Concert featuring Tom Russell with special guest Mike Beck
Tom Russell and special guest Mike Beck
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Mormon Station Stockade Main Stage
Tom Russell, singer, songwriter, painter & essayist, has recorded 35 highly acclaimed records. He has written or co-written at least four of the Western songs considered the top cowboy songs of all time: "Tonight We Ride," "Navajo Rug," "The Sky Above, the Mud Below," and "Gallo del Cielo." His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Wylie Gustafson, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom’s 2015 "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, was deemed: maybe the most important Americana record of all time by UK Folk, the top Folk album of 2105 by Mojo Magazine, and hailed in top ten lists in two dozen publications including The Los Angeles Times. His latest release (May 2016) is The Tom Russell Anthology 2 (Gunpowder Sunsets).
Mike Beck is a professional musician and working cowboy whose songs reflect his experiences riding the ranges of California, Montana and Nevada. A regular at the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., Beck is renowned internationally for both his horsemanship and musical ability. Known for his guitar wizardry and western songwriting, Mike’s mellow sound combines real cowboy experience with a unique blend of western, rock and Americana styles. Western Cowboy Magazine placed two of his compositions on a list it titled “The 13 Best Cowboy Songs of All Time,” putting him in the company of heroes such as Ian Tyson, Lucinda Williams, Tom Russell and Gene Autry, the original singing cowboy. Born and raised in Monterey County, California, he was a student of legendary horseman Bill Dorrance and now travels extensively in the U.S. and Europe, making music and conducting horsemanship clinics.