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Alberta: Wild Roses, Northern Lights

  • 1. No Roads Here - Corb Lund
    2. Church of the Long Grass - John Wort Hannam
    3. Land of the Shining Mountains - Ian Tyson
    4. Big Boned Gal - k.d. lang
    5. Oti Nikan - Asani
    6. Wild Alberta Rose - Calvin Vollrath
    7. Harvest Dance, The - Tom Wilson
    8. Alberta Crude - Tim Hus
    9. I Turn Into a Cowboy - Tim Tamashiro
    10. Sweet Rose - Swiftys
    11. Half-Breed - Laura Vinson & Free Spirit
    12. Polka From L'Viv - Kubasonics
    13. Allez Quest - Tws
    14. Long Dusty Road - Terry Morrison
    15. High Rider (The John Ware Story) - Diamond Joe White
    16. Do You Know Slim Evans? - Maria Dunn
    17. Wind in the Wire - David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic
    18. Medley - McDades
    19. Four Strong Winds - Ian Tyson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40538

  • Credits
    ProducerAl Chapman (Compilation); Nancy Groce (Compilation)

    Smithsonian Folkways Alberta: Wild Roses, Northern Lights collects 19 tracks from one of Canada's most mountainous provinces. These are not scratchy recordings of trappers and Cree horseman captured over a campfire in the early 1900s, rather the songs on Alberta have feet firmly planted in the present. Recognizable Alberta natives like k.d. lang, whose "Big-Boned Girl" from 2006's Reintarnation gets the remix treatment, and Ian Tyson are sequenced alongside newcomers like the Swiftys and the Corb Lund Band. Highlights include the sweeping Celtic folk of the McDades' "Jonny's Flush/The Boiling Hen," the northern bluegrass of Maria Dunn's "Do You Know Slim Evans?," the Kubasonics boot-stomping Ukrainian throwdown "Polka from l'Viv," and the snowy country sounds of Tim Hus ("Alberta Crude") and the aforementioned Swiftys ("Sweet Rose"). ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.63) - "[The album] takes a more focused look at this prairie province, showing it to be a hotbed of country, folk, and innovation."
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