Thursday, July 10, 2008
– Prairie Oyster heads the list of three inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Brian Ferriman will join in the builder category, while Wes Montgomery makes it in the broadcast category.
"We are thrilled that these three inductees will be taking their rightful place in the Hall of Fame alongside their peers," said CCMA Hall of Fame Committee Chair Lynne Foster. "Each of these inductees have played a significant role in the development of the Canadian country music industry and are all truly deserving of this distinction."
Six-time winners of the CCMA Group of the Year Award, Prairie Oyster recently released their eighth studio album, "One Kiss." The group consists of lead singer Russell deCarle, guitarist Keith Glass, steel guitarist Dennis Delorme, keyboardist Joan Besen and fiddler John P. Allen.
Ferriman was instrumental in the careers of artists such as Terry Sumsion, Terry Carisse, The Good Brothers, Gary Fjellgaard and Michelle Wright, all of whom released some of their major hit recordings on Savannah Records, a label founded by Ferriman. He has been the recipient of the CCMA Manager of the Year Award on eight separate occasions.
Montgomery was one of the most successful morning show hosts in history. Montgomery would often play country music on his local Top 40 radio station in Edmonton. Montgomery passed away in 2005 and posthumously received the CCMA Award for On-Air Personalities of the Year, Major Market with co-host Jackie Rae Greening.
All of the inductees will be recognized during Country Music Week, to be held Sept.r 5-8 in Winnipeg. The four-day conference will be capped off with the 2008 CCMA Awards on Monday, September 8.