Montana Matters Concert

July 22, 2009

Missoula, Mont. (July 22, 2009) -- Missoula native and country music great Shane Clouse will be the headliner when Montana Matters presents Songs of Montana: Concert and Jam Session Friday, September 18 at 7pm at the Wilma Theater in Missoula. The concert is a benefit and public debut for the Montana Matters campaign, a collaboration for conservation between the Montana Wildlife Federation and the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF).

Montana Matters aims to preserve Montana’s rich and storied past, its vibrant history as the embodiment of the Wild West, while at the same time ensuring the state’s abundant wildlife and magnificent forests, fields, lakes and streams are preserved for generations to come. Additional information about Montana Matters can be found at www.montanamatters.com.

Clouse, an ardent outdoorsman who was born and raised in Missoula and lives in Lolo with his wife, needed little convincing to lend his voice, literally, to the campaign.

QUOTE FROM SHANE— Why does Montana Matter to me?

I was born and raised in Montana with a strong background in agriculture. For that reason I have a perpetual love for growing things and maintaining the pristine beauty that Montana provides us all.

Why did I literally lend my voice to Montana Matters?

I am a member of the Montana Wildlife Federation and a supporter of the Wildlife Film Festival so it was an easy transition to lend my voice to help out both organizations.

The youngest of eight children, Clouse started singing on the hearth of his family’s farm house and won his first singing contest at the age of five. Since then his talents have taken him to stages across Montana and around the world. He and his band Stomping Ground were named Montana’s “Best Country Act” in 2005. His latest solo CD, “Good Thing Going On” is due out this fall and he has also released “Songs of Montana,” a compilation of songs donated by Montana artists to benefit the Montana Matters campaign. Along with singing and songwriting, Clouse is a hockey player, rugby player, agriculture advocate, an avid outdoorsman, and conservationist.

Several of those who donated songs for the CD, including Tom Catmull, John Floridis, Jess Kilroy and Bob Wire, will be appearing with Clouse at the Songs of Montana concert