"These are the real cowboy blues -- long stretches of road, loneliness, inscrutable feelings and people. Forrest's spare arrangements create a stark soundscape that reflects the mountains and mesas that inspired the lyrics. This is already a strong contender for my top ten of the year.” - Rachel Cholst, No Depression
"One of the highlights of 2018 was getting to see An American Forrest live. He’ll be a new artist to most, but earlier this year the cowboy walked out of the wilderness with one of the finest albums I’ve heard.” - Sean Jewell, American Standard Time
“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” - Seattle CityArts
“There's a hitch in Forrest VanTuyl's voice that I'm quite fond of. It's sort of like the busted arthritic knuckles of an Astoria fisherman or the stiffness in the hips of an old dog. It's partly genetic I think, and partly the miles left behind them. What I'm getting at here is, perspective. So maybe it's not the hitch in his voice I like so much as where it came from.” - Mike Midlo
An American Forrest is Western music. Country and folk. Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked and strummed guitar. His inspirations range from Canadian cowboys to anarcho-christian banjo players and buddhist hermits. Born on a small western Washington farm, Forrest drifted throughout adulthood, working on farms, boats, and kitchens, writing all the time. Finally he ended up in the wild Northeastern Corner of Oregon, on the back of a horse, and hasn’t drifted much since. Summers are spent in the wilderness with a pack string, and winters he tours throughout west, his shows and records garnering praise from No Depression, American Standard Time and Seattle CityArts, as well as opening spots for Corb Lund, Dave Stamey, John Craigie, and an invitation to 2019’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering alongside legends Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Ian Tyson.
Venues: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Elko, NV, 2019), Tractor Tavern (Seattle), Mississippi Studios (Portland), Mission Theater (Portland), OK Theatre (Enterprise, OR), Volcanic Theater (Bend), Green Frog (Bellingham), Crepe Place (Santa Cruz), Murray Bar (Livingston, MT), Lost Lake Lounge (Denver), Garage On Beck (SLC), Laughing Goat (Boulder), Cowgirl BBQ (Santa Fe), Starline Social Club (Oakland), Amnesia (SF), Folkroom (London),
Performed with: Corb Lund, Dave Stamey, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Colter Wall, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Noah Gundersen, Dom Flemons, John Craigie, Chuck Westmoreland, Jeffrey Martin, Ian Fitzgerald, Bryan John Appleby, Roselit Bone, Bart Budwig, Marshall McLean