Canadian country music singer and Calgary-born Paul Brandt will be the headliner at next month’s national Conservative Party’s convention in Winnipeg, Man., the Tories announced last week. It’s a good fit for the newly-elected minority governing party that just won 27 of Alberta’s 28 seats and 65 per cent of the popular vote in the province. And the cowboy hat-wearing Mr. Brandt, winner of six Junos and 12 Canadian Country Music Awards, should warm the hearts of Conservatives with his hit Alberta Bound. Some of Alberta Bound’s lyrics include: “Yeah I’ve been Alberta Bound for all my life. And I’ll be Alberta Bound until I die.” Meanwhile, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surprised some when he picked country music’s Brooks & Dunn’s song Only in America on the night he accepted the nomination to be his party’s presidential candidate.
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