"I've found myself listening to a wonderful songwriter who is really making a name for himself in the Folk scene".
-Simply Folk, National Public Radio
"Stanton does such an amazing job working with students. He was inspirational. He inspired creativity and Love of performance. He has an awesome ability to write songs. I absolutely Loved working with him"
-Tomorrow River Songwriters School
"I learned more about myself than I ever imagined."
"I want the world to see him. I want the world to hear him. I want the world to see his work. In whatever capacity because I find him to be a brilliant songwriter and just a great human being. His creativity and nature are fun to be around... and enlightening. He is the type of guy who can change peoples lives"
Stanton West is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, playwright, puppeteer, and world traveling troubadour from Wisconsin.
He is frequently featured on the National Public Radio show Simply Folk. In 2015 he co-starred in a film about jug band music with Charlie Parr and Garrison Keillor. He has won many songwriting awards including the Roots & Bluegrass Festival, KVAMA, and Great River Folk Festival Contests where he now sits on a panel as a contest judge.
Stanton has shared the stage with songwriting greats Greg Brown, Trampled by Turtles, Chris Thile, Los Lobos, Dead Horses, Todd Snider, and hundreds more. His songwriting has been compared to John Hartford, Roger Miller, Harry Nilsson, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine.
Stanton's most recent studio album, Songbird, is produced by David Grisman & Jerry Garcia's long-time percussionist Joe Craven. Each song is a chapter in an autobiographical tale of an injured bird who flees the nest, has many adventures amidst friends and foes, and comes home transformed. This album inspires and reminds us of what is truly important; to follow our dreams, to be fearless when we're afraid, and to bring out the best in others.
Stanton host's a video blog of Songwriter Interviews where he asks professional songwriters to share their secrets to writing compelling songs. He has helped hundreds of songwriters find their voice as a songwriting instructor for the Driftless Folk School, WEGA Arts, Tomorrow Rivers School, Midwest Music Fest and more. He is a founding board member of the Wisconsin Roots Music Cooperative.
He has bicycled from Canada to Mexico, worked for multiple organic farms, has lived in 3 different tree houses, and is an avid birder. He collects umbrellas, old suitcases, acorns, and loves narwhals.