2/28/11 | NPR.org | www.npr.org | Record Review
Stemming from rural Alberta, Canada, the three members of The Rural Alberta Advantage first met by hosting open stage nights at The Winchester. Jokingly stating that they were the reason the 120-year-old venue shut down, the trio ? composed of Nils Edenloff, Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt ? explores heartbreak through pop-tinged indie-folk.The trio's musical recipe quickly became a favorite and after the release of Hometowns (2008), the band found itself playing at festivals like Pop Montreal, NXNW and SXSW. And did we mention that it's also the highest selling "eMusic Selects" artist in history?The Rural Alberta Advantage will release its sophomore album, Departing, on Saddle Creek Records on March 1. Hear two tracks from the record a day before it hits stores.