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Look past this cowboy's steely stare
For he's the spirit of truth, of love and prayer
He rides this land so we can forever know
Of his past that still lingers from long ago

                                                                   from "The Ghost Rider"

 

An exciting representative of "the next generation," Tammy Gislason, 2003 AWA "Rising Star," is winning the hearts and the loyalty of fans from Alberta to Abilene.

About Tammy Gislason

Selected Poetry and  Lyrics

Recording

Tammy Gislason's Web Site and Contact Information


About Tammy Gislason

Tammy Gislason, born and raised in Innisfail, Alberta, Canada, has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of 5 as a singer, musician, yodeler, songwriter, dancer, actress and children's entertainer.

She began her singing career by performing top 40 Country, but her heart just wasn't in it, so she decided to go "back to her roots" and  began writing and performing Western Music.  She hasn't looked back since!

In March of 2002, she released her debut album "Sunshine Cowgirl" and launched her website www.tammydee.com.  Both have been receiving attention locally and  internationally.  Her songs have been featured on award winning radio programs such as JJ Bleu's "Western Swing Wednesday's," "Swinging West" with Mike Gross, Hugh McLennan's "Spirit of the West" and "The Oklahoma Company Cowboy Hour" with John and Dutis.  

In fact, her CD reached number 6 on the Sunset Network Information Services Western Music Charts and both her song and "Sunshine Cowgirl" reached number 6 on the Sunset Network Information Services Western Singles Chart and the song "Prairie Range" reached number 8!  

Tammy has become a familiar face in the cowboy and western music circuits.  Whether it's a performance as Tammy Gislason or as her cousin "Tammy Pearl," you will be sure to enjoy some top notch western entertainment.   (Read more about Tammy below...)

In July, 2003

Tammy Gislason

was named the

"Rising Star"

by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA)

 

Selected Poetry and Lyrics 

In The Wind

Snow

The Senorita's Song

The Ghost Rider

A Cowgirl's Prayer

 

 

In The Wind

This is Zane Grey inspired.  I started writing this as a poem and it turned into a western ballad.  I have just finished recording it for a compilation CD co-ordinated by Mike Puhallo from Kamloops BC that I'm very excited to be included in. The title of the CD is "Knockin' Down Fences" and will be released in March, 2004.

Nestled in the valley of the great and wide unknown
Was the man I swore to love, the man I called my own
He wore a star for all to see, from fear he did not hide
He walked a straight and narrow path, beneath the western sky

In a quiet little town, we settled for a spell
Why the air was thick with danger, time would only tell
Then one night the word blew in that a challenge had been laid
The fastest outlaw in the west would be here in a day

In the wind we felt a chill sweep the land  Wild fires raged as the devil kicked the sand
We knew good or evil would make a lasting stand  Would it be honor, would it be sin
whispering in the voices of the wind ...

Although I knew it had to be, it chilled me to the bone
But I swallowed back my worries and I tried to live in hope
This was the life we chose to live and now the time had come
For him alone I would be strong, and no we would not run

It was the perfect picture, a lawman of the west
Knowing in that moment, he would put a man to death
Suddenly the sky turned black, the outlaw had arrived
With a look of hate and pure contempt in his beady eyes

In the wind we felt a chill sweep the land  Wild fires raged as the devil kicked the sand
We knew good or evil would make a lasting stand  Would it be honor, would it be sin
whispering in the voices of the wind ...

With out a word they stood their ground, the stage had now been set
And a hush fell upon the crowd, and oh how my heart leapt
All at once the shots rang out in simultaneous tone
Both men fell and as I watched, it made my blood run cold

I ran out to the man I loved, not knowing of his fate
And I saw in death the outlaws features still were etched with hate
I know this may be callous but for him I did not grieve
This was the life he chose to live, now outlaw rest in peace

In the wind we felt a calm sweep the land
The angels prayers were answered with the falling of that man
They reveled in the fact that good had made a final stand
It was honor that had broke the trail of sin
It still whispers in the voices of the wind  ...

2003, Tammy Gislason

 

Snow

This is a song I wrote while stranded for two days in Revelstoke B.C. I was trying to get back home to Alberta after the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March 2003.  The roads were completely blocked in all four directions with snow from avalanches, and I was literally surrounded by a swirling sea of white.  All I could do was wait it out at the mercy of the storm.

