All Inyo All The Time

Listen to all seven of my cyber-cds

It's 11 hours, 50 minutes and 30 seconds-worth of acoustic music

Contents for All Inyo All The Time:

Streaming Inyo

 It's All Free

 Guitars I Used

 CD #1

 CD #2

 CD #3

 CD #4

 CD #5

 CD #6

CD #7

 My Other Pages

My Email

Streaming Inyo

For a streaming m3u playlist of all 300 selections of my acoustic guitar playing placed on the Internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. Simply click on that link and all 264 musical selections will play in order of their appearance on the web--from the first of my seven music CDs ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, "Inyo 7." Complete running time is 11 hours, 50 minutes and 30 seconds.

All That Legal Stuff--It's All Free Music

And now for the legal matters. Here's the lowdown--You have my permission to download any or all of the songs for your personal, noncommercial use only (all of my recordings here are of course copyrighted). In other words, you may--(1) download any or all of the performances to your computer's hard drive for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (2) burn any or all of the renditions here to a CD for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (3) record any or all of the performances to a cassette tape for personal, noncommercial use only. OK, legal disclaimers are here and now finished, concluded, ended...you get the idea, I'm sure.

 Guitars I Used

(1) 1976 Martin D-35 (6-string); (2) 1970 Stella 12-string; (3) 1952 Martin O-18 (6-string); (4) 1998 Sigma DMISTCE (a cutaway 6-string, with pickup; a subsidiary of CF Martin); (5) pre-1975 Orlando nylon (6-string).

Liner Notes and links for CD #1

The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire of Inyo

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6-string guitar

Running Time: 79:20, with standard 2-second pause between tracks

Selection #1: Blowin' In The Wind (The classic composition by Bob Dylan; done in quasi-bluegrass-style; the cover by famous folk group Peter, Paul & Mary climbed to #2 in the US in 1963. Recorded February 5, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:35

Selection#2: And I Love You So (Composed and originally performed in 1970 by Don Mclean, who also wrote the Classic Pop/Rock anthem, "American Pie;" Perry Como's cover of "And I Love You So" rose to #29 in the US in 1973. Recorded August 5, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 3:06

Selection #3: Please Please Me (Written by Beatle, John Lennon; first #1 song for The Beatles in the UK, 1963; peaked at #3 in the US in early 1964. Recorded January 9, 2004; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:00

Selection #4: The Lonely Bull (One of the most famous instrumentals of the Pop-Rock Era. The first commercial, chart success for Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass, reaching #6 on the US Pop charts in the late Fall of 1962--composed by Sol Lake. Recorded January 30, 2005; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:04

Selection #5: Pomp And Circumstance (A famous tune known as The Graduation March in the US; composed by Edward Elgar in 1901; used at virtually every High School graduation ceremony every year throughout the United States. Recorded February 22, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:26

Selection #6: The Sounds Of Silence (#1 in the US for Simon And Garfunkel in 1965; penned by Paul Simon. Recorded July 18, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:47

Selection #7: If I Fell (Composed by Beatle, John Lennon; one of his most beautiful and enduring tunes; appears on the third album The Beatles released in the US, "Something New," 1964. Recorded in April 29, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 1:58

Selection #8: From Four Until Late (A classic Blues composition by the legend himself, Robert Johnson--a song he recorded in Dallas, Texas, on June 19, 1937; Rock and Blues great Eric Clapton helped repopularize "From Four Until Late" when he sang lead on a version with supergroup Cream for the 1966 album, "Fresh Cream." Recorded August 10, 2000; 1976 Martin D-35) 1:30

Selection #9: Telstar (One of the great instrumentals of the Rock-Pop Era. #1 in the US for the Tornadoes, 1962; written by UK independent record producer, Joe Meek. The first television pictures broadcast across the Atlantic on July 11, 1962, had inspired Joe Meek to create the instrumental as a tribute to the Telstar satellite. Recorded December 3, 2003); 1976 Martin D-35 2:40

Selection #10: (Daisy Bell) Bicycle Built For Two (The famous Tin Pan Alley song penned by Harry Dacre in the 1890s. Film buffs might recollect that Hal the computer, in Stanley Kubrick's classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey," actually begins to sing "Bicycle Built For Two" while being shut down by one of the astronauts. This was somewhat of an inside joke, as a matter of fact; seems that the very first computer programmed to imitate human speech sang "Bicycle Built For Two" during its initial test run. Recorded November 7, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:27

