Wylie and the Wild West to headline Winter Fair

Charlie Denison

Wylie Gustafson and his band will perform Friday, Jan. 27 at the Eagles Grand Hall during Winter Fair.

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The world-famous yodel is coming to Winter Fair this year.

Montana’s own Wylie Gustafson will headline the Winter Fair Friday night show Jan. 27 at the Eagles Grand Hall, bringing his “old-school country” with him, along with his band.

Wylie and the Wild West will bring their upbeat, fun-filled country excitement to the stage, mixing traditional songs people will know and love with some of Wylie’s own songs.

Gustafson is no stranger to Central Montana, either. In 2013, he performed at the Judith Arts Society Pub Night and he’s also been featured at the Montana Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Rendezvous.

But Gustafson is probably most famous for his “Yahoo” yodel, as the original Yahoo ads featured his impressive musical sound.

But whether yodeling is your thing or not, Gustafson and his band have a lot of other tricks up their sleeves, as his band is full of seasoned musicians that know how to have a good time. Take, for example, his drummer, Tim Lashley, who is known as the “dancing drummer” for bringing “passion, energy and love for traditional country” to every performance. Other band members include Gregory Campbell on bass and Clayton Parsons on electric guitar.

On the international scene since 1989, Gustafson has 20 albums and has played all over the world: China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America and Japan. Most notably Gustafson has performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the Conan O’Brien Show. He’s also had songs featured in such films as “The Slaughter Rule” (in which he also appeared) and “The Smell of Success.”

A fourth-generation Montanan, Gustafson greatly enjoys playing in his home state, the place he calls home.

Wylie and the Wild West will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at Don’s Store, at the door or online at www.montanawinterfair.com. Seating is limited.




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