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At 75 years old, country-folk singer Ian Tyson is still going strong. A virus he caught several years ago has affected his singing voice, putting him in league with the final recordings of another folk veteran, the late John Stewart, whose album Havana stands as one of the most gripping end-of-life passages. Tyson uses his newfound gruffness to add a sense of finality to everything he sings, while his backing group keeps things refreshingly centered on gentle support that evokes images of sweeping plains, unforgiving mountain passes, and a western sense of time and place. Lap steel, organ, and plenty of acoustic guitar support these songs that range from the remembrance of the death of Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry’s wife Rose (“My Cherry Covered Rose”) to the pack of wolves relocated on the album’s title track to Yellowstone National Park to stave off extinction. The album was recorded in both Edmonton and Nashville and the differing results are telling as the rustic vibe of Edmonton smoothes over with the band’s expert precision taking charge in Nashville for “Go This Far,” “Estrangement,” and “Love Never Comes At All.”

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North American Treasure

Ian is the true & forever icon of honest Western music. The trail of songs over the years is long and wide and deep. That great voice has worn raspy but the sincerity and love of the cowboy life (yesterdays and todays) surely compensates. If anything, the music gains authenticity. The romances are more bittersweet, be they the love of the land or of a "woman to ride the river with" and we can tell Ian believes every word, every sentiment.

A lot of artists would have packed it in if a virus (or the like) took away much of their golden pipes... but Ian, in the true western style, looks at his limitations and makes them stunning attributes. And what happens...the songs get bigger!

Yellowhead to Yellowstone

Good album but not my favorite. His voice is sounding older and older. I did enjoy his concerts a few years back though


One of the more interesting aspects of country gets detailed in this album. I just hope the man comes out with something more impressive come his next album.


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 he was recovering...
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