Selection #11: (I'll Never Find) Another You (The classic composition by Tom Springfield, a song that the Australian folk group The Seekers took to #4 on the US Billboard charts during the Spring of 1965. American Country star Sonny James took the song to #1 on the US Country Music charts in 1967. Recorded December 28, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:41

Selection #12: Walk Away Renee (The Left Banke originally recorded this haunting song in 1966; their version topped out at #5 in the US that year; composed by founding Left Banke band member and keyboard player, Michael Brown, when he was 16 years old. Recorded in May 29, 2002; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:13

Selection #13: Follow Me (A truly beautiful song written by John Denver for his 1970 album, "Take Me To Tomorrow," the LP that immediately preceded his break-out album in 1971, "Poems, Prayers And Promises," which of course contained the song that made Denver world-famous--"Take Me Home, Country Roads." Recorded November 10, 2004); 1976 Martin D-35 2:22

Selection #14: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (The famous folk-rock song written by folk singer Peter Seeger; lyrics adapted from The Bible's Book Of Ecclesiastes--music by Peter Seeger. The Byrds soared to #1 in the US with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" in 1965. Recorded November 21, 2004; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:22

Selection #15: The Little Drummer Boy (The memorable traditional Christmas song written in 1958 by Katherine K. Davis; the version of "Little Drummer Boy" by the Harry Simeone Chorale made the US top 30 in December of each year, seasonally around Christmas time, from 1958 through 1962--highest chart position was #13 in 1958. Recorded December 12, 2002; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:55

Selection #16: Cowgirl In The Sand (A Classic Rock anthem written by Neil Young. First appears on his 1969 LP, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," recorded with his band, Crazy Horse. Recorded July 20, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 4:53

Selection #17: (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me (A classic composition by Canadian Folk/Pop artist, Gordon Lightfoot. Peter, Paul and Mary had the biggest commerical success with the song, taking it to #30 on the US Pop charts in early 1965. Recorded March 30, 2004; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:14

Selection #18: Tuesday Afternoon (Composed by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues; a Classic Rock Anthem from the Moody Blues' 1967 LP, "Days Of Future Passed;" the single version placed at #28 in the US in 1968. Recorded March 9 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 3:20

Selection #19: The Times They Are a-Changin' (Written by folk and folk-rock master, Bob Dylan; first appears on Dylan's LP, "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" which was recorded in 1963 and then finally released in January, 1964; this was the very song that first generated my interest in the musical creations of Bob Dylan. Recorded September 25, 2002; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:09

Selection #20: Rebel-Rouser (Originally recorded by the king of "twang guitar," Duane Eddy, whose powerful, reverb-laden electric guitar production--with energetic saxapone, as well--soared to #6 in the US during the summer of 1958, eventually spending 12 weeks in the Top 40. One of the most famous instrumentals of the Pop-Rock Era, composed by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazelwood. Recorded December 30, 2005; 1976 Martin D-35) 3:13

Selection #21: Proud Mary (Probably the most famous song by Classic Rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival--reached #2 in the US in 1969; lyrics and music by original Creedence Clearwater Revival band member and lead singer/guitarist, John Fogerty. Recorded June 25, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:57

Selection #22: Daydream Believer (Words and music by former member of the Kingston Trio, John Stewart--a huge #1 hit in the US for The Monkees in 1967. Recorded November 23, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:18

Selection #23: Puff (The Magic Dragon) (The classic folk/children's song written by Peter Yarrow--lyrics and music--and Leonard Lipton--lyrics; Peter Paul & Mary took the song to #2 in the US in 1963. Recorded July 30, 2004; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:05

Selection #24: Eight Miles High (Original Byrds member Gene Clark wrote it--considered by many Rock critics to be the very first psychedelic-sounding single ever released--in early 1966; climbed to a surprisingly high #14 on the US charts that year, overcoming the fact that many radio stations across the land refused to play it due to lyrics that were suspected by not a few radio programmers to refer to drugs; this was patent nonsence, though. According to the song's composer, Gene Clark, the song merely describes a plane flight--hence, the phrase "eight miles high"--from the USA to London, England, and the dramatic culture shock and associated disorientation that ensued for Clark, an American. Recorded June 2, 2004; 1976 Martin D-35) 3:26

