Bill Staines

Journey Home

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In my musical life I have lived in only a few places but looking back, it seems that I have had many homes. With "Journey Home," my twenty-fourth recording. I wanted to put together a collection of songs that would, in a way. take me back to some of those homes.

I grew up in the Boston-Cambridge folk music scene in the nineteen-sixties. It was home to coffeehouses like The Club 47 and The Unicorn. In Boston, on Charles Street alone, there were three or four clubs that presented live folk music almost every night of the week. It was a wonderful time for the music and for the musicians who performed at these places. These coffeehouses were home to me, both as a listener and as a performer. I sat and listened to players like Lisa Kindred, The Lilly Brothers, Mississippi John Hurt. and Jackie Washington. Much of the music was based on traditional songs and so my earliest influences came from those beautiful old ballads and stories. Songs like "Pretty Saro" and "Stewball", "Shenandoah" and "Tell 0l Bill" became the foundations my musical life.

As the years passed, I found another home with the songwriters of my generation, so many of which sang at those same coffeehouses. The songs of Tom Paxton and Buffy Saintc Marie, Tim Ilardin and others, found their way onto my set lists. There were the local writers as well; Paul MacNeil who wrote. "Love Was Easy," Canadian Bruce Murdoch who wrote "Rompin' Rovin' Days," Bill Madison, and Leonda. Out of these times, places, and people came my own songs. Still, those musical roots remain important to me.

I found another home with friends along the road. fellow writers and musicians, and with the songs that they wrote about the things that matter. 1 always loved Mary McCaslin's song "Prairie in the Sky." She claims that it is her own view of Heaven. Not a bad one at that. "Journey Home," I guess, is my own effort to put into music what might be my last passage to that final place. But there is, after all. a home in all of us where we are at the greatest peace. It is where the heart dwells and it is a song in itself. It is a song made up of all songs and to this home, at the end of the day, I will return. Bill Staines New Hampshire June, 2004

Bill Staines
New Hampshire
June, 2004

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Produced by Bill Staines
Co-Produced by Larry Luddecke
Executive Producer: Eric Peltoniemi

Recorded at Straight Up Studios, Arlington, Massachusetts
Recorded and Mixed by Larry Luddecke
Album Concept by Bill Staines
Layout and design by Eric Peltoniemi
Cover Photography by Michael Johnson www.michaeljohnsonphotography.com
Photographs of Bill Staines and window by Bowen Staines

Song Titles Link to Lyrics

Rompin' Rovin Days

By Bruce Murdock (ASCAP) © Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corporation (BMI)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, organ
Brian Wood - guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
Guy VanDuser - lead guitar
Stingy lapel - drums

Stewball

(traditional)
Bill Slaines guitar, vocals
Brian Wood . lead guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
John Curtis - Dobro, mandolin
Stuart Schulman - violins
John Curtis - Electric Guitar
Larry Luddecke - piano
Stingy Lapel - drums

Journey Home

By Bill Staines. © 2004 Mineral River Music (BMI)
Bill Slaines piano, vocals
Brian Wood . guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
Stuart Schulman - violin
John Curtis - electric Guitar
Billy Novick whistle
Stingy Lapel - drums

Hobo's Lullaby

By Goebel Reeves. © 1962 Fall River Music (BMI)
Bill Staines - guitar, vocal
Mike Walsh - bass
Brian Wood - guitar
Stuart Schulman - violin
Larry Ludecke - piano
Stingy Lapel - percussion

Bound For The Promised Land

The Pioneer Hymn by Samuel Stennet, 1787
Bill Staines - guitar, vocal
Brian Wood - guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
Guy VanDuser - lead guitar
Larry Luddecke - accordion
Stingy Lapel - drums

A Rancher Turns 80 / The Years

By Bill Staines, © 2004 Mineral River Music (BMI)
Bill Staines - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Lurry Luddecke - piano
Stingy Lapel - drums

The Piney Wood Hills

By Buffy Sainte-Marie. © 1965 (Gypsy Buy Music. Inc. c/o Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Bill Slaines guitar, vocals
Brian Wood . guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
Guy VanDuser - lead guitar
Larry Luddecke - accordion
Stingy Lapel - drums

Love Was Easy

By Paul MacNeil © 1970 Warner Bros. Music Corp (ASCAP)
Bill Staines guitar, vocals
Brian Wood . guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
John Curtis - electric guitar
Stuart Schulman - violins
Billy Novick - alto sax
Larry Luddecke - piano, organ
Stingy Lapel - drums

The Philosopher's Song

By Bill Staines © 2004 by Mineral River Music (BMI)
Bill Staines guitar, keyboards, vocals
Mike Walsh - bass
Larry Luddecke - piano, organ

Tell Ol' Bill

From Carl Sandburg's Ameriacn Songbag
Bill Staines - vocal and guitar

Prairie In The Sky

By Mary McCaslin, Folklore Music (ASCAP)
Bill Staines guitar, vocal, keyboard
Guy VanDuser - guitar, electric guitar
Mike Walsh - bass
John Curtis - mandolin, Dobro
Billy Novick soprano sax

Pretty Saro

(traditional)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar
Guy VanDuser - lead guitar

How Can I Keep From Singing

(Traditional Shaker Hymn)
Bill Staines - vocal, guitar, keyboards
Billy Novick - whistle

To all of the musicians who played on this recording, for their energy, talent, and especially for their friendship, I offer my profound thanks.

"A Rancher Turns 80 / The Years" was written for John Bishop, Oregon rancher, lover of the land, and civic leader, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.

Also by Bill Staines on Red House Records:
RHR 139 October's Hill' 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 - R11R 25 Bridges

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