Happy trails: Syd Masters and the Swing Riders
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.