"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 has been a songwriter for over a decade but fell off the map into the wilds of Eastern Oregon more recently than that. Fatefully, he fell in love with a woman who knew horses, and Cormac Mcarthy novels. His interest piqued, he landed a job with a pack-outfit and got hooked on the lifestyle. Now, when he's not writing songs, he's learning from older cowboys to train horses, or leading pack mules laden with gear into the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness. "My theory is that living out there six months out of year is bound to work its way into my songs. Western music is very closely tied to the landscape, and it's a regional sound".
For VanTuyl that sound ranges from solo acoustic confessionals and covers to full band expositions. Stories of a man who left behind the comfort and security of modern life, for a job atop a horse. A man who returned from the wilderness a hardened, smoothed, tempered version of his former self. One who set about writing songs, recording the experience of finding himself on magnetic tape. Along the way he's played with Corb Lund, Dave Stamey, and John Craigie, and been invited to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.
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