Bonita Mercer is a country music singer songwriter from Northern Ontario, Canada. Her passions are music, training horses and meeting new people. You will have heard her song playing on the playlist for 24-3-14 on Inverclyde Radio hosted by Hillbilly Bob (now no longer broadcasting).
1. I’ve Just Seen A Face – Rick Robinson and The Bayou Boys
2. Little Bit of Texas – Chris Green Project
3. Two Beers Ago – Darren Rhodes
4. Someone’s Child – Bonita Mercer
5. Woman In Tennessee – Diesel Outlaws
6. 5 O’clock Shadow – Rod Ballou
7. Drop On By – Laura Bell Bundy
8. Family Oh Family – Lance Friend
9. The Girl’s Alright – Russ Still
Bonita Mercer Country Music Singer
10. Bonita Mercer – What I’m Looking For: 10/2:58 (Juanita Wilkins) Larry Mercey Publishing (SOCAN). Album: You’ll Be The One. Executive Producer: Ross Allen.
11. Blow Away – Shane Chisholm
12. Stay Country – Michael Cosner
13. Falling In Love – Ava Baber
Country music has a long history in Canada. The genre evolved out of the diverse musical practices of the Appalachian region of the United States. Appalachian folk music was largely Scottish and Irish, with an important influence also being the African American country blues. Parts of Ontario, British Columbia and the Maritime provinces shared a tradition with the Appalachian region and country music became popular quite quickly in these places.
Fiddlers like George Wade and Don Messer helped to popularise the style, beginning in the late 1920s. Wade was not signed until the 1930s, when Victor Records, inspired by the success of Wilf Carter the year before, signed him, Hank Snow and Hank LaRivière. Canadian country as developed by Otto Wilke, Carter, Snow and Earl Heywood, used a less nasal and more distinctly pronounced vocal style than American music, and stuck with more traditional ballads and narratives while US country began to use more songs about bars, family relationships and quarrels between lovers.
This style of country music became very popular in Canada over the next couple of decades. Later popular Canadian country stars range from Stompin’ Tom Connors and Tom Jackson to Shania Twain and Rick Tippe to Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Paul Brandt and Jess Moskaluke.