The snow is playing tricks with my mind
Telling me I must be blind
For when I turn to find my path
a sea of white is all that's left
How am I to make it through this storm

My horse is getting tired and weak
I can't hardly seem to move my feet
I've only got two miles to go then at last I will be home
If I can only make it through this storm

Chorus
I long to see the leaves of green
A dawning day, a bubbling stream
I wanna hear a robin sing
Oh Lord can't you help me live to see the spring

The wind seems to take my breath away
Swirling 'til I'm in a daze
Burning me with every gust
like the searing desert dust
Oh please help me make it through this storm

Chorus
I long to see the leaves of green
A dawning day, a bubbling stream
I wanna hear a robin sing
Oh Lord can't you help me live to see the spring

My horse is getting tired and weak
I can't hardly seem to move my feet
I've only got two miles to go then at last I will be home
If I can only make it through this storm
Lord please help me make it through this storm

2003, Tammy Gislason


The Senorita's Song

I wrote this one for the Academy of Western Artists, 2003 Will Rogers Awards Show in Fort Worth Texas  and performed it with the Dave Alexander Band.

Across the desert plains a vaquero rode along
Among the sand and cactus in the evening calm
Content with the freedom every cowboy knows
The freedom of being alone

Silhouetted on a mesa something caught his eye
A wild untamed beauty, she took him by surprise
He rode a little closer and before too long
He heard the Senorita's song

Chorus
Yodel eh eeeeeeeeee  rrr..  ah ha ha  Yodel oh o dee
I can make you fall in love with me

He tried to run away, find a place to hide
Suddenly he lost his will, she had him hypnotized
He felt he was falling in a hopeless trance
And so began the passion of their dance

The rhythm of the land, the beating of their hearts
Emotions undeniable lighted with a spark
The flames of love ignited, forever burning strong
And it started with the Senorita's song

Chorus
Yodel eh eeeeeeeeee  rrr..  ah ha ha  Yodel oh o dee
I can make you fall in love with me
I can make you fall in love with me

2003, Tammy Gislason


Dave Alexander and Tammy Gislason

The Ghost Rider

This song came to me while walking out in a foggy pasture one chilly August evening.  when out of nowhere at horse thundered past me.  It scared me half to death but it inspired my very first poem!

In the frosted chill of the midnight air
Sounds the echoing gallop of rider and mare
Nobody knows from where he came
This ghost of a cowboy who rides the range

Many have feared and run from his path
But one night I dared to face him and ask
As the clock struck midnight, my eyes closed to pray
When they opened, I saw him coming my way

I couldn't move, I was frozen in time
The vision's still branded in my mind
Of the land before man ruined with lust
By turning green pastures to concrete and dust

I felt his pain, and understood his grief
For I know of his sorrows and share his beliefs
I read in the lines etched in his face
That sacred land is not meant to waste

So, If you're ever out walking after twilight's glow
And the midnight air becomes still and cold
And the land is quiet and all seems at rest
And you see a figure coming from the west

Look past this cowboy's steely stare
For he's the spirit of truth, of love and prayer
He rides this land so we can forever know
Of his past that still lingers from long ago

  2001, Tammy Gislason


 

A Cowgirl's Prayer

The Como Picton Rodeo Team in Texas has adopted and uses "A Cowgirl's Prayer"!

Here's a cowgirl's prayer to the big Cowboy upstairs
That he'll grant me peace in my heart
To keep evil away, let goodness stay
And allow me to do my part

For I am like a small seed in God's prairie
Where the soil is rich in His ways
And the shining sun is made of His love
Nurturing me with its rays

It's here that I'll grow through rain or snow
In whatever life may bring
And it's here that I'll rest upon my death
Til I'll hear those angels sing

And on that day, that glorious day
With my joy that overflows
I'll celebrate and I will praise
Because at last I'll be home

2001, Tammy Gislason 

 


Recording

Sunshine Girl

Ordering details track samples, and more are on line at 
at Tammy Gislason's web site.

knockinmp.jpg (89332 bytes)  An outstanding compilation, Knockin' Down Fences, includes Mike Puhallo, Tammy Gislason, Matt Johnston, Kraig Jodrey, Ray Goguen, Bodie Dominquez, Aimee Pettersen, and Bud Webb

This showcase of fine writers and musicians includes both experienced old hands and new young talent (Aimee Petterson is just 15 years old and was nominated as Female Vocalist of the Year by the BC Country Music Association).  

