Western musicians Mike Hurwitz of Alta, Wyo., Liz Masterson of Denver, Colo., Rex Rideout of Conifer, Colo., Linda Svendsen of Bozeman, Mont and Pop Wagner of Saint Paul, Minn. return to the Cody Library for a “Saddle Pals Reunion: Roundup of Cowboy Songs and Music.” The free event for all ages begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 8 in Grizzly Hall. Cowboy poetry will also be shared by the performers.
Mike is a Wyoming based singer-songwriter with a style that falls somewhere between the delta blues and western cowboy swing. With high plains ranching roots going back four generations, Mike started cowboying at an early age. Long days in the saddle, haying, branding calves and fixing fence taught him the value of hard work, good horses and friends, a love for the land and its history.
He picked up the guitar at age 13. Mike learned the old cowboy songs his Dad sang and the southern country blues from his Mississippi mother. He incorporated them and other styles into the musical gumbo he calls Prairie Blues.
Mike has rambled the country, playing his music, for over 30 years. He’s picked with the famous and the unknown, in the spotlight and in the moonlight, worked as a cowboy, broncbuster, dude-wrangler, hunting guide, carpenter and surveyor.
He’s written a saddlebag full of great songs and released several critically acclaimed albums of country blues and cowboy music. For details visit mikehurwitz.com.
Liz Masterson has been recognized as a “trail blazer” in the revival of western music since 1982. Liz’s distinctive singing, yodeling, history and humor have earned her acclaim throughout North America. She specializes in concerts, educational programs, folk festivals, agricultural events and cowboy poetry gatherings.
Liz has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center. Liz’s seventh CD, “Roads to Colorado,” celebrates a life of traveling and coming home. It received the Will Rogers Award for Best Western Album of 2009.
This year, Liz has released two more CDs, “Mood Swings” and “Linger Awhile” which will be available at the show. For details visit LizMasterson.com.
Rex Rideout sings of the American West, from the times of the early explorers, the fur trade, the Civil War and the cattle drive era to the end of the 19th century. Rex has performed at countless historic sites and museums across the West playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin and other instruments.
His music has been featured on television and radio such as CBS Sunday Morning, museums like the Western American Art collection at the Denver Art Museum and the soundtracks of three National Park Service visitor center films as well as the blockbuster Dreamworks film, “Cowboys & Aliens.” For details visit timetravelmusic.com.
Linda Svendsen has made a professional life out of horses and music. She is a founding director of Boojum Expeditions which offers international horseback treks and uncommon travel in Central Asia.
Linda sings and plays guitar and standup bass. She has performed with various bands in Montana and Wyoming, singing cowboy, bluegrass, old-timey and gospel music.
In 2005, Linda and Hal Cannon performed in Kyrgystan as part of the cowboy trio “New Frontier.” She and Gail Steiger performed cowboy music and poetry in Afghanistan sponsored by the US Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
Pop Wagner is a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and a funny guy.
He appeared frequently on Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” during the show’s formative years. For the last four decades, Pop has performed in 44 states and 10 countries.
Pop has conducted artist residencies in schools from Massachusetts to Alaska working with kindergartners through high school seniors. He offers college seminars as well.
One of his most sought-after talents is teaching song writing. Working with students’ imaginations he weaves their words and stories into songs they can be proud of.
In addition to performing and teaching, Pop makes mohair cinches. Don’t miss his upcoming demonstration at the library on April 7.
For details visit popwagner.com.