Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cowboy sings for Ketchum

Ian Tyson returns to the valley with new ballads

Express Staff Writer

Ian Tyson will perform at the nexstage Theatre in Ketchum with Bruce Innes, opening on Friday, April 24. Photo by

Ian Tyson has been performing for five decades, and at age 75 has released his 14th album, "Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories." Tyson is a long-time Wood River Valley habitué, performing with his colleague and good friend Bruce Innes at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.

"His new album has received rave reviews," Innes said. "He is a real cowboy singer. He will play with his trio, and they sing amazing harmonies."

Tyson maintains a ranch in Alberta, and is one of Canada's most recognizable performers. The title song of his new CD, "Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories," was co-written by Tyson with Stewart MacDougall, and tells the story of a pack of wolves transported from the Yellowhead Pass area to Yellowstone Park, where the species had been exterminated. The story is told in the voice of one of the wolves that made the journey.

"Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories" has eight new songs, which cover a range of emotions and stories relating to Alberta's cultural landscape and the disappearing cowboy, as well as to Tyson's personal life.

"He will have a great selection of CDs for sale," Innes said. "It's hard to get CDs in the valley, so it's nice to have performers come with a CD selection."

Innes said he too will play some new songs. Get ready for classic Innes humor with his new song "You Are All Guitar Players Now," which is about the credit crunch. Innes has been working on a new CD, "A Fine Kettle of Fish," which he said is near completion.

Tickets are $40 and available at the door. For details, call 726-9124.

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