LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Wyoming native Ian Munsick has never shied away from sharing the influence of his homeland and its people in his music. Known for his ability to transport people to the west by way of his sawing fiddle and coyote cries, Munsick is now giving his sophomore album White Buffalo a cinematography debut with its companion documentary White Buffalo: Voices of the West, premiering Wednesday, Dec. 6 during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The documentary expands on the album’s concept, with the white buffalo representing a sacred symbol for the plains tribes of Native America, its return signaling prosperity and rebirth. Delving into conversations with Pro Buckin’ Horse producer and entrepreneur from the Blackfoot Tribe, Dougie Hall; rancher, horse trainer and actor from the Crow Tribe, Stephen Yellowtail; and cowgirl from the Blackfeet Nation, Sammy Jo Bird; together with Munsick, they explore the modern-day relationship between cowboys, ranchers and Native American tribes, and how they often rely on each other to live off the land out west.
“Some of the best kept secrets are out there, thriving, where the prairie meets the mountains,” Munsick states. “I was lucky enough to be born and raised in the heart of cowboy country, mostly untouched by the outside world. It’s a culture where Cowboys and Native Americans are one in the same. I’ve always wanted to use my platform to help shed light on what’s been hidden for decades, so naturally Voices of the West was a great way to convey an important message, while artistically collaborating with a people who rarely get the opportunity to have their voices heard.”
Following the premiere, Yellowstone actor and enrolled member of the Lakota Nations Mo Brings Plenty will moderate a panel discussion between Munsick, Hall, Yellowtail and Bird, alongside director/cinematographer from the Tohono O’odham Nation Cam Mackey and producer Caroline Munsick.
“For centuries, our horse nation relatives carried my ancestors on their backs and continue to in these modern times. It can be said they are responsible for our existence today,” says Brings Plenty. “American Indians, cowboys, ranching, and rodeo are deeply rooted in this country’s history, culture, and the enduring spirit of the American West, and through Ian’s lens, a historical story of growth, camaraderie, respect, humility, and the importance of creating allies with communities other than our own — organically through our shared love of our four-legged relatives — will appear for audiences of all ages.”
The event is sponsored by Wrangler; Boot Barn; Musket Powder Seasoning; Big Horn Bison Ranch; Southern Recipe Small Batch Pork Rinds; Sheridan Travel & Tourism; Montana Silversmiths; Lone River Beverage Company, and Pendleton Whisky.
Munsick released his full-length sophomore album White Buffalo earlier this year, earning accolades from Billboard, American Songwriter, People, MusicRow and more. Grammy.com remarked, “Munsick’s ability to turn his Western upbringing into relatable sentiments is the epitome of what makes him special… his passion for his homeland — from the culture to the people — rings through in both the lyrics and the musicality.”
Munsick’s solo version of “Long Live Cowgirls,” which he performed at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest and on stadium appearances supporting Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour, is now playing on country radio. His headlining The Buffalo Roams Tour is currently underway, featuring a rotating lineup of special guests including Randall King, Triston Marez, Catie Offerman, Jake Worthington and Chancey Williams. Visit www.ianmunsick.com for tickets and more details.
About Ian Munsick
A native son of Wyoming, Ian Munsick is painting a stampeding, spirited portrait of the American West with his sophomore album White Buffalo, out now. The 18-track album spans unfiltered tales of romance and ranch life, hard-working anthems with honkytonk hooks and mountain-time odes to family and forever-young fun. It builds upon the spacious roots-pop beauty he introduced on his major label debut, Coyote Cry. Over the past three years, the 30-year-old has accumulated nearly half a BILLION global streams and a host of accolades. He has been named an “Artist to Watch” by Spotify, CMT, Fender, MusicRow and more. A seasoned entertainer, having grown up tending cattle by day and playing music in a family band each night, Munsick toured recently alongside country music superstars Morgan Wallen and Cody Johnson, and will serve as direct support for select dates of Lainey Wilson’s Country’s Cool Again tour in 2024. Beyond his noteworthy professional accomplishments, he has also become both a husband and a father. Now the Warner Music Nashville recording artist and multi-instrumentalist is representing his home, and its special cast of people, like never before. The first release from White Buffalo, standout duet “Long Live Cowgirls” (with Cody Johnson), hit No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 30 Countdown, was named one of Amazon Music’s Best Country Songs of 2022 and recently received RIAA Gold-certification alongside “Long Haul” off his debut album Coyote Cry; while Munsick’s solo version of “Long Live Cowgirls” impacted country radio on Oct. 23. Fans of Ian Munsick will always find an open heart, natural awe and plainspoken honesty as he rides on… bringing the West to the rest.
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