Chris Buck Releases “Thank God For Good Friends” Coming August 12

For Immediate Release, August 5, 2022: Sakamoto Music is excited to release the next single from Chris Buck, “Thank God For Good Friends”, to DSP’s and radio on August 12. The second single from Buck, “Thank God For Good Friends” is a heartfelt anthem saluting those good friends who stick with us through thick and thin. It’s produced by Jeremy Stover/Julian King and Dan Swinimer, as part of the album coming from Chris Buck in early 2023.

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Chris wrote the song with his good friends Chrystal Leigh and Baker Grissom, after being inspired by a chance meeting with another songwriter. “Funny enough, the song became an idea a few years back. I was out at a dive bar west of Nashville, and my friend pointed out a fellow and said that guy wrote Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks!” says Chris. “I didn’t believe her, but I googled his name, Earle Bud, and realized it was him! So I sat down and spoke to him, and on the way home thinking about the conversation, I thought it was weird there really hasn’t been a friends-themed song like it since, so I set out to write one!” 

Says Sakamoto Music’s Joelle May about the single, “This is just the beginning of what’s to come from Chris Buck. Amid a couple years of immersing himself in songwriting, Chris has written some of the best songs of his career to date, and they keep getting better. Thank God For Good Friends is one of those songs that pulls you into your own nostalgia for all the good times (and the bad) with good friends, and you’ll find yourself singing it back to yourself hours after hearing it.”

It’s been a busy summer on the road so far for Chris Buck. Since the March release of “Can’t Beat The View”, Chris has returned to the stage, playing festivals throughout western Canada including Big Valley Jamboree, Rockin’ River Music Festival in Merritt, BC, Rainmaker Rodeo/Music Fest (AB), Summerfest (Abbotsford), and Quonset Days (AB). He also entertained the masses at the annual Gord Bamford Golf Tournament, and the GonzoOkanagan Industry Golf Tournament. Finishing out the summer, Chris will finally return to the annual show he does in Pemberton BC at the Pemberton Barn Dance September 17th, which promises to be a sell-out, and play an outdoor concert with Bobby Wills at Country Wild 2022, hosted by BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops. Fall shows are filling out in his calendar, and announced dates are at

Sakamoto Music is excited about what’s to come from Chris Buck, and to expand the label roster leading in to 2023. The label hopes to provide a home to artists that will help grow their careers, using a wholistic approach to match artist’s needs, and offer additional associated services for hire.

Even from a young age, Chris Buck knew he was destined to make waves in the music biz. Five years since breaking onto the scene with his self-titled, debut album, the singer/songwriter has continued to make a name for himself on the Canadian country stage, and beyond. One of the fastest rising Canadian country acts since the release of the Billboard Top 20 hit That’s When You Know featuring Kira Isabella, Chris saw the track hit hard with over 8 million streams, earning him a gold record and a CCMA Award nomination for Video of the Year. Buck went on to release ALL IN in 2019, his second album, adding to his total five Top 40 singles and over 14 million streams. Now, with brand-new music on its way, Chris says he’s ready for fans to really experience the kind of artist he’s always wanted to be; one that works hard and lays it all on the line. In addition to penning and recording some of the strongest material of his career, Chris recently signed with Anthem Music Publishing, as well as new record label Sakamoto Music, a branch of Warner Music Canada.

Sakamoto Music, a division of Sakamoto Agency, is a Canadian record label launched in 2022, and distributed by Warner Music Canada. Paul Biro is CEO of Sakamoto Music, and Joelle May is Director of Promotions & Artist Services, operating the day to day. The first signing to the label is Chris Buck Band, who will release a full length album on the label in 2022.

Sakamoto Agency is an award-winning booking, talent buying, and event programming agency in Canada. With over 100 years of combined music industry experience among staff including booking, talent buying, management, publicity & marketing, and project management, Sakamoto Agency is an industry leader, named CCMA Booking Agency of the Year in 2020 and 2021. Along with 25+ years of various nominations, President and Operating Partner Paul Biro has also won CCMA’s Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year three times, from 2019 to 2021. Sakamoto Agency has also received award nominations from the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards (BreakOut West), for their 100 Homes: Concert Connections project, which provided over 300 personalized recorded concerts to care homes across Canada in 2020 and early 2021.

Sakamoto Agency expanded it’s business in 2020, creating radio promotions subsidiary GPS Promotion in partnership with GrassRoots Promotion in Nashville. In 2022 Sakamoto Agency launched Sakamoto Music, a label subsidiary distributed by Warner Music Canada.