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Heather Pickett

Globe Staff

Despite what the lyrics in his newest single say, Gord Bamford's crazy day job is doing everything but ruin his nightlife.

The country singer's day job may have just gotten a little busier, following the release of his fourth album, Day Job, on Tuesday - a project that has been 18 months in the making.

"It takes hundreds of hours to put an album together," said Bamford, who wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the new album, in a prepared statement. "It's is by far the best work we've produced and I couldn't be prouder of the results. I'm excited for everyone to hear the new songs."

The album's first single- also entitled Day Job- was released to Canadian airwaves in February and has been warmly received by listeners across the country. The music video was filmed in Lacombe in February.

And the singer's day job continues to earn Bamford acclaim, as he and his band recently completed the first leg of "This Crazy Day Job" tour, opening for Martina McBride.

His previous album, Honkytonks and Heartaches, was recently named top Canadian Country Album of the Decade by Canadian Country Music News, and in November, Bamford won a Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) award for his song Stayed Til Two as one of the top three country music songs that achieved the greatest number of performances on domestic radio in 2008.

Wile his successes continue to pile up, Bamford continues to remain modest and grateful for the support he has received.

"I never intended on wanting to be a superstar or a celebrity," he told the Globe while filming his latest video in Lacombe earlier this year. 'I just love what I'm doing and have been very luck for the opportunities I've been given."

While his music draws on life's experiences, Bamford's own life has inspired him to give back to the community - both the community he calls home and the broad community of organizations that have made a lasting impact on him.

And the new album continues to build those relationships for him, as the back of the new album features the 4-H logo - a reminder of his new partnership with 4-H Canada.

Launched this year, the Rural Roots Run Deep fundraising project provides 4-H club members and leaders from every Canadian province the opportunity to sell both Bamfords' new album and Honkytonks and Heartaches, with 45% of the proceeds going directly to their 4-H club.