Wyatt C. Louis Signs to Royal Mountain Records, Shares "Bobtail Road"

The new track from the Red Deer-based Plains Cree singer-songwriter premiered on KEXP for Indigenous Peoples' Day

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 9, 2023

Red Deer, AB-based Plains Cree singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis has announced their signing to esteemed indie label Royal Mountain Records. The news comes alongside Louis's debut release for the label, which premiered on KEXP's The Morning Show in honour of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Having toured with the likes of Anyway Gang and Leif Vollebekk, the artist originally rose to acclaim about three years ago when they released their first single, "Dancing with Sue." Long-anticipated new single "Bobtail Road" — referencing their family home — is their first new music since then, and features pedal steel from City and Colour's Matt Kelly.

"'Bobtail Road' is about the hopefulness of reconnecting with loved ones. Written at a time where I felt that disconnect to all the things happening back home," Louis shared in a press release. "This is my way of staying hopeful in the thought that we'll eventually be back together soon, playing guitar on the porch. I take comfort in knowing we can heal through our lived experiences with one another. In the last lines of the song, I honour the place I've driven down to many times as a child. Fond memories on the weekend coming back from Mosoms, with our bellies full of bannock and laughs."

Listen to the warm, melancholic song below.


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