Margo Cilker & An American Forest

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Date(s) - January 20, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Ft George Brewery


Margo Cilker writes songs that philosophize hard work, heartbreak, and wanderlust with the reverence of a country music obsessive. She possesses the sharp-eyed clarity of one who has not only found country music, but has lived it. She picks an acoustic like Woody Guthrie at his most fervently righteous. She sings with control and focus, the edge on her voice honed by busking and playing dive bars all over the world. Margo is touring with her band Field Heat, and releasing “California Dogwood” on CD, a special edition collection of her two EPs (California Dogwood / Field Heat).

An American Forrest is Western music. Country and folk. Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked and strummed guitar. Poetic incantations that conjure images: a lone rider silhouetted against a sunset, the days fading light, the unspoken bond between horses and people. Songs as detailed as tooled leather about old love, and new frontiers. An American Forrest is the words and music of Forrest Van Tuyl. Lyrics fly upwards from his songs like sparks from a fire. Verses come delivered with the humor of cowboy poets. His riffs have the wood-and-wire wrangling prowess of the folk singers of the second revival. The sensation of his songs hang around like smoke long after the night is gone.