The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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September 15, 2009

Emerson Drive to headline homecoming | Country band will perform at Pitt-Johnstown

By TOM LAVIS

TLAVIS@TRIBDEM.COM

Dale Wallace has enjoyed great success in the music business, but he and other members of Emerson Drive believe their best days are ahead.

“We have a lot to accomplish and whatever success we have enjoyed, we want to continue to climb the ladder to be the next Rascal Flatts or Eagles,” said Wallace, keyboardist for the group.

Emerson Drive, along with alternative rock band Blessid Union of Souls, will perform Sept. 26 during Pitt-Johnstown’s homecoming weekend.

Wallace said the band, which hails from Canada, is touring in support of its fourth studio album, “Believe.”

The band has secured its place as the premiere contemporary country band with such hits as “I Should Be Sleeping” and “Fall Into Me.”

Its last album, “Countrified,” gave the band its first No. 1 single, “Moments,” which was nominated for a dozen major awards, including a Grammy, and set the stage for “Believe.”

“We have played a lot of college tours, and we are looking forward to performing,” Wallace said. “Playing live is not working, as far as we’re concerned.”

If that is the case, the band has not been working a lot.

Wallace said the band plays to live audiences 11 months a year.

“We take only one month off a year, and that is at Christmas,” Wallace said.

For their latest album, the performers worked with producers Josh Leo and Teddy Gentry of the legendary country band Alabama.

“Belongs To You,” the project’s first single, is a passionate love song. “Your Last,” which features the band’s world-class harmonies, is a call to appreciate the moment. Songs range from “That Kind of Beautiful,” an upbeat appreciation of a woman’s off-the-charts beauty, and “Life Down Here,” a quirky look at the universality of youthful love and passion that displays the band’s instrumental prowess, to “Clean,” the powerful story of a woman in the early stages of recovery.

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