In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, there isn’t much that Keith Glass hasn’t seen or done. Of course, he is most famous for being the lead guitarist in the iconic Canadian country music band Prairie Oyster, and we spent a good portion of the interview discussing those days. But Keith is also an accomplished songwriter and producer. He is the recipient of a SOCAN Songwriter Lifetime Achievement Award. I was thrilled to be able to meet him and he truly is a wealth of knowledge.
Early on, we discussed how Prairie Oyster came to be. I had assumed that he and Russell deCarle had met in high school but the truth is even better. Keith’s and Russell’s parents were friends and played cards together before the two future Prairie Oyster members were even born. In essence, Keith and Russell grew up together.
He discussed the band’s early days of playing but getting nowhere, until their manager sent a demo to RCA Nashville, and they were able to score a record contract. Despite being together since 1974, the band did not experience higher levels of success until 1986 when they won their first Juno.
Prairie Oyster’s heyday was in the early 1990s, and Keith had some interesting things to say about the music scene back then. He was never particularly fond of the ‘new country’ or ‘young country’ labels that were applied to the genre at that time, as he felt that it de-valued the work of all the great artists who came beforehand.
Nowadays, Keith has a new outfit called The Keith Glass Band, and their sound is a mix of a variety of influences including rock and roll, country, blues, and R&B. This makes sense, because as Keith explained early on in the interview, he was a child of the 1950s and musical styles weren’t so segmented back then. This is why Elvis is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, despite his label as being the ‘King of Rock and Roll’.
Keith is very generously allowing The Stueytunes Show to preview an upcoming song called “Soul, Sister” (and in his own words, that comma between ‘soul’ and ‘sister’ is important). It’s a great song, and you’ll hear it near the end of the episode.
What remained obvious throughout our time spent talking together was that Keith remains passionate about what he does, loves his new band, and is still excited to write great songs. We had a terrific chat, and I’m grateful for the opportunity, and glad to have met him.