The community of Kennedy has definitely proved it it can raise creative and successful people. One of the province’s longest running rodeos continues to dazzle participants and spectators coupled with splendid views into Moose Mountain Provincial Park just south of the village. Country musician Eli Barsi and Olympic gold medalist Colleen Sostorics know the area very well, including country singer Blake Berglund, who was inspired to write his latest song, Moose Mountain, thanks to his home area.
“It’s a slice of life. I’ve been blessed to have been raised around the the equine lifestyle, so I’ve always been connected to that,” remarked Berglund. “It sounds cliche, but jump on the back of a horse and do your thing and I’m lucky enough of have the Moose Mountains in my backyard.”
Berglund just arrived back from a big tour of the southeastern United States that took him to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio.
“To get into that area where we know that’s sort of the evolution of what we have been creating, I don’t know, the audiences receive it well,” smiled Berglund who cited Marty Stuart as one of his influences.
That tour also took him up into southern Ontario where he did a few shows in Toronto. While in Nashville in March Berglund was fortunate enough to join Corb Lund to sing a track on Colter Wall’s new project. He has released a few videos as of late and will be gearing up for a busy summer, especially in the U.S.
“We have some festivals in Kansas City, a real big one called the Tumbleweed Festival with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marty Stuart, and Cody Johnson, sort of that vein of country music,” Berglund noted.
In addition to all of this he learned a short time ago he’s up for “Country Artist of the Year” at the Western Canada Music Awards at BreakOut West in Kelowna this October. Joining him in that category is fellow Saskatchewanian Jess Moskaluke, The Dungarees from Alberta, Brett Kissel, and the Road Hammers.
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