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Cowboy singer to make Valley appearance

SNOQUALMIE - Get set for an energizing afternoon of western swing, rockabilly, honky-tonk and classic cowboy balladry, sung and played by Wylie and the Wild West. He will be riding into town on Sunday, Oct. 23, to open the 2005-06 Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live (SVAL) series. Curtain time is 3 p.m. in the Mount Si High School theater (8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E. in Snoqualmie - disabled accessible).

Wylie and his band serve up western music to set the toes to tapping and the pulse to pounding, a terrific mix of rousing two-steps, lonesome laments and lilting ballads. They have been entertaining audiences for more than a dozen years, developing their own style that features Wylie's golden voice, his yodeling and his stage presence. His voice is best recognized by those who have heard him on the Yahoo.com commercial that features his distinctive yodel. Wylie is regarded as an engaging entertainer, as well as a marvelous singer/musician.

Keeping his home base in Dusty, Wash. (population 11), where he raises and tends his horses and cattle when not on tour, Wylie has spread his influence the world over. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry nearly 50 times and also performs at such prestigious venues as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the National Folk Festival, on National Public Radio, at the Calgary Stampede, the Pendleton Roundup and at a number of major state fairs. He has earned an international reputation not only through his recordings, but also from appearances at Japan's Country Gold Festival, three Australian tours and a seven-week residency at Euro Disney.

Refreshments and parking are free. Tickets are $15 general; $10 seniors; and $5 youth. They are available at Video Nites in Fall City; Isadora's in Snoqualmie; and Nature's Marketplace in North Bend.

* For information, call (425) 888-1514 or visit www.snoqualmievalleyartslive.org.

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