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The Rural Alberta Advantage

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Toronto indie rock band the Rural Alberta Advantage balance rhythmic intensity with expansive melodies. Singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, a native of Alberta, Canada, founded the trio in 2005 with drummer Paul Banwatt and bassist/keyboardist Amy Cole. The group soon self-released a demo recording, followed by The Rural Alberta Advantage EP in 2006. Two years later they made their full-length debut with Hometowns. While little was known at the time of its release, Hometowns got a big boost when online music retailer eMusic championed the album, declaring it the eMusic Select album of the month for November 2008. The band got another boost in March 2009 when it played a high-profile showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas alongside one of the festival's most anticipated bands, Grizzly Bear. The buzz about the Rural Alberta Advantage reached the point where Omaha-based indie label Saddle Creek Records picked up Hometowns for reissue in 2009. The group's much-anticipated second studio album, Departing, arrived in March 2011, and was followed by Mended with Gold in 2014, on Saddle Creek. They both landed on Billboard's independent and Heatseekers album charts. In September 2016, Cole left the group to pursue other projects. Robin Hatch joined the lineup in time to help test new material on the road for album number four, The Wild, which included the lead single "White Lights." ~ Marcy Donelson & Jason Birchmeier
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The Rural Alberta Advantage

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  2.   Drain the Blood
  3.   Don't Haunt This Place
  4.   Eye of the Tiger
  5.   Brother
  6.   Stamp
  7.   The Ballad of the Raa
  8.   In the Summertime
  9.   Two Lovers
  10.   Muscle Relaxants
  11.   White Lights
  12.   Dead/Alive
  13.   The Air
  14.   Wild Grin
  15.   Alright
  16.   Rough And Tumble
  17.   On the Run
  18.   Not Love or Death
  19.   Vulcan, AB
  20.   45/33
  21.   Terrified
  22.   On the Rocks
  23.   The Breakup
  24.   Coldest Days
  25.   Barnes' Yard
  26.   The Deadroads
  27.   Edmonton
  28.   Four Night Rider
  29.   Frank, AB
  30.   Runners in the Night
  31.   Sleep All Day
  32.   All We've Ever Known
  33.   Tornado '87
  34.   Selfish Dreams
  35.   Rush Apart
  36.   Our Love...
  37.   Bad Luck Again
  38.   The Dethbridge in Lethbridge
  39.   Letting Go
  40.   The Build
  41.   Under the Knife
  42.   Good Night
  43.   North Star
  44.   Luciana
  45.   Toughen Up
  46.   Beacon Hill
  47.   This City
  48.   To Be Scared

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