FEATURING: An American Forrest, Cat Clifford, Dylan Clough.
This is a show so full of musical grit, the grains will be stuck in your ears for weeks (metaphorically, of course). Forrest VanTuyl spends his summers with a pack string in Eastern Oregon and his winters unpacking poetic Western music with his band An American Forrest. Cat Clifford rides hard from Lakota Country around the country, working leather, making music, and sweeping rodeos with his bold brand of country rock. A self-professed rambler and folklore enthusiast, Utah singer-songwriter Dylan Clough creates music at a Western pace. A musical evening of guts, glory, guitar-slinging, and grabbing life by its... horns. Bring your bandana!
Hosted by Amy Hale.
From the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"Green Eyed Lakota Boy'
"Something I Love About A Race (Staghound Song)"
"High Lonesome Ride Home"
"Higher Than Chokecherries (In Elk Country)"
"Feather in the Grass"
"Ima Gamblin' Man"
"The Grand Round Up" (poem author unknown)
"Snake Eye Blues"
"Cowboy's Lament" (traditional)
An American Forrest
"Pretty Good Divide"
"High in Wyoming (160 Horses)"
"Dark to Dark"
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
An American Forrest
An American Forrest is the work, words, and music of Forrest VanTuyl: packer, poet, cowboy, and the songwriter from Wallowa County, Oregon. He composes his music and poetry between seasons of working horseback in the Eagle Cup and Hells Canyon wilderness areas. His most recent album, "O Bronder, Donder Yonder?", is a full-band exploration of songs inspired by the place he calls home -- riding out of the mountains in the dark, camp cook's jokes, good horses, good country, and learning to be a better man. He is joined by Margo Cilker, Nick Drozdowicz, and Dan Gulucki.
Cat Clifford, born and reared on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who grew up surrounded by inspiring artists, musicians, and rodeo cowboy legends. Cat has qualified five times for the Indian National Finals Rodeo, both in bareback and in bull riding. He began writing songs about rodeo and released the single "Outlaw Bucker" in 2011. In 2013, Cat appeared in the feature films, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" and "The Rider", both directed by Chloe Zhao. His songs were included int the movie and in the closing credits. Most recently, Cat has opened the business "Flying High Leather", making custom rodeo chaps, horse tack, and other western leather products.
Spanish Fork, UT
Dylan Clough is a horseman, rambler, folklore enthusiast, and singer-songwriter, calling no place home but hailing from Utah. His sound is raw, gritty, and as real as dirt beneath boots, taking the listener from sagebrush plains, and red rock plateaus to Rocky Mountain pines and bluebell meadows. Bandcamp advises that Clough is "best-listened to alone by [the] fireside and paired with bourbon." He writes blues/folk- tunes that capture the spirit and sound of the American West.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 30, 2020.
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.