When reviewers first gave Chuck Pyle the “Zen Cowboy” moniker, he decided to “…ride the horse in the direction it’s going,” and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.
He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders, and old cowboys. An accomplished songwriter, Chuck’s songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing, “Cadillac Cowboy,” recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover,” recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker. A nimble guitarist with a sense of rhythm like a classical or jazz soloist, his compositions are lyrically playful, musically sophisticated, yet full of uncluttered space.
He’s taught the Chuck Pyle Finger-Style approach to guitar at The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. He’s a favorite of Bill & Melinda Gates, who have had him play at their home in Seattle. Since writing the theme-song for a PBS series called Spirit of Colorado, Chuck has attained local fame and even performed the opening session of the Colorado State Legislature.
Chuck Pyle resides on the Front Range of Colorado and does 100 dates a year at festivals and theaters, coffeehouses and house concerts. He was a regular at the Aspen Springs house concerts in Boulder County.
Pyle’s new album, Cover Stories, is a collection of tunes by some lesser-known songwriters, like Pete & Lou Berryman, Walt Wilkins, Lynn Miles, and Hayes Carll—songwriters whose work has been admired by other songwriters for years. These are 12 well-crafted songs beautifully rendered in 12 great performances by Chuck Pyle in his innovative finger-style, accompanied by Gordon Burt on fiddle and Don Richmond on steel guitar, dobro & mandolin.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 20th in the Eco Arts Lounge at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland. Tickets are $20.00. To purchase tickets online, visit: www.wildbear.org.