I recently received notice of this travelling road show via the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. The concept of boarding a bus with a group of talented poets, songwriters and storytellers, and travelling through the state of Montana on an “American West” tour seems pretty inviting. Here’s the details. . .
“The Montana Roots Road Show is a traveling concert tour featuring nationally acclaimed poets, songwriters and storytellers from Montana. These artists, along with 30 fellow bus travelers, will bring memorable performances to communities in southwest Montana the week of July 7-14, 2011. Good-time cowboy band Wylie & The Wild West, acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, and cowboy poets and Montana Governor’s Arts Award winners Wallace McRae and Paul Zarzyski will perform at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 8-10, and will be joined by Montana’s Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird and by cowboy poet and songwriter DW Groeth at points across southwest Montana including Dillon, Three Forks and Paradise Valley.
“For the featured performers, the Montana Roots Road Show is all about sharing a passion for their home state and its traditional culture, and creatively sharing stories of everyday experiences through verse, song, humor and narrative. Inspired by the majesty of the Big Sky State, the songs, poems and stories performed by this troupe are universal at heart and carry an emotional punch, whether gut-bustingly funny or heart-wrenchingly poignant. These are some of the West’s finest troubadours, singing of hope, respect, courage, compassion, good neighbors, community, heroes, pranks, horses, love of the land and the lifestyle of a rural Montanan.
“The tour participants will enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the arts and culture of the American West. In addition to the concerts along they way, they’ll visit museums, artist studios/galleries, gearmakers’ workshops, historic ranches, Yellowstone National Park and some of the most beautiful scenery the U.S. has to offer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the traditional and contemporary arts and culture of Montana, shared with some of its greatest poets, musicians and songwriters.
“There is still room on the bus for anyone who would like to participate in the Montana Roots Road Show Tour. For a full itinerary and tour costs, visit http://bit.ly/mtrootsroadshow. The Montana Roots Road Show is produced by theWestern Folklife Center and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”