Selection #25: Apache (One of the most famous instrumentals of the Rock 'N Roll Era. Composed by UK musician Jerry Lordan in 1960--the first recorded version was by a then-popular UK guitarist named Bert Weedon. Soon after, a group by the name of The Shadows got hold of the tune--they were the back-up group for singer Cliff Richards; they were looking for a hit. "Apache" was suggested as a B-side to "Quartermaster's Stores." That song went nowhere, but the reaction to "Apache" was instantly phenomenal. In 1961, guitarist Jorgan Ingmann of Denmark took his own brilliant cover of Apache to #2 on the US Billboard Pop Charts. Recorded December 1 2002; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:49

Selection #26: California Dreamin' (One of the truly great Pop-Rock anthems of the 1960s. Composed by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips. An early version in 1965 by ex-folk singer Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels went nowhere on the charts, despite the fact that The Mamas And The Papas were backing him on the studio recording. In early 1966, John Phillips recorded his own arrangement of the song with The Mamas And The Papas. That version soared to #4 on the US Billboard Pop Charts, entering the Top 40 on February 5, 1966. Recorded April 7, 2005; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:30

Selection #27: Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Here's a genuine forgotten gem, a classic standard composed by bandleader Ray Noble in 1933. Noble's version, with singer Al Bowlly, was the third-most popular song in the US for the entire year of 1933. Recorded November 14, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:13

Selection #28: Highwayman (Words and music by Jimmy Webb. Glen Campbell originally recorded it for his "Highwayman" LP in 1979, but The Highwaymen--composed of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings--took it to #1 on the US Country Music Charts in 1984. Recorded December 29, 2003; 1976 Martin D-35) 2:38

Selection #29: Red Rubber Ball (A #2 song for The Cyrkle on the US Billboard Pop charts in the early Summer of 1966. A collaborative composition by Paul Simon--of Simon And Garfunkel fame--and Bruce Woodley, an original member of the Australian Folk group, The Seekers. Recorded July 10, 2005; 1976 Martin D-35)

Selection #30: When Johnny Comes Marching Home (The traditional American Civil War song written in 1863--during the height of the American Civil War--by Patrick S. Gilmore under the pseudonym Louis Lambert. Gilmore was bandmaster of Ben Butler's Union Army of occupation in New Orleans at the time. Recorded November 30, 2002; 1976 Martin D-35) 3:01

Liner Notes and links for CD #2

Beyond The Timberline

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitars

Running Time: 79:05, with standard two-second pause between tracks

Selection #31: Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver's first US Billboard Top 40 hit and the specific song that launched him to international celebrity status; written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver. Soared to #2 in the summer of 1971, eventually spending 14 weeks in the Top 40. Entered the Top 40 on June 26, 1971. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 12-27-2002). 3:12

Selection#32: Ragtime Ramble ( An Inyo original composition. A quasi-ragtime piece played on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar; I'd been listening to a CD by the greatest living ragtime guitarist Craig Ventresco whose incomparable playing inspired my composition; recorded 10-6-2004) 2:18

Selection #33: Green Green (The first US Billboard Top 40 song by American Folk legends The New Christy Minstrels, and, indeed, this became their highest charting single ever, topping out at #14 in the summer of 1963. Initially entered the Top 40 on July 27, 1963--and then went on to spend seven weeks in the Top 40; composed by Christy member Barry McGuire and group leader Randy Sparks. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar and originally recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 7-22-1985) 1:51

Selection #34: Ring Of Fire (One of Johnny Cash's biggest crossover Pop and Country Music chart successes. Placed #17 on the US Billboard Pop charts in the summer of 1963, spending 10 weeks in the Top 40. Stayed atop the US Country Music charts a full 7 weeks; entered the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart on June 22, 1963. Written by future Johnny Cash wife June Carter and her collaborator Merle Kilgore. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 5-19-2003) 2:17

Selection #35: Drifter's Theme (HP-Inyo original; played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 1-16-2003) 2:24

Selection #36: Song Sung Blue (A #1 effort for singer and song's composer Neil Diamond during the late Spring and Summer of 1972--spent one week atop the US Billboard Top 40 charts; entered the Top 40 on May 13, 1972, and remained there for 12 weeks. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; originally recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 7-22-1985). 2:40

