dogname (15K)

front cover (77K)

A Few Notes

I was carrying on a conversation recently with the autumn wind. We were laughing and joking together when the wind turned suddenly, dancing around me and swirling about my head, and with the coolness of the season, came and whispered to me. "Do you want to know what I think?"

With the passing of a breath, in much too short a time for me to respond, the wind said, "I think you're becoming an old dog."

"Fine," I said. "I could think of worse things to become. I've always been rather fond of old dogs. They don't try to be something they're not and they love just for the sake of loving. They become old in time and body but their hearts are forever young."

"Let's play," said the wind. "I'll toss you a flutter of leaves or a stick from that tree. We can chase them around and around and forget about everything else.

"No, not now," I replied. "I've got a lot of work to do -later perhaps or maybe sometime tomorrow."

"Do you want to know what I think?" asked the wind. "I think that you still have a long way to go."

Many thanks, as always, to all of the musicians who played on this album. They are forever my friends.

Thanks to my wife, Karen, for her support and for being there. Her photographs have graced many of my album covers. She would deny being a photographer, but I would disagree.

Thanks to my son, Bowen, an artist, musician and filmmaker. He plays rings around me on the guitar and is a fine songwriter, as well. He joins me on the song, Cody.

Artistic note: The cut I entitled Cotten Pickin' is a medley of two songs written by Elizabeth Cotten—Freight Train and Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie. Elizabeth Cotten played the guitar upside down and backwards, using her thumb and index finger to pick the strings. This unusual style became known as "Cotten Picking." I also play the guitar in that style and so for this particular recording, I am playing the guitar as she would have played it, hence the title,

Finally, many thanks to the folks at Red House for keeping the faith and helping in a big way to keep the music alive.

—Bill Staines

 

The Songs and The Players
Song titles link to lyrics

Old Dogs

Words and music by Bill Staines
Copyright 2006 by Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines…...............vocals, guitar
Brian Wood................lead guitar
Mike Walsh...............bass
Oisin McAuley............violins
Billy Novick...............whistle

That's My Song

Words and Music by Barbara and George Tomsco
Copyright Dundee Music BMI
Bill Staines................vocal, guitar
Mike Walsh...............bass
Guy VanDuser...........lead guitar
Larry Luddecke.........organ

Great Dream From Heaven

Traditional / Joseph Spence
Additional lyrics by Bill Staines
Bill Staines..................vocal, guitar
Guy Van Duser.............guitar
Mike Walsh..................bass
John Curtis..................mandolin
Billy Novick..................soprano sax
Larry Luddecke.........organ

Cody

Words and Music by John Stewart
Copyright Little A Music and Unichappell Music Inc BMI
Bill Staines.....................vocal, guitar
Bowen Staines...............lead guitar

Sweet Wyoming Home

Words and Music by Bill Staines
Copyright Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines...............vocals, guitar
Brian Wood.............guitar
Mike Walsh..............bass
Stuart Schulman.......violin
John Curtis...............dobro
Larry Luddecke.........piano

Lone Star Hotel Café

Words and Music by Guy Clark
Copyright World Song Publishing Inc/Warner Chappell Music, Inc ASCAP
Bill Staines.......................vocal, guitar
Brian Wood..................guitar
Guy Van Duser...............electric guitar
John Curtis.....................dobro
Mike Walsh.....................bass
Stuart Schulman..............violin
Larry Luddecke...............piano
Stingy Lapel..................accordian, percussion

Uncle Sam

Words and Music by Norman Blake
Copyright Nannor Music BMI
Bill Staines......................vocal, guitar
John Curtis.....................banjo
Stuart Schulman............fiddle
Billy Novick.....................alto sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, whistle
William Russell..................brass, percussion

Mama Lou

Words and Music by Larry Murray
Copyright EMI Unart Catalog Inc and Prodigal Son Music BMI
Bill Staines....................vocal, guitar
Brian Wood.................guitar
Mike Walsh..................bass
Stuart Schulman...........violins
John Curtis...................dobro
Larry Luddecke.............piano

Savannah

Words and Music by Bill Staines
Copyright 2007 by Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines..................vocals, guitar
Guy Van Duser............lead guitar
Mike Walsh.................bass
Larry Luddecke...........piano
John Curtis..................mandolin
Oisin McAuley.............violins

The Heavens And The Years

Words and Music by Bill Staines
Copyright 2007 by Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines.....................vocal, guitar, piano
Brian Wood...................guitar
Mike Walsh.....................bass
Larry Luddecke...............organ
Billy Novick......................soprano sax
Stingy Lapel....................percussion

Cotten Pickin'

(Freight Train / Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie)
"Freight Train" Words and Music by Elizabeth Cotten, Paul James, and Frederick Williams
Copyright by Piccadilly Music Corporation and Sony/ATV Song LLC BMI
"Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie" Words and Music by Elizabeth Cotten
Copyright by Vastopol Music BMI
Bill Staines.............vocal, guitar

Andie's Air

(Insrtrumental)
Music by Bill Staines
Copyright 2007 by Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines....................guitar
Guy Van Duser.............guitar
Oisin McAuley...............violins
Billy Novick....................whistle

Once We Walked

Words and Music by Bill Staines
Copyright 2006 by Mineral River Music BMI
Bill Staines..................vocal, guitar
Brian Wood................guitar
Guy Van Duser............lead guitar
Mike Walsh..................bass
Billy Novick..................clarinet
Larry Luddecke............keyboards

Old Dogs

RHR CD 208
Produced by Bill Staines and Larry Luddecke
Executive Producer—Eric Peltoniemi
Cover Design—Bowen Staines
Layour and other design—Eric Peltoniemi
Photography—Karen Elrod Staines
Album Concept—Bill Staines

Recorded May 14th-22nd, 2007 at Straight Up Studios, Arlington, MA.

Recorded by Larry Luddecke
Mixed by Larry Luddecke and Bill Staines
Mastered by Chris Frymire, Modern Minstrel Mastering, Minneapolis, MN

Red House Records recordings are found in fine stores throughout the world, and are available on the internet or by mail via the Red House catalog.


To Bill's Discography Page     To Bill's Home Page     Buy this CD


Page design by David N. Pyles
DNPyles@acousticmusic.com
acousticmusic.com