Canadian Coast To Coast is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza.
Today my special guest is Mike Nash from The Prairie States.
Singer Mat Cardinal met the rest of the guys in the band through his relentless parade of open mic spots and cover shows in and around their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Band leader and guitarist Jeff Dick saw a spark and heard a roar from the young Cardinal and assembled a grizzled and veteran group to deliver this voice to the world.
The band spent 2 years writing and woodshedding for their debut album, Lost In The Right Direction. Independently released this past summer, these 8 undeniable tracks have been nominated for the 2018 ACMA Album of The Year. Included on this album is their first single Tongue Tied, which, while self radio tracked, was able to spend 8 weeks on the Canadian Country charts.
Shortly after releasing the album, the band was announced as one of the Top 12 artists to be included in the 2018 Project Wild Development Program. The program lasted 5 months, pushing the band to think and work beyond their comfort zone. Seminars lead to challenges, challenges lead to charitable giving, charitable giving lead to high pressure showcasing, and high-pressure showcasing lead to building business proposals. When the program wrapped up, The Prairie States were awarded 1st place and provided the foundation to keep their remarkable trajectory moving upward.