PENDLETON - When Wylie Gustafson isn't singing with his cowboy band, he's home feeding his cattle and horses and tending his ranch. On Friday, however, he will break away to sing a blend of Western swing, classic country, cowboy and folk in the Hamley's Slickfork Saloon.
Wylie & the Wild West will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, with doors opening at 7:15 p.m.
Gustafson says his fans are an eclectic group.
"We are a good-time cowboy band," he said. "The young urban crowds in Seattle appreciate us as much as working cowboys."
Gustafson, who hails from Dusty, Wash., has appeared on the "Grand Ol' Opry" more than 50 times. The band has performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the National Folk Festival, Merlefest, "A Prairie Home Companion," the Bumbershoot Festival and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.
Wylie & The Wild West were honored by the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association with awards for the 2005 Group of the Year, 2004 & 2005 Yodeler of the Year and 2006 Best Western Swing Album. Their music is in regular rotation on the world's most-listened-to satellite radio station, Willie's Place-XM Radio Channel 13, with more than 3 million listeners.
With the twelfth release of his career, "Bucking Horse Moon," Wylie & The Wild West are bringing their rollicking sound to new audiences. In April, Wylie appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" to promote his instructional book and CD, "How to Yodel: Lessons to Tickle Your Tonsils."
Advance tickets are $25 at the Hamley Western Store or online at www.hamley.com. Seating is general admission. A full bar and limited food menu are available.