The New Wave
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shows • 1h 27m
FEATURING: Brenn Hill, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Matt Robertson, Trinity Seely.
A balance of up-and-coming and solidly established, this wave of western musicians hits the sagebrush sea with rich musical expressions that stay true to their roots while adding some new flair.
From “The New Wave” event during the 2022 Wild Ride.
“Austin Triangle” – Brenn Hill (words & music by Brenn Hill)
“Prairie in the Sky/Montana Cowboy Medley” – Brigid & Johnny Reedy (words & music by Mary McCaslin)
“Bronc Scholar – Matt Robertson (words & music by Matt Robertson)
“Three-Dimensional Nights” – Trinity Seely (words by Waddie Mitchell, music by Trinity Seely)
“Lever Actions Forever” – Brenn Hill (words & music by Brenn Hill)
“The Johnson Boys” – Brigid & Johnny Reedy (traditional)
“Lights of Town” – Matt Robertson (words & music by Matt Robertson)
“Winter Rolls Around” – Trinity Seely (words & music by Trinity Seely)
“Buckaroo Fringe” – Brenn Hill (words & music by Brenn Hill)
"I Hate Myself (For Being Mean to You)” – Brigid & Johnny Reedy (words & music by The Boswell Sisters)
“Wild West Show” – Matt Robertson (words & music by Matt Robertson)
“Waiting for Spring” – Trinity Seely (words & music by Gary McMahan)
“Easy Rein” – Brenn Hill (words & music by Brenn Hill)
“That Palomino Pal O’ Mine” – Brigid & Johnny Reedy (words by Kalmanoff & Schroeder, music by Roy Rogers)
“Morphine” – Matt Robertson (words & music by Matt Robertson)
“Never Be Gone – Earned It” – Trinity Seely (words & music by Trinity Seely)
“Bruneau Canyon” – Brenn Hill (words & music by Brenn Hill)
“Come Along Daisy” – Brigid + Johnny Reedy (words & music by Brigid & Johnny Reedy)
“Just Cowboyin’” – Matt Robertson (words & music by Matt Robertson)
“Cricket Roll – Trinity Seely (words & music by Trinity Seely)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Brenn is a singer/songwriter who doesn’t just sing about the West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. He is not only an observer or narrator of Western lore, but one of its strongest interpreters. The cowboy’s trials and tribulations are his raw material. Brenn’s career spans 12 recordings of mostly self-penned music more than two decades on the road. His most recent release is How You Heal. Like all of his prior recordings, it serves as a pathway through his own personal journey. Brenn is an artist who gives great insight into the West that he calls Heaven. He lives with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah.
Featured at the Gathering for her seventh year, Brigid Reedy has become a singular young voice representing her beloved home state of Montana. A charismatic performer since the age of two when she first yodeled at the Pioneer Saloon, Brigid (now nineteen) has traveled widely, carrying with her boundless enthusiasm, grace, passion, and soul. Brigid is joined by her father, John Reedy, and her little brother, Johnny “Guitar,” who at only fourteen has transcended the role of sideman, becoming a full-fledged collaborator and possessing a phenomenal gift for rhythm and extraordinary musical sensibilities.
Okotoks, AB, Canada
Raised in Wheatland, Wyoming, Matt Robertson currently resides in Southern Alberta where he cowboys at a grazing co-op and trains horses. Since the age of sixteen, Matt has been writing and playing music for friends, family and audiences across Canada and the United States. He credits Chris Ledoux and Ian Tyson for inspiring his career as a songwriter. Matt’s discography includes The Old Roan Horse (2008), The Voice (2012), and Makin’ History (2016). Matt grew up on the back of a horse, starting colts as a young teen, riding broncs in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through his youth and currently enjoys ranch rodeo and working with young horses. His experiences both on and off a horse have influenced him and his music. Matt’s heart is in the open country where a person can still feel inspired and free.
Trinity Seely grew up in the heart of cow country in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Inspired at an early age by this rugged sea of jackpine forests and grasslands, she learned to work hard from kitchen to corral on the family’s guest ranch. As a teen, Trinity moved to California to attend The Thacher School, and her love affair with the vaquero way was born. With humbling honesty and a honey-smooth voice, Trinity sings about loving cowboys and horses, and living “in the middle of nowhere.” She flourishes as a cowboy’s wife and mother to three buckaroos and a buckarette.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 29, 2022.
Made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 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.
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