Canadian Country Music Association
Hall of Fame
Prairie Oyster

Prairie Oyster

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Background:

    Prairie Oyster is an award winning Country-Rock band that was formed in Toronto in 1975. The group originally consisted of mainstays guitarist Keith Glass, steel guitarist Denis Delorme, and singer/bassist Russell deCarle. The group toured and performed in the late 1970s, but did not produce an album and subsequently disbanded in 1978 to pursue other interests.

    After a brief hiatus, Prairie Oyster re-united in 1983 with the addition of a trio of new band members - keyboardist Joan Besen, fiddler John (J.P.) Allen and drummer John Adames (who was later replaced in 1986 by Bruce Moffett). The group drew its inspiration from different styles of music, particularly from 1950s Country and Rock, and their southern US variants. 

    Prairie Oyster is an Icon in Canadian Music Circles, and their music has been rocking and influencing a generation of Canadians for 29 years. Although Prairie Oyster has had numerous chart-topping hits and has received countless accolades, the band stays close to its roots by maintaining an itinerary of nightclub and tavern tour dates each year.

    The band has received three Juno Awards, 10 CCMA awards (highlighted by 6 Group/Duo of the Year Awards), and over 35 various CCMA Awards have been presented to individual members of the band.


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