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Coast To Coast Closeup – The Prairie States

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February 6, 2020 at 10:22 am - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.   

Mixing the cadence and rhythms of 60’s soul and 70’s rock with modern country, The Prairie States was born out of a desire to put a fresh touch on a classic design. As recipients of the 2018 ACMA awards for Rising Star and Fan’s Choice, 2019 ACMA winners of Group/Duo and video of the year, as well as 1st place in the Project Wild Artist Development Program, it’s proof that this Edmonton based band is moving in the right direction.

Mat Cardinal, Jeff Dick, Mike Nash, Doc deGroot, and Jay Der formed The Prairie States in 2017 and immediately started writing songs for their full length album, Lost In The Right Direction. Independently released in June 2018, it was nominated for the ACMA Album Of The Year and included three radio singles, which all broke the top 100 Mediabase Canadian Country Chart.

Their current single, Every Little Town, rides the soaring uplifting excitement of being a big dreamer in a little town. The song, which was produced by CCMA and Juno award winner Bart McKay, captures the “I’m going to get outta here and be someone” feeling all while wrestling with the desire to hold onto that tight knit connection that you can only get from living in a small community

The video for Every Little Town was shot in the Alberta town of Bashaw, which has a very unique tie to the band. Jeff’s father was raised there and his parents owned and operated the local movie theatre, the Majestic. While the video showcases members from Bashaw community in their day to day life, the band is performing the song in the old theatre. At the end of the video, Jeff’s father makes an appearance reliving some of his old duties as an usher at the Majestic. 

The Prairie States have been out on the road and wowing crowds with their undeniable live show. In their short time as a band, they’ve shared stages with Aaron Goodvin, Clayton Bellamy, and most recently Brothers Osborne and Canadian legend Charlie Major while kicking off the 2019 Big Valley Jamboree. 

With a stack of brand new recordings already completed and even more underway with Bart McKay, this band shows no signs of slowing down.

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