As January turns into February, many are probably close to abandoning New Year’s resolutions, but for Louis Bigras, his resolution is going better than he ever thought.
Last year, Bigras, singer and guitar player for Penticton country band Hillside Outlaws, made the resolution to make a career out of music.
“So what I did was I started writing songs. I had never wrote songs before, so I started writing songs and putting things together,” Bigras said.
He made a “napkin contract” with friend Leanne Stark who remains the band’s manager today. Prior to forming the Hillside Outlaws, Bigras, with the help of Stark, entered a talent search contest and was able to open for Sam Hunt at the Rockin’ River Festival in Merritt, singing in front of nearly 2,000 people.
Bigras eventually met bassist Carlos Jimenez and drummer Erik Galata through mutual friends and started talking about music around a fire.
“We just got together one night and the rest is history,” Bigras said.
The Hillside Outlaws will be performing at the Penticton Peach Festival on Friday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.