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Wylie and the Wild West
August 21, 2010
Montana native Wylie Gustafson of Conrad, Montana, is the king of country and yodel.

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads the musical outfit known as The Wild West. The first incarnation of the group formed in 1989, getting its start on Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. Since then, Wylie & The Wild West have played thousands of gigs, delighting audiences around the world with their unique brand of good-time cowboy music. They've performed at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, on A Prairie Home Companion, and have appeared more than 50 times on the Grand Ole Opry. Add to that an appearance by Wylie on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, with Wylie teaching Conan to yodel.

Gustafson grew up around horses in Conrad, Montana, as the son of a veterinarian. Often babysat by a Quarter horse called "Becky," it is no wonder that he has continued to build his life around horses. "My favorite pastime was to hop on Becky's back for off-roading adventures around our rural home," he said. Gustafson now lives with his wife, Kimberly, on her family's homestead in the rolling hills of eastern Washington where they raise and train horses.

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