Somewhere in the Middle of Wyoming
Every member of this group has lived and loved the ranch lifestyle, even though they have had to let go of the old ways and the laid back business of cows, horses, haying and irrigating in the hot sun. "Heaven knows we never thought we would ever go into a studio and record an album, it just happened", laughs Cindy Argyle, little blonde wife of bass player, Kurt "Snoose" Argyle. "Snoose", born and raised on the family ranch in Randolph, Utah, looks the part of every long legged, red mustachioed cowboy you ever read about in a Louis L'Amore western novel. Cindy sings and plays percussion. She loved visiting grandpa, in Rock Springs, and doing cowboy things with him. Both of them enjoy the cowboy life, and helping out, while visiting Snoose's brother. Brian Arnold, born 100 years too late, gifted with the ability to pen a poem or a song which paints a picture so real, you can almost smell the bacon or hear the horses whinny, sings lead vocals. He writes most of the original material, and lends body to the songs on the album with good solid rhythm guitar work. He's a good cowboy, looks the part, and works cattle like he was born to. Laurie Morgan, Brian's cousin, grew up with farm animals, around dairy cows and had her own horse for as long as she can remember. She was born to sing and music has always been a part of her life. Her father sang with the Utah famous Four R's and she sang with him many a time in church and family gatherings. Bud Brown has been a horseman all of his life. He enjoys the horses that he and his wife own and ride, as well as the cattle drives and the simple cowboy life, that it brings. Bud played drums in high school and now plays drums for the Saddlestrings. Unfortunately, Laurie and Bud were not members of the Saddlestrings when we recorded this first album, but we fixed that with our second and third albums. Jodi Thackeray, originally from Pendleton, Oregon, truly is a cowgirl in every sense of the word and the newest member of the SaddleStrings. She, and her husband Dave, train and show horses and both have extensive experience with the western lifestyle. Jodi plays fiddle, sings, and yodels. She's played music since she can remember with her family in Pendleton, where her dad still runs a little saddle shop called Severe Bros. Saddlery. We were lucky enough to have her featured on our third album.