Joe West will play Gayville Hall May 22

Joe West will play Gayville Hall May 22 Joe West returns to South Dakota on Saturday, May 22, for an 8 p.m. concert at Gayville Hall in Gayville.�

A songwriter, singer and recording artist who defies easy classification, West has gained a cult following and national airplay with songs like South Dakota Hairdo, the title track of his latest CD.�

The former South Dakotan from Aberdeen earned a BFA in acting at USD in 1991 before taking off for New York City, where he lived seven years.� He acted in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theatre and played at some of the Big Apple's most famous music venues, including CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, and The Bitter End.

West moved to Austin in 1998 and became a fixture in local clubs, opening for big-name acts with his band, Joe West and the Sinners.�He was named "Best Male Vocalist" in the Austin Chronicle's 2000 readers' poll.

West moved back to the town where he was born, Santa Fe, NM, four years ago, and started performing with an alternative-country style band and bluegrass instrumentation.�

He recorded his 2002 CD, The Lamp Sessions, partially at the Cowgirls Hall of Fame music club, where he is a regular feature.�His band includes Yankton native Derek Zelenka on lead guitar.�

Frogville Records released West's newest CD, South Dakota Hairdo, in 2003. In it, West returns often to a more rock oriented sound. The label also re-released West's earlier CD, Trip to Roswell, New Mexico.

Both are available at the concert or online at frogvilleplanet.com.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville.� Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for a reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.

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