Stony Plain Records

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Stony Plain Records is an independent Canadian record label that specializes in traditional music such as country , folk and blues . It was founded in 1979 by Holger Peterson and is based in Edmonton , Alberta .


The label's founder, Holger Petersen, was a student and had a blues radio show on CKUA, an Alberta radio station. As a result, he met many blues musicians who performed in town and often interviewed them. The first record he released was a recording with Walter Horton . The recordings were published on London Records and after Roosevelt Sykes and Johnny Shines also recorded for him within a short time , the plan matured to found his own label. The first record that appeared on the new label was not a blues album, but a follow-up recording by his friend Paul Hann, who also introduced Petersen to other genres. However, it took until the mid-1980s for Stony Plain to have a solid financial base.

In 1993, Petersen met guitarist Duke Robillard , a friendship that not only led to 20 albums that the guitarist recorded for the label, but Robillard also produced albums with Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay McShann, Rosco Gordon and Billy Boy Arnold. In addition to its own recordings, Stony Plain Records sells many European and American labels in Canada, such as Blind Pig Records.

In addition to his work as a record producer, he also works as a radio presenter for CKUA, for which he has designed a weekly blues show for 30 years, and for CBC Radio, where he hosts Saturday Night Blues every week. He is also involved in organizations in the music industry. He plays an active role with SOCAN, the Canadian GEMA and the Canadian Independent Record Production Association. He was also one of the founders of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which he also directed for three years.

To date, the label has released over 330 albums in the areas of blues , R&B , folk , country , bluegrass and rock and roll .


  • Grammy nominations for Maria Muldaur's Richland Woman Blues (2001) and Jay McShann's Goin 'to Kansas City (2003)
  • numerous nominations and awards for the Blues Music Award
  • Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy)
  • Canadian Country Music Association Awards
  • Maple Blues Awards
  • Western Canada Music Awards

On a personal level, Holger Petersen's work was honored with an honorary doctorate from Athabasca University (2002) and the highest Canadian award (Order of Canada) in 2003. In 2008 he received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

Well-known artists on Stony Plains Records

Arthur Adams, Luther Allison , Billy Boy Arnold , Long John Baldry , Carey Bell , Elvin Bishop , Rory Block , Deanna Bogart , Nappy Brown , Norton Buffalo , Tommy Castro , Chicago Rhythm And Blues Kings , Popa Chubby , Deborah Coleman , Commander Cody , Joanna Connor , James Cotton , Pee Wee Crayton , Debbie Davies , Ronnie Earl , Sue Foley , Lowell Fulson , Buddy Guy , Jr. Wells , Emmylou Harris , Jeff Healey , Jimi Hendrix , Holmes Brothers , Walter Horton , Smokin Joe Kubek, Frankie Lee , Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Bob Margolin , Jay McShann , Coco Montoya , Big Bill Morganfield, Maria Muldaur , Charlie Musselwhite , Kenny Neal , Willie Nelson , Neville Brothers , Omar & The Howlers , Pinetop Perkins , Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Snooky Pryor , Duke Robillard , Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo, Otis Rush , Savoy Brown , Johnny Shines & Snooky Prior, George "Harmonica" Smith , Jimmy Thackery , Rosetta Tharpe , Joe Louis Walker , Muddy Waters , Jimmy Witherspoon , Mitch Woods & His Roc ket 88's

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Homepage Stony Plain
  2. ^ Stony Plain Records ( English, French ) In: Encyclopedia of Music in Canada . published by The Canadian Encyclopedia . Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  3. Saturday Night Blues Homepage