Jason, Alex, and band mates Brock Gallant (drums and vocals) and Denis “Turtle” Arsenault (bass and vocals) don’t mince words or notes. The boys live for the road and have a damn good time playing the music they love.
The Divorcees fell in love with their grandparents’ favorite music: Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. They raided their parents’ record collections too – “We’re country for sure, but there’s some rock ’n roll in there too. We grew up on the Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly and Elvis.” Mixing these and more modern favorites with genuine country, tight harmonies, and plenty of fast guitar pickin’, they ended up with the Divorcees. The most important result of their musical awakening was their love for outlaw music--the truest music they have known.
There’s no doubt they hope to earn their place amongst the ranks of those who have gone to Nashville and succeeded, but they believe it can happen while being based in the Maritimes. "I think it would be truly a sweet victory if we could make it right from here. We're very proud that our home province is behind us. We love it here. And to shine a light on what we already know is a great place to live, well, that's success to us." The Divorcees are a blue collar band and no strangers to hard work. And with that trademark no-nonsense work ethic, they're ready to hit the Trans Canada Highway and, as Madsen declares, "...drive er till the wheels come off!" “Our music is for real. We’re down to earth guys and we’re in this thing for the long haul. Come listen to the band when we come to your town, then have a drink with us after the show – see for yourself!” “Country music - our music - comes from what we know,” says lead singer Jason Haywood. “We're singing the songs of our people and we hope the rest of the world will get that universal appeal.”
The Divorcees have had a very successful 2006, starting with a highly regarded appearance at the ECMA's, acclaimed performances throughout the Maritimes and beyond and commercial radio airplay throughout the eastern region. An eagerly anticipated debut album to be released late this summer has The Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, country radio, critics and The Divorcees' massive grassroots following looking forward to having one of New Brunswick's major breakout artists make a big impression both nationally and internationally.