By Melissa Wilk
Ryan Lindsay performed on the Nashville North stage at the Calgary Stampede this past summer, then soon after released his first music video “Wild“.
Augustana alumnus and former wilderness guide Ryan Lindsay (BA, ’15) brought his country twang to the Lougheed Centre on October 16.
As someone already making waves in the country music community, Lindsay—in the past year—won Country 105’s Rising Star competition, performed on the main stage of Country Thunder and made the Top 10 Ballot for ACMA male country artist of the year. Born and raised in Wainwright, Alberta, Lindsay finished a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education at Augustana Campus in 2015.
At 26 years old, Lindsay’s career represents many accomplishments preceding the launch of his solo music career with his first single “Doin’ Alright” in 2018. “It’s been an amazing journey transitioning from being a student to a wilderness guide to an electrician to choosing music as my full-time job,” says Lindsay.
From his time at Augustana to sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to solo hiking in Greenland to canoeing in the Arctic Ocean, and guiding backcountry trips across Canada, Lindsay is no stranger to the wilderness. In fact, his new album, titled “Wild” represents journeys of all kinds. Whether it’s songs about outdoor-based sentiments, reflections on relationships, exploring life tribulations or classic country melodies, Lindsay brings his experiences at Augustana and in the wild into his craft.
“The album is very influenced by my love for the outdoors. This place [Augustana] really got me thinking outside the box and tapping into my creative energies,” says Lindsay. “It was really exciting to come back and officially release this album here in Camrose and at Augustana specifically.”
Though Lindsay kept music on the sidelines for a while, his time at Augustana inspired him to take it further. “Augustana is such an interdisciplinary place, especially with the focus on the liberal arts. It encouraged me to take risks and learn new things,” says Lindsay. Much of his new album is inspired by his outdoor education degree and the places he’s been. “My experiences at Augustana helped me to further dive into that artistic side of myself.”
Lindsay says that Augustana encourages “thinking beyond”, something that he strives to do in life and through his music.
Along with bringing his foot-tapping rhythm, enthusiastic energy and original songs, Lindsay connects with students and the Camrose community. “I think it’s really important to interact with the audience and get them excited,” says Lindsay. “It was awesome to return to Camrose and share my songs with such a supportive and wonderful community.”
In anticipation of his concert in Camrose, we sat down for a Q & A with Lindsay to discuss his new album, his inspirations and more.