A former Winterset resident will perform at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Clayton Ryan, known by the stage name of The Singing Mountain, was raised in Winterset. Ryan graduated from Winterset High School in 2014. He has since become a professional musician, as both a classical bassist and Iowa singer-songwriter, performing in the Des Moines Art Festival, Covered Bridge Festival, numerous Iowa Public Radio performances, and in cities across the Midwest.
Songs of lessons learned, sublime experiences, and snapshots of blue collar life are wrapped up in shades of Western folklore. He is an active freelancer as a studio musician, songwriter, promoter, and orchestral bassist, and simply wishes to use these skills to make people forget about the ailments of everyday life.