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Concert in the Library: Rex Rideout, Cowboy Songs
March 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Rex will present the songs of the early cowboys. It being near St. Patrick’s Day, many songs will be of Celtic origin. The dusty prairie with a wee bit o’ green.
Rex sings of the American West, from the times of the early explorers, the fur trade, the Civil War and the cattle drive era to the end of the 19th century. From Lewis and Clark to Jack Thorp and Badger Clark he brings to life the music from another time on the instruments from that time. Raised in the community of Scotch Ridge, Rex gained an appreciation of Celtic ways. He learned to work with the axe, the blacksmith hammer and to play the fiddle. This led to a fascination with early American music, ranging from the Civil War to the Cowboy era and tracing many of the songs back to their Celtic beginnings. Rex presents well-known songs and then shares the original songs from which they evolved.
As the proprietor of Time Travel Music, Rex has performed at countless historic sites and museums across the West, playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin and other instruments. His music has been featured on television and radio such as CBS Sunday Morning, museums such as the Western American Art collection at the Denver Art Museum and the soundtracks of three National Park Service visitor center films. Rex also plays fiddle in the blockbuster Dreamworks film, “Cowboys & Aliens”.