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Posted November 4 , 2013

November 15, 2013

Prairie Oyster front man Russell deCarle brings solo act to River Run’s intimate Co-operator’s Hall

Guelph – More than 35 years after forming the legendary, award-winning Canadian country music band Prairie Oyster, singer, songwriter and musician Russell deCarle struck out on his own with a solo album and tour. The front man of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inducted group will perform at River Run Centre on Friday, November 15. The show begins at 8pm.

In 2010 deCarle released Under the Big Big Sky, his first solo project. The album featured original songs penned by deCarle, and he was joined in the recording studio by a veritable who’s who of Canadian country and roots musicians. Since the album’s release deCarle has been headlining dates across North America, receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics. As a solo artist he has opened for Merle Haggard on his Canadian tour, travelled coast to coast with the Bluebird North Songwriters’ Tour, and has been featured on the CBC’s popular Vinyl Café radio show.

deCarle used his solo album as an opportunity to incorporate the many musical styles that have influenced him over the years. While his music is still planted in country, it’s clear that roots, swing, blues, rock n’ roll and soul make their way into his solo sound. He admits he enjoys the creative freedom that being a solo performer provides. In a recent interview with Brock Weir of The Auroran, deCarle explained, “[As a solo artist] I don’t have to run a gauntlet to get a song played in the band. A band is a democracy and I think we were fortunate in having a very long run with the band – over 30 years – and incredible success doing what we wanted to do. Doing my own thing, the difference is that it is absolutely my eye. I get to present it how I want to present it… Most of my musical life, I have been very satisfied being in the band, but now I must admit I am really having a ball doing my own thing and playing with different people.”

The Ottawa Citizen describes deCarle as “a tall, golden-haired gentleman,” saying his solo show ”brought old-time roots music to life in a lively and engaging fashion, as well as impeccable musicianship.” deCarle’s engagement at River Run is the perfect opportunity to enjoy this Canadian musical icon in an intimate and interactive venue.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at

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