Saturday, June 16 - 2:00 pm
Stanton West songs are rootsy, feel-good, and groove driven. His songs are about hope, having fun, being who you are, and relishing the moment. He is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world-traveling troubadour spreading a message about the importance of family, community, nature, and positivity.
“Stanton has the playful nature of a modern day minstrel”
-Ocooch Mountian Music
Folksinger Stanton West sees the world from the perspective of a six-and-a-half-foot tall, left-handed, freckle-faced, red-head. Realizing he would never quite fit the mold, he embraced his uniqueness, picked up a right-handed guitar and started playing it upside-down. This was his first break from creative structures and limitations.
“The New Roger Miller” – WKPO Radio
Stanton has been writing and performing music since his first gig 20 years ago when he played the same Ani DiFranco song over and over—the only song he knew on the guitar at the time—for an hour and a half at a rest stop in VT where he made $150 in gas money for the drive home. He has written plays, musicals, soundtracks to marionette puppet theater, and leads workshops for all ages on creativity.
Stanton West’s new studio album—Songbird—is produced by David Grisman and Jerry Garcia’s long-time percussionist Joe Craven. Each song is a chapter in an autobiographical tale of an injured bird who flees the nest, has many adventures amidst friends and foes, and comes home transformed. This album inspires and reminds us of what is truly important: to follow our dreams, to be fearless when we’re afraid, and to bring out the best in others.
Stanton West is frequently featured on the nationally syndicated Wisconsin Public Radio show Simply Folk. In 2015 he co-starred in a film about jug band music with Garrison Keillor from A Prairie Home Companion.
Stanton has shared the stage with folk heroes Greg Brown, Jack Williams, Anne Hills, Tom Pease, Michael Smith, Chastity Brown, Pieta Brown, johnsmith, The Pines, Trampled by Turtles, The Lowest Pair, and Charlie Parr. He is a regular at the Shawano Folk Festival, Great River Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Mid West Music Fest, The Stoughton Opera House, The Energy Fair, Folk Alliance International, Master of Ceremonies at Boats & Bluegrass Festival, and hundreds more venues across the United States.
He currently resides in the rolling hills and winding rivers of the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin with his family.
Stanton has bicycled from Canada to Mexico, worked for multiple organic farms, lived in 3 different tree houses, and is an avid birder. He collects umbrellas, old suitcases, acorns, and loves narwhals. Learn more