1st Place - Project WILD 2018
2018 Alberta Country Music Association - Fans Choice Award Winner
2018 Alberta Country Music Association - Rising Star Award Winner
2018 Alberta Country Music Association - Album of the Year Nominee
2018 Alberta Country Music Association - Group or Duo of the Year Nominee
A newer garden of creation, no primal solitude,
Dense, joyous, modern, populous millions, cities and farms,
With iron interlaced, composite, tied, many in one,
By all the world contributed—freedom's and law's and thrift's society,
The crown and teeming paradise, so far, of time's accumulations,
To justify the past.
- Walt Whitman
The band The Prairie States was born out of the same creative space as Walt’s original poem, a desire for a modern touch on a classic design. Focused on cadence and rhythms of 60’s soul, 70’s rock and teeming with a new modern country vibe, the band is poised to cut its own swath through the Canadian independent music scene.
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.
The band is now planning to hit the road to celebrate... put their boots on stages, let the strings and cymbals ring out over the prairie nights. Having already shared stages with Aaron Goodvin, Clayton Bellamy, and Canadian guitar hero Joey Landreth, 2019 is looking to be an exciting year, being chosen to kick off the next Big Valley Jamboree ahead of Brothers Osborne and Canadian legend Charlie Major.
The Prairie States is a group birthed from sweat, soul, and seasons. As Walt said, "Dense, joyous, modern...to justify the past”