Battle of the Bands
The 36th Gathering • 1h 37m
FEATURING: Corb Lund + the Hurtin' Albertans, Geno Delafose + French Rockin' Boogie, Wylie + the Wild West.
What beats a powerhouse band with a compelling frontman and a catalog of perfectly crafted, hard-hitting songs? Three of ’em! Hailing from big sky country, Wylie and the Wild West bring moves and musicianship that will have you yodeling with delight. From bayou country, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie break it down with rubboard, accordion, and irresistible zydeco charm. And, wild rose country’s Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans match them nose-to-nose with western wit and devil-may-care dash. Exuding a catchiness that comes from cutting horses and cutting hay, these outfits and their frontmen manage to be both utterly contemporary and cool-ly traditional.
Hosted by Debbie Fant.
From the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Corb Lund + the Hurtin’ Albertans
Southern AB, Canada
Corb Lund was born and grew up in rural southern Alberta; he comes from four generations of Canadian ranchers and cowboys. He grew up riding horseback, chasing cattle, and rodeoing on the prairies and in the foothills of the Rockies. Lund’s Western heritage stays with him, no matter where he roams. “My whole life is sort of a dichotomy between being a cowboy kid and living in a city,” says Lund. “I guess that informs my music, too.” The Hurtin' Albertans are Kurt Ciesla (bass), Grant Siemens (guitar), and Brady Valgardson (drums).
Geno Delafose + French Rockin' Boogie
Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie are a zydeco band from southwest Louisiana, deep in Louisiana’s bayou country. Geno relies on his traditional Creole sensibility for guidance in his music. He divides his time between touring with his band and operating his Double D Ranch, outside of Eunice, where he breeds cattle and raises American Quarter Horses. Geno’s CD Le Creole Cowboy was nominated for a Grammy Award. French Rockin’ Boogie includes Popp Esprite (bass), Germaine Jack (guitar), Dale Stelley (drums), and Demetric Thomas (rubboard).
Wylie + the Wild West
Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson is a real-life cowboy born into a fourth-generation ranching family on the empty sprawl of Northern Montana. He proves himself a never-boring entertainer as well as a highly adept songwriter. When not performing, Wylie raises and trains cow horses on his family ranch near Conrad, Montana. He is especially known for his songs that celebrate America’s culture of ranching and farming. Wylie is joined by Tim Lashley (drums), Clayton Parsons (guitar), and John Paul Sporman (bass) as the Wild West.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center's Laurena Moren Theater on Jan. 31, 2020.
Made possible by Blach Distributing 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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