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New Country Rehab
New Country Rehab
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative country
2010 (2010)-present
Creaking Tree String Quartet
Foggy Hogtown Boys
MembersJohn Showman
James Robertson
Ben Whiteley
Roman Tomé

New Country Rehab is a Canadian alternative country band.[1] Based in Toronto, Ontario, the band consists of John Showman on vocals and fiddle, Anthony Da Costa on guitar, Ben Whiteley on bass and Roman Tomé on drums.[2] All four members are established session musicians in the Toronto area, who have played in supporting bands for artists such as Basia Bulat, Justin Rutledge and Amy Millan.[3]


New Country Rehab formed in 2007,[4] and began performing music based on the songs of Hank Williams.[5] They played in Toronto clubs, adapting familiar country and popular tunes with their own sound, a mix of country, pop, folk and roots.[6]

The band released its self-titled debut album on January 11, 2011, featuring songs written by Showman and Robertson along with some cover tunes.[7][8]

The band later signed with Kelp Records,[9] and released their second album, Ghost of Your Charms, in March, 2013.[10] The album contains some elements of pop and folk, and is a mixture of original material and cover tunes.[11] They toured in Ontario and western Canada in support of the album,[12][13] and in 2014 toured in the United States.[14]

In 2015 the band received a grant from the Ontario Music Fund.[9]


  • New Country Rehab (2011)
  • Ghost of Your Charms (2013)


  1. ^ Brad Wheeler, "New Country Rehab: Less about the new and more about the rehab". The Globe and Mail, January 18, 2011.
  2. ^ New Country Rehab. Exclaim!.
  3. ^ Sound Advice: New Country Rehab. Torontoist, January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Replay: New Country Rehab performs live in the News Café". Winnipeg Free Press, 03/6/2013
  5. ^ "Hank Williams's spirit lives on in New Country Rehab". by Alexander Varty on July 13, 2011
  6. ^ "New Country Rehab @ Steam Whistle". NOW Toronto, Sarah Greene, February 26, 2011
  7. ^ "New Country Rehab not your grandaddy's bluegrass"[permanent dead link]. Guelph Mercury, January 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "New Country Rehab: New Country Rehab". Exclaim!, Kerry Doole, Jan 24, 2011
  9. ^ a b "$1.3 million in grants handed to Ottawa musicians, festivals". Ottawa Citizen, Peter Simpson - The Big Beat. May 20, 2015
  10. ^ "New Country Rehab Announce 'Ghost of Your Charms,' Schedule Canadian Tour". Exclaim!, January 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "New Country Rehab Ghost of Your Charms". Exclaim!, By Jason Schneider Mar 04, 2013
  12. ^ "New Country Rehab". Vue Weekly, March 14, 2013
  13. ^ ". Bandwidth, on CBC Radio.April 12, 2013
  14. ^ "New Country Rehab doesn't play 'new' country". Durango Herald. Thursday, May 15, 2014

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