Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ian Tyson at 75

A few blogs earlier, you might have stopped by the Norah Rendell & Brian Miller link to a CBC concert. Well I was digging around in that site and found one of my favorite legend cowboy singer (yes Clay over Michael), Ian Tyson. I was saddened to hear about his recent voice problems, but now he sounds like the Cowboy version of Rod McKuen... and grew up loving Rod's poetry and his singing crooner songs like, "Listen to the Warm"

Here's the write up from the concert:

Few songwriters have earned the respect to the degree Ian Tyson has. Through more than 40 years of music, he's told us of the pain of love, the dignity of purpose, and the joy of renewal, while helping define what it means to be Canadian.

A few years ago, Tyson damaged his voice while performing. Soon after, he contracted a virus that halted any further recovery. It appeared Ian Tyson's recording and performing days were at an end. But that wouldn't be the 'Cowboy way'. Urged on by his good friend Corb Lund, Tyson wrote and recorded a CD of highly personal songs, 'Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories'.

This concert, recorded at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove, Alberta, was part of Tyson's bi-annual, sold out, 5 night run at the venue.

And here's the link http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20090108tyson

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