Artists You Should Know: The Rural Alberta Advantage (plus ticket giveaway)

Rural Alberta Advantage

So what exactly is the advantage to growing up in rural Alberta?  Besides living in the midst of some breathtaking scenery, for singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, it would seem that it’s the ability to craft intensely beautiful folk-influenced indie rock songs.  His band,  The Rural Alberta Advantage, exploded onto the indie scene only recently but they’re quickly proving to be one of the most buzz-worthy new groups around.  Madison music lovers will be lucky enough to get a taste of their addictive Canadian-flavored sound this Sunday, June 21st at the High Noon Saloon.  Read on to learn more about this talented trio and find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.

Genre: Indie, Pop, Folk

Sounds Like: A.C. Newman, Plants and Animals, Handsome Furs

Bio: “The Rural Alberta Advantage are an indie rock band from Toronto whose self-released debut album became an Internet sensation in 2008 and was subsequently picked up for re-release by Saddle Creek Records in 2009. Founded in 2005 in Toronto, Canada, the band is a trio comprised of Nils Edenloff, Amy Cole, and Paul Banwatt. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, singer/guitarist Edenloff anchors the band.

The Rural Alberta Advantage self-released a demo recording in 2005 and then self-released The Rural Alberta Advantage EP (2006). A couple years later the band self-released its full-length album debut, Hometowns (2008). While little known at the time of its release, Hometowns got a big boost when influential online music retailer eMusic championed the album, declaring it “eMusic Select” album of the month for November 2008.

The band got another boost in March 2009 when it played a high-profile showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, TX, alongside one of the festival’s most anticipated bands, Grizzly Bear. The buzz about the Rural Alberta Advantage reached the point where the Omaha-based indie label, Saddle Creek Records, picked up Hometowns for reissue in 2009.” —Jason Birchmeier,

Win A Pair Of Tix: The Rural Alberta Advantage frequently references Canadian cities and culture in their songs.  If someone asked you to write a song about Madison or Wisconsin, what are 3 landmarks or cultural traditions that you’d want to include?  Why are they important to you?  Post your responses by this Friday, June 19th at 6:00 pm.  A winner will be notified at that time.  Good luck!

Check out The Rural Alberta Advantage on their official site and on MySpace.

If you missed out on the giveaway this time around, you can still grab tickets to the show here.

4 Responses

  1. This band is amaaazing. Sunday can’t get here fast enough!

  2. hmm… i think this is where i post responses for the tickets…
    how about cheese curds, fish fries, and lambeau field!

  3. Tough question!

    I guess I would name drop both Menona and Mendota maybe write a song making up a story about how the two lakes came to be.

    Two competing fellows one with the last name of Menona, and the other with the last name of Mendota both wanted to reach the bottom of the earth and began to dig. They were digging for years and years until there was a disaterous flood. The two men had created lakes instead of reaching the bottom of the earth. They swam and swam until they got to the highest point in the area, the current state capitol. That is why the capitol is where it is.

    Something inspired by this short story I made on the spot.

  4. This show has got everyone talking! Your responses were so delightfully Wisconsin: a mix of tasty food and beautiful scenery—what a cool state we have, eh?

    The contest is now closed. Check your e-mail to see if you’re a winner. Hope to see you all at the show even if you didn’t pick up freebies this time around. Should be a great one!

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