Founder of Western State of Mind
Meet Singer, Songwriter, Performer John Bergstrom
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Meet John Bergstrom
John Bergstrom's Biography:
John Bergstrom is a performer of both traditional and original music from and about the West. Since joining the Western Music Association, he has released his debut CD, "Western State O' Mind," and recently released his second CD, "Throw Down the Box." John has performed at a variety of events including: festivals, coffee shops, restaurants, community fund raising events, and local radio shows. Western music is fun for the whole family. Invite some friends over and host a concert in your home. Contact OutWest's Purveyor of Music for details!
Here are some comments from John about his music:
I'm a child of the West...the far West...Los Angeles. I'm a city kid who has always loved the open spaces. I was raised on cowboy movies and western displays at museums wherever I could find them. I've been involved with music all of my life and have touched Western Music at various times. It's been these last four years, however, in which I focused on this form of traditional music to the exclusion of others.
My first CD, "Western State O'Mind," features an engaging combination of original and traditional songs. "Tiburcio Vasuquez" was a real Californio bandito in the mid 1800s. His most famous exploits happened in what's now the northern part of Los Angeles County up to Monterrey County. He viewed himself a revolutionary according to most sources I read. This colorful figure needed a song.
The poem "1876" comes from a remarkable and important year in U.S. History. A bunch of events took place in the year of our national centennial.
"Western State O'Mind," the title song for this project reflects my pleasure at driving through the Southwest. Yes, I was driving East, but I was still hunting my Western State of Mind.
The growth of Los Angeles has always been fueled by the need of water. The "St. Francis Dam" north of L.A. was intended to save several months of water supply for the city. When the dam collapsed, about 500 people died.
Colonel Goodnight's cattle trail through west Texas ran close to the home of my wife's family in Childress. I've always through it a neat thing to be connected to a piece of history. Hence, "Springtime in Texas."
T.C. Schnebly is credited with founding Sedona, Arizona. We should all be grateful that it isn't named Schneblyville. It was a wise thing to name the new town after his wife, Sedona. This beautiful area has a colorful history in the "Red Rocks of Sedona."
"Latchkey Cowboy" celebrates my childhood watching my heroes on TV. If you're a baby boomer enough, you might relate.
Finally, "Cowboy Waltz" tells my appreciation for the Cowboy Way. If we don't watch out, we might lose it.
Please Note: John has recorded 4 CDs, all available at OutWest. "Western State O'Mind," "Throw Down The Box," "Ghosts and Legends," and his most recent "Butterfield Stage."
Note from our Purveyor of Music:
John participates in two WMA (Western Music Association) local jam sessions. If you live in the Los Angeles area catch him at the monthly Western Music Showcase held the third Sunday of every month at the Autry National Center from 12:00 -3:00 pm. If his touring schedule allows, you'll find him the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at El Trocadero Restaurant in Old Town Newhall from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Great food, great beverages, and entertaining music! Join us there!
2014 SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening with John Bergstrom's Western State of Mind
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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You can almost smell the campfire smoke” say fans of John Bergstrom's performances of both traditional and original songs inspired by history and his travels throughout the West. His ballad of the California bandit Black Bart was featured on National TV on Episode 4, “The Good, The Bad, The Bergstrom” part of the series “The Heart of Western Music.” He performs throughout California and the West on stages in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Providing entertainment for the whole family, John enjoys the intimacy of coffee houses, libraries and private house concerts. John Bergstrom's Western State of Mind, with John Nelson and Gency Brown, are popular crowd pleasers performing at community events, festivals, and Western gatherings near and far. We are glad to have them back OutWest!
Dress up! SCVTV will film and you just may be on TV.
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2013 SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening with John Bergstrom and Western State of Mind
CD Release Celebration and Concert
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This is a special evening with singer/songwriter and performer John Bergstrom as we celebrate the release of his 4th album, Butterfield Stage. Bergstrom is joined by musicians Tom Corbett, Gency Brown, John Nelson, and David Jackson who all performed on the CD. This collection of new songs, mostly penned by Bergstrom, celebrate the West of history, romance, and the Silver Screen. This concert was made possible by our sponsors, SCVTV and the Western Music Association California Chapter.
SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening with John Bergstrom
Filmed Friday, October 1, 2010
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September 15, 2012 It's All About Rattlesnakes and Forever Wild
Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Western singer/performer John Bergstrom stops by and we premiere the title track of his new, soon to be released CD "Butterfield Stage." Western Music Association California Chapter President, Gency Brown, shares exciting news for the "Around the Barn" team!
Andrew Harper, Director of Animal Care at Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary and co-founder of Snakeworx along with Dave Dooros of the local 4H share tips for keeping your dog safe from rattlesnakes. We learn about the local sanctuary for exotics, Forever Wild, and enjoy music by Mary Kaye and Doug Figgs, and bluegrass by the Wimberley Bluegrass Band.
L-R: Nancy, Dave, Bobbi Jean, Andrew. John left for a gig before we could snap his pic!
March 10, 2012 It's All About Singin' and Ropin'!
Western singer/songwriter and performer Terry Brown joins us live in the studio and he's joined by Hilda Machado, trick and fancy roper, who is also his better half. John Bergstrom, local Western musician, joins us and performs his tribute song to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Your hosts are Mike Dowler, Julie Pomilia, and Bobbi Jean. This is a fun, fast paced hour!
Photo: L-R Terry Brown, Hilda Machado, Julie Pomilia, Bobbi Jean, John Bergstrom
October 1, 2011 It's All About STAMPEDE! Live in-the-studio! Nancy, Bobbi Jean, and Mike talk about Wine, Soroptimists, and music. They are joined by Sue Reynolds and Jo Ann Vindigni of the Soroptimists of Greater Santa Clarita Valley who share about their upcoming October 16 event, "The Wine Affair: Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds." Western musicians John Bergstrom, Terri and Steve Taylor of STAMPEDE! perform live.
June 25, 2011
It's All About Making Music AND Telling Stories!
This week's live, in studio guests, are Cowboy Poet Joe Herrington and original singer/songwriters Trish Lester and John Bergstrom. Trish and John share their insights into capturing the stories of your life and how to put them into prose, poetry, or song.
Photo L-R Joe Herrington, Bobbi Jean, Mike, Nancy, John Bergstrom, Trish Lester.
January 29, 2011
It's All About "Ghosts and Legends" and the "SCVChaplin Fest"
Our in-studio guests are Western balladeer, John Bergstrom, with two live original songs off his new CD, "Ghosts and Legends" and local author, and historian, E.J. Stephens talks about Charlie Chaplin, the filmmaker, and the details of the upcoming "SCVChaplinFest" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the release of Modern Times. Photo L-R Bobbi Jean,E.J. Stephens, Nancy, John Bergstrom
July 24, 2010
It's All About the National Day of the Cowboy
Local Western singer/songwriter John Bergstrom joins us live in the studio with Hollywood Trick Horses owners and horse trainers Maria and J.T. Rockwell.
Photo L-R Bobbi Jean, John Bergstrom, Nancy, JT and Maria Rockwell
December 10, 2010
It's All About Music and Heads Up Therapy on Horseback
Local singer/songwriter John Bergstrom joins us in the studio with Deputy Probation Officer Richard Ralston.
Photo L to R
John Bergstrom, Bobbi Jean, Richard Ralston, Nancy
September 19, 2009
It's All About Western Music and OutWest
Purveyors of OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center in Old Town Newhall, Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell, are joined in the studio with their good friend local singer/songwriter John Bergstrom.