Published on November 25th, 2019 | by Craig Silliphant


Special Premiere: The Wolf Willow Radio Hour

From the town of Darston, Saskatchewan, Wolf Willow  presents original honkytonk and ripping western swing numbers in the format of an old time radio show.


Editor’s Note:  We are thrilled to present the sixth episode of Wolf Willow Radio!  Enjoy the video and read more about the project below, straight from Wolf Willow themselves.

From the town of Darston, Saskatchewan, Wolf Willow  presents original honkey-tonk and ripping fast western swing numbers in the format of an old time radio show.  With a horn section and an ear for countrypolitan arrangements, Wolf Willow both stretches and upholds the retro-country tradition.

Fall 2019 marked new territory for Wolf Willow as they released their countrypolitan inspired EP, And The Leaves Have Turned to Amber,  received a nominations for a Sask Music Award (Experimental/Contemporary category) and release three new episodes of the Wolf Willow Radio Hour web series.

The Wolf Willow Radio Hour continues the story telling element of the country music variety show that has almost been forgotten. Episode Six was produced in collaboration with a team of other local artists and features special  guest Ms. Delilah.  Eric Hill (Director, videographer)  Whistlin Jeff Meldrum (set design), Amber PB (wardrobe design), Kris Alvarez (Assistant Director), Orion Paradis (Soul Sound Studios) were all key partners in the project.

Funding for the video series was provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board with additional contributions by 33 1/3 Coffee, Malty National Brewing, T and A Vinyl and Fashion and The Junction Creative Studio.

Aesthetically the videos are grounded in the childhood experience of the band’s steel player, Moose. Moose grew up in the Peace River country of northern Alberta where the Tommy Hunter Show was the most exciting thing on TV (after the hockey game).  The video tries to recreate the aesthetic and excitement of the live broadcast music variety shows.  The alt country world is beautifully full of beards and banjos but has yet to discover the richer, softer side of the country and western tradition.

Wolf Willow has a series of shows yet before Christmas to celebrate the new episode:

November 28:  T and A Vinyl and Fashion (Regina) with Ellen Froese
November 29:  Big River Hall (Big River) with Ellen Froese
December 20:  The Cure (Regina) with Boots and the Hoots

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