Canadian hat superstar Gord Bamford has every right to the big grin he has been sporting of late.
During an interview with eTalk last week, Bamford was given a sweet surprise when his label, Sony Music Canada, ambushed him with a wall of gold and platinum plaques for his impressive run of hit singles and albums.
On his Facebook page, Bamford posted, "It was such a pleasure to receive these #awardstoday at etalk! Both "Is It Friday Yet?" and Country Junkie are officially certified Gold by Music Canada and "When Your Lips Are So Close" has been certified Platinum. Drinking Buddy and Don't Let Her Be Gone also were certified Gold. What an incredible day. #countrymusic"
His trophy case of honours covers material released over a full decade. "Drinking Buddy" is a single taken from Bamford's 2007 album Honkytonks and Heartaches, while "Don't Let Her Be Gone" is from his hit 2016 album Tin Roof.
"When Your Lips Are So Close," featured on Country Junkie, won a 2014 CCMA Award as Single of the Year.
There'll be no resting on these laurels for Bamford. His next album, Neon Smoke, is set for release on Jan. 19, to be followed with an expansive 29 date Canadian Neon Smoke tour that begins Jan. 24, in Brampton ON, and closes in Kelowna, BC, on March 2. Shortly after, he heads to Australia (where he was born) for a string of shows. A full itinerary here
A portion of proceeds from the tour will go to the The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. Over the last ten years, his charitable arm has raised an incredible $3.152M for a long list of causes. Read more about that here