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by Wylie & the Wild West

The songs on Rocketbuster are propelled forward by the explosions of rhythms, melodies, and grooves that over the years have been deeply etched into the character of Wylie & the Wild West. The Western music genre is expanding at the speed of light!
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1. Buck Up and Huck It
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2. 5 Days to Friday
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3. True Love Ways
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4. Rocketbuster Boots
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5. 200 Ton
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6. Willing Horse
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7. Montana Love Song
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8. Yo Yo Ma
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9. Ugly Girl Blues
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10. Yodel Man
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11. Old Blue
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12. Got My Yodeler Goin'
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13. Summer Leases
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14. Houlihan
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Album Notes
Among my earliest childhood memories are those of Dad playing the guitar in our spacious living room with Mom, my three older brothers, our sole sister, and me, as the enthralled audience. Dad thrummed his old F-hole Epiphone with a bouncing right hand as we skipped and waltzed the length of the house, the brothers waiting on the sidelines to take turns dancing with our good natured sis. Mom chirped harmonies and clapped her hands in a cadence of approval. The power of music was in us all.
As a child of the sixties, I grew up in a musical kaleidoscope of ever-morphing genres. Folk, rock, country, and pop were crowding the airwaves with the unbridled FM-radio format and a plethora of evening television variety shows. I was a Montana ranch kid with the gate of pop culture being thrown wide open to my eager eyes, ears, and soul.
And so, with this album, I am drawn like a moth to the flame, to a time and place where the music still dances, drums, and drives where the boundaries of genre are irrelevant. After a period of major life changes, I feel a renewal … the urge to cut loose and dance again. I am propelled forward by the explosions of rhythms, melodies, and grooves that over the years have been deeply etched into my character. The musical universe is still expanding at the speed of light. Hop on and take a spin with me on Rocketbuster!

Rocketbuster Liner Notes
Inside Front Cover
1. Buck Up and Huck It (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
2. 5 Days to Friday (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
3. True Love Ways (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) Peer International Corp. BMI
4. Rocketbuster Boots (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
5. 200 Ton (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
6. Willing Horse (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
7. Montana Love Song (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
8. Yo Yo Ma (Grimes, Kimbrough, Womack, Meyer) Weona Music BMI
9. Ugly Girl Blues (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
10. Yodel Man (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
11. Old Blue (Erik Gustafson, Wylie Gustafson) Two Medicine Music BMI
12. Got My Yodeler Goin’ (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
13. Summer Leases (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI
14. Houlihan (W. Gustafson) Two Medicine Music, BMI

Recorded at Sidekick Sound Studios, Nashville, TN
November 29- December 3, 2011
Produced by Wylie Gustafson

Engineered by Mark Thornton
Mixed by Larry Marrs

Dennis Crouch: Upright bass
John Gardner: Drums and percussion
Erik Gustafson: Electric guitar, harmonica, harmony vocals
Tony Harrell: Accordion, pianos
Mark Thornton: Gut-string guitar,
Larry Marrs: Harmony vocals
Robby Turner: Steel guitar
Wylie Galt Gustafson: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars

Graphic design by George Garfio, from photos by Thomas Lee (www.thomasleephoto.com), all rights reserved. Tray photo by Ross Hecox for Western Horseman.
Special thanks:
Amber Gustafson; Rick Bryceson; Shane Queener; Ray Doyle; Scot Wilburn; Western Folklife Center; National Council for the Traditional Arts; Carhartt and Debbie Tarys; Elixir Strings; TJ Wald; Margo Metegrano at www.CowboyPoetry.com; the good folks whom I forgot to thank; and as always, the listeners of our music.

