FEATURING: 3hattrio, Mike Beck, Rob and Halladay Quist, Paul Zarzyski.
Stories and songs float on the wind, and those anointed by Muses hear them, translate the words and music, and offer them back to us. This magical night features: songs from horseman, guitar wizard and storyteller Mike Beck; the cosmic alternative reality of words interpreted by participle wrangler extraordinaire Paul Zarzyski; haunting desert music channeled by 3hattrio (Hal Cannon, Greg Istock and Eli Wrankle); and enchanting lyrics, melodies and harmonies of father and daughter Rob and Halladay Quist.
Hosted by Debbie Fant.
From the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"In Old California" (words + music by Mike Beck + Ian Tyson)
"Don't Hurt My Heart"
"Putting the Rodeo Try Into Cowboy Poetry"
"Monte Carlo Express - P.O. Box 258, 15.3 Miles Home"
"Her Password to Love is Pelagic"
"Washed Up Zarzyski Rides Ol’ ‘65 Maytag to a Sudsy Standstill"
Rob + Halladay Quist
"Hwy 2" (words + music by Rob Quist)
"What's Coming Down" (words + music by Halladay Quist)
"How Long" (words + music by Halladay Quist)
"She's Been Called a Lady" (poem by Rob Quist)
"In the Sun" (words + music by Halladay Quist)
"Wind" (words + music) by Hal Cannon
“Off the Map” (words by Greg Istock, music by Hal Cannon)
“Dust Devil” (words + music by Hal Cannon)
“Texas Time Traveler” (an adaption of a traditional fiddle tune by 3hattrio)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
3hattrio's home base is Virgin, Utah, at the doorstep of Zion National Park. Together for five years, they have four CDs to their credit. They have toured Europe three time performing at the prestigious Gothenburg Sweden Culture Festival, the Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland. Hal Cannon (vocals, banjo and guitar) is the retired founding director of the Western Folklife Center and raises a few cattle and Navajo Churro sheep with his artist wife, Teresa Jordan. Greg Istock (vocals, acoustic base and foot percussion) has a Caribbean music background as is also a visual artist. Eli Wrankle (violin) is a classically trained violinist who studies at Southern Utah University and comes from a family of artists. 3hattrio takes pride in originality both in their music and their style, creating "American Desert Music." Musicians often identify with things larger than themselves such as place, like the Delta Blues or Appalachian mountain music, and although 3hattrio has great respect for what is call western music, they believe the vastness of the American West deserves many interpretations of its glorious traditions and landscape.
Mike Beck is a professional musician and working cowboy whose songs reflect his experiences in California, Oregon, Montana and Nevada. Born and raised in Monterey County, California, he was a student of legendary horseman Bill Dorance and now travels extensively in the United States and Europe, making music and conducting horsemanship clinics. Known for his guitar wizardry and acclaimed songwriting, Mike's mellow sound combines real cowboy experience with a unique blend of Western, rock and Americana styles. Mike's seventh and most recent album, Alta California, features original and cover songs paying tribute to the sounds he grew up listening to in California.
Rob + Halladay Quist
Rob + Halladay Quist are a father/daughter musical duo from Montana. Taken collectively, their music glides effortlessly over the boundaries of western, country, bluegrass, folk, pop and blues, and many of their original songs have been featured throughout the rich tapestry of the American music scene. They both grew up on ranches, and Rob would take Halladay and her brother on wagon train cattle drives in the summer as children throughout the Bob Marshall Wilderness, where there would always be music around the campfire at night. Hallady -- lead vocals, bass, banjo and guitar -- has recently released an EP titiled "In the Sun," while Rob -- lead vocals, banjo and guitar -- is lead singer and songwriter of such seminal groups as Mission Mountain Wood Band, The Montana Band, and Rob Quist + Great Northern. Rob has released several CDs; appeared on National TV numerous times; toured extensively to Japan, Europe and the US, is a published poet; and was recently inducted into the University of Montana School of Fine Arts Hall of Honors, recognizing him as "one of its greats." With stellar lead vocal and close harmonies, they bring the easy camaraderie of seasoned road warriors to the stage.
Great Falls, MT
Paul Zarzyski, veteran of 33 consecutive Gatherings and the recipient of the 2005 Montana Governor's Arts Award for Literature, has written poetry for two thirds of his lifetime,so far, on this planet alone. Even before his short rodeo bareback bronc rider, he wrote, unbeknownst to him at the time, Rodeo Poetry, as his approach to the page has always been to
"take that extra tuck and let the lingo buck." Along with his ten books and six spoken-word CDs, Paul -- thanks to Ian Tyson's encouragement in the early Elko years -- has co-written numerous songs, most recently with Hal Cannon of 3hattrio and Gail Steiger. His latest book and companion double-CD are both titled "Steering With My Knees," which Paul deems "the definitive metaphorical image of living a wild-West life as a wild writer writing/riding wildly into the far-out wilds of the Cowpoke Cosmos mind."
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, Nevada on Jan. 31, 2019.
Made possible 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.