Happy trails: Syd Mas­ters and the Swing Riders

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Singing cowboys are a fix­ture of the ro­man­ti­cized West, war­bling and yo­del­ing to pass the time on horse­back about a hun­dred years ago, and then pop­u­lar­ized on the sil­ver screen in the 1930s and ’40s by ac­tors like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. In this quin­tes­sen­tial Western mu­sic genre, the lyrics are pure of heart: the beauty of the sky and the open range are sung about in nearly ro­man­tic terms. Singing cowboys were of­ten funny, too, be­cause ranch­ing and cat­tle herd­ing is a hard life in need of lev­ity, even if it’s only in a movie. Syd Mas­ters and the Swing Riders are con­tem­po­rary con­trib­u­tors to this tra­di­tion. Mas­ters brings his witty drawl and tunes ripe for two-step­ping to the Santa Fe Bandstand on Wed­nes­day, July 8, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The Rifters open the show at 6 p.m. with their free­wheel­ing brand of Amer­i­cana. Ear­lier in the day, the Lifesongs Vil­lage Band per­forms from noon to 1 p.m. Bandstand con­certs on the Plaza are free. Visit www.santafeband­stand.org.

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