Among the standouts are Matt Johnston's "We Are the Sons and the Daughters;" "Fifty's Just a Number," written by Mike Puhallo and put to music and performed in a masterful piece by Bodie Dominquez; Mike Puhallo's "Rock 'n Roll Cowboy" followed by Matt Johnston's "Old Flat Top Guitar"; Tammy Gislason's "Senorita's Song"; Kraig Jodrey's "One More Rodeo"; Mike Puhallo's poems with skillful music backups, especially "Dog Creek," "Springtime on the Ranch," and "The Dream Team of the Cariboo"; and the final piece, Mike Puhallo's "Firestorm and Courage," an inventive meld of poetry and sound. 

Careful thought went into the ordering of the pieces and the entire production results in a perfect mix of music and poetry. 

Contents:

We Are the Sons and the Daughters, written and performed by Matt Johnston
Prairie Moon, written and performed by Tammy Gislason
I Owe You Bob, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Carry on the Tradition, written and performed by Kraig Jodrey
Bob Jesson, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Old Jack, written by Ray Goguen/Doug Messmer, peformed by Ray Goguen
Fifty's Just a Number, written by Mike Puhallo/Bodie Dominquez, peformed by Bodie Dominquez
Rock 'n Roll Cowboy, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Old Flat Top Guitar, written and performed by Matt Johnston
The Tender Trap, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Senorita's Song, written and performed by Tammy Gislason
Dog Creek, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Spring Time on the Ranch, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
One More Rodeo, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Becca Fly, written by Kraig Jodrey, performed by Kraig Jodrey and Aimee Pettersen
Good Together, written by Garry Strawford, performed by Bud Webb and Aimee Pettersen
In the Wind,written and performed by Tammy Gislason
Cowboyin' Ain't No Holiday, written and performed by Kraig Jodrey
Bulls Don't Care, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
The Dream Team of the Cariboo, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Winter in the Rockies, written and performed by Mike Puhallo
Spirit of the West, written and performed by Matt Johnston
Good to Go, written by Steve Alexander, performed by Bud Webb
Firestorm & Courage, written and performed by Mike Puhallo

Contact Mike Puhallo for order information.

 

More About Tammy Gislason (continued from above)

Tammy has headlined  many for many western events such as the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Alberta Women in Country Music, Penticton Peachfest, Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Ivan Daines Country Music Pick-nic., Western Music Association in Wichita Kansas, Fire Benefit with Gary Fjellgaard, Pincher Creek Cowboy Gathering, Medicine Hat Live Music Club Western Concert, Drumheller Passion Play Theatre, O'Keefe Ranch, Pemberton Cowboy Jamboree, Stavely Cowboy Gathering, Coalhurst Cowboy Gathering, Ridge Mountain Opry, Rainbow Country Opry,  Wild Rose Opry, Cowtown Opry,  Maple Creek Cowboy Festival, Harvest Moon Country Corn and Music Festival

The highlight of of Tammy's western career to date was when she performed at the 2003 Will Rogers Awards in Fort Worth Texas and then awarded the "Rising Star of the Year Award."

She has just finished 3 recordings for a compilation CD that Mike Puhallo will release in the Spring of 2004 featuring Mike Puhallo, Gary Fjellgaard, Matt Johnston, Bud Webb and the Outriders, Kraig Jodrey and Tammy Gislason.

She is in the process of recording a new western CD for release in the fall of 2004.

 

Move Over Tammy Gislason, Here comes Tammy Pearl

Another new face to watch for is "Tammy Pearl."  She claims to be a descendant of the late great "Miss Minnie Pearl" from Grinders Switch.  She is on a mission to catch a feller with her familiar opening of "Howww-Deeeee!!!!," corny jokes and yodeling. The audience's reaction to this lady on stage wearing her tablecloth dress, matching red tap shoes and wide-brimmed hat, with the price tag still on, it is tremendous.  Tammy Pearl is here to stay...at least as long as the fellers will let her!



Tammy Dee and Friends

Tammy Dee and Friends is a fun filled children's variety program filled with down home foot stompin' hand clappin' entertainment with solid family values.  She will take you into her world filled with music, puppetry, balloon animals, comedy, creative movement, dance and storytelling.  Her varied, and adaptable shows are best suited for for western family venues. Shows are varied, and she has many characters and talents for you to chose from to suit your venue:

Tammy also offers workshops that can be incorporated into your festival or event.  Her workshops include simple native and western crafts, music and balloon animals. She also offers writing workshops for children to learn the art of storytelling and cowboy poetry.

Tammy Gislason's's Web Site and Contact Information

 

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Tammy Gislason
3730-51 Avenue,
Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
T4G 1H6

403-227-5373
403-391-1131 Cell
gislason@shaw.ca

Visit Tammy Gislason's web site for more about her, her music, schedule, photos, her children's entertainment, testimonials, links...and much more..

 

 

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