An American Forrest takes us on a journey through the seasons. Forrest VanTuyl performs his song "Rockjack" from his barn during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Forrest VanTuyl paid for his songwriting and wandering addiction with all sorts of jobs, from tugboat deckhand in Seattle, to sheep dairyman in the Alps, lawn mower in New Mexico, to potato harvester operator in Nebraska, but when he got on a horse in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains, he never left. Forrest has been packing, starting colts and riding there for the last four years. His most recent album, Ol’ Yonder, is a collection of original and traditional songs inspired by riding down a mountain in the dark, the camp cook’s jokes, and the joys of riding a good horse in good country. When he’s not on horseback, Forrest is playing shows on the West coast and trying to explain where Wallowa County is without explaining how to get there.
Filmed on location in Enterprise, Oregon.
Made possible by Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation and by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.