(Photo by Katherine Marie Photography)

(Photo by Katherine Marie Photography)

Edmonton-based band has Bashaw connection

An interview with Prairie States

By Kevin J. Sabo For the Bashaw Star

An Edmonton-based music group has a Bashaw connection.

The group, The Prairie States, filmed a music video in Bashaw in 2019, with the video being widely released in January 2020, and the reason they selected Bashaw is thanks to band-member Jeff Dick, whose father grew up in the region, and whose grandfather owned the theatre from 1948 to 1961.

“I was brainstorming with the producer of the video, Jay Sparrow, and I said that my mom grew up in Stettler, and my dad grew up in Bashaw,” said Dick.

“We (Google searched), and the theatre my grandfather owned way back when had been converted into a community theatre with a stage. We thought, ‘wow, can’t get much more perfect than that.’”

Dick describes the video, “Every Little Town,” as a tribute to small town life, and “that cast of characters” that seem to be in every town.

“There was no more perfect stage to play on than the one my grandfather owned, and my dad worked in as a kid,” said Dick. “Jay suggested including my parents, which was really special.”

The day of the shoot, Dick walked the town with his parents, with them showing him different parts of the town, places he had not been back to since he was himself an infant. He recalled his mom telling him about a wedding that they had attended when he was a baby, and his mom showed him the sidewalk she walked him on when he started fussing.

“They loved it,” said Dick.

“It was a great day.”

With the release of the video on CMT Australia, the community has now been featured on an international stage.

“We brought Bashaw to another country, which we are pretty excited about,” said Dick.

“My dad is pretty proud, I became a Bashaw ambassador. I’m pretty proud myself.”

The Prairie States was formed in 2017, and is made up of five music industry veterans, including Dick. Since they came together, the band has been finding success, winning the Rising Star and Fan’s Choice of the Alberta Country Music Association 2018 awards, and group of the year and video of the year in 2019. In 2018, the band also won the Project Wild Artist Development Program competition, which netted the group $100,000.

“It’s been quite a ride,” said Dick.

“We’ve had a lot of success in a very short amount of time.”

Bashaw

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MLA Jackie Lovely
MLA Jackie Lovely: Moving back to Step 1 a ‘profound disappointment’

Camrose MLA joins ranks of UCP members calling out the decision

Supporters gather outside GraceLife Church near Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The church has been fenced off by police and Alberta Health Services in violation of COVID-19 rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Hundreds gather to support Alberta church shut down for ignoring COVID-19 orders

GraceLife Church and its pastor, are charged for holding services that break health restrictions

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta identifies 1,183 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

50.5% of all active cases are variants of concern

File photo
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O’Toole to vote against Conservative MP’s private bill on ‘sex-selective abortion’

Erin O’Toole said he supports a woman’s right to choose and will personally vote against the private member’s bill

Madelyn Boyko poses along with a number of the bath bombs she makes with her mom, Jessica Boyko. Madelyn says she enjoys making the bath bombs with her mom as it is a special time for just the two of them. (Photo Submitted)
5-year-old Sylvan Lake girl selling bath bombs in support of younger brother

Madelyn Boyko is selling bath bombs for CdLS research in honour of her younger brother

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is raising its estimate for the number of businesses that are considering the possibility of closing permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Small business struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic looks for aid in Liberals’ budget

President Dan Kelly said it is crucial to maintain programs to help businesses to the other side of the pandemic

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians says that includes attempts to steal Canadian research on COVID-19 and vaccines, and sow misinformation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Intelligence committee warns China, Russia targeting Canadian COVID-19 research

Committee also found that the terrorist threat to Canada has shifted since its last such assessment

Parliament Hill is viewed below a Canada flag in Gatineau, Quebec, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. A new poll suggests most Canadians are feeling more grateful for what they have in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly in 2019: report

2019 report shows Canada emitted about one million tonnes more of these gases than the previous year

A volunteer disinfects a historical Mohabat Khan mosque ahead of the upcoming Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, April 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
For Canadian Muslims, second pandemic Ramadan is a time of hope and sadness

Many members of the association are trying to find ways ‘to help people stay connected to one another’

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s ICUs see near-record of COVID-19 patients last week as variant cases double

Last week, Canadian hospitals treated an average of 2,500 patients with COVID-19, daily, up 7% from the previous week

Vancouver’s park board general manager issued a new order Friday restricting tents and other temporary structures from being set up in Strathcona Park after April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver park board issues order to restrict tents in Strathcona Park

The order issued Friday restricted tents and other temporary structures from being set up after April 30

Stettler’s own Renegade Station is kicking off the spring season with a brand new single - to be released April 9th. (Photo submitted)
A brand new single is on the way from Stettler-based band Renegade Station

Free Free Free hits all streaming platforms on April 9th

Most Read