The Joys Of Music Blogging (aka The Rural Alberta Advantage Is Awesome)

For as long as I’ve been blogging (5+ years), I’ve been posting mp3s to the Internet. I do all of that now at but you can always click on the black banner at the bottom of this blog page and listen to the latest tracks I’ve posted.

I mainly blog music to share it with the people who read this blog and my tumblog. I love new music and discovering it and sharing it. And there are a ton of people I know who share this love of music blogging and they are constantly turning me onto new music. It’s like we’ve recreated the dynamic we had in our college dorms when we would take turns putting vinyl records on the turntable.

But there’s another reason I love music blogging. From time to time, I actually hear from the artists themselves. I’ve never stopped being a fan. When I get to meet musicians, I am always like the little kid pinching themselves wtih disbelief. I’m a groupie and proud of it.

Back at the end of last year, I was tipped off by a blog reader named Luke to a band called The Rural Alberta Advantage. I blogged some of their music at and you can listen to a bunch more of it at the Hype Machine. And I gave the record honorable mention on my top ten records of 2008 post.

This morning I picked up an email from Amy, one of the three band members:

Hi Fred,

It’s Amy from the Rural Alberta Advantage here…I just wanted to send a belated THANK YOU for putting us on your Honourable Mention list for your Top Records of 2008!  We received an email out of the blue from someone saying "just a heads-up that one of the most popular websites on the internet gave you a shout-out"!  and directing us to your site. So awesome! We really can’t believe how many people have heard our record now. It’s a pretty exciting feeling to know that almost every day we’re going to be hearing from someone else, from a place we’ve never played, talking about our songs. So thank you for helping us get our record out there!

I also wanted to invite you to come see us play in New York City (our first time out of Canada!) – we’re playing at a place called Piano’s NYC (on the lower east side of Manhattan) on Tuesday, January 27th. Then we are 99% for sure playing again in Brooklyn at Union Hall on Friday, February 6th.

Thanks again for listening Fred, and hope to see you on the 27th! (or the 6th!)


Now how freakin awesome is that? A thank you note and an invitation to come see them play their first gig in NYC. Of course, I’ll be there at the Piano’s show, along with the Gotham Gal. Tickets are $8, so if you like their music as much as I do and you live in NYC, you should come too. And while you are at it, get the record, called Hometowns.

As a bonus, I am doing something I rarely do these days. Here’s an mp3 of my favorite track on the record:

Edmonton – Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

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