Selection #37: The Implosion (An Inyo original composition. Some folks have inquired whether the catalyst for this tune was the collapse of the Twin Towers during the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. Actually, the direct inspiration for The Implosion is much less traumatic. The idea came to me while watching on television the precision demolition of an old hotel/casino in Las Vegas, Nevada--the structure had been rigged with explosives to "implode," leaving neighboring buildings unscathed by the powerful blasts. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar; recorded 11-5-2003) 2:44

Selection #38: A World Of Our Own (A Tom Springfield--brother of Pop singer Dusty Springfield--composition, originally recorded by the Australian folk group The Seekers whose version topped out at #19 US Billboard during the summer of 1965. A cover arrangement by American Country Music superstar Sonny James reached #1 US Country Billboard in 1967; I recorded my rendition on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar through a portable General Electric stereo cassette machine on 7-25-1983). 1:43

Selection #39: There's A Place (Here's a song with an interesting distinction. It was the very first track The Beatles ever recorded specifically intended for an album, recorded on February 11, 1963, during 10 takes for the group's UK debut LP release, "Please Please Me." "There's A Place" is a John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition that when eventually released in the US in 1964, climbed to #74 on the Billboard Pop charts. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 1-23-2003) 2:05

Selection #40: One Dozen Blues (An Inyo original composition. A title inspired by the fact that I'm playing this blues piece on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; hence the reference to "one dozen." Digitally remastered from the original 1977 steareo Teac cassette machine recording on 7-25-1985). 2:55

Selection #41: O Holy Night (The classic Christmas song; melody written by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the words of a French poem "Minuit, chrétiens"--Midnight, Christians--by Placide Cappeau. Singer Martina McBride has enjoyed the best chart success with song in the United States, taking it to #41 on the US Billboard Country Music charts in 2001--the last of five separate US Country Music Top 100 entries of McBride's version of "O Holy Night"--all from 1997 to 2001. My arrangement is perhaps radically different than most others. I've picked up the pace dramatically, so that what comes across is closer to what could likely best be described as a "triumphant march." Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 4-12-2002) 2:01

Selection #42: Beyond The Timberline (An Inyo original composition. The title song for my Cyber-CD; inspired by an exhilarating hike along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in California's pristine Sierra Nevada--a portion of which can be viewed in the cover photograph above. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; digitally remastered from the original 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine recording on April 8 1987. This was recorded during my very last 12-string guitar recording session.) 2:27

Selection #43: (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (A huge hit for Elvis Presley, who took "A Fool Such As I" to #2 US Billboard during Spring, 1959. Written by Bill Trader and published in 1952. American Country Music legend Hank Snow had already recorded it; Snow's original version soared to #4 US Billboard Country in early 1953; Even His Bobness himself Bob Dylan cut two arrangements, one in 1967 for "The Basement Tapes" and another in 1969, which wasn't released until 1973--that version actually charted at #51 US Billboard. I recorded my own version with a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar through a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 12-28-1984). 2:44

Selection #44: Saline Valley Breakdown (An Inyo original composition. Inspired by a visit to one of my favorite places in Death Valley National Park--Saline Valley, up in the northwestern sector of the vast desert preserve, which is larger in geographic extent than the entire state of Connecticut. It's a tune performed in quasi-bluegrass breakdown style. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar; recorded 6-17-2002) 1:58

Selection #45: Hoochie Coochie Man (A Variation...) (The classic Blues song; written in 1954 by the legendary Willie Dixon, but widely popularized by Blues master Muddy Waters, who took the song to #8 on the US Billboard Black Singles chart. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; originally recorded on a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on April 8 1987. This was recorded during my very last 12-string guitar recording session.) 2:38

Selection #46: River To Heaven (An Inyo original composition. A solo acoustic guitar creation inspired by a visit to where I had spread my father's ashes at the very same spot in a river where he'd been baptized; played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 2-18-2004) 2:29

Selection #47: This Land (Is Your Land) (One of the great Folk songs of all time; written by Woody Guthrie in 1940, although he didn't get around to recording it until 1944--and the song wasn't even published until 1951. My opening intro, pounding on the lower register strings, is based on Glen Campbell's arrangement from his 1960s album, "The Astounding 12-String Guitar Of Glen Campbell." Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar and originally recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 12-26-1984). 2:23

