Every year, the Chico Basin Ranch brings a variety of campfire-influenced musicians to share the stage with each other for attendees to fully embrace the western lifestyle. The concert
finds ways to not only connect communities between long winding dirt roads of 87,000-acre ranches throughout the southeast of Colorado Springs, but also completely submerge you in a culture that is bigger than one might think. This year's acoustic ballads begin July 8th, under mason jar-lit-chandeliers — an appropriate substitution for the city lights.
The lineup consists of three country/folksinger songwriters,the first being Slaid Cleaves. For more than 20 years, Slaid has been known to capture concertgoers with his dark and shadowy songs, and lyrical content that dives deep into growing up and the harsh realities of life, “I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would be poorer without him." Stephen King mentions on Cleaves album, Every Thing You Love Will Be Taken Away,
Although Cleave's touring life may be hectic at times,he and his wife visit a camp site in Maine every year after a busy touring schedule, that can only be traveled to by boat, to enjoy a much more simple life style.
Corb Lund, a Canadian cowboy, returning to Chico Basin for his fifth time, has a blues country sound, and has been praised by NPR and The Washington Post
for his strong country songwriting style and, tastefully written lyrics that are comical yet serious.
Matt Skinner, a close friend of Lund's who's a Colorado native, shares a similar Texan country influence when it comes to writing music. Skinner sings in a deep tenor vocal style about love and the relatable pains of life as he tells you stories that resonate in the heart.
The concert will benefit Chico Basin education center, located on the family-run ranch, which hosts 3000 guests a year, teaching students about modern ranching, bird identification cattle management, nature journaling and more.
Saturday, July 8th, 6 p.m., 22500 Peyton Highway, South Colorado Springs, Co, 80928