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Author: Sam Seiler
3/17/11 | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal | www.jsonline.com | Live Show Preview
True to his band's name, Rural Alberta Advantage singer, guitarist and songwriter Nils Edenloff hails from a regional municipality in northeastern Alberta called Fort McMurray, and most of his songs are about leaving that area and its inhabitants. Good thing he did, though, because otherwise he never would have made his way to Toronto and formed a band with the sweet-throated multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole and the most amazing drummer you've likely never heard of, Paul Banwatt. Touring in support of its second album of heartfelt, anti-folk-flavored rock, the RAA hits Mad Planet on Wednesday. The last time the group was in Milwaukee, Edenloff fought his way through the set despite a nasty January virus that was wreaking havoc on his vocal cords, and Banwatt was busy dealing with equipment failure. Although that show turned out to be surprisingly decent, it fell short of the intimate emotional onslaught of the band's appearance here a year earlier. This time out, RAA will have plenty of new material and, hopefully, much better luck. Melodic Irish folkster James Vincent McMorrow and the diverse, eclectic rock vehicle Dinosaur Feathers open.
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