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We're honored to have been nominated for Best Roots Artist / Act of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association! The awards take place on November 5th, 2023.

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DRO had a clean sweep in the six categories they were nominated for at the first Gonzo Fan's Choice Awards... more



• ALBUM  Nowheresville

• SINGLE  Seven Shells

• VIDEO  Tell the Truth

• SONGWRITER  Barry Mathers



                 BARRY MATHERS
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Dirt Road Opera’s music speaks for itself in a band with two JUNO nominees, both lead singers, and two multi-instrumentalists.

Their songs encompass a variety of genres ranging from original ballads like Hard to Find to the hillbilly rock of Nowheresville.

Rachel Matkin is a gifted vocalist, singing professionally since the age of seven. Her stunning voice is unique and has garnered numerous awards and praise from both critics and peers alike.

Barry Mathers is an award-winning songwriter and one of the lead singers for DRO. He plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica as well as producing the band's records and videos.


Multi-instrumentalist Robert Bailey brings his many talents to the band. Pedal steel, guitar, keyboards, bass, and banjo are all part of his musical arsenal.

Mike Brown, the newest member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist as well, equally at home on acoustic, electric and slide guitar as well as mandolin.   

Three-part harmonies, great songwriting, and stellar musicianship are the essence of this roots/Americana band hailing from Kelowna, BC.

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July 28• Urban Distilleries • (Rachel and Barry)   • West Kelowna, BC
Aug   6 • Rotten Annie's • (Rachel, Barry and Mike) • Oyama, BC
Aug 19 • Roots and Fruits Festival • Oliver, BC
Aug 20 • House concert • Kelowna, BC  • SOLD OUT

Aug 27 • Barn Owl 4th Birthday Bash  • 
(Rachel and Barry) Kelowna, BC
Sept   6• Urban Distilleries •
(Rachel and Barry)   • West Kelowna, BC
Sept 23 • Rotary Centre for the Performing Arts w/Strange Advance • Kelowna, BC
Oct     8 •Barn Owl Brewery • 
(Rachel and Barry)   Kelowna, BC
Les News de Nashville Features on DRO from France
Episode 22  •  Episode 66 
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