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2013.11.23: Chuck Pyle

posted Oct 13, 2013, 3:48 PM by   [ updated Nov 27, 2013, 6:42 AM ]

   Chuck Pyle
Admired as a sly humorist and an innovative guitarist, Chuck Pyle has performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, and at Bill Gates' home. He's had his songs recorded by John Denver, Chris LeDoux, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Jerry Jeff Walker. He sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost & love found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical."


Chuck Pyle performs his song, "Jaded Cowboy," at the Mountain Acoustic Music Association concert in 2009.


Chuck Pyle plays "Affected by the Moon" at the Gig Harbor Folk Festival in 2006. Video by joelsamuelpresents.


Chuck Pyle has won high praise from both fans and peers alike throughout an inspired performance career of over 40 years. When reviewers first gave him the "Zen Cowboy" moniker, he decided to, as he says, "Always ride the horse in the direction it's going," and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. 

An accomplished songwriter, Chuck's songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing, "Cadillac Cowboy," recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and "Jaded Lover," recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.


Jerry Jeff Walker plays Jaded Lover.


Chris Ledoux's version of "Cadillac Cowboy,"
a song written by Chuck Pyle. "Cadillac Cowboy" was originally featured on 1988's Chris Ledoux and the Saddle Boogie Band album. It also appeared on Western Underground, LeDoux's major-label debut album released in 1991 for Liberty Records.

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