Holger Petersen has lived his life involved with blues and roots music. He started collecting 45’s and playing drums with local Edmonton bands during his high school years and started broadcasting Natch’l Blues on Alberta’s CKUA in 1969. That led to hosting CBC Radio One and Two’s Saturday Night Blues since 1987. In 2008 he was presented with “Keeping The Blues Award” as “Public Radio Broadcaster Of The Year” by The Blues Foundation in Memphis. In 1976, Holger founded Stony Plain Records, which specializes in blues and roots music. The artists on the label have won ten Juno’s and received four Grammy nominations. Over the years, he has never stopped collecting music and now owns more than 25,000 records and CD’s. “Programming Galaxie is just an extension of everything else I do,” says Holger, who also produces the work of many of his artists. But what makes him love the genre so much that he lives and breathes it? “There’s honest emotion in blues,” he explains. “That’s why it’s the best good-time music in the world—and the saddest and most real music, too.” In 2002, Holger was given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Athabasca University for his contribution to public broadcasting and to Canadian culture. In 2003, Holger received the Order of Canada for his support to Canadian Blues music.
Family and friends
All the arts
My family and friends
Growing up in the 60’s
Inspiring artists, authors and music- especially regional music
All the artists I’ve worked with
So many- in no order. BB King, Buddy Guy, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Guy Clark, Los Lobos, Al Green, Ray Charles, Etta James, Duke Robillard, Gatemouth Brown, Maria Muldaur, Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Ronnie Earl, Emmylou Harris, Amos Garrett, Muddy Waters, Jay McShann, Bob Dylan, Joe Louis Walker, Doug Sahm, Robert Johnson, Jeff Healey.