Hear Colter Wall’s Rendition of ‘Calgary Round-Up’ [LISTEN]
Colter Wall has released the first taste of music off his upcoming album, a haunting tribute to the "Father of Canadian Country Music," Wilf Carter, also known in the United States as Montana Slim. The tune is a cover of Carter's classic song "Calgary Round-Up," which the Canadian cowboy recorded in 1962 for his album Songs of the Calgary Stampede. Readers can press play above to listen to Wall's resonating voice as it captures a sound from a different era.
"Proud to announce that the first single from my forthcoming LP just dropped today! A little rendition of a tune by the yodelling Alberta cowpunch, Wilf Carter. Just in time for Stampede!" Wall shared on Instagram on July 7.
"Oh, we're a jolly bunch of cowboys / We hope you are the same / We have no cares, the laws we never heed," the soulful lyrics tell of a bygone day. "Oh, gather in the circle and sing this round-up song / We're a-headin' for the Calgary Stampede."
Wall has released the cover to coincide with the kick off of the 2018 Calgary Stampede, which the artist says is the "largest outdoor rodeo in the world." The Stampede, (formerly known as the Calgary Round-Up) is one of the early venues where Carter performed as a pioneer on the Canadian country music scene, paving the way for artists like Wall in the future. Carter's authentic cowboy-yodel style is recreated in Wall's gravely rendition that evokes a bygone era of country music.
One of The Boot's 2018 New Artists to Watch, Wall has been making waves across Canada and the U.S. and is currently on tour, hitting international venues including the Red Wing Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Pickathon and Cody Jink’s Loud and Heavy Fest before he heads across the pond to Europe and the UK. The upcoming album will follow up Wall's self-titled debut from 2017.
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