Ian Tyson is a true legend. Starting his career in the early ‘60s in the duo Ian &
Sylvia, he helped lead the folk revival and pioneered “country rock” with The
Great Speckled Bird. Since the mid-80s Ian has been regarded as the preeminent
western singer songwriter. His songs include the classics “Four Strong Winds,”
“Someday Soon” and “Navajo Rug.”
• The album title: “Carnero” is the Spanish word for ram, and “Vaquero” is Spanish for
cowboy, and, indeed, the cowboy tradition in the south-western United States.
• Now 81, Tyson is the preeminent western singer in North America. He continues to tour
across Canada and the U.S. and still manages the Tyson Ranch south of Calgary.
• Key tracks: Colorado Horses, Darcy Fallow, The Flood, Cottonwood Canyon.
• Recorded (mostly live off the floor) at the Stone House on the Tyson Ranch.
• 10 songs ranging from the traditional (“Doney Girl”) to co-writes with Calgary’s Kris
Demeanor. Five new Tyson songs, a tuneful remake of “Darcy Farrow” (originally
recorded in the early ‘60s Ian & Sylvia days). “Wolves No Longer Sing” is written with
Tom Russell — the pair co-wrote “Navajo Rug,” one of Tyson’s biggest hits.
• The distinctive Tyson voice has recovered from the accident that damaged it in 2007.
• Promotional appearances in the days leading up to the release include Canada AM and
Sirius XM. A late spring Canadian tour is set to coincide with the release.
It’s another world, the West. It’s not the city, it’s not the Internet, it’s not your office, your
house, or your new clothes.
It’s hard weather, horses, cattle, space and sky.
There’s time in the West — time for stories, legends, myths and songs.
And it’s Ian Tyson’s world.
And now, with Carnero Vaquero, Tyson’s 13th album in the Stony Plain catalogue, the
legendary singer and songwriter brings his world to yours. Ten memorable songs with
tunes you can remember, stories that resonate, and a resolute, strong voice.
released June 5, 2015
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