Last night was another great night of country music at Algonquin with The Washboard Union and Jason Benoit. We got to spend a few minutes with the boys from Washboard back at the CMAOs, so it was nice to see them again.
Jason Benoit is on deck to open up the night and get the fans in the right kind of mood. A native of Newfoundland, Jason comes from The Qalipu First Nation Fox Island River. He’s been active since 2013 finding more success with singles charting regularly. Jason hit the stage in a very striped down fashion with just an acoustic guitar and backing guitar. The show was nice and intimate, and the fans were able to truly enjoy every moment. He played tracks from his release. The fans loved and they sang along with their favourite songs. What a good way to start out the night.
The Washboard Union
Headliners for the night are The Washboard Union. The BC natives have been on the scene since 2010. They have found success winning multiple awards including Group or Duo of the Year multiple times and also Country Artist of the Year.
The boys held a small meet and greet before the show. The fans were treated to some pictures, autographs and even a small acoustic set. Fans always love when they get to spend a few moments with some of their favourite artists like that and who wouldn’t. They started out the night with a little more upbeat tune Shine. The crowd was right into it and you could tell the feeling was mutual on stage. They followed things up quick with Maybe it’s the Moonshine and then Mountain Music. I even found myself singing along in the photo pit with all these songs. One of my favs was actually Fat Bottom Girls. They continued the night with the wonderful energy and great tunes. It wouldn’t be a classic feeling country show without a banjo and an actual washboard being played. Banjo has always been one of my favourites.
This was a great way to start the weekend off with some good country music. The Washboard Union certainly knows how to have some fun and get the vibes going. Jason Benoit made a great impression on Ottawa and everyone left with smiles on their faces.