Country icon Ian Tyson is teaming up with fellow Albertan Corb Lund to present an evening of “Cowboy Songs and Stories” at the Badland’s Amphitheatre.
“I am looking forward to bringing the ‘Best of the West’ to the heart of the Badlands,” Tyson says. “Having mentored Corb over the years makes working with him now a lot of fun!”
“Cowboy Songs and Stories” will see Tyson and Lund share the stage, trading songs and stories throughout the performance. The one-night engagement follows on the heels of the duo’s 2017 critically acclaimed, sold out performances in Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver and Edmonton.
Fans might recognize the format from the string of shows the pair did to mark the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede in 2012—but this iteration of “Cowboy Songs and Stories” will come with a fresh twist for 2018.
“We’ve really got to know each other over the years—maybe a bit too well,” Lund jokes. “I think our friendship shines through when we play, and the audience can feel it. Ian is a legend, so it’s a privilege and honour to share the stage with him—and I’m lucky to call him a friend.”
Alberta’s own Tim Hus will open the concert.
** IMPORTANT SHOW UPDATE **
Message from Corb Lund and Ian Tyson regarding the upcoming August 25th Canadian Icons in the Canadian Badlands Concert.
Unfortunately, due to an unexpected and serious medical situation, Ian Tyson will no longer be available to perform with me at the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller, AB on August 25th. Ian and l hope to do more shows together down the road, but right now he has to prioritize his health and sit this one out. Ian has stated “I’m having some heart problems and the doctors are looking after me. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and see you soon.”
I'm disappointed that Ian and I won’t be able to share the stage at such an amazing venue so close to where we both call home.
However, I will be honouring the intended spirit of the evening by continuing on with the show solo, and performing many of the songs (Ian's and my own) that we had planned to sing together.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 25th for an intimate night of Western story and song, as we send Ian our best thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery.
Corb tells us he is working hard to curate a show that will indeed be a fitting tribute to Ian Tyson and the intended spirit of the evening and we will be sending out more updates as soon as they come in to the Badlands Amp office.
The show will go on as scheduled. Canadian Country and Folk Singer Tim Hus will remain as opening act.
About Badlands AMP
Launched in 2015, the Badlands Amp has quickly gained notoriety as Alberta’s premier outdoor live concert venue. The venue has received two prestigious Travel Alberta Alto awards. Musicians and audiences alike are captivated by the natural geography of the site as well as the intimacy of its 2700 seat outdoor stage.
Unlike live mammoth outdoor concerts where the audience primarily watches performers on a distant video screen, all Badlands Amp seats are within 100 feet of the stage with great site lines and crystal clear sound. A concert surrounded by the incredible Badlands scenery with the sun setting behind the hills is a “must see” musical experience.