Led by husband and wife songwriting team Tom and Tara Dunphy, the Rizdales have been playing their unique brand of hard core honky tonk music since 2003. With 6 critically acclaimed albums under their belt, including 2014’s standout “Blue Ain’t The Word: A Tribute to the Music of Ray Price”, The Rizdales have forged their own path in the world of country music.
Their songs carry a truth that is reminiscent of the classic country era, tales of liquor, loneliness, heartbreak and humour and while they honour their influences, The Rizdales have created their own style and fresh sound.
In February 2016 The Rizdales will attend the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin Texas, where Tara is nominated for a third year in the Honky Tonk Female category. They have also been nominated in a number of categories, incluing group of the year, at the 2016 Pure Country awards by the Academy of Western Artists, which will be announced in March 2016 in Irving, Texas.
Hailing from London, Ont. Canada, Aaron has been playing southwestern Ontario and abroad now for close to 15 years. He has played along side some of Canada’s biggest and brightest talent (Joel Plaskett, Tom Wilson and The Sheep Dogs just to name a few). Call him country, folk, rock, cow punk or blues, Aaron Allen is just a singer songwriter who writes honest music from the heart and could care less about fitting into any one genre. He tends to write about topics other people would prefer to keep quiet and that’s quite evident on the singer’s sixth studio release “Better Days”. The album ranges in style but maintains a country esc feel throughout. He shares a great deal of his life with you on this effort and is not scared to show you who he is, where he came from and how he got there.