WYLIE & THE WILD WEST BIOGRAPHY
Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with 22 albums and 3 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt. He is one of the few authentic voices of the American West who steadfastly celebrates and sings about the active rural culture of America. As on critic called him, “…the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern Country, this guy is old school cool without being a tired period piece.” In 2020 Wylie was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2017 he became a member of the Montana Pro Rodeo Wall and Hall of Fame. His western lifestyle and the recording studio are inseparable. “The connection between my cowboy life and my music is extremely close,” he says. His music has been baptized with a hardy dose of trail dust and horse hair. As an accomplished cutting horse and rodeo enthusiast, he has claimed several hard won regional and national titles within the National Cutting Horse Association astride his super-horse, “Whiskey”. That shiny belt buckle he wears wasn’t won on eBay.
Born and raised in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota, Home of Western American Poet, Charles Badger Clark, Tim has had the opportunity to play and tour with a variety of bands in Montana and South Dakota over the years. His father, Joe Lashley, a drummer and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was a big influence on Tim and his country music roots. Tim currently resides in Helena MT with his wife Rika and sons Sam and Max. Tim is known as the “Dancing Drummer” and brings out his passion, energy, and love for traditional country music and playing the drums
whenever he performs.
A Great Falls, Montana native who is a third-generation guitar player, Clayton is a direct heir to the classic and tasteful “golden era” country guitar sounds of the 50’s and 60’s. His grandparents Ralph Parsons (guitar) and Betty Parsons (upright piano) played together in the thriving Great Falls music scene of the 50s-80s. Clayton’s father, Carl Parsons, considered by his peers to be one of the best classic honky-tonk pickers in Montana, began playing professionally in the early 70s and continues to play classic country music today. At the age of 19, Clayton set up an amp on stage; he’s been playing professionally ever since.
Hailing from New Jersey, John has been playing music coast to coast professionally for 30 years. Ending up in Montana, he has made his mark as one of its top players to get the call. Marinating in music composition as well, he has gone on to compose for numerous theatrical, dance, and live film scoring projects in the state. In between touring nationally, John recently started a violin luthier business. Studying and practicing the art of violin family lutherie for the last 10 years, he enjoys the refurbishment, restoration, and repairs of these fine instruments. He is honored to be a part of The Wild West and looks forward to seeing you out there as this band spreads its cowboy culture around the globe.
"Wylie and the Wild West are a show band, famous for multiple encores - the band you want to see close the show!"
Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair