Meet Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage
Nils Edenloff wrote most of The Rural Alberta Advantage's stunning debut album Hometowns in Toronto, homesick for his native Albertan prairie. The touching album of folk anthems was built and honed at a open mic night at a local bar where Edenloff met drummer Paul Banwatt. The duo gradually acquired a band and headed out on the road. We spoke with Edenloff from the road yesterday mostly to find out what the devil is the advantage of living in Alberta. "It's a play on a government slogan from the 80s," he explained. "They used to have these ads that talked about how much opportunity there was in Alberta and they called it "The Albertan Advantage." All of these opportunities were about industrial products like gas and oil and other dirty things. It became a local joke. And then one day I got this email from my brother when I was in Toronto and he was joking about going off to explore the rural Albertan advantage, and I got this flash of beautiful memories from growing up there. A lot of the songs really reflect that love for the place. It's really a wonderful place to grow up."