The Rambling Boys
The 36th Gathering • 1h 18m
FEATURING: Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Corb Lund, Forrest VanTuyl.
Legendary performer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is joined by trailblazers Corb Lund and Forrest VanTuyl to take you on a musical ramble you won't forget.
From the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
“Road to Las Cruces” - Corb Lund (words & music by Ian Tyson)
“On the Trail of the Buffalo (The Buffalo Skinners)” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (traditional)
“Rose of Nowhere” - An American Forrest (words & music by Forrest VanTuyl)
“Never Not Had Horses” - Corb Lund
“House of the Rising Sun” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (traditional)
“Burnin’ Starlight” - An American Forrest (words & music by Forrest VanTuyl)
“This Is My Prairie” - Corb Lund
“Arthritis Blues” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (words & music by Butch Hawes)
“Timberbind” - An American Forrest (words & music by Mike Midlo)
“The Truck Got Stuck” - Corb Lund
“Mean Old Bed Bug Blues” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (words & music by Joseph Davis, popularized on recording by Bessie Smith)
“High in Wyoming (160 Horses)” - An American Forrest (words & music by Forrest VanTuyl)
“M.C. Horses” - Corb Lund & An American Forrest (words & music by Ian Tyson)
“Pretty Boy Floyd” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (words & music by Woody Guthrie)
“Summer Wages” - An American Forrest (words & music by Ian Tyson)
“S Lazy H” - Corb Lund
“South Coast” - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (words & music by Lillian Bos Ross)
“Rawhide” - Forrest VanTuyl
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
An American Forrest
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 hasn't drifted much since. Forrest spends summers in the wilderness with a pack string, and winters touring throughout the West. His original and traditional songs are inspired by riding down a mountain in the dark, the camp cook’s jokes, good horses, good country, and learning to be a better man.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott chose the cowboy way at the age of 14, trading life at home for one on the rodeo circuit. Elliott’s rough-edged enthusiasm and musical instinct drew the attention of his avowed idol, Woody Guthrie, initiating an invaluable, lifelong association. He was also a good friend of Johnny Cash and inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. Ramblin’ Jack’s love for a good song is equaled only by an abiding respect for his fellow man and a profound contempt for injustice. Ramblin’ Jack’s been part of the Gathering for a long time and he’s been a major influence on many Gathering artists and audience members. This National Medal of Arts recipient and two-time Grammy winner is a truly unique American treasure.
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.”
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center’s Laurena Moren Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 31, 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.
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