HUNTER RIVER - Lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, Russell deCarle will perform at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m. Joining him on stage will be Steve Briggs (guitar) and Denis Keldie (accordion).
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Russell deCarle of Prairie Oyster.
Prairie Oyster was no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career, the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter, deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards. Once in 1994, for Prairie Oyster's first number one single 'Such a Lonely One', and then again in 2008 for 'One Way Track', his co-write with Canadian folk legend, Willie P. Bennett.
As much as his latest CD, "Under the Big Big Sky" may represent a new beginning for deCarle, it's not a conscious effort to shake off the label of 'country singer', but a natural extension of his talents as both a songwriter and interpreter.
"I've always thought of myself as a singer, not just a country singer. I'm a music lover first and foremost - a product of all the stuff I've ever listened to - and my tastes are very broad. To me this is a torchy, bluesy record more than anything else. It's certainly a product of where I came from musically."
The result is a remarkably eclectic, but entirely cohesive record. Recorded over the course of 2008-2009 and freshly released in October 2010, Under the Big Big Sky is more than just a confident, compelling exploration of deCarle's singular voice as a songwriter. It's an unflinching reflection of where he lives musically and literally, a celebration of the music and musicians who began to influence him long before he began his career 40 years ago and a gathering of his closest and dearest musical friends.
Tickets for the show are $28 and available by calling the venue at 964-2255 or online at www.harmonyhousetheatre.com.