Black and white photograph of Alberta Slim standing beside a horse.
Verso, handwritten: "Alberta Slim Eric Edwards
From the Official Alberta Slim website"
"Alberta Slim is the Real McCoy. A cowboy crooner who pioneered the early days of Canadian country music. He rode the rails, toured Canada from one end to the other, was a mainstay at fairgrounds and jamborees, sang on the street, played on the radio and recorded a dozen albums. He wrote songs about Canadian heroes and history and about life on the prairies."
"Eric Edwards was then 92. Born in England, in 1910 he emigrated to Canada with his parents and six siblings settling on a ranch near Lloydminster, Alberta. Eric loved to sing and he had great encouragement from his piano-playing dad. It wasn’t very long until he had his own guitar and he began to hear a fellow named Wilf Carter singing over a Calgary radio station. Wilf became his hero, and like Wilf, he began to write songs himself. A friend who was going into the army gave him some of his shirts on which was stitched "Alberta Slim". They were the right fit and wore well. People began to call him "Alberta Slim". Eric Edwards became "Alberta Slim, the Yodelling Cowboy".
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