When Alberta country singer Corb Lund wrote a song 12 years ago about a rancher determined to defend the landscape he loves against encroaching development, it was just a campfire yarn. “It was just kind of a story, a fictional story,” Lund said.
Events have since caught up to the tune “This Is My Prairie.” The summits and foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains have been leased along a vast stretch of their range for coal exploration and a series of companies have announced plans for open-pit mines.
Lund’s imagined defender was suddenly very real. “This coal thing happened and I looked at [the song] and it was just word for word,” Lund said from his home in Lethbridge, downstream from the proposed mines.
“It occurred to me that this might make a good reissue and then it occurred to me that maybe we should recruit a few more people. I called up some people who had been supporting me on Twitter and they were all for it.”
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