Brian Weadick is no stranger to Yellowknife's music scene. He has been a constant mainstay of the bluegrass collective The Old Town Mondays ever since they formed and has played with a handful of other bands over the years, most recently Joe Snow and the Frozen Toes.
Brian Weadick is getting ready to debut his new country act Baby Brian's Country Club at this summer's Folk On The Rocks. - Cody Punter/NNSL photo
But after playing second fiddle to fellow musicians, Weadick has decided to take the lead by becoming the frontman of his own band - something people will immediately be able to glean from his quirky new persona: Baby Brian.
Weadick says his stage name was first coined when a girl visiting Yellowknife from China started calling him Baby Brian last summer. The name caught on among friends and bandmates.
"Some people just call me 'Baby' now," he said.
While Weadick is used to playing folk and bluegrass tunes with his other bands, Baby Brian is an outlet for his love of country music. Weadick says he started writing a lot of country songs while splitting his time between Montreal and Nova Scotia in 2015.
"I'd been carrying the song ideas around for a while and for whatever reason they came out during this period," Weadick told Yellowknifer.
Weadick attributes his new found inspiration for the genre to a range of sources not least of which was "listening to a lot of CKLB."
His own tune are built around traditional country styles, with lyrics based on people he's met, places he's visited and his unique take on the modern world.
"I'm not re-inventing the wheel here," said Weadick. "I'm in love with the country formula, so I'm plugging in my numbers." Weadick has only played a few solo shows so far but his new band Baby Brian's Country Club was recently selected to play Folk On The Rocks. Although Weadick has played the festival several times before he is looking forward to his first as a frontman.
"These tunes I've designed a particular way so I'm happy to be able to do them like that."