Trailblaze Challenge

Gonna get personal (and super wordy) for a second here!

Those of you who know me well might know that when my daughter was born she had some serious and life threatening health issues that lead to an operation when she was only 10 months old. She is 3 1/2 now and we are so grateful to be on the other side of all of that. Throughout the past few years I lived with constant worry- to see your own child sick and in and out of the hospital is an indescribable feeling to anyone who hasn’t lived through such times.

So- my point! I’ve signed up to hike 28.3 miles on May 19th in an effort to raise as much money as possible for children and families that are dealing with life threatening illnesses. It’s the Make a Wish Trailblaze Challenge. These children and families need joy and light in their lives!! LOVE

Tyler Ramsey Brings Facile Finger Picking to Sun Valley

via Eye On Sun Valley

Tyler Ramsey grew up in Asheville, N.C., where he learned the folk music that came out of the hollows of the surrounding Smoky Mountains.

His encounters with country blues musicians traveling through the area further refined his sound as he schooled himself under such fingerstyle guitarists as Leo Kottke and John Fahey and country blues guitarists like Mississippi John Hurt.

The singer/songwriter played with Band of Horses from 2010 to 2017, contributing to their 2010 Grammy-nominated album “Infinite Arms.”

He also recorded his own albums, which included “A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea.”

Ramsey will bring his facile finger picking and blues-inflected folk to the Sun Valley Opera House at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

And he will offer a private hour-long workshop to 25 guitar students form Community School, Wood River High School and Silver Creek High School.

“After years of trying to get Band of Horses to stop in Sun Valley, we snagged what we think is an even more exciting opportunity—having Tyler Ramsey all to ourselves!” said Kristine Bretall, The Center’s director of performing arts.

Some tickets still remain for the concert, which part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2017-18 Performing Arts Series. Tickets start at $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Students 18 and under can get tickets for $12.50 and $25, available at www.sunvalleycenter.org or 208-726-9491.

Tyler Ramsey to Bring the Beats

 
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Former Band of Horses lead guitarist to perform in Sun Valley

via Idaho Mountain Express

Tyler Ramsey, folk rock multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Asheville, N.C., will bring his music to Sun Valley as part of The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Performing Arts Series. The concert, which is expected to sell out, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the Sun Valley Opera House.

Equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass or percussion, Tyler Ramsey is perhaps best known as a talented fingerstyle guitarist and a skilled singer/songwriter with Band of Horses. Early on, Ramsey studied country-blues guitarists like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American fingerstyle guitarists in the school of John Fahey and Leo Kottke. His exposure to these guitarists and their music helped to solidify his own unique sense of melody and song forms.

Between 2007 and 2017, Ramsey played lead guitar for Band of Horses and contributed to their 2010 Grammy-nominated album, “Infinite Arms.” Taking advantage of brief times off the road, Ramsey finished his fourth solo album and, in May of 2017, announced his departure from the band after 10 years. Ramsey’s latest album is set to be released in early 2018, and extensive touring will carry his new music to fans across the country—including the Wood River Valley.

“After years of trying to get Band of Horses to stop in Sun Valley for a summer concert, we snagged what we think is an even more exciting opportunity—having Tyler Ramsey all to ourselves,” said Kristine Bretall, The Center’s director of performing arts. “His quietly passionate performances rivet audiences, and we look forward to introducing him to our evening audience as well as to guitar students from around the valley,” she added. “We will gather about 25 guitar students from Community School, Wood River High School and Silver Creek High School to experience an hour-long private workshop with Tyler. It’s an exciting opportunity for these students, and The Center is so grateful to Tyler and to our donors who make these outreach activities possible.”

Tickets for Tyler Ramsey’s concert at the Sun Valley Opera House are currently on sale. All seats are reserved, and the best seats are going quickly.

General seating tickets are $25 for members of The Center, while premium seating is $50. Nonmembers add $10 to the ticket price, while students 18 and younger get in for $12.50 standard of $25 premium.