Yahoo yodeler

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

The man who put the yodel in Yahoo is coming to Kent this weekend.

The show will be at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center on Oct. 6.

Wylie and the Wild West are a country western band.

"A lot of the covers we do are from the '50s and '60s, original country songs," said Wylie Gustafson, the lead singer.

The band also includes Tim Lashley on the drums, Johnny Pope on bass guitar, and Clayton Parsons on electric guitar.

"Our music celebrates rural American Country music," said Gustafson.

Gustafson grew up on a ranch in Northern Montana, so the country has always been a big part of his life.

"Our music is very heavily influenced by the west, the working, farming, cowboy culture. We're also heavily influenced by the landscape," said Gustafson.

Another hallmark of Gustafson's work is his yodeling. His dad, who would yodel when he was happy, taught him when he was young.

Gustafson yodeled for Yahoo in 1996, and has yodeled for other well-known companies as well.

"There will probably be some yodeling throughout the show," said Gustafson.

They will be recording at the end of October, so the lineup for their upcoming show will focus on older songs with a couple of new ones possibly thrown in.

The band has over 19 successful albums to their name, and have performed at the Bumbershoot festival, the 2014 Superbowl, along with thousands of other venues around the world.

"We try to make a connection with the audience, and give them something unexpected. We try to sing songs they can connect with on some level," said Gustafson.

The band formed in 1989, at the Palomino Club in California, where they got their start alongside other talented musicians.

Tickets will be $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors, and $15 for youths.

For tickets, contact Ronda Billerbeck at 253-856-5055, or

For more information visit

The Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center is located at 10020 S.E. 256 St., Kent.

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