“Southwestern Acoustic” singer-songwriter
When reviewers first dubbed Chuck Pyle the “Zen Cowboy” he decided to be true to his motto: “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going.” He took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.
Pyle will perform at Fiddlers Crossing on First Friday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. His music is an infectious blend of hummable melodies, straight-from-the-saddle poetry, and quotes from bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. Critics have called his songwriting “musically sophisticated yet full of uncluttered space.” His brilliant finger-style guitar playing is said to be “more like a fine classical or jazz soloist.”
Also admired as a sly humorist with a Will Rogers-style wit, Pyle has performed for the Colorado legislature, on “Austin City Limits,” and in the home of Bill and Melinda Gates. His songs have been recorded by John Denver, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss, among others. He writes songs about love lost and found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone “critical”. Country music lovers know him best for writing, “Cadillac Cowboy,” recorded by Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover,” recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.
While fans love his recordings, they adore Pyle’s live performances. Juni Fisher, the “Cowgirl Balladeer” who has performed at Fiddlers Crossing several times, says of him: “Chuck Pyle paints the vistas of the West…heck the whole country…through his smart, snappy, cool lyrics. He’s been one of my heroes for a long time, and if you love (Western singer) Dave Stamey, you are also going to love Chuck Pyle. You have my word on that!”
Pyle hails originally from Iowa but has resided on the front range of Colorado since 1965. He has been sharing his gifts for over 40 years and still performs 100 dates a year all across the country, playing festivals and theaters, coffeehouses and house concerts.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may now be purchased online through the website at Fiddlerscrossing.org. They will also be available – while they last — at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or reserved by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
“Chuck Pyle’s songs, playing and singing are transporting. If you’re looking for top-flight alt-country-inflected contemporary folk… this is it.”
– Sing Out!
“With his shaven head, custom-made white O’Farrell cowboy hat, and Tony Lama cowboy boots, Pyle has a light, charismatic voice and a virtuosic guitar style that is both refined and impressive.”
– Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Pyle was one of my favorite songwriter discoveries of this year. Every song lover in town should make it a point to seek out this man’s music.”
– Music Row Magazine
“Between [Chuck Pyle's] humorous patter comes the signature loping guitar and rural western intellect”
– Lubbock Avalanche Journal
“Chuck is the whole package…melodic singing, witty lyrics and GREAT boots.”
– Mike Pengra, Minnesota Public Radio
“Vivid landscapes flow from Pyle’s pen with grown up themes of the New West . . .[his] big campfire-smoked voice and solid guitar work anchor the song… it’s really quite impressive how full the orchestration sounds with only Pyle’s voice and guitar.”
– Eugene Weekly, Eugene OR
“[Chuck Pyle's] music is kind, insightful, catchy, possessing a wry humor, full of life, imagery and stories of people and places he’s been.”
– InterMountainAcousticMusician SLC UT
“Chuck Pyle is a class act. Listening to his silky smooth delivery and fine guitar work on his Django Reinhardt-inspired tune Affected by the Moon, you know he is more than the Zen Cowboy – he’s the Chairman of the Board!”
– Pat Crawford, WUWF
“Chuck gave a tremendous performance tonight in New Bern. The audience loved him. I rarely book an artist unless I’ve seen a live performance. I took a gamble and it paid off big time. He’s now on my ‘Must return someday’ list.”
– Grady Ormsby, Down East FolkArts Society