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Lead singer of iconic band Prairie Oyster performs at the Empress in February

Written by  Vicki Arndt
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Russell deCarle is no stranger to success, six Juno Awards,11 CCMAs, and 14 RPM Big Country Awards all achieved while performing as lead singer and bassist of the famous Canadian country band Prairie Oyster.


It was only natural for the country star to branch out and release a solo album in 2010 and on Feb. 14-15; Russell will perform tunes from his debut album Under The Big Big Sky at 8 p.m. at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.
Tickets are $32 each plus GST and available now. deCarle replaces Louise Pitre originally slated to perform these dates, but due to health issues was unable to commit to the shows.
For those familiar with deCarle’s distinct country Prairie Oyster sound, his solo album is an exploration of the artist’s creative side, a discovery of new music, and a labour of love. The result is a highly-appreciated debut album released Sept. 28, 2010 on the Fontana North Label produced by long-time friend and arranger/pianist/producer John Sheard (The Guess Who, Dan Hill) and recorded by another friend and engineer L. Stu Young (Prince, Ronnie Hawkins, Guns n’ Roses, David Wilcox).
The album touches on an entirely new musical genre for the singer.
Prairie Oyster fans might be surprised by the new sound, but with nine songs penned by the singer himself, the 11-track album delivers an excellent mix of blues, vintage jazz, country and swing complimented with deCarle’s own distinct and famed voice, the result is an album to be played time and time again.
With more than 30 years of country music under deCarle’s belt, the urge to branch out on his own really only recently struck him.
For decades, fans had been asking for a solo album, but until recently, Prairie Oyster kept him busy and musically satisfied.
Some quality time alone with his acoustic guitar got deCarle itching to release his debut album.
Though originally the album was destined to contain a multitude of cover tunes, the more he worked on album material, the more he found himself discovering a new niché rhythmically resulting in a sound all his own. The album also includes the cover tune Goin’ Away Party by Cindy Walker and a yodel on the warm and rich title song.
The Empress shows welcome deCarle performing vocals and bass along with Steve Briggs on guitar whose career has seen him record arrange and perform with the Brothers Cosmoline, Gregg Lawless, Bill Usher, Russell de Carle and Carroll Baker. Also on stage will be Denis Keldie on accordion who has recorded and performed with many including Natalie MacMaster, James Keelaghan, and Carlos Del Junco. 
Tickets are available online at: http://www.empress theatre.ab.ca/.

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