Blyth wins feature spot in reworked Tim Hicks song
BY DENNY SCOTT
Blyth was named the winner of London’s Pure Country Stompin’ Ground Throwdown last Friday, earning the village a featured spot in a special version of Tim Hicks’ country hit Stompin’ Ground.
Hicks, while on the air with Pure Country 93’s Gary Taylor, announced Blyth as the winner, edging out Teeterville, Wallacetown, St. Marys and Dunnville.
Blyth’s entry into the contest was spearheaded by Susan Hubbard, co-chair of the Blyth Community Betterment Group (BCBG).
“I was listening to [the former] BX93 [now Pure Country 93], and they asked what makes your town Country, and I thought, that’s everything that we’re about in Blyth,” she told The Citizen on Monday.
Hubbard reached out to Annie Sparling, the chair of the BCBG, and asked to set a meeting so the group could come together to try and put together an entry.
“There were a lot of great ideas and it kind of evolved from there,” Hubbard said.
The group put together a video entry with Walton resident Nick Vinnicombe’s media company, Lake Affect Media, and when she first saw it, Hubbard said she was impressed.
“The video was amazing,” she said, adding Vinnicombe and narrator Floyd Herman did a great job.
When she saw the video, and compared it to the other entries, Hubbard said she had a feeling that Blyth could go all the way. That instinct was justified on Friday when the announcement was made and she heard the reworked song.
“The song is good,” she said. “Tim did a good job incorporating everything.”
Hubbard also said the song may be part of celebrations going forward like next year’s Rutabaga Festival, which is hosted by the BCBG.
She said she’s heard the song multiple times, including when it was played just after the announcement at 5 p.m. last Friday.
Hubbard said she wanted to thank everyone who supported the bid and helped with the video.
As for Hicks, he told Pure Country 93 that he was able to work a significant amount of Blyth facts, landmarks and activities into the reworked tune.
“I watched and rewatched Blyth’s entry video, [in] which a fellow named Floyd was the narrator,” Hicks said. “I tried to work those words and those ideas and the events and what not into the syllables of Stompin’ Ground.”
Hicks said he tried to hit as many of the landmarks and facts of the community as possible in the recording.
“We managed to work in the County of Huron, country roads, leather mills, cool shops, theatres, craft beer – Cowbell Beer, tractor pulls, pipe bands, Pioneer Threshers Reunion and the Rutabaga Festival,” Hicks said, adding he even managed to include Pure Country 93. “There’s a lot going on in two verses and a chorus.”
Hicks later told CTV that it wasn’t easy working everything in, highlighting the fact that he’d never worked the term Rutabaga Festival into a song. He also admitted he had to look up what the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association reunion entailed.
The song, alongside the announcement are available on Pure Country 93’s website at iheartradio.ca/purecountry/london/