Ian Tyson is the Saturday night headliner at the Roots and Blues Festival which runs in Salmon Arm Aug. 15-17.
Tyson, Canada’s iconic singer and songwriter, turned 80 in September 2013, and his energy remains undimmed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RSHQWHH2m8
He is also celebrating the complete recovery of his voice, badly damaged six years ago. Ian was forced to learn, with courage and craftsmanship, to sing with what he called “my new voice.”
Two superb albums, Yellowhead to Yellowstone (2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLKNyBclDSc and Raven Singer (2012), saw a wide range of new songs presented in an intimate, arresting and heart-to-heart voice.
After surgery to remove vocal polyps in late 2012, followed by intensive vocal therapy, Tyson’s voice is as golden as ever. Tyson leads two busy, vigorous lives—there’s the ranch south of Calgary, in the foothills of the Rockies, with fences to mend, quarter horses to train, cattle to move, land to conserve. And, there are concert stages— from Elko, Nevada to Billings, Montana, from San Francisco to Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Los Angles and in any given year, another 30 or 40 cities, including headlining this, the 22nd annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival.
All of that would seem enough for any one man, but in the first dozen years of the 21st century, he’s released five albums, filmed a music documentary for Canada’s Bravo! television channel (which has earned two international film and television awards) and issued This is My Sky—a two-DVD concert video.
Two years ago, he penned a surprising autobiography, The Long Trail: My Life in the West, which continues as a best-seller having sold close to 30,000, copies so far.
As a songwriter, Tyson’s songbook has been mined by his peers for half a century and that expanding songbook will be his lasting legacy despite his international success as a performing and recording artist.
Four Strong Winds alone has been recorded by a remarkable cast of artists that includes Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Tony Rice, Waylon Jennings, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful and Blue Rodeo.
Four Strong Winds, in 2006, was chosen Canada’s No. 1 song of the 20th century by CBC listeners.
Suzy Bogguss, Jennifer Warnes, Nanci Griffth, David Bromberg, Tom Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and The McDades are just a few of the artists who have recorded other Tyson-penned gems including Someday Soon and Summer Wages.
He has continued to be honoured for his achievements. After numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, membership in the Juno Awards Hall of Fame and three honorary doctorates, Tyson is proudly a member of the Order of Canada.
Meanwhile, the songs and stories keep coming and they remain as true as a well-worn saddle. Tyson’s newest collection is All the Good ‘Uns Vol 2. He continues to supervise his working ranch in southern Alberta as he reflects on a five-decade musical career which has produced some of the most beloved modern cowboy songs.
As a national icon and living legend, Tyson’s Saturday, Aug. 16 performance at the 2014 Roots & Blues Festival is sure to generate memories that will last a lifetime.
Advance tickets are available at great savings until Aug. 8. Day passes are also now available.
For tickets go to www.rootsandblues.ca where all taxes are included in the price.
If you have any problems, contact 250-833-4096 for assistance before purchasing.