Instead, the band’s members decided to roll up their sleeves and get to work, touring relentlessly, landing a deal with a new label and recording another album. With its career firmly back on track, the band is ready to hit the road again.

The 2007 tour kicks off February 3 at the CEC Auditorium in Truro, Nova Scotia and will hit 21 cities in the group’s native Canada in February and early March. Then the band heads south to launch the U.S. leg of the tour March 15 in Mokena, Ill.

Emerson Drive’s debut album in 2002 was met with critical and public acclaim and scored the band several honors including the Top New Vocal Group/Duo award from the Academy of Country Music.

Things got a bit bumpy for the band in 2004 when, following a restructuring of Dreamworks, they were dropped from the label just after the release of their sophomore effort.

Rather than cry in their beer, the band made a decision to spend some time refining its live show, playing over 200 dates a year.

The members also took advantage of the time off from recording to sharpen their songwriting skills, and when Alabama’s Teddy Gentry and producer Josh Leo heard them after their release from Dreamworks, they both jumped at the chance to work with the band.

Execs at newly formed independent Nashville label Midas Records heard some of the tracks the band was working on with Gentry and Leo and immediately signed them, releasing the latest album, Countrified, last September and bringing the band full circle.