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Until recently, J.C. Brae’s full-time occupation was doing home renos.
But with COVID-19 throwing a monkey wrench into his career, Brae, who considers himself a “country boy,” decided to make the best of things and throw himself into his true passion - music.
Back in 2008, the Sudbury classic country musician went to Nashville and recorded a self-titled album. It was an experience he said he’ll never forget.
Brae has now re-released “Savin’ It Up for Saturday Night,” one of the tunes on that album, as a single, and plans to put out his second album this fall.
While Brae wrote the vast majority of the tunes on his upcoming album himself, “Savin’ It Up for Saturday Night” (which will be included on the album) was written by others.
“It’s just a really feel-good song,” he said.
You can listen to the tune below:
Brae’s press release said that “Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night,” an instant country classic, “is an ode to a familiar sentiment — getting out from under a week of work and using up all you’ve got left to give yourself a right good time out that you’ve earned.
True grit, hillbilly guitars, and an unmistakable country twang, this song dares you to line dance with your sweetheart until you’ve worn the souls down on your Justins before you stumble back to sleep it off till next weekend.”
“From sundown to the morning light,” Brae promises on the track, “We’re gonna find us a hardwood floor and dance like we’ve never danced before!”
The song, of course, features that very Sudbury phrase, “Saturday Night,” which instantly brings to mind the Stompin’ Tom Connors’ classic “Sudbury Saturday Night.”
“My parents were really good friends with him (Stompin’ Tom),” Brae said.
He said he plans to release another single around the end of this month.
“It’s about Sudbury without actually saying Sudbury,” Brae said. “You can read between the lines for sure.”
Brae said he’s planning a tour for the fall, when the COVID situation will hopefully be better. He said he loved performing live as a youth, but then he got married and had kids and now grandkids.
“Now that the kids are all grown up and doing their thing, it’s me time,” he said. “We’re just trying to get some dates solidified.”
“Savin’ It Up for Saturday Night” is now available for streaming on all platforms.