Ol Yonder is a cassette of first drafts, covers, traditionals, and instrumentals recorded on tape machines of questionable fidelity in a winter remembered for its bleak meteorological and political climate.

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An American Forrest

is a storyteller and guitar picker from the conifer forests of Western Washington and Northeastern Oregon. His songs pull inspiration from 4 years of living out of a truck, backpack, and horseback. He released two EPs in 2013, a debut LP, Rosas y Mesteños, in 2015, and has toured the Western US extensively, playing with BJ Barham (American Aquarium), John Craigie, Bart Budwig, and Marshall McLean. His viscerally poetic songwriting, and loose, wild, flat- & finger-picked acoustic guitar playing have drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Jeffrey Foucault, and Dave Rawlings.

“Boldly sung poetry takes on every color of the roots/country spectrum, from Appalachian arrangements to Pacific Northwestern sweetness and a pinch of Southern grit." - CityArts Magazine, Seattle

"[Rosas y Mesteños] is really, really good." - John Craigie

"These are the real cowboy blues -- long stretches of road, loneliness, inscrutable feelings and people. Forrest's spare arrangements -- flush with punk references, tinny trumpets, and country swing -- create a stark soundscape that reflect the mountains and mesas that inspired the lyrics." - Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops Blog

"Forrest smells like a horse." - Mike Midlo, Pancake Breakfast




Rosas y Mesteños

by An American Forrest