Music Monday – The Rural Alberta Advantage

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So, let’s get to some music…

Music Monday – The Rural Alberta Advantage
Jay C. Spencer   Monday, January 28th, 2013

Finding new music has always been a passion (some call it an obsession) of mine since I was a teen.  I have always loved reading reviews, searching through forums, and spending more money than I would care to admit. That being said, it should come as no surprise to anyone that music is the backbone of my artwork, and my writing.  Without certain albums and artists, I truly believe I could never have gotten to this point with my WIP.

Credit: The RAA

One of those artists, Canadian indie-rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage, unknowingly helped me through the “type everything down even though most of it will be garbage” first draft of my current WIP.  Formed in 2005, Nils, Amy and Paul built a huge indie buzz through their relentless touring of their intense live show. After the success of their first album in 2009, “Hometowns”, and with their dedicated following behind them, I was constantly bombarded with chatter about them at concerts. BTW, my writing thanks whoever you were for being so persistent.

This three-piece, with their rich folk-rock sound, has a spirit throughout their honest lyrics that just hits home with me.  I can recall many morning writing sessions over the past few years, before finding my #5amWritersClub on Twitter, where it was just me, my writing, and The RAA.  After the critical success of their latest album, ‘Departing’, and having already been well received by the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, and SPIN Magazine, they are currently in the studio working on their third release.

Now, to celebrate our new blog, we are raffling off a copy of their sophomore release “Departing.” Not just a regular local bought version, but a SIGNED COPY that I had the band autograph when discussing this blog with them on their recent tour with Dan Magnan.

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If you would like to hear more from The RAA, you can find their catalogue at iTunesSaddle Creek Records (US) or at Paper Bag Records (Canada).

What band(s) does this for you? Leave a comment below.