Thursday, July 9, 2009

get to know- The Rural Alberta Advantage

Canadian band, The Rural Alberta Advantage just saw the re-release of their album, Hometowns this week, after signing on with indie label, Saddle Creek. The album, which has been floating around since as early as 2008, being sold at their live shows is finally out to the masses. RAA was born out of singer/songwriter Nils Edenloff's exodus from Edmonton, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario in 2003 that inspired the band's name, and his dealing with his homesickness and loneliness after the move.
The odes to his former hometown have been earning rave reviews since it's initial self-release, with the bands biggest break coming in late '08, when the digital music retailer selected the RAA from a fan recommendation as an eMusic Selects artist, later earning the band new publicity and exposure to over 400,000 music fans and subscribers. 'Hometowns' went on to became the highest-selling Selects album in history and a critical darling overnight. The band also had a breakthrough performance at SXSW in Austin this year, that helped set up more buzz for the discs re-release. Get familiar with the track "Frank,AB" from 'Hometowns' below.

Frank, AB - The Rural Alberta Advantage

Upcoming tour schedule:
Jul 9 The Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Jul 10 The Echo Los Angeles, California
Jul 11 Modified Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 13 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 14 Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado
Jul 15 Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 25 Hillside Festival Guelph, Ontario
Jul 26 Hillside Festival Guelph, Ontario
Jul 30 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Aug 1 Osheaga Music Festival Montreal, Quebec
Aug 3 Kungfu Kecktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 4 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Aug 5 The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Aug 6 Mavericks Ottawa, Ontario
Aug 8 Wolfe Island Musicfest Wolfe Island, Ontario
Aug 20 The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan
Aug 21 WMSE Radio Summer Camp Cactus Club Milwaukee, Wi
Aug 22 Memorial Union Terrace, U. of Wisconsin Madison, Wi
Aug 24 Pritzker Pavilion Chicago, Illinois
Aug 25 Bear’s Place Bloomington, Indiana
Aug 27 Rubble’s Bar Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The Rural Alberta Advantage on myspace.

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