Music with Bruce Anfinson Thursday Evening @ MSHA Fall Convention
“Montana’s Musical Ambassador” — that’s what the Bozeman Chronicle called Bruce Anfinson. With the state’s natural wonders and rich cultural heritage portrayed so well in his songs, it’s a well-deserved title.
Bruce Anfinson grew up along the Missouri River, in Great Falls, Montana, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. His father loved to sing old Sons of the Pioneers tunes as well as classics by Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold and the like. Bruce was nine years old when his father bought him his first guitar and he learned to accompany his dad on these old tunes at family reunions and friendly get-togethers. He started writing a few songs as a teenager and later found that music is a great vehicle for traveling and seeing the country.
Bruce now lives near Helena, Montana. He has built his own home and state-of-the-art recording studio, where he makes recordings and raises huckleberries, horses and children, but as the Great Falls Tribune said, “What…Bruce Anfinson cultivates best are music and good times.” Anfinson’s five recordings Ballad of Minnie and Pearl, Handmade Saddle, Huckleberry Hill, Home is Where Montana Is, and A Cowboy Christmas attest to that. Anfinson often writes and performs songs about a universal subject: Food! He is known throughout the country for singing food tunes, such as Fresh Bread, Huckleberry Hill, and Homegrown Tomatos. His shows are filled with wonderful story telling and bad jokes, as well as his original and traditional songs.
The August 2018 edition of Big Sky Journal features an article on Bruce: “Local Knowledge: Home Is Where Montana Is”.