From Way Out West
The #3 Western Single Release of 2006, as voted by the Heartland Public Radio Panel, came from this CD! Listen to it - 'Night Train Down the Yellowstone' - on Track #2. The entire CD starts out with the beautiful 'Nighttime Out On The Range', which Walt and Paula sang as their winning entry in the 2005 Western Music Association Harmony Duo competition. And 'Arizona Wind' - track # 9 - has been chosen as the first tune on the Arizona Cowboy Symposium compilation CD for 2006. We think that Mike Fleming's, 'The Wire And The Rail' is just about the best musical summation of the era of the cowboy - all done in just three well-crafted verses. Check it out on Track #13. And can you identify all the western tunes Marvin O'Dell refers to in the final cut, 'Keepin' It Cowboy' Yes, the western music tradition is alive and well and Trails & Rails feels fortunate to have the opportunity to help carry it on. Walt and Paula have the good fortune to be joined on this CD by Bruce Huntington, who adds his song-writing talent as well as harmony and very tasteful bass playing. (We think that his waltz, 'If You Would Dance With Me' - track #8 - could become a western classic. We always find that the audiences sing along!) *Alert! Just in! (June 2008) Speaking of Bruce, the Top Ten Ballot for the Western Music Association is out and Bruce has been nominated for Songwriter of the Year. (See the notes for the 'Ghosts of Tombstone' CD for more about Trails & Rails' eleven nominations!) You'll also hear the excellent instrumentalist, Ken Wilcox, on guitar and that well-known 'trail instrument' - the autoharp - as well as on lead and harmony vocals. Check out his guitar work on 'Last Steam Engine Train!' Then there's Walt's banjo - what can we say . . . !