The legendary Ian Tyson honors the crew with this tribute to all the things that don't change. Ian Tyson sings "Four Strong Winds" during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, joined on stage by Mike Beck, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ryan Fritz, RW & Calvin Hampton, Brenn Hill, Jim Jones, Ross Knox, Ned LeDoux, Corb Lund, Ron & Julie Lyman, William Matthews, Gary McMahan, Michael Martin Murphey, Trinity Seely, Dave Stamey, Denise Withnell & David Wilkie, and Paul Zarzyski.
Hosted by Mike Beck.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Longview, AB, Canada
Canadian rancher and musician Ian Tyson can look back on a 60-year long career that includes numerous releases and popular TV shows. Some of his hits are “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon,” “Summer Wages,” and “Navajo Rug.” A rodeo rider turned artist, Ian was also part of the very first Gathering in 1985. Ian’s current show includes a mixture of humorous anecdotes and memories from his storied life in the music business. Tyson doesn’t look backwards at six decades of a career that’s earned him countless awards, the Order of Canada, and a devoted following; he faces the future with a mixture of optimism and resignation. “Your 80s,” Tyson tells people, “is not a time for sissies.” Always an audience favorite, Ian is a beloved friend of the Western Folklife Center, and in 2021 we established the Ian Tyson Legacy Fund in his honor.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Laurena Moren Theater at the Elko Convention Center on Feb. 1, 2019.
This show was made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
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