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Pinedale Online > News > April 2010 > ‘COME AND BE LIED TO’ May 5
by Sublette County Library
April 25, 2010

PINEDALE– On Wednesday, May 5th at 7pm families can enjoy an evening of musical merriment with Bill Rossiter about the "real" journey west in the Community Room at the Sublette County Library, 155 S. Tyler Ave.

Settlers heading west often sang lively songs about a land of milk and honey, gold fever and the Garden of Eden waiting just beyond the next bend, but the journey and homesteading was plagued by rattlesnakes, claim jumpers and constant hardship. Some of those songs morphed into parodies as settlers used a hardy sense of humor during those tough times. Rossiter’s songs will be accompanied by banjo, autoharp, harmonica, guitar, "wild exaggerations and downright fabrications."

A man of many professions and talents, Rossiter has been a literature and folklore professor for over 25 years and travels the West bringing American history to life through song. He has been playing traditional finger-style guitar, autoharp and old-time "clawhammer" banjo music in bars, concert halls and back rooms for a reeeeeally long time. About his singing, reviewers have raved, "Yikes!" as well as "Hmmmm," and "What the... . ?" Don’t miss this one of a kind event—you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t realize you’ve also learned something!

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