Rick Bass

Rick Bass is the author of twenty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Where The Sea Used To Be, as well as the editor of the anthology The Roadless Yaak. Bass lives with his family in northwest Montana's million-acre Yaak Valley, where there is still not a single acre of designated wilderness. The award-winning author and environmental activist has lived in the Yaak Valley for over 20 years. Well known as a chronicler of the western wilderness, the Yaak Valley in particular, Bass records in lush, Thoreau-like detail the passage of seasons and the natural world, and reflects on raising young children immersed in the wild.

Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., the son of a geologist, and he studied petroleum geology at Utah State University. He grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1987, he moved with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, to the Yaak, where he works to protect his adopted home from roads and logging. Rick serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.

He won the 1995 James Jones Literary Society First Novel Fellowship for his novel in progress, Where the Sea Used to Be. He was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2006 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks. He was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award (autobiography) for Why I Came West (2009). He was also awarded the General Electric Younger Writers Award, a PEN/Nelson Algren Award Special Citation for fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. His latest novel, Nashville Chrome, is the fictional story of a family of country singers. 

Rick Bass and Stellarondo will be performing at the Blue Room of the Masonic Temple on Saturday April, 14th at 7 p.m.

Excerpt on parenting: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Rick-Bass-on-Parenting/1
Interview with Rick Bass: http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/interviews/bass.php

Rick Bass and Stellarondo's spring shows will kick off the group's quest to play a full show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2013.  A documentary crew led by Doug Hawes-Davis of High Plains Films will film the event, and a full documentary chronicling Bass and Stellarondo's "Road to the Ryman" is in the works. 

About Rick Bass and Stellarondo:

"Rick Bass and Stellarondo mesmerized the audience from the first note to the last vibrations of the weeping saw. Start with the haunting voice and lyrics of Caroline Keys, throw in an astonishingly versatile and talented band, and then mix that up with the poetic story-telling of Rick Bass, and I can confidently say that I've never tasted such a beautiful ensemble of art. It's a magic recipe."  - Brian Schott, founding editor, Whitefish Review

"Stellarondo's music is utterly unique: a cutting-edge blend of orchestral folk and rock with splashes of bluegrass and country.  When the band hooks up with an expert storyteller, Rick Bass, the performance is mesmerizing.  You hear one story in the music and one in the narration that, somehow, weave together to form something wonderful and new." - Cherie Newman, Montana Public Radio

"Rick Bass is a national treasure."  -Carl Hiassen

"Bass's language glistens with the beauty of the landscape he evokes.” San Francisco Chronicle

"One of this country's most intelligent and sensitive short story writers." New York Times Book Review

"Stellarondo is the sound of the new Western frontier." -Joe Nickell, Missoulian

"Fresh possibilities is what Stellarondo is all about, from its crystalline lyrical imagery to its imaginative soundscapes conveying the expansiveness of Big Sky country." -Marga Lincoln, Helena Independent Record

"High Lonesome meets subterranean post-apocalyptica." -Joe Nickell, Missoulian

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