Ian Tyson has long been one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriters. A pioneer who began his career in the early days of the folk boom of the 1960s (as half of Ian & Sylvia), in the years that followed he hosted his own TV show, recorded some of the best folk albums ever made, quit the music business and became — after years of backbreaking work — a rodeo rider and a successful rancher. But with his songs covered by Neil Young, Judy Collins, Suzy Bogguss, Gordon Lightfoot, Bobby Bare and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among many others, he returned to music with a vengeance in the mid 1980s. He found himself able to combine his two separate lives in new songs that explained the reality of Western culture and the mindset of a cowboy in a sometimes-alien world. A living legend in both folk and western music circles, Ian Tyson’s newest work reflects on the things that matter to him: The prairies, the legends of the West, and the changing life of a veteran artist.