North of 49 is a country duo out of rural Northern Alberta. Consisting of singer/songwriter Justin Sutton and Fiddle extraordinaire Leeland Bachelet, North of 49 have begun to get their feet off the ground and are showing their very own brand of country music in Edmonton, around the province as well as south of the border into the U.S.A. Their upcoming LP features songs of trains, troubadours and turmoil of the land and paints a backdrop of what is to be expected from these boys in the future.
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From Two Hills, Alberta, Leeland Bachelet began getting attached to the fiddle at a very young age. His earliest memories he recalls touring around competitions with his family and beginning to find out what dedication it takes to perform such an intricate instrument. Several years later, countless competition wins, and many fiddle camps as a student then teacher, Leeland continues to bring his traditional sound to the masses whenever possible. Recently teaming up with Justin Sutton and forming "North of 49" brought a new light and great reason to rosin up the bow and get back to the grindstone.
Raised on the East Coast of Canada, Justin Sutton found it easy to begin pursuing music with such a vibrant scene for musicians where he grew up. Early on he began sculpting his trade of songwriting. A degree and a few bands later, he found himself heading west to work in the oilfields of Alberta. Last December after seven years of working the oilfield and songs piling up, Justin got the opportunity to head south of the border and play his songs through Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. Shortly after returning from this trip, Justin Sutton was the winner of Global Country Canada Star Search 2019 (Past winners include Brett Kissel, Aaron Goodvin and Adam Gregory to name a few). Continuing now with Fiddle Player and longtime friend Leeland Bachelet as the duo "North of 49.” Justin is looking to fill up a schedule running into 2020 with no signs of slowing down.
"It's a fortunate time for country music. We're moving from the repetitiveness of mainstream radio and whether you call it Americana, Roots, or Red Dirt... it's country and it's damn good to see... There's no better time to get this show on the road."