The Wild Coyotes

Southeast Idaho is sparse, high desert country west of the rocky mountains of the great divide where coyotes roam. It is a place where musicians of any particular idiom are few and far between. Traditional old-time, cowboy, and western swing music can be found, but there is no dominant indigenous musical tradition. The environment fosters an open, diverse community of musicians playing traditional music. Music parties here often include all of these styles mixed and mingled. The Wild Coyotes bring all of this variety together to make The Coyote sound – stringband music old and new.

The Wild Coyotes are four good friends living in southeast Idaho that come together to play music, melding their diverse musical backgrounds and interests. The Coyotes create tight harmonies and driving instrumentals as they play old-time fiddle and banjo tunes and songs from old and new sources. The Coyotes will bring you a program spanning a wide variety of traditional American-roots styles. Old time, classic and contemporary folk, and cowboy genres are set to classic old-time string band instrumentation with exciting vocal harmonies.

In addition to concerts and entertainment for festivals, banquets, weddings, or other special functions, the Wild Coyotes join with top regional dance caller Dave Cottle of Salt Lake City to provide exciting contra, square, and circle dances. Dave has a magical way of encouraging even the most reluctant so that even groups with no prior dance experience can have a memorable evening. Dancing to the music of the Wild Coyotes with Dave calling is fun, good exercise, and a great time!

The Wild Coyotes placed fifth in the Traditional Band Contest at the 2013 Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Cliff Top, West Virginia. The Wild Coyotes have recorded three CDs: Across the Great Divide, Tunehead’s Fancy, and thier latest Coyote Tracks. Joe Dobbs, host of the West Virginia Public Radio Show “Music from the Mountains,” has featured Across the Great Divide on his program. Joe says, “I really like this CD. We’ve got a lot of response for it. People told me they think it’s the best old-time CD they’ve heard.”

The Wild Coyotes began in 2002, when fiddler/mandolinist/singer Vince Crofts decided it was time to start playing with nearby friends singer/guitarist Sallie Sublette and banjoist Rick McCracken. The Wild Coyotes are Vince Crofts (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), Rick McCracken (fretless and fretted banjo, vocals), Sallie Sublette (guitar, vocals) and Carrie Bean (bass, vocals).

Personnel

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Carrie
Carrie
Vince
Vince
Sallie
Sallie
Rick
Rick