Yellowstone & Teton Song Contest Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2007
Contact: Hal Cannon
Western Folklife Center Media
101 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

 Western Folklife Center Announces
Finalists for Yellowstone and Teton Songwriting Contest

Public invited to vote for audience favorite online at

Salt Lake City – The Western Folklife Center has chosen 16 songs as finalists in the Yellowstone and Teton Song Contest. The contest sought songs inspired by the life and landscape in this great American place. The finalists were chosen from a field of 139 songs written by 94 songwriters. The public may now listen to the 16 finalists on the Western Folklife Center’s website and vote on their favorite song. The winner of the online voting will receive the Audience Award and a new Gibson Songwriter Deluxe acoustic guitar valued at close to $3,000. Judges will choose among the 16 finalists for the grand prize of $1,000 and second prize of $500. Online voting will run through midnight, October 7, 2007. All awards will be announced October 15.

Hal Cannon, founding director of the Western Folklife Center and Song Contest organizer said of the contest entries: “I am amazed by the breadth of music submitted, all expressing a love for this great place in the world. It is certainly a testament to the creativity of the rural West.”

All entries in the songwriting contest will be considered for placement on a CD collection Songs from Yellowstone and the Tetons, which will be launched in 2008 on the Western Folklife Center’s Deep West Records label. Songwriters and composers from the CD will be invited to perform in one or more CD premiere concerts in the Greater Yellowstone region in 2008.

Many of the songwriters live in the greater Yellowstone region. However, songs were submitted from as far away as New Zealand and the Philippines.  The following songs were selected as finalists:

“The Road that Leads to Yellowstone,” written and performed by Jon Chandler, Commerce City, Colorado
“Out Yonder,” written and performed by Connie Dover, Weston, Missouri
“The Jewel,” written by Ray Doyle, Mar Vista, California; performed by Ray Doyle and Bob Rice
“Paradise,” written by Wylie Gustafson, LaCrosse, Washington; performed by Wylie and the Wild West
“Take Me Back Along the Yellowstone,” written and performed by Stan Howe, Helena, Montana
“Ed Trafton” written by Michael Hurwitz, Alta, Wyoming; performed by Michael Hurwitz, Jerry Linn and Tom Broderick
“Wilderness Ranger,” written and performed by Greg Keeler, Bozeman, Montana
“Road Agent’s Lament,” written by John Lowell, Manhattan, Montana; performed by The Growling Old Men (John Lowell and Ben Winship)
“My Teton Home,” written and performed by Kate MacLeod, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Lady Yellowstone,” written and performed by Curly Musgrave, Lake Arrowhead, California
“The Great Yellowstone Buffalo,” written and performed by Virgil Stortroen, Westport, Washington
“The Yellowstone Song,” written by Terri Taylor, Roy, Utah; performed by Terri Taylor, TJ Stoker, Brandi Stoker, Oakley Criswell, Gracie Criswell and Bailey Criswell
“Teton Waltz,” written by Dan Thomasma, Kelly, Wyoming; performed by Dan Thomasma, Terry Yazzolino, Ben Winship, and Shelley Clarke Rubrecht.
“Upstream,” written by David Thompson, Bozeman, Montana; performed by David Thompson, Ben Winship, Jason Thomas, Matt Flinner, David Grier and Rob Ickes.
“Madison Brown,” written by Ben Winship (Victor, Idaho), David Thompson (Bozeman, Montana) and John Lowell (Manhattan, Montana) ; performed by The Growling Old Men (John Lowell, Ben Winship and David Thompson)
“I Heard About it in a Song,” written and performed by Joyce Woodson, San Juan Capistrano, California

Producer of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for 23 years, the Western Folklife Center is a regional organization dedicated to grassroots culture in the West. Headquartered in Elko, Nevada the Folklife Center conducts its work all over the region and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio with its series, What’s in a Song, which is broadcast over 500 public radio stations nationwide. This project is supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Gibson Guitar, Museum of the Rockies and public radio and television stations throughout the region.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.