Interview – Conrad Bigknife

Regina, SK-based Indigenous country artist, Conrad Bigknife has unveiled his latest single, “How Could I Want More”, a track about something we can always use more of…love. The song celebrates the beauty in the basics. The beauty of our roots that support and grow all the good things in our lives.

Check out “How Could I Want More” below, and find out more about Conrad via our mini-interview.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Conrad Bigknife, I’m an Indigenous Country artist from, Regina, Saskatchewan.

With the release of his new single, Indigenous Country music artist Conrad Bigknife has his feet planted firmly in the rich soil that is Country music. “How Could I Want More” is about what we can always use more of…love. The song celebrates the beauty in the basics. The beauty of our roots that support and grow all the good things in our lives. Great songs tell a great story, and this storyteller can sing.

“With ups and downs in this business called music, there have been disappointments and triumphs. This, my friends, is one of the happy times. For all who are at this point, sharing new creations will always be one of the exciting moments. Our latest creation heavily inspired by George Strait is, once again, all about love.”

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I’ve always been a country music fan throughout my life. I was introduced to Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, etc. by my dad. Also was introduced to George Strait through my older brother. Something resonated with me about the sound. I don’t recall whether it was the stories or the sound of the steel guitar, but I was hooked.
I write songs with my best friend and beautiful, talented, wife, Shannon Bigknife. We’ve always tried to keep writing about things we know about…life. Everyday living is as normal as it can be. Keep them simple and not political or preachy.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

The pandemic got me back into recording other artists as well as our music. I’ve recorded albums and singles for artists around my area. We’ve written other styles and genres and pitched them for film and tv. I’ve helped my wife with her art gallery show this past Oct. – Nov. She’s a very talented painter, as well.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I’m going to have to go with the current release, How Could I Want More. It’s a tip of the hat to country superstar George Strait. It’s a catchy dancehall two-stepper, I’ve been playing with my current band, and has the dance floor hopping.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I used to be so caught up in American country music that I haven’t paid too much attention to Canadian acts. That has changed over the last year or so. The women in Canadian country today have brought out their A-game, in my opinion. To name a few would be Tenille Townes, Meghan Patrick, The Recklaws, and of course from my home province, Tenille Arts and Jess Moskaluke, and so on. The longest-running, for me, is Blue Rodeo. I’ve been a fan of theirs since 1987.

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