Tenille Townes & Bryan Adams: The Thing That Wrecks You

The hitmaking pair trade lines and harmonise effectively on this duet.

Tenille Townes & Bryan Adams: The Thing That Wrecks You

By Kerry Doole

Tenille Townes & Bryan Adams- The Thing That Wrecks You (Columbia Nashville/Sony): This new track teams Alberta singer/songwriter Tenille Townes, arguably the best of Canada's current country music crop, with this country's most popular male rocker, and the song is already making major moves at radio and earning press praise (Billboard noted it “winningly teams Townes’ tender-yet-sturdy vocal with… Adams’ whispery rasp”). That momentum will continue via a just-released eye-catching accompanying video directed by Adams.

The duet features the pair both trading lines and harmonizing, and Adams' raspy tone melds well with the Townes twang. Some soaring guitar helps accentuate the rather ominous lyrics ("you're a photograph in a house of flames"). The track was produced by Townes and her band’s guitarist, Jaxon Hargrove, and recorded with her touring band, with Adams adding his own guitar prowess to the song alongside his vocals.


 In a label press release, Townes shares: “From a Fed-Ex letter to travelling across a loading dock in a music video, this whole adventure has been insane! Bryan Adams directed The Thing That Wrecks You music video and it was amazing working with him in this experience.”

The seemingly unlikely collaboration was born from a chance encounter in a stairway at Adams' Warehouse Studio in Vancouver last summer, and Townes has explained that she went “out on a limb” and sent Adams a demo alongside a proposal that he joins her on the track.

Her most recent project, Masquerades, was released in April 2022 and named album of the Year at the 2022 CCMA Awards. It is a frontrunner for Country Album of the Year at the 2023 Juno Awards, where Townes will perform.

Her acclaimed debut album, The Lemonade Stand, won this category at the 50th Juno Awards. Townes is a 15-time Canadian Country Music Award Winner,  the reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year, and a two-time ACM Award winner.. 


Townes is playing US dates on her SIDE A + B TOUR starting in Newport, KY, on April 19 and running to April 30. Summer fest dates include Cavendish on July 8, and There are more US and Canadian shows in the fall. Itinerary here.

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