For some people the rise to the top is fast and easy. For others it’s a tedious process that involves many late nights in bars playing for nothing but free beer and peanuts. However, as you’re playing for free you begin to appreciate your place, appreciate the process. So that when the day comes that you’re given an opportunity you seize it. For Canadian Tim Hicks’ he certainly made the most of his chance. At 35 Hicks’ is finally garnering the national prominence he so greatly deserves. He recently won the CCMA Award (US equivalent of the CMA Awards) for Rising Star. You can request his single “Here Comes the Thunder” now on SiriusXM or your local radio stations.