An American Forrest
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An American Forrest is Western music. Country and folk. Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked and strummed guitar. His inspirations range from Canadian cowboys to anarcho-christian banjo players and buddhist hermits. Born on a small western Washington farm, he drifted throughout adulthood, working on farms, boats, and kitchens, writing all the time. Finally he ended up in the wild Northeastern corner of Oregon, and on the back of a horse, and hasn’t drifted since. Summers are spent in the wilderness with a pack string, and winters he tours throughout west, his shows and records garnering praise from No Depression, American Standard Time and Seattle CityArts, as well as opening spots for Corb Lund, Dave Stamey, John Craigie, and performances at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering alongside legends Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Ian Tyson.
"These are the real cowboy blues -- long stretches of road, loneliness, inscrutable feelings and people. This is already a strong contender for my top ten of the year.” - Rachel Cholst, No Depression
MARGO CILKER apprenticed herself to the songwriter’s trade the old-fashioned way: get her heart broken in South Carolina, move to Spain and busk all over Europe a la Ramblin’ Jack, sing a duet on a Spanish Honky-Tonk band’s recording of an Ernest Tubb classic (“Nails in my Coffin,” with Dead Bronco), tour Europe with a band of Flatt-and-Scruggs-obsessed Englishmen, then return to her native California and milk cows on an organic farm in Petaluma. Cilker writes songs that philosophize hard work, heartbreak, and wanderlust with the reverence of a country music obsessive and the sharp-eyed clarity of one who was not born into country music but had to find it (and live it) for herself.
1535 Commercial Way
Santa Cruz, CA, 95065