Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 42 - Howlin' Wolf and Baba

Still hot and sunny today - can't quite believe it.

Travelling across Saskatchewan's prairies takes a strong person. It's not the sameness that gets to you - that can happen in northern Ontario really easily.

For us, it was finding then losing CBC about every 15 minutes. Not sure why the nation's radio station has such difficulty transmitting in such open spaces - there were sure no mountains to get in the way of the signal.

What we did hear was an independent station out of Alberta - CKUA - which for a short time became our favourite station.

Not only does it come in loud and clear from the Alberta border right up till Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, but it plays the best music and the guy we want to tell you about in Baba, who hosts the Mid-morning Mojo show from 9:00 - 11:00.

This fellow plays an eclectic mix of rock, blues, folk with mostly independent producers although he also plays great music from the past. He played a song from the Howlin' Wolf London sessions with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts that blew us out of the water.

We're treating ourselves tonight after 8 days in the trailer. We found a brand new conference style hotel in the middle of nowhere (actually in Moosimin, Saskatchewan - see? nowhere) which caters to the oil riggers and potash miners nearby. Great hotel, great facilities.

Will be sleeping sound tonight but will have to leave the star-gazing till tomorrow evening when we return to one of our favourite parks in Ontario - Rushing River Provincial Park. Feels like home to me.

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