Colter Wall

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Colter Wall
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Wall at the Hotel Café, Hollywood in 2017
Background information
Born (1995-06-27) June 27, 1995 (age 23)
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
LabelsYoung Mary's Record Co, American Songs
Websitecolterwall.com

Colter Wall (born June 27, 1995) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. His self-titled debut album was released on May 12, 2017.

Early life[edit]

Colter Wall was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the middle child of Tami and Brad Wall, 14th Premier of Saskatchewan.[2] He has two sisters, Megan and Faith.[3] Wall attended Swift Current Comprehensive High School, and graduated in 2013. He then studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.[4]

Wall was familiar with country music growing up as country artists such as Johnny Cash were played at home.[5] He started learning guitar at the age of 13, playing music of rock bands such as AC/DC and Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Later he became interested in old blues artists, and then started to listen to folk music.[6] According to Wall, he first heard Bob Dylan's song "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" around grade 10 or 11 (aged 15 or 16), and he was inspired to start writing and singing songs instead of only playing guitar.[4][7] Other early musical influences he cited include Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and he had also expressed interest in country singers such as Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams.[4][5][6] He made demos of his songs while he was a student, and in 2015, he decided to take a break from his studies at the university to focus on his music career when his first EP was released.[4]

Music career[edit]

Wall recorded a seven-song EP, Imaginary Appalachia, in 2015 with Jason Plumb the producer at Studio One in Regina, Saskatchewan.[2] He collaborated on the EP with other artists from Regina such as Belle Plaine and The Dead South.[4] He described his music as a blend of blues, folk and Americana.[8] The EP was released on March 9, 2015,[9] and "The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie" was released as his first single. His music gained the attention of Brock Lesnar who helped to raise his profile among wrestling fans.[10] Songs from the album were featured in the television show Dog the Bounty Hunter,[8] and the films Hell or High Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.[11][12] The track used in the films, "Sleeping on the Blacktop", gained more than a million streams on Spotify.[13]

In 2016, Wall opened for Lucinda Williams at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.[14][15] He was signed to Rick Rubin's American Songs publishing company.[16]

His first full-length album, self-titled Colter Wall, was produced by Dave Cobb at the RCA Studio A in Nashville. Wall was accompanied by Cobb on acoustic guitar, Chris Powell on drums, Mike Webb on piano, and Robby Turner on pedal steel.[13] The album was released on May 12, 2017[17] and according to Wall, most of the songs on the album are autobiographical.[18]

A new album, Songs of the Plains, was announced in July 2018 and was released on October 12, 2018.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
CAN
[20]
US
[21]
US Country
[22]
US
Folk

[23]
US
Heat

[24]
US
Indie

[25]
Colter Wall 90 50 16 2 11
Songs of the Plains
  • Release date: October 12, 2018[19]
  • Label: Young Mary's Record Co.
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
36 180 17 7 2 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[24]
Imaginary Appalachia 22

Singles[edit]

  • "The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie" (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shapiro, Benjamin (April 16, 2018). "Colter Wall, The Canadian Cowboy". The New Yorker.
  2. ^ a b "Colter Wall debuts first songs, including The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie". CBC News. March 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Willett, Edward (2009). "Premier Brad Wall: "The luckiest guy in the country in terms of a job!". Fine Lifestyles Regina.
  4. ^ a b c d e Liebenberg, Matthew (May 25, 2015). "Swift Current's Colter Wall celebrates debut album". Prairie Post.
  5. ^ a b Ells, Blake (June 6, 2017). "Young Musician, Old Influences: A Conversation with Colter Wall". Weld.
  6. ^ a b Armstrong, Chuck (June 4, 2017). "Interview: Colter Wall Talks Vinyl, Personal History and His Debut Album". The Boot.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Amy (August 31, 2016). "Follow Singer-Songwriter Colter Wall's 'Road to Made in America'". The Boot.
  8. ^ a b "Sask. musician Colter Wall finds new audience with wrestlers and bounty hunters". CBC News. October 15, 2015.
  9. ^ DeDekker, Jeff (May 7, 2016). "Colter Wall can scratch an appearance at the Ryman off his bucket list". Regina Leader-Post.
  10. ^ Hudak, Joseph (May 25, 2017). "How Country Troubadour Colter Wall Got a Boost From Brock Lesnar". Rolling Stone.
  11. ^ "Sask.'s Colter Wall heard in soundtrack of Oscar-nominated film". 650 CKOM. February 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Fuller, Cam (March 31, 2017). "Colter Wall contributes to another movie soundtrack". Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
  13. ^ a b "Colter Wall Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's 'Heatseekers Albums' Chart". Broadway World. May 23, 2017.
  14. ^ Leahey, Andrew (November 7, 2016). "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: November 2016". Rolling Stone.
  15. ^ "Colter Wall performing Sunday at former Grand Ole Opry". May 4, 2016.
  16. ^ Newman, Melinda (February 12, 2016). "Lana Del Rey, Rivers Cuomo, Josh Groban Gather to Fete Rick Rubin at Grammys Event". Billboard.
  17. ^ Crawford, Robert (March 9, 2017). "Hear Canadian Troubadour Colter Wall's New Dave Cobb Produced Song". Rolling Stone.
  18. ^ "Meet Colter Wall, the Steve Earle- and Rick Rubin-endorsed Saskatchewan country singer". CBC Music. May 24, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Gage, Jeff (July 25, 2018). "Colter Wall Details New Album 'Songs of the Plains'". Rolling Stone.
  20. ^ "Colter Wall - Chart history (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "Colter Wall Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "Colter Wall - Chart history (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Colter Wall - Chart history (Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard.
  24. ^ a b "Colter Wall - Chart history (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Colter Wall - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 22, 2017). "The Top 10 Country Albums Chart: May 22, 2017". Roughstock.
  27. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 30, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums: October 30, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved November 2, 2018.