It’s been a banner year so far for Saskatchewan’s country/roots duo The North Sound. Their single “Wild Rose Country” is proof of why they’ve been turning heads.
“Wild Rose Country” features harmonies that are so spot-on that it commands your full attention. The voices of Forrest Eaglespeaker and Nevada Freistadt blend so perfectly and sends chills down your spine.
The North Sound songwriter, singer and guitarist Forrest Eaglespeaker penned “Wild Rose Country” while his partner and harmony/background singer, Nevada Freistadt, was pregnant with their first child.
“I wrote this song as a letter to Nevada and Aspen to tell them that I want to be better, I want to do the right thing,” Forrest explains. “And if I don’t, it’s a choice I made, and I’ll need your help to get to a point where I can take care of you.”
When he wrote the song, he was living with addiction. But as fatherhood approached, he started to reflect on the influence of his own childhood. He made the choice to do whatever it took to become sober. Having lived in both Calgary and Saskatoon, he made the choice to leave the negative pull of one place for the other. To where he felt he could be the best version of himself in sobriety.
“’Wild Rose Country’ is about the hardship of living in a place and feeling like you need to leave,” Forrest Said. “But the reality is, you’re just running away from yourself. It has nothing to do with the place because you’re the problem.”
Be sure to stream this great single from The North Sound on Apple Music and Spotify.
About The North Sound
This duo was formed in 2014 by lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Forrest Eaglespeaker with his partner Nevada Freistadt. The North Sound was created to share stories in keeping with Forrest’s Blackfoot identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory.
They have had four singles reach #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and Saskatchewan’s MBC Radio. They have won the Saskatchewan Music Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year, was nominated for Roots Album of the Year at the 2021 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, and have received three nominations from the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.
Forrest and Nevada also have a working relationship with JUNO-winner Crystal Shawanda and her partner Dewayne Grobel, owners of independent record label New Sun Music.
We can’t wait to see what’s next for The North Sound. Whatever it is, you can be sure it will include strong lyrics, and chilling harmonies.