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the prairie states


A newer garden of creation, no primal solitude,

Dense, joyous, modern, populous millions, cities and farms,

With iron interlaced, composite, tied, many in one,

By all the world contributed—freedom's and law's and thrift's society,

The crown and teeming paradise, so far, of time's accumulations,

To justify the past.

- Walt Whitman


The band The Prairie States was born out of the same creative space as Walt’s original poem, a desire for a modern touch on a classic design. Focused on cadence and rhythms of 60’s soul, 70’s rock and teeming with a modern country vibe, the band is poised to cut its own swath through the Canadian independent music scene.

Singer Mat Cardinal met the rest of the boys in the band through his relentless parade of open mic spots and cover shows  in and around their hometown of Edmonton Alberta. Band leader and guitarist Jeff Dick saw a spark and heard a roar from the young Cardinal and assembled a grizzled and veteran group to deliver this voice to the world.

The band spent 2 years writing and woodshedding with a selection of Edmonton’s finest collaborators such as The Dungarees, The Boom Chucka Boys, and Jay Sparrow. They periodically took these new songs to the city sharing the stage with Aaron Goodvin, Clayton Bellamy, The Doll Sisters, and Joey Landreth. They saw which songs stuck and which needed to hit the bricks. Now armed with a undeniable 8 tracks, The Prairie States quickly got in the studio with producer Jay Sparrow (Scenic Route To Alaska, Owls By Nature) and mixer/engineer Brad Smith (Nuela Charles, iamhill) to lay down their debut record Lost In The Right Direction.

Lost In The Right Direction was released in the summer of 2018 and the band is planning to hit the road to celebrate... put their boots on stages, let the strings and cymbals ring out over the prairie nights. Like Walt said: “Dense, joyous, modern… to justify the past.”