copper Mug in November. You are fantastic!!! And to anyone looking for a great night of music you can't be beat.

Theresa McPhillarney -

"Hillside Outlaws keeping musical resolution"

February 3, 2017

As January turns into February, many are probably close to abandoning New Year’s resolutions,but for Louis Bigras, his resolution is going better than he ever thought.

Last year, Bigras, singer and guitar player for Penticton country band Hillside Outlaws, made the resolution to make a career out of music.

“So what I did was I started writing songs. I had never wrote songs before, so I started writing songs and putting things together,” Bigras said.

He made a “napkin contract” with friend Leanne Stark who remains the band’s manager today. Prior to forming the Hillside Outlaws, Bigras, with the help of Stark, entered a talent search contest and was able to open for Sam Hunt at the Rockin’ River Festival in Merritt, singing in front of nearly 2,000 people.

Bigras eventually met bassist Carlos Jimenez and drummer Erik Galata through mutual friends and started talking about music around a fire.

“We just got together one night and the rest is history,” Bigras said.

Their first show took place at a church in Okanagan Falls for free as a Father’s Day present for Bigras’ dad, who is the lead worship player at the church. From a small town called Cobalt in Ontario Bigras’ father, Réal, was a bit of a hometown hero when it came to music.

“Our house was always a place where everybody would come. We had big families on both my mom and my dad’s side, so we always convened at our place,” Bigras said. “Back in those days that’s how you threw a party. Get everybody together with guitars, violins and all that stuff.”

Bigras’ father bought him his first guitar when he was nine years old, a junior-sized, no-name garage sale guitar he still has today hanging up on his wall.

“It still plays alright,” Bigras laughed.

Adding guitar player Jamie Jackson after a few gigs, the Hillside Outlaws were fully formed.

“It’s a really good group dynamic. Excellent, excellent musicians. Phenomenal group of guys. I’m really fortunate I kind of went into this as my New Year’s resolution thinking I would be a solo act. My original goal was to write a few songs and busk at a market with my guitar case open,” Bigras said.

Only playing together since June of last year, now the Hillside Outlaws are set to play Canada Day in Penticton as well as the Penticton Peach Festival.

“It’s been a quick ride. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s been a lot of work. We spend a lot of Friday nights inside just playing music,” Bigras said. “By the time we get on stage everybody has a good time and they see us and everyone says it sounds like we’ve been together for years, but that’s because we put years worth of practice time in a short span.”

Bigras also noted their manager, Stark, has been invaluable in getting the band out there.

“She puts in a lot more effort than she probably has to. She does pretty much everything which is good because it gives us time to focus on the music and the performance,” Bigras said.

The Hillside Outlaws play the Cannery Brewing taproom on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $10 in advance available at the Cannery. - Penticton Western News

"Review from Penticton Peachfest"

"The Hillside Outlaws (Penticton Country Band) owned the Peachfest Main stage. The lead singer performance and stage show was spot on and the band instrumentation and vocals combined for a solid group performance.

Their performance certainly reflected their commitment to putting on a 'first class' professional show at the Penticton Peachfest. Great group to work with..."

Dennis Chaykowski
Penticton Peachfest
Entertainment / Stage Mgr. -


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Classic, Gritty, and Pure, Hillside Outlaws have been making their mark in the local music scene. They have been  building a reputation as a "very exciting" band to see with their charismatic and high energy show. Strong lead vocals accompanied by ripping guitar solos and funky bass lines sets these guys apart as the "ones to watch" as far as emerging B.C. artists. their new single, Hair of the Dog, hit country radio June 20th, 2018 and is followed by their debut EP, Country Jukebox, July 30th, 2018. The single has been well received and has even drawn the attention of multiple line dance choreographers who have designed dances and have even performed them at shows. Hillside Outlaws has been working hard to develop a classic sound that will survive through the ages. They draw on influences from every era of country music such as Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, and Eric Church. The Gritty edge to Hillside Outlaws' sound comes from a combination of Langley Jackson's early history as a rock guitarist and frontman Louis Bigras' growly vocals which he picked up at a young age listening to Waylon Jennings. The band believes that staying Pure to country's roots is important especially with how the music has been changing in recent years. Hillside Outlaws are a forced to be reckoned with and their hard work and determination and love for country music will lead to a long career making great music.

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