H Productions of Livingston, Montana presents legendary singer/songwriter Ian
Tyson, to perform at the Teton County Fairgrounds, Thursday, August 25, 8 p.m.
and at at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls on August 22.
It's been said before but, it has to be said again...
Some things get better with time.
Legendary music artist Ian Tyson, has a low, yet full - gentle, yet powerful
voice, and a schedule full of ranching, rehearsals, recordings and concert
dates. "My music seems to be more popular now. I'm very happy it is," said Tyson, during a phone interview from his Alberta, Canada ranch.
Tyson, who runs cattle, and some horses on his land, declined to say how big the place is.
"Ranchers never do that," he dead panned.
Though Tyson sports a Western hat-white, like the proverbial "good guy," and sings about rural issues, he eludes the label of being just another country singer.
"I'm a songwriter-folk more than anything. I don't care for labels, particularly," he said.
Tyson finds many similarities between his current home province of Alberta, directly north of the Montana border, and the western United States.
"I don't find audiences that different, whether in Colorado or Alberta. People who come to hear me sing are from that culture. We seem to like the same things," said
Tyson. By that culture, Tyson means, rural people, whether designated by
where they live, or how they view the world.
Tyson has had more than one career..
Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1933. Tyson initially wanted to be a cowboy, and was an amateur bronc rider and calf roper for two decades.
In 1956, his rodeo life was ended with an ankle injury and Tyson switched to music.
Tyson started in rockabilly and then, with former partner
and wife Sylvia Fricker, was at the forefront of the folk music revival in
the 1960s as the duo, Ian and Sylvia (later called "The Great Speckled Bird"), writing and recording the classic folk songs "House of Cards," and "Four Strong Winds."
A decade later after working as a ranch hand, and in a cowboy bar, Tyson made another genre switch.
"In the late 1970s and 1980s I started documenting the way of life I was involved in (ranching). Its' been good to me," Tyson observed.
During this time, Tyson, in his 40s fell in love with the English language. He read a lot and wrote a lot and out of that has come his western songs. Those songs happened during the period when The Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering began, and brought to light the cowboy culture that has blossomed into a genre that had been forgotten: Western Music.
In 1983 Tyson recorded an album in his living room that was intended as a Christmas present for his friends- a collection of old western classics, ballads and songs that he had written, titled "Old Corrals and Sagebrush." He
has been singing songs about the working cowboy ever since.
His most recent CD, "Songs from the Gravel Road, " (Vanguard Records) blends a little jazz with the country, and is indicative of Tyson's musical range and constant flair for giving audiences something new to enjoy, without taking them too far off the ranch.
What songs will Tyson be playing in Jackson? "I'll be doing Ian Tyson," he said.
His loyal fan base knows what he means by that.
To purchase tickets online or for more concert information log on to: www.lazyhproductions.com or call (406) 222-1993.
For more information about Ian Tyson log on to: www.iantyson.com.