By Arts Editor Doreen Jung. Since 2009, Abbotsford’s talented vocalist and guitarist, Jordan Pritchett has been exciting concert goers with his performance as a member of Juno Award-nominee, Faber Drive.
Pictured at right: Jordan Pirtchett (L) and Dan Arnold (R)
Now he and Dan Arnold are fronting the new country duo, King and Cash. The duo will be making their touring debut with country music star, Aaron Pritchett and special guest, Cory Marquardt.
Their Outlaws and Outsiders Tour begins on January 15, 2015 in Victoria, BC and continues east with 18 concerts across Canada and arriving in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 4th.
For schedule of Outlaws And Outsiders Tour please click here.
Music has always been a big part of life for Abbotsford’s Jordan (JP) Pritchett. Listening to the songs of Garth Brooks and Shania Twain on long drives to his Grandmother’s house in Salmon Arm is one of his favourite childhood memories. At age 11, Pritchett got his first guitar as a Christmas gift from his dad, CCMA Award-winning country singer, Aaron Pritchett. JP began practising every day, playing guitar and singing.
Crediting his dad with being the biggest influence on his own music career, Pritchett shared some of his experiences. “I’ve travelled with Dad a lot and seen a lot of him performing,” reminisced Pritchett. “He got me on stage with him in 2008 after my grad. At a concert in Edmonton, we sang Dad’s hit, “Hold my Beer” for the first time, and in the Saddle Dome at the Calgary Stampede, we sang “Worth the Wait”. When his dad did a tour with Toby Keith, JP went along as a guitar tech. Performing as a guitarist and joining in with vocals, Pritchett has performed on stage with his dad numerous times over the years.
Since joining Faber Drive in 2009, Pritchett has become accomplished as a musician, having performed in concerts across Canada and in the US. One of his most memorable tours to date has been to Singapore in 2012. The band performed five shows in four days. They played in four bars and at one outdoor show. “It was amazing!” exclaimed Pritchett who wasn’t sure how people so far from home would respond to their music. “Fans packed the outdoor show. There must have been a couple thousand people and they all sang along.”
From a very young age, Pritchett thought it would be really cool to be on stage. “I found out I could sing when I was around 15,” said Pritchett. “I started singing with my best friend, Danny Braaten and we formed a band called Roswell. Now after years of performing in public, he still feels that the best part of being a musician is getting on stage, playing to people and seeing their emotional response to the songs being sung. “Music is an emotion driven sound,” describes Pritchett. “To hear the audience singing along is really cool. When a crowd sings back a chorus, it’s awesome.”
While still holding onto his love of rock music, Pritchett is moving into the country scene. Partnering up with Dan Arnold, they formed country duo, King and Cash.
Dan Arnold started playing guitar around the age of 13. He has played in various rock bands over the years and is now heading into country music. “I grew up on a farm outside Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,” said Arnold. “Out in the fields, country (music) rubs off on you.” As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he is thrilling audiences in the Canadian country scene. His first two radio releases, “God Bless Country Girls” and “The Hard Way” both charted in the TRAX 100 Chart.
After forming King and Cash with Jordan Pritchett in 2014, Arnold moved to White Rock, BC. He is looking forward to starting the Outlaws and Outsiders Tour. Summing up the duo’s performance plans, he said, “Two singers, two guitars, double trouble.”
For more information on the tour: www.aaron-pritchett.com or www.corymarquardt.com