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Raven Singer

Ian Tyson

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At 78, Ian Tyson remains one of the great musical chroniclers of the Far West. Raven Singer reflects the singer/songwriter’s thorough knowledge of folk and country traditions (honed over 50-plus years of recording), as well as his years as a southern Alberta horse rancher. Tyson may have lost his mellifluent lower register due to throat damage in 2006, but his abilities as a troubadour remain impressively vital. His latest songs are the work of a sharp-eyed observer of the outdoors life, filled with evocative landscapes and masterful character sketches. “Charles Goodnight’s Grave” salutes the memory of a cowboy legend, while “Rio Colorado” and “Under African Skies” capture their locales with cinematic clarity. Tyson reflects on mortality in “The Circle Is Through” and “Blueberry Susan,” finding a transcendent optimism in the wonders of the natural world. He remains adept at Western-themed love songs, as “Saddle Bronc Girl” and “Winterkill” show. A fine acoustic trio (augmented by such guest players as mandolin wiz Sam Bush) gives these tunes the sympathetic backup they deserve.

Customer Reviews

Cody Girling

As Ian ages and his voice ages I am beginning to enjoy his records even more. Much like Johnny Cash in his later years, Ian's albums now have that same wonderful songwriting but now a much more gritty, vulnerable, unforgiving edge. Ian is truly unbelievable, unique and a western North American treasure. After a day of chasing cows across the Cypress Hills skies, there is no other way to spend a night than listening to Ian sing and telling stories of now, of then, and dreaming of the future. Thank you Ian for another wonderful album.

Great tunes from a great artist

I have been an Ian Tyson fan since his days in Toronto coffee houses with Sylvia. Listening to this album is like being invited into an old friend's home for an evening of pleasant chit chat and deep thought.


Born: September 25, 1933 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canad

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Half of the early-'60s folk group Ian & Sylvia, Ian Tyson retreated from performing and recording after the duo disbanded in the mid-'70s to become a rancher in the foothills of southern Alberta, Canada. He quietly returned to music-making in the 1980s, releasing a series of albums that focused on detailed songs about the concerns of the working cowboy. Tyson was born in Victoria, British Columbia. As a child he was involved in rodeo, not music — he didn't learn to play the guitar until...
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