The Divorcees

The Divorcees

 Moncton, New Brunswick, CAN

Their songs, as they are in person, are no-nonsense and straight-ahead, replete with stories of love and loss, letting loose (and paying for it), of justice, freedom and the need for it.


*NEWS* October 115, 2012
The Divorcees score big at Music NB Awards
Moncton-based country music group The Divorcees cleaned up last night at the Music New Brunswick awards.
The group picked up four awards including Anglophone Recording of the year, and Best Group Recording for their latest album, Four Chapters.
The band's drummer, Brock Gallant won the Educator of the Year award, while his bar "Plan B" won best venue.
The awards were handed out last night at a gala event at the Crowne Plaza, capping off Music NB Week.

*NEWS* September 20,2012
The Divorcees Video wins top Honours at the Atlantic Film Festival.
The Divorcees song “The Crows” was selected as one of the 10x10 videos being created and presented during the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival. In a 10 day period the band and Scott Simpson created, shot, edited and played “The Crows” during the festival Music and Image program. The video/film was viewed for the first time Sept 15 at which time the audience consisting of AFF delegates voted, following the viewing a jury of filmmakers making up the last piece of the selection process added their votes. During the AFF Gala the Divorcees and Scott Simpson our director were each presented with a cheque for $5000. View the video here

September 2012 The Divorcees receive 6 MusicNB nominations for their 2012 release “Four Chapters”

In 2005, five easygoing New Brunswickers decided to take their love of Willie, Waylon, and The Boys from the back porch to the stage and share it in true outlaw fashion.

Since then, Canadian Country Music has never been the same.

They are The Divorcees - The Great White North's original Honky Tonk Heroes.

From humble beginnings in their much-loved home province of New Brunswick, The Divorcees (Alex Madsen, Brock Gallant, Jason "Jay Byrd" Nicholson, and Denis "Turtle" Arsenault) have brought their brand of rough-and-ready country to roadhouses, festivals, and big stages from the shores of Canso Nova Scotia to downtown Vancouver...and all points in-between.

In the years since the inception of the now renowned band, a legion of supporters have sprung up across Canada, the US, Australia, and Europe. The band has shared stages with a number of popular artists such as George Canyon, JP Cormier, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, The Sadies, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, The Haunted Hearts, Romi Mayes, Tim Hus, and many others.

A CMT video for "Red Haired Red Blooded Woman" received substantial airplay on CMT and a number of singles from both albums have received steady airplay on radio stations nationwide and around the world. Performances have been aired on CBC nationally - both on radio and television.

Their songs, as they are in person, are no-nonsense and straight-ahead, replete with stories of love and loss, letting loose (and paying for it), of justice, freedom and the need for it. Both albums (their debut "You Ain't Gettin My Country" and sophomore "Last Of The Free Men") have been received to critical acclaim, both having garnered East Coast Music Awards for Country Album Of The Year in 2008 and 2010.

A highly-anticipated third recording - a concept album titled "Four Chapters" has just been released. Many Divorcees fans consider it to be the band's masterpiece. Written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves at Pumpk'n Patch Recording Studio in Memramcook, NB, the album was a mammoth undertaking including an instrumental piece, narrative passages, illustrations, and a written story to accompany and weave together conceptually the songs on the album.

Completion of their third album means the 506'ers will be heading out into the great beyond for adventures across Canada this summer followed by international touring in early 2013.

The legend of The Divorcees continues to grow. For more information, visit or follow them at


Ghost Town

Written By: The Divorcees

you should’ve seen this place in 63
Came here to work the plant and brought the family
But it all dried up in 94, the man he came and chained the doors

And things, well they just aren't what they used to be
My eldest son, he went westward
But he held on long as he could
My wife she cried when he said goodbye and as I held him I
said I understood
Living off a memory won't do ya any good

I'm a ghost in a ghost town
Everybody's gone, there's only me around
Haunting empty, broken streets is where I will be found
I’ll be a a ghost in a ghost town
the sun sets slowly in the evening
and lights up the dances 'cross the road
Whispering tales of days gone by
a ghost like me can only enjoy alone

now the midnight moon is shining
off the gravestones on the hill
And if I'm gone before the dawn
may this ghost town's heart finally be still
I'm a ghost in a ghost town
Everybody's gone, there's only me around
Haunting empty, broken streets is where I will be found
A ghost in a ghost town ...A ghost in a ghost town

The Crows

Written By: The Divorcees

They flew in past the factories
And settled on the trees
While dust sat on the freeway
And mingled with the breeze
They sat on silent cables
A murder in a row
Dark shadows kept their watch above
The world that slept below


The black line calmly waited
As jets roared cross the sky
A noose made out of chemtrails
Reflecting in their eyes
Through fields of battered glory
That smoked beneath their wings
They circled miles of landfills
For shining, pretty things

They were here before us
And will be when we’re gone
And while we thought we ruled the world
The crows did all along

How long will they share it
And leave us all alone
Until they take their kingdom back
With meat from off our bones

Ride Free

Written By: The Divorcees

IKeep the weight from off your shoulders
and the road beneath your feet
and may the sun always be shining
off the diamonds in the street

and in the silence of the rumble
the roaring of the dream
one man on the horizon
at one with his machine

Ride Free, Ride Free

Far from all your troubles
Ride Free
And in this world of heartache
I wish you peace as you move on
with a warm wind close behind you
where the winding road is long
and though the clouds are always changing
the highways stay the same
I pray somewhere down the line
we’ll cross paths again


"Four Chapters" Indie/JMac - 2012

"You ain't gettin' my country" Hay Sale/Outside - 2006

"Last Of The Free Men" Hay Sale/Outside - May 5th, 2009

Set List

The Divorcees can perform anything from smaller 20-45 minute shows to complete, 60-120 minute full-length feature shows. Their sets contain both original material as well as classic country songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Hanks I, II, and III, Merle, George, and many more favorites.