Conrad Bigknife’s third album, Full Circle is a mix of soaring vocals, shimmering guitars and catchy choruses. There’s a simple beauty to these songs that is worth paying attention to.
Bigknife grew up in a large, close-knit family on Starblanket First Nation with 3 sisters and 4 brothers. He remembers his father as the ultimate “Jack-of-All-Trades” driving snow plow in the winter, doing carpentry year round and raising cattle on their farm. His Mom somehow managed to take care of all of the kids and also drive school bus.
At the age of 8, Bigknife remembers listening to classic country albums with his Dad and siblings. Some of his favorite performers were: Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Freddy Fender and of course, Johnny Cash. By the age of 13, he was a full on Elvis fan. He says, “There were times when I got very close to sounding like Elvis on “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” and right then I knew that music was what I was going to do with my life.” Bigknife will still play some of those beloved Elvis songs for the fans who request them when he plays at the local Province casinos.
Bigknife released two albums prior to Full Circle. 1997’s Hurry Up and Wait and 2003’s This World.