Friends, family and admirers of one of Montanaâ€™s most well-known environmentalist-singers gathered on Saturday, August 20 in the Big Sky Town Center to celebrate the life of Walkinâ€™ Jim Stoltz in a manner he would have appreciated: In the mountains, with music.
Nationally known artists Dakota Sid Clifford, Earth Mama Joyce Rouse, Kate Bennet, Emmaâ€™s Revolution, and Alaskan troubadour Susan Grace Stoltz are just some of the musicians who took to the stage in the new Town Center pavilion to share their songs of the Earth. They were joined by Montana performers Bluebird Sky, Prairie Wind Jammers, Keith Hammer (photo above) and Cowgirl Poet Buzzy Vick in the free all-day event, billed â€œForever Wild 2011.â€
The Forever Wild memorial was a way to both honor Jimâ€™s life and continue his vision. Concert-goers had opportunities to donate to MUSE and its new scholarship fund, Kid for the Wild, which is intended to help kids spend time in the outdoors through assistance with camp or outdoor expedition expenses.
Listen to an interview with Walkin’ Jim, set to dozens of his wonderful photographs of wildlife and wild country!