Jr. Gone Wild
Over the course of five acclaimed albums, this Edmonton based band helped introduce Canada to the new musical genre, alt country.
The band fuses elements of folk and rock with a punk attitude, and have built a devoted fan base across the Prairies and beyond through epic live shows. Formed in Edmonton in 1983, the band’s one constant has been singer/songwriter Mike McDonald.
Their then-novel practice of touring in a van on the young Trans-Canada Highway worked to build Jr. Gone Wild’s legend — McDonald speaks of days of drinking, fighting, being robbed, being sick and cold, all while playing in dives. That touring helped to create songs that range from period pieces that nail coming of age in the ‘80s to subtle heartbreakers capturing fragments of the eternal human condition. The band’s penchant for pedal steel and country-smoked moments set them apart from other bar bands of the day and elevated the songs from simple pop choruses and tongue-in-cheek perspectives into something meaningful and enduring.
By the time they broke up in 1995, Jr. Gone Wild just missed the alt-country craze. In 2013 the band reunited, proving that instead of being ahead of their time, Jr. Gone Wild are timeless.