Selection #48: Eight Days A Week (A #1 US Billboard hit for The Beatles in early 1965. First appears on The Fab Four's UK-released album "Beatles For Sale"--was also included on the US LP "Beatles VI" The song has variously been attributed to Paul McCartney alone, though many believe that is was indeed a genuine Lennon-McCartney collaboration. I recorded my own cover on a 1976 Martin D-35 six-string guitar through a portable stereo cassette tape marchine on 9-18-2008) 2:21

Selection #49: Sliding (An Inyo original composition. The title likely derives from the obvious "sliding" guitar technique--that is, one actually moves up the guitar neck, from chord to chord, without raising one's hand off the neck. The sound thus created is, I believe, quite striking and unusual. Played on a 1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string guitar plugged into a mixer, which in turn fed directly to the computer; Sigma is a subsidiary of the CF Martin company--the Sigma DMISTCE is an acoustic instrument that includes a pickup; recorded 6-8-2002) 2:20

Selection #50: Nights In White Satin (A Classic Rock Anthem by The Moody Blues, a Justin Hayward composition, recorded with the London Festival Orchestra; first appears on the Moodys' 1967 album, "Days Of Future Passed," then released as a single in the Fall of 1972, during which "Nights In White Satin" placed #2 US Billboard for two consecutive weeks--initial arrival in the Top 40 came on September 2, 1972, and the song eventually spent 14 weeks in the Top 40. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 11-5-2003) 3:07

Selection #51: Darktown Strutters' Ball (The classic traditional/jazz song penned by Shelton Brooks in 1917. Covered by scores of folks through the decades. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar and recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 7-26-1985). 2:27

Selection #52: Tigris Rag (An Inyo original composition. The piece is in quasi-ragtime style. And the title of course derives from the Tigris River in the Middle East, but it's also a title-twist on that well-known, famous song, The Tiger Rag--although my Tigris Rag sounds nothing like The Tiger Rag. Played on a 1976 Martin 6-string guitar; recorded 4-18-2003) 2:04

Selection #53: Freight Train (The ultra-classic American Folk song, penned by Elizabeth Cotten in the early 1900s when she was 12 years old. An oft-covered song, indeed. Rusty Draper had the biggest US Billboard success with "Freight Train," taking it to #6 during the late Spring and Summer of 1957--entered the Top 40 on May 27, 1957, then remained there for 13 weeks. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string; recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 12-28-1984). 2:02

Selection #54: The Letter (The wildly popular #1 US Billboard hit by The Box Tops during early Fall, 1967--it was, in fact, the #1 US song for the entire year of 1967. Composed by Wayne Carson Thompson. Covers by The Arbors and Joe Cocker went #20 and #7 US Billboard during Spring 1969 and late Spring 1970, respectively. I'm playing a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar, recorded through a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine on 1-10-1984). 2:25

Selection #55: White Rabbit (Written by Rock/Pop singing legend Grace Slick--real name Grace Barnett Wind--around 1965 or '66 when she was with a band called The Great Society. She carried the song over with her to Jefferson Airplane, with whom she recorded her signature song for the classic 1967-released album, "Surrealistic Pillow." "White Rabbit" climbed to #8 US Billboard in the summer of 1967. I'm playing a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 10-15-2004.) 2:16

Selection #56: Your Love (HP-Inyo original); played on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar; recorded 6-22-2003) 2:44

Selection #57: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (The ultra-classic Hank Williams song, penned in 1949. The original release by Williams never actually charted in the US, per se--it was merely the B-Side (reverse side) to his 1949 #2 US Billboard hit, "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It"--still, it's one of the more memorable songs closely associated with Hank Williams; a posthumous release of the Williams record made it to #43 US Country Music Billboard in 1966; that same year a cover by B.J. Thomas rose to #8 US Billboard. And professional US football player Terry Bradshaw (four-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers) made #17 US on the US Country Singles chart in 1976 with the song. Recorded with a portable stereo cassette tape machine on 5-18-1983. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; pre-1998 recording.) 1:58

Selection #58: I Call Your Name (A John Lennon composition. First appears on The Beatles' 1964 US-release LP, "The Beatles' Second Album" and then later on a UK ep album called "Long Tall Sally." Before Lennon recorded "I Call Your Name" with The Beatles, he had actually given it to Billy J. Kramer of The Dakotas, who released it as the B-side to their hit "Bad To Me" (a Lennon-McCartney collaboration). "I Call Your Name" was also covered by The Mamas And The Papas on their 1966 LP, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears"--a version that inspired my own rendition. I'm playing a 1976 Martin D-35 six-string guitar; recorded 6-22-2003.) 2:35

