With the cold of winter looming near, rapidly emerging Alberta country singer/songwriter and current Project Wild contestant Ryan Lindsay has announced the upcoming release of his new music video for “Way Back When” which was filmed near Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.
The music video was filmed 200 kilometres from Yellowknife and encompasses a week Lindsay spent at a remote homestead that he frequents, owned by The Olson family. The only access to the region is via bush plane. Lindsay and his director Travis Nesbitt stayed in the family’s home, a log cabin, hauling water and wood, cooking over an open fire and dog-sledding.
As an outdoorsman and former northern Arctic and wilderness expedition guide, Lindsay was in his element. However, his award-winning video director, Travis Nesbitt, was in for a shock.
“There’s a simplicity and a luxury to living in the outdoors that doesn’t come with the regular amenities of living in the city,” Lindsay said. “People today lack a connection to place and country music is a genre that is rooted in place. It’s really important for me to keep that as a foundation of my own music as a country artist.”
“Way Back When” is on Lindsay’s first EP titled “Wild”, released earlier in 2019. It was co-written with Chris Henderson (two-time SCMA Male Artist of the Year) and co-produced with Johnny Gasparic at MCC Studios in Calgary (previous CCMA Recording Studio of the Year).
At 26 years old and only one year after his first single release, Lindsay has already played the mainstage of Country Thunder Music Festival and Nashville North at the Calgary Stampede. Lindsay was named Country 105’s Rising Star in 2018 and presently is one of the Top 12 artists in Project Wild, Alberta Music’s artist development program. He released his first “Wild” in spring 2019 and boasts over 11,300 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Born and raised in rural Alberta, Lindsay has an impressive resume that preceded his music. It includes a degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Alberta, sailing across the Atlantic ocean, solo hiking mountains in Greenland, canoeing through the tundra, guiding extended backcountry trips in Northern Canada, singing with an auditioned chamber choir, The Augustana Choir, founding the Spirit of the Land Foundation and more.
Lindsay’s fearless exploration of the world around him resonates now through his music and community contributions. Hitting his shows with a contagious, engaging intensity, Lindsay fills the stage with energy. His dynamic songwriting is wide-ranging, whether it be outdoor-based nostalgia, reflections on love, life tribulations, or classic country sounding melodies that he says “you can stomp on the hardwood floor to.”