On July 1, 1967, a musician by the name of Stompin' Tom Connors took to the stage for the very first time. Fifty years later, Corb salutes the late great icon by contributing his rendition of one of Stompin’ Tom’s lesser known—but still fantastic—tracks, “The Consumer,” to the “Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary” CD.
“Stompin’ Tom is very much an inspiration to those of us who write country music out on the fringes,” Corb says. “He’s one of the people who blazed the trail in terms of singing country songs about Canada and about your own culture, even if it isn’t a mainstream choice.”
“The Consumer” was the original theme song for the CBC show, Marketplace. Corb admits “The Consumer” is not what he’d consider “an obvious choice” in terms of a Stompin’ Tom cover, yet Corb admits he has a soft spot for the song, saying, “It’s a strange and obscure little ditty that I’ve loved my whole life.”
“Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary” features an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, followed by 18 songs. The first 14 tracks are performed by Stompin’ Tom, followed by Corb’s version of “The Consumer” and three additional covers by The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.
For full details of the CD—and to get yourself a copy—visit smarturl.it/Stompin50.
Stompin’ Tom was a multi-JUNO Award-winning artist (he was named best male country singer in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975, and took home the trophy for Country Album of the Year in 1974, as well). However, the stubborn patriot gave them all back in 1978 in protest of JUNOs being awarded to expatriate Canadians.
In 1993, Stompin’ Tom was to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, but he declined the honour. He later accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Awards on the condition that an award was created to honour those who made a long term contribution to the East Coast music industry and paved the way for other East Coast artists. The Stompin' Tom Award was established in 1996, which was the same year he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Sadly, Stompin’ Tom passed away in 2013 at the age of 77.
Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary Album Track Listing
1. Sudbury Saturday Night (Live at The Horseshoe)
2. The Hockey Song
3. Bud the Spud
5. The Ketchup Song
6. The Moon-Man Newfie
7. Luke's Guitar
8. Big Joe Mufferaw
9. The Bug Song
10. A Real Canadian Girl
11. To It and At It
12. Lady, K.D. Lang
13. Margo's Cargo
14. My Stompin' Grounds
15. Corb Lund - The Consumer
16. The Cuddy / Polley Family Band - Don Valley Jail
17. Whiskey Jack - Algoma Central #69
18. George Canyon - The Hockey Song