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By Jill Hill 

Montana's Own Wylie Gustafson and the Wild West Band to Perform Oct. 22


The Northeastern Arts Network is excited to host Montana's own Wylie Gustafson and the Wild West Band on Thur., Oct. 22 as part of their Big Sky Concert Series.

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads the musical outfit known as The Wild West. The first incarnation of the group formed in 1989, getting its start on Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. Since then, Wylie & The Wild West have played thousands of gigs, delighting audiences around the world with their unique brand of good-time cowboy music. They've performed at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, on A Prairie Home Companion, and have appeared more than 50 times on the Grand Ole Opry. Add to that an appearance by Wylie on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, with Wylie teaching Conan to yodel. This is not the resume of a mediocre performer.

With 3 decades of writing, recording and performing under his belt, Wylie has matured into a dynamic talent, and has become one of the few authentic voices of the West. One critic called him, "The coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old-school cool without being a tired period piece". 

In 2013 Wylie, along with his family members, appeared in the popular Dodge Truck "God Made a Farmer" commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl. Wylie & The Wild West's nineteenth CD "Sky Tones" was released in early 2013.

This performance will be held at the MonDak Heritage Center at 7:00 p.m. Season tickets and regular tickets can be purchased at the door: adults $50, senior $45, and students $35. For additional concert information contact Candy Markwald 406-488-4155, Jill Hill 406-489-4304, or Karen Boehler 406-433-4375.

This event is made possible in part through grant support from Montana's Cultural Trust, Montana Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Montana Performing Arts Consortium.


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