Bill Staines

The Second Million Miles

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A FEW NOTES

Sometimes it feels that my life has been measured more by the songs I've written and the miles I have driven than in actual years. But then, we all know that the years must also pass with the miles. During the time I was driving my second million miles, I recorded six albums for Red House. There were highs and lows in life's journey, old friends and new friends, a time when I learned to fly, a time to leave home for a tour, but then, also a time to return. Through all of this, music has remained that one constant measure by which I have been best able to convey my heart's feelings to others.

I recorded two family albums, "The Happy Wanderer" and "One More River," and with those recordings, I returned to my traditional roots for many of the songs.

I traveled to Texas to meet new musical friends and recorded "Going To The West" and "Looking For The Wind" in an old tin barn down a hill country road. I can still feel the warm breath of the evening breezes, smell the sweet scent of the hay, and see a big old Texas moon floating silently across the night sky. They were magical times and we knew they were special.

Between the years 2001 and 2004 two albums, "October's Hill" and "Journey Home," were recorded and released. My intent was that these recordings represent a musical cross section of my life to date. I included songs written by old friends from my coffeehouse days of the Sixties and Seventies, some of my favorite traditional tunes, and original songs that related my feelings about music, life, friends, and home.

"The Second Million Miles" is a collection of tracks from all of these albums.

My many thanks go to the musicians along the way who have all been wonderful, to the folks at Red House who have given me the support and the freedom to express myself in the music world, and as always, to my family, who have also felt the miles.

Bill Staines, New Hampshire, May, 2005

DEAR FRIEND 3:47

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording OCTOBER'S HILL • RHR CD 139 (released in 2000)
Bill Staines - vocals, guitar, keyboard • Brian Wood - lead guitar • Mike Walsh - bass •
Larry Luddecke - piano • Jeanie Stahl - background vocals • Stingy Lapel - percussion
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

THE PHILOSOPHER'S SONG 3:11

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording JOURNEY HOME • RHR CD 176 (released in 2004)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, keyboards • Mike Walsh - bass • Larry Luddecke - piano
Produced by Bill Staines, co-produced and recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Dp Studios, Arlington

JOURNEY HOME 4:13

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording JOURNEY HOME • RHR CD 176 (released in 2004)
Bill Staines - vocals, piano • Brian Wood - guitar • Mike Walsh - bass • Stuart Schulman - violins •
John Curtis - electric guitar • Billy Novick - whistle • Stingy Lapel - drums
Produced by Bill Staines, co-produced and recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Studios, Arlington

CHILD OF MINE 3:34

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording GOING TO THE WEST • RHR CD 56 (released in 1993)
Bill Staines - lead vocal, guitar • Melissa Javors - vocal duet, harmony • Randy Glines - bass •
Brian Wood - guitar, high-string guitar, accordion • Paul Pearcy - shaker • John Hill - cabasa •
Gene Elders - violin • David Webb - piano
Produced by Brian Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded by John & Laurie Hill,
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredericksburg, TX

FOUR LITTLE SAILORS 3:00

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording THE HAPPY WANDERER • RHR CD 53 (released in 1993)
Bill Staines - vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass • Guy Van Duser - guitar, high piano
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

AUTUMN WALTZ (THE WIND RIVER TURNAROUND) 2:26

instrumental (music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording GOING TO THE WEST • RHR CD 56 (released in 1993)
Gene Elders - violin • David Webb - piano
Produced by Brian Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded by John & Laurie Hill,
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredericksburg, TX

WHERE DOES THE LOVE GO 4:32

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording LOOKING FOR THE WIND • RHR CD 79 (released in 1995)
Bill Staines - vocal, synthesizer 8 Brina Wood - guitar • Randy Glines - bass • Ron Erwin - drums
Riley Osborne - piano • Gene Elders - violin • Frank Kammerdiener - cello • Arty Passes - pedal steel
Mickie Merkins - harmony vocal • Loma - harmony vocal
Produced by Brina Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded by John & Laurie Hill
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredricksburg, TX,

LOUISIANA STORM 3:53

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording "Bridges" • RHR CD 25 (released 1989)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar • Guy Van Duser - guitar
Produced and recorded live by Steve Smulian at the Coffeehouse Extempore, Minneapolis, MN

