St. George – New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame member and East Coast Music Award (ECMA) award winner Al Hooper, with his wife Brenda, has just released his 51st CD, “Someday When I’m Old”. Hooper, who has performed with the likes of Hank Snow, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Tex Ritter, and many others, said he had originally planned on having his 50th album be his last. But, with not much to do during the COVID-19 lockdown, he decided to put together a new album, his first in eight years, which is dedicated to “all of the healthcare workers who worked so tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic at the risk of their own life”.
“With the COVID virus, we had lots of time on our hands,” said Hooper. “So, I did another one. I had one all ready to do anyway. We do country and gospel songs. My wife Brenda sings with me too. We send our music all over the world. We have a big fan base in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.”
Hooper spent many years living in Toronto, and was in the band, The Blue Diamonds, which he said was known as “Canada’s number one show band”, recording several albums and fronting shows for some well-known acts in the music industry, including Charlie Pride, who Hooper called a “good entertainer and a gentleman”. He has performed all over Canada and the United States, including at telethons.
“We used to do the Jerry Lewis telethon. We used to represent Canada there,” said Hooper.
When he moved back to New Brunswick, Hooper opened Al’s Red Lantern in Pennfield, which he described as a night club and a seafood/steakhouse. He would perform there on Thursday nights, and brought in other musical acts as well. During this time period, he would do road shows, and performed at NB Country Music Hall of Fame shows.
While Hooper did already have most of the music ready for his latest CD before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he did work on a new song for the project called, “Let’s Put Canada Back On Top Again”. He said the other 12 songs on the CD are covers of “classic love songs” that they have performed in their own signature style.
Arranged and produced by Hooper for TWA Records, the recording and sound engineering for “Someday When I’m Old” was performed by Nick Gay, and mixed and mastered by Sound Expressions Studio. The CD is now available for purchase or streaming from most online sources, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Physical copies can be purchased by contacting Hooper at TWA Records, 54 L’Etite Road, St. George, NB, E5C-3H4, or by calling WINMAR Publishing at 755-3933.