(Pictured: Brad Johner and Amy Nelson. Photo from Amy Nelson Music Facebook page)
One of the most iconic party songs on the prairies, especially in Saskatchewan, turns 26 years old this year. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate was first released by the Arrogant Worms all those years ago, Captain Tractor made it popular, Brad Johner turned it into a country tune, and now Regina singer Amy Nelson has put her spin on the song. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Brad Johner version of the song.
“I had a great time recording it,” smiled Nelson. “Bart McKay recorded it (and) he’s the exact same producer who recorded it for Brad 15 years ago, which is kind of cool, and then we recently did a video for it and it’s just been a ton of fun.”
They filmed the video in a canola field near the Labrash farm north of Lumsden in early September. The video featured some well known Saskatchewan faces including Brad Johner and former Roughriders Bob Poley and Roger Aldag.
“And their wives came and they were so lovely,” chuckled Nelson. “I think the video probably took longer than it needed to because we gave Brad a guitar and then Bob was singing and everybody was having a good time, but watching them dressed up as pirates was pretty funny.”
Nelson has just put her latest CD out for pre-release and she’s getting set to head back to Australia to help program the country music part of Australian Music Week, November 7th to 11th.
(Pic from Amy Nelson Music Facebook page)