PRAIRIE IN THE SKY 4:10

(words and music by Mary McCaslin, © Folklore Music, ASCAP)
From the recording JOURNEY HOME • RHR CD 176 (released in 2004)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, keyboard • Guy Van Duser - guitar, electric guitar • Mike Walsh - bass •
John Curtis - mandolin, Dobro® • Billy Novick - soprano sax
Produced by Bill Sraines, co-produced and recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Studios, Arlington, MA

WHEN I HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY 3:54

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording OCTOBER'S HILL • RHR CD I 39 (released in 2000)
Bill Staines - vocal, piano • Hillary Foster - violin • Stuart Schulman - violin • Nadine Trudel - cello • William Russell - oboe
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

LEATHERWING BAT 3:59

(traditional)
From the recording ONE MORE RIVER • RHR CD 111 (released in 1998} .„: :
oBill Staines - vocals, guitar, keyboard • Guy Van Duser - guitar • Stuart Schulman - violin •
Mike Walsh - bass
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, .Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

SONG FOR TINGMISSARTOQ 4:20

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording LOOKING FOR THE WlND • RHR CD 79 (released in 1995)
Bill Staines - vocal,, synthesizer • Brian Wood - guitar. • David Webb- piano
Frank Kammerdiener - cello • Randy Glines - bass
Produced by Brian Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded and mixed by John Hill,
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredericksburg, TX

CROSSING THE WATER 3:23

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording GOING TO THE WEST • RHR CD 56 (released in 1995)
Bill Staines - lead vocal, guitar, synthesizer • Brian Wood - 12-string guitar • Randy Glines - bass
Ron Erwin - drums, bodhran • Paul Pearcy - tambourine, cymbals • Melissa Javors - vocals •
Mickie Merkens - vocals • John Hill - vocals
Produced by Brian Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded and by John & Laurie Hill,
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredericksburg, TX

SO SANG THE RIVER 3:53

(words and music by Bill Staines, © Mineral River Music, BMI)
From the recording ONE MORE RIVER • RHR CD 111 (released in 1998)
Bill Sraines - vocals, guitar • Stuart Schulman - violin • Larry Luddecke - piano • Mike Walsh - bass
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

DISTANCES AND MILES 4:48

(words and music by Bill Staines., © Mineral River Music, administered by Bug Music, BMI)
From the recording GOING TO THE WEST • RHR CD 56 (released in 1993)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar • Brian Wood - guitar, high-string guitar, accordion • Randy Glines - bass •
Paul Pearcy - percussion • Gene Elders - violin • David Webb - piano. • Paul Sweeney - mandolin
Produced by Brian Wood for Woodworks Productions • Recorded and by John & Laurie Hill,
Loma Ranch Studios, Fredericksburg, TX

LITTLE BROWN DOG 4:01

(traditional)
From the recording THE HAPPY WANDERER • RHR CD 53 (released in 1993)
Bill Staines - vocals, guitars, keyboard • Mike Walsh - fretless bass • Stuart Schulman - violin
Produced by Bill Staines • Recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Music, Arlington, MA

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING 3:50

(traditional Shaker hymn)
From the recording JOURNEY HOME • RHR CD 176 (released in 2004)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, keyboards • Billy Novick - whistle
Produced by Bill Staines, co-produced and recorded by Larry Luddecke, Straight Up Studios, Arlington

THE SECOND MILLION MILES produced by BILL STAINES and ERIC PELTONIE
Remastered for this compilation by CHRIS FRYMIRE, Modern Minstrel Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Cover photography and western landscape pictures by MICHAEL JOHNSON (www.michaeljohnsonphotography.com)

Photographs of Bill Staines and lake landscape by KAREN ELROD STAINES

Layout and design by ERIC PELTONIEMI

Visit Bill's website: www.acousticmusic.com/staines/

Also by BILL STAINES on Red House Records -
Journey Home (RHR 176) • October's Hiil (RHR 139) • One More River (RHR 111) • Looking For The Wind (RHR 79) • The Happy Wanderer (RHR 53) • Going To The West (RHR 56) • Bridges (RHR 25)

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