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Bill Staines - October's Hill

Bill Staines

October's Hill

Liner Notes

October's Hill
(A few notes)

October is a time of harvest, of apples and cheese, pumpkins and wood smoke. October is the birth month of the author Thomas Wolfe. It is a time of color; reds and golds, yellows and brilliant oranges.

The arrival of the month signals the winding down of another year when memories fly into your heart and you ask: Who am I? and How did I come to travel so far in such a short time. What is it that I know? and How much have I truly learned in my life?

You look at the road that rises before you and you ask: Is there anything that I have done truly important in the great scheme of things? And then, What is beyond this October's Hill?

I look forward to each day's mysteries and possibilities and do believe that having something, anything at all to look forward to in one of the great driving forces of life.

I know that there will be music ahead, just as there has always been music. Just as the beautiful old hymns and the songs of the Carter family have filled my life so far, so shall that life be filled with all the music yet unheard.

There will be the dearest of friends ahead just as there have been the dearest of friends gone by. There will be times of love and tears beyond October's Hill and, as evidenced by each blessed, brightening sky, there shall always be the newest of days.

Many thanks to all the musicians who played on this recording and to all of the folks at Red House Records for their continuing faith. Thanks to Anna Ellendman for her idea for "Dear Friend." Thank you to my family for holding up the light against the darkness when it falls, and as always a great thanks to those who take the time to listen.

Bill Staines
Talkeetna, Alaska
October 1999

Produced by Bill Staines

Executive Producers
Bob Feldman & Eric Peltoniemi

Recorded and Mixed by Larry Luddecke
at StraightUp Music, Arlington, MA

Mastered by David Glasser
Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO

Photography by
Larry Marcus

Layout & Design by
A Man Called Wrycraft, Toronto, ON

Album Concept - Bill Staines

Musicians

  • Bill Staines
  • Guy Van Duser
  • Brian Wood
  • Mike Walsh
  • Larry Luddecke
  • Stingy Lapel
  • John Curtis
  • Stuart Schulmann
  • Hillary Foster
  • Nadine Trudel
  • Jeanie Stahl
  • William Russell

String Choir Arranged & Conducted by Bill Staines

Also by Bill Staines on Red House Records

RHR 111 One More River (family album)
RHR 79 Looking For The Wind
RHR 53 The Happy Wanderer (family album)
RHR 56 Going To The West
RHR 25 Bridges

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RHR CD 139

Photo of trees

Dear Friend

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, keyboard
  • Brian Wood - lead guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • Jeanie Stahl - backgroung vocals
  • Stingy Lapel - percussion

On the Road Again

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, piano
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • Larry Luddeke - organ
  • John Curtis - electric guitar
  • Stingy Lapel - percussion

Some Distant Hill

  • Bill Staines - vocal
  • Guy Van Duser - guitar

The Games People Play

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, piano
  • Guy Van Duser - guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • Larry Luddeke - keyboards
  • Stingy Lapel - percussion
  • Jeanie Stahl - background vocals

Virginia's Reel

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
  • Brian Wood - guitar
  • Mike Walsh - drums
  • Stuart Schulman - fiddle

Love's Been Good to Me

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
  • Brian Wood - lead guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • Larry Luddecke - piano
  • Stingy Lapel - percussion

More trees

Ghost Towns

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
  • Brian Wood - lead guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • Larry Luddecke - piano
  • John Curtis - mandolin
  • Stingy Lapel - percussion

Old City Jail

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
  • Brian Wood - lead guitar
  • Guy Van Duser - guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • John Curtis - mandolin
  • Stuart Schulman - violin

Gold Watch & Chain

  • Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
  • Brian Wood - lead guitar
  • Guy Van Duser - guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass
  • John Curtis - mandolin
  • Jeanie Stahl - vocals

When I Hear the Music Play

  • Bill Staines - vocal, piano
  • Hillary Foster - violin
  • Stuart Schulman - violin
  • Nadine Trudel - cello
  • William Russel - oboe

An Afternoon at Cohans

Instrumental, Music by Bill Staines © Mineral River Music
(administered by Bug Music)
  • Bill Satines - piano
  • Guy Van Duser - guitar
  • Mike Walsh - bass

All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Bill Staines - vocal
  • Larry Luddecke - piano
  • Hillary Foster - violin
  • Stuart Schulman - violin
  • Nadine Trudel - cello

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