Two years ago, a good friend of mine visited Montana and returned with some music by a folk singer named David Walburn. Apparently, he sang songs about mountains, Big Sky Country, a cabin, the American West, fishin‘, and bears – needless to say, a few of my favorite things and perhaps yours as well. I tossed it in the CD player and, simply put, was hooked. Since I always enjoy hearing new music and a good story, I’m passing this along.

As the story goes, after graduating from college and tiring of the 9 to 5 grind, Walburn and three friends set out from Georgia and traveled 4000 miles west to the Alaskan wilderness to build the cabin of their dreams. And they did that just that, using only hand tools, the WV way. (These guys could swing a Pulaski and saw logs with the best of ’em!) Here’s the story and the song:

Looking to nature to simplify life, Walburn finds the inspiration for his music in the wilderness, and now travels the country performing at schools and venues, telling the story of Lewis and Clark’s famous wilderness expedition, and encouraging young people to follow their dreams, as he has his, having worked “every job imaginable” in the process to support his music career. He’s also a regular during the summer at the Many Glacier Park Hotel in Glacier National Park; if you’re in the area, you may want to check him out.