Previous albums:
Raven on the Wind
Hang -n- Rattle
Bucking Horse Moon
Yodel Boogie
Christmas for Cowboys
Live! At the Tractor
Hooves of the Horses
Cowboy Ballads and Dance Songs
Ridin’ the Hi-Line
Total Yodel
Way Out West
Glory Trail
Cattle Call
Get Wild
Wylie & the Wild West Show
Book: How to Yodel
Order any or all of the above at www.wyliewebsite.com

Back cover:

“Wylie kicks butt!”
Rebecca Weller, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

“Wylie makes his songs breathe in the moment- no mere museum piece or nostalgia trip.”
“The new effort serves at once to uproot the weatherbeaten old
fences of traditional cowboy music, and to build them up in sturdier form.”
Michael Price, Movie and Music Historian

“Cautiion: This album may cause speeding tickets!”

Hi-Line Records Logo and Web Site
Band Web Site:: www.wyliewebsite.com

Song Times and song order
1. Buck Up and Huck It 3:17
2. 5 Days to Friday 3:24
3. True Love Ways 3:25
4. Rocketbuster Boots 2:48
5. 200 Ton 3:14
6. Willing Horse 3:54
7. Montana Love Song 2:46
8. Yo YoMa 3:28
9. Ugly Girl Blues 3:24
10. Yodel Man 3:34
11. Old Blue 4:03
12. Got My Yodeler Goin’ 3:22
13. Summer Leases 3:15
14. Houlihan 2:48


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Lively Times

Montana cowpoke and master yodeler's latest is jammed full of mostly Wylie origi
Wylie and the Wild West | Rocketbuster
Published: March 16, 2012

A pal from the office says listening to Wylie makes her drive too fast. Indeed, Wylie Gustafson, Montana cowpoke and prolific songwriter, master yodeler and performer, guarantees it.

A quote from his new CD reads, "Caution! This album may cause speeding tickets." That's because it's jammed full of new, mostly Wylie originals in a kick-ass rockabilly style.

The CD is a continuation of sorts, following on last year's Raven on the Wind. It's produced by the same Nashville engineers at Sidekick Sound Studios – Mark Thornton and Larry Marrs, , who also share musician credits. Other accomplished Music City pickers on the finely polished effort include Tony Harrell, accordion and pianos, Robby Turner, steel guitar, Dennis Crouch, upright bass, and John Gardner, drums/percussion.

Wylie notes that this album springs from his youth in the ’60s, where his Montana ranch-kid ears drank in the musical potpourri of many different styles. He says he is "drawn to a time and place where the music still dances, drums, and drives … where the boundaries of genre are irrelevant."

This is his 19th (count 'em!) recording in a career that's taken him worldwide and made him a legend in Montana.

There are jitterbuggers and ballads, and a terrific cover of the old Buddy Holly crooner, "True Love Ways," that highlights Wylie's non-yodeling pipes. And one simply heartbreaking song about a beloved dog, "Old Blue," co-written by his brother Erik Ray, a famous Montana picker in his own right. Ray contributes electric guitar, harmonica, and harmony vocals to the album, as well.

Track one, "Buck Up and Huck It," is instantly up-tempo boogie, with lots of woo-woos, yodelay-eee-oohs, and sizzlin' piano a la Jerry Lee Lewis. "5 Days to Friday" conjures wisps of Loggins and Messina, and "Rocketbuster Boots" is a ripper-upper ("When I walk they talk)"; "200 Ton" has great rhythm and killer pedal-steel licks.

"Willing Horse" features sweet, thick chords, soft brushes, and teardrop notes from the pedal steel. Dance close on this 'un!

Wylie's fame as THE Internet yodeler takes a good ribbing here, too. "Yodel Man" is a crack-up, with Wylie and the boys sounding pretty loose and taking raucous jabs at his yodeling prowess; it's got gobs of "yo-yo-yo's" and a slow-motion "yodelay-eee-ooh." ("I'm the MacDaddy of scat, laddie, I'm the soldier of smooth”). And "Got My Yodeler Goin'" is a pepped-up country blues, with a great response chorus from the music crew.

The finale, "Houlihan," is instrumental and bluesy, with bent guitar notes and shades of the Ventures. There are cowboy tunes, country-rock tunes, old rock 'n roll, and belt-buckle shiners here; it's consummate Wylie. Put it on, but watch your speedometer!

Visit www.wyliewebsite.com.

– Mariss McTucker, Lively Times