Bob and I are excited – our latest project is on its way to us right now! Up Hurricane Creek is our first songwriting-based CD in eleven years. We released Seeing Things in 2005 with original songs and traditional tunes. In 2011, we made the winter song and holiday CD Light the Winter’s Dark, that had a little bit of original material, several Appalachian carols and some cover songs. Then in 2013, we recorded Dulcimer Moon, with more instrumental music and fewer vocals, and a couple of originals, but all songs and tunes had the mountain dulcimer in common.
So we are thrilled to release a CD with eleven of my own songs written over the past few years, plus the Loudendale mandolin instrumental that Bob instigated… and two songs from our dearly departed songwriter friend, TR Ritchie. We had some fantastic guest musicians helping us out in the studio: David Vallelunga (Chico, CA) on accordion, Mark Eubanks (Enterprise, OR) on bassoon and contrabassoon, Caleb Samples (Joseph, OR) on fiddle, Matt Bell (New Orleans) on swing rhythm guitar, Roger McGee (Enterprise, OR) o
n Native American flute, and William Pint & Felicia Dale (Marysville, WA) on hurdy gurdy, uke and vocals. Other wonderful vocalists on the project included Tracy Spring (Bellingham, WA), Sharon Porter (La Grande, OR), Janis Carper (Enterprise, OR) and Carolyn Lochert (Lostine, OR).
The CD features songs of place and story songs, moon songs and songs about ticks and hummingbirds. There’s the gripping story of Helga Estby, who walked across the US in 1896 in
the hopes of saving her family farm. There are songs about our Wallowa County home and a song to travel home by. Three tracks are new, improved versions of the ones I contributed to the Songs From the End of the Road compilation CD: In Wallowa, Traveler, and Keep an Eye on the Moon. For the entire list, find Up Hurricane Creek on our Books & CDs page. Lyrics and notes appear on their own page (see list on home page). Check out the Listen tab on the home page for a couple of new songs you can preview.
Bob did a great job on all the recording, mixing and mastering, with the exception of Pint & Dale’s tracks recorded at David Lange Studios in Edgewood, WA. Cover photography was shot by Ellen Morris Bishop, showcasing the beautiful scenery of the Wallowa Mountains and Hurricane Creek itself. Bob’s photo of a winter moonrise graces the inside panel. Graphic design was ably done once again by Janis Carper. CDs are available by mail order and at all of our concerts.