The pigeonhole-proofed Prairie Oyster has never been swayed by prevailing musical trends and their never-wavering musical integrity helps account for both their longevity and the deep affection with which they are viewed by roots music lovers across Canada and beyond. Those fans include the legendary Merle Haggard, Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin (who produced their 1990 disc Different Kind Of Fire), and Doug Sahm.
Their early ‘90s albums Different Kind Of Fire, Everybody Knows, and Only One Moon scored major commercial success in Canada (platinum-plus for Everybody Knows) and serious critical acclaim in The United States. A series of radio hits and a trophy case of industry awards followed. A tally of six Juno Awards, eleven CCMA’s, and fourteen RPM Big Country Awards has solidified their reputation as Canada’s premier roots music ensemble.
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Those words from another Canadian musical great certainly ring true for the fans of Prairie Oyster who were eager for a new album from their honky-tonk heroes. Thing is – the band never went away, but the gap between their records has shown how invaluable their contribution to Canadian roots music has been.
Now, the wait is over. Prairie Oyster is back and their new album, One Kiss, finds them at the very peak of their form. With more than 30 years under their well-worn belt, the band has amassed twelve new songs that is arguably their best work of their illustrious career.
Bear Claw Casino & Hotel - October 21, 2012