Neyla Pekarek, a Denver native, received her music education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began playing with local folk band the Lumineers, performing on their Grammy-nominated debut and follow-up album. Tonight’s program, Rattlesnake, is inspired by the life of Colorado pioneer Rattlesnake Kate, who was infamous in the 1920s for her death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration. This collection of songs was written from love letter correspondence Kate kept with Col. Charles D. Randolph, a.k.a. Buckskin Bill.