Studio Cover Session: Rod Gilstrap sings “Poncho and Lefty,” made famous by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — When it comes to music, Rod Gilstrap, local musician, says his sound comes out country more often than not.

“The stuff that I write mostly comes out country,” Rod Gilstrap told KID NewsRadio. “You know, some of it comes out a little bit different than that, but for the most part it’s country.”

Gilstrap’s life as a musician had a good start, he said. After landing some big performances, Gilstrap told KID NewsRadio he discovered he didn’t like what a mainstream musicians’ life offered.

“A few years back I spent some time really putting a lot of time into music and I played, you know, quite a few big shows and I found that it just kind of wasn’t really for me. So, I got a real job and now I just kind of go at my own pace, and then I try to surround myself with people…that are fabulous musicians.”

Now, Gilstrap is releasing his second album and on Friday, January 4, he appeared on KID NewsRadio’s Studio Cover Sessions singing, “Poncho and Lefty,” made famous by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

“It’s one of the best country songs of all time,” Gilstrap said. “I figured if we were going to do a country song, why not do one of the best?”

You can watch Gilstrap’s full performance below.

KID News Radio Studio Cover Sessions – Rod Gilstrap “Poncho and Lefty” Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

KID News Radio Studio Cover Sessions presents Rod Gilstrap & Company performing “Poncho and Lefty” by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard. Featuring Shelby Murdock and Colter Wilson Follow Rod @RodGilstrapMusic rodgilstrapmusic.com Filmed and edited by Dallan Babb

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“Rod Gilstrap is a contemporary country singer/songwriter based in Wyoming with a knack for writing melodic and emotional songs and smooth frontman’s voice with which to sing them. His latest release, Cavalier, is a mostly acoustic effort that takes advantage of the minimal arrangements employed and keeps listener’s attention squarely focused on Gilstrap’s lyrics, characters, and stories.