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Streaming live from her ranch in Northwestern South Dakota, join writer & folk-singer Eliza Blue with special guest Todd Larson of Eclectic Wreck for a special Facebook Live performance on July 9 at 7:00 pm MT. Eliza will be sharing songs as well as stories from her new book “Accidental Rancher.”
The concert will stream for free on the Matthews Opera House Facebook page. You can follow or view our Facebook page at the link below.
About “Accidental Rancher”
When Eliza Blue first moved to northwestern South Dakota, she didn’t plan on staying long. After all, the singer/songwriter had spent most of her adulthood hopping from place to place. But then she fell in love with a Perkins County rancher — and the land, the wind, the livestock and the giant blue expanse of a West River sky.
Now the former urbanite tackles her daily duties on the ranch — bottle-feeding bum lambs, milking her dairy cow, Rita, and wrangling two young children — while somehow finding time to contemplate and write about life on the high plains. In Accidental Rancher, Blue shares a collection of these writings, bringing a new voice and a musician’s grace to the culture of rural America.
About Eliza Blue
Eliza Blue is a shepherd, writer & folk-singer. In addition to her weekly column ‘Little Pasture on the Prairie,’ which is carried by eleven different print publications, she is a regular contributor to South Dakota Public Radio and Prairie Public Radio with her monthly series: ‘Postcards from the Prairie.’ Her first book, Accidental Rancher, a collection of essays about her transition from urban musician ranch wife and mother, is out now.
In her 15 years of performing, Eliza has worked and played with Billy Talbot (Crazy Horse), Dessa, Charlie Parr, Channy Leanaugh (Roma di Luna & Polica), & fellow Dakotan Jami Lynn, just to name a few. Other highlights include performances at SXSW, Red Ants Pants, CMJ, and Sioux River Folk Fest.
After years on the road as a traveling musician, Eliza now works in regenerative agriculture raising fiber sheep and grass-fed cattle with her husband and two children.