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Wagon Tracks
     

Wagon Tracks

by Red Steagall
 

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When most Americans think of the west, they think of Wyoming, or Colorado, or California. The Wagon Tracks of Red Steagall's westward journey, however, begin in Ireland, where thousands left in search of a dream or simply a bite to eat. Many never stopped moving ("Through the Cumberland Gap") while others settled until conflicts, like the invasion of the south

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When most Americans think of the west, they think of Wyoming, or Colorado, or California. The Wagon Tracks of Red Steagall's westward journey, however, begin in Ireland, where thousands left in search of a dream or simply a bite to eat. Many never stopped moving ("Through the Cumberland Gap") while others settled until conflicts, like the invasion of the south by carpetbaggers following the Civil War, pushed them onward ("Gone to Texas"). While Steagall's musical vision of the west doesn't abandon the romance of chasing the setting sun, he does remember the displacement of the Native American and the genocide of the buffalo ("The Last Buffalo"). After a long stop in Texas ("Out on the Texas Plains" and "Texas Bein' Texas"), Wagon Tracks heads for Nebraska ("My Nebraska Homestead") and up the Oregon Trail ("We Danced on the Oregon Trail"). Steagall & the Boys in the Bunkhouse rely on fiddles, acoustic guitars, and light percussion to deliver spare, tasteful arrangements. They reach the end of their 6,000 mile trek with "My America," a nice variation on "This Land Is Your Land." Wagon Tracks offers an in-depth portrait of westward expansion and will be warmly embraced by lovers of the open plains.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351606129
catalogNumber:
6061

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Performance Credits

Red Steagall   Primary Artist
Tom Morrell   Dobro
Richard O'Brien   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Indian Flute
Reggie Rueffer   Fiddle
Danny Steagall   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Kevin Taylor   Drums
Mark Abbott   Upright Bass
Tim Alexander   Squeezebox
Richard E. "Badger" OBrien   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Indian Flute

Technical Credits

Red Steagall   Liner Notes
Nuclear Assault   Composer
Richard O'Brien   Producer
Rich O'Brien   Producer
Richard E. "Badger" OBrien   Producer

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