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Prairie Oyster are a Canadian country music group.Read More...
The band formed in 1974 as a trio, consisting of singer/bassist Russell deCarle, guitarist Keith Glass and steel guitarist Denis Delorme. They toured and performed on television, but did not record. They subsequently broke up in 1978.
In 1982, the band reunited, adding fiddler John P. Allan, keyboardist Joan Besen and drummer Bruce Moffat to the lineup.
In 1996, Bohdan Hluszko replaced Moffat on the album Blue Plate Special, and in the following year Hluszko (now Michelle Josef) was fired from the band after coming out as transgendered. The band released What Country Is This? in 1998, followed by a greatest hits collection in 2000.
In 2006, deCarle, Glass, Allan, Besen and Delorme got back together to release One Kiss on Open Road Recordings, and they continue to tour across Canada. In total, the band has won 6 Juno Awards for "Best Country Group or Duo" and a total of 11 Canadian Country Music Awards. In September 2008, the band will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.