Our Song of the Day is High That I’m Riding by Canadian country band, The Prairie States off their forthcoming six-track EP, Every Little Town. Produced by Juno and CCMA winner Bart McKay, the track is a euphoric country rocker that gallops headfirst towards the indescribable feelings that only the one you love can ignite inside you.
The music video highlights the void left by the loss of live music during the COVID-19 pandemic and is a call to raise awareness and donations for the Unison Benevolent Fund. Similar to Support Act in Australia, the Unison Benevolent Fund is a music industry charity that provides counseling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community in times of hardship or difficulties.
They say, “We miss live music so much. Through this pandemic, venues have been forced to close and stages have gone dark. While we have all been starving to see our favourite artists perform, music industry professionals have been without work for a very long time. This video, shot by Travis Nesbitt, not only showcases how much we miss the feeling of a live concert, but also how dire the situation is for independent venues and music industry professionals.”
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 seven time Country Music Alberta Award recipients, including the 2018 ‘Rising Star’, 2019 ‘Horizon Group/Duo Of The Year’, and 2020 ‘Songwriters Of The Year’, as well as 1st place in the 2018 ‘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 CMAB ‘Album Of The Year’ and included three radio singles, which all broke the top 100 Mediabase Canadian Country Chart.
Since then, the band has released two more singles, Every Little Town and Low Life, both of which also cracked the top 100. They’ve also shared stages with Aaron Goodvin, Clayton Bellamy, and most recently Brothers Osborne and Canadian legend Charlie Major.
Keep up to date with The Prairie States on their Facebook page here.
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