‘Along the Oregon Trail’
It officially releases June 21, which is the same day he starts a four-day run of performances at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
“This is my most favorite job all year long,” he said. “Baker City has one of the coolest interpretive centers I’ve seen. You really have a gem there.”
Boycott, 65, lives in Lander, Wyoming. He and his wife, whose stage name is Dr. Jo, are
scheduled for shows June 21-25 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
The center is located five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is $8 adults, $4.50 seniors, and free for ages 15 and younger. Federal passes are accepted.
Boycott and Dr. Jo’s program, “Along the Oregon Trail,” tells the story, through music, of how life was on the Oregon Trail. He plays the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar.
The duo will perform original and historic songs with a multi-media presentation, history and folk stories about the great westward migration.
He also incorporates Native American sign language, which he learned from a friend who lives nearby on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
“I really wanted to make sure that perspective was included,” Boycott said.
He said the sign language “is kind of a forgotten art.”
“It was used as a storytelling tool, not just communication,” he said. “I teach it with the respect it deserves.”
Boycott grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but has lived out west for 37 years. His home in Lander is along the Oregon Trail, near South Pass.
Although he doesn’t travel as often as he did in the past, Boycott does many educational presentations in Wyoming about the history of the west and the history of the state.
“I do a lot of libraries, museums and schools,” he said.
They do some performances when visiting family in Michigan and New Mexico, focusing on their “History of the West” program.
“And in that we do the Oregon Trail,” he said. “We have a lot of fun.”
Boycott and Dr. Jo are winners of the Western Music Association Harmony Duo Award and perform in many other venues of western and traditional music.
To stay updated on programs at the Interpretive Center, visit www.oregontrail.blm.gov, like the Facebook page, or call 541-523-1843.