Jamie Warren has last laugh

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, but at that time there was that big traditional pushthat came with the likes of Ricky Scaggs, and I was pretty much left out in the cold," he says during a break from work in the studio. His rich voice is proof of an earlier incarnation as a broadcaster. Basically, Warren just hung tough writing, playing live and hoping things would turn around.

"We began our independent CD project three years ago, and as luck would have it that's when this new country sound began to take root. "I wasn't jumping on a bandwagon. That's what I've always done. Thankfully, there was finally a place for me."

Warren feels this trend to the new country sound is more than just a trend -- it has long- term possibilities.

"This time it is more solid than the Urban Cowboy deal we saw before. "The industry must be aware of the fact that new country is the pop music of today, we have a lot of fans right now and we have to pay attention to that fact.

"Not only do country artists need to pay attention to our roots, we must address these new fans or someone will."

The one major change in the Canadian country music scene over the last five years or so, is the influx of male singer-songwriters. It's something, Warren says, that really bodes well for the future.

"To be honest, before Charlie Major and Jim Witter came along, the singer-songwriter wasn't much of a factor in our industry.

"I've also given songwriting a priority, and it's the part of the music that I respect the most."

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