Selection #59: Reunions (An Inyo original composition. I happened to spot on the Internet a notice that my high school class was planning a reunion. And that was all it took to inspire my acoustic, instrumental creation. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar; recorded 4-20-2003) 2:16

Selection #60: On Broadway (The classic song made popular by The Drifters; composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Drifters' version climbed to #9 US Billboard during the Spring of 1963, remaining in the Top 40 for 8 weeks; first entry into the Top 40 came on April 6, 1963. My arrangement is loosely based on the fantastic cover by George Benson--went to #7 US Billboard in the Spring of 1978, having entered the Top 40 on April 22, 1978. Stayed there for 10 weeks. Benson's version won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; recorded on 7-31-1983 with a portable stereo General Electric cassette tape machine). 2:40

Selection #61: Shadow Shuffling (An Inyo original composition. This is actually one of my earliest musical creations; the title derives from the obvious shuffle-like rhythm I happen to employ. Played on a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar; digitally remastered from the original 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine recording on December 30, 1984) 2:06

Selection #62: You Can't Go Back To Kansas (My second-favorite John Stewart composition of all time, not far behind his 1969 classic, "July, You're A Woman." The late John Stewart--died January 19, 2008--was a member of the famous Folk group The Kingston Trio from 1961 to 1967; his biggest claim to commercial fame came when he penned "Daydream Believer" for The Monkees, a monster #1 hit in late 1967. But, he wrote hundreds of songs during a roughly 50-year career and recorded some 55 albums, including perhaps the finest example of Americana-genre music of all time--"California Bloodlines," 1969. His highest degree of commercial album success was 1979's "Bombs Away Dream Babies," recorded in collaboration with Fleetwood-Mac alumni, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Stewart included "You Can't Go Back To Kansas" on his 1983 LP, "The Last Campaign," ostensibly a tribute to Senator Robert Kennedy, with whom he'd worked quite assiduously during Kennedy's ill-fated 1968 run for a presidential nomination. And I am reminded that the song holds a very special place in my heart. On an April 26 of a year long ago and far away, I left my home in southeastern Kansas for California. Talk about your "long strange trip," indeed. Several years later, I journeyed back to Kansas to help my folks move to a town in another state. I was really unprepared for the torrents of reminisce and memories that rushed through me as I watched the long Kansas plains move around me. And I kept reflecting on that John Stewart song practically all the way--"You Can't Go Back To Kansas." I'd spent quite a remarkable time in Kansas and to return to the state, finally, after an extended absence, encouraged intense emotions. Played on a 1976 Martin D-35; recorded 1-10-2003) 3:28

Liner Notes and links for CD #3

The Distant Path

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitars

Running Time: 79:12, with standard two-second pauses between tracks

Selection #63: Solitary Man (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded on 1-9-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Neil Diamond composition. #55 US Billboard for Neil Diamond, 1966--then, #21 US Billboard for Neil Diamond in 1970. 2:37

Selection#64: Fields Of Gold (1976 Martin D-35; October 9, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif.. #23 US Billboard for Sting, 1993. 2:19

Selection #65: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair (1976 Martin D-35; June 20, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Phillips composition. #4 US Billboard for Scott McKenzie, 1967. 2:23

Selection #66: Holiday (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; September 4, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #16 US Billboard for The Bee Gees, 1967. 2:13

Selection #67: Acceleration (Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 12-29-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:12

Selection #68: Memories Are Made Of This (1976 Martin D-35; November 29, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. #1 US Billboard for Dean Martin, 1956. 2:10

Selection #69: Help Me, Rhonda (1976 Martin D-35; February 22, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for The Beach Boys, 1965. 2:21

Selection #70: The Distant Path (HP-Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 1-21-1981 with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 1:34

Selection #71: My Heart Will Go On (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; December 29, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for Celine Dion, 1998. 2:31

Selection #72: Sittin' On Top Of The World (a variation) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded on 1-9-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The classic folk-blues piece penned by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon in 1930. Many folks know the song through the 1957 Howlin' Wolf version, later followed by famed rock trio Cream in 1968. 2:43

Selection #73: Weird Solitude (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-23-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:23

Selection #74: Softly Whispering I Love You (1976 Martin D-35; October 13 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. #29 US Billboard for The English Congregation, 1972. 3:03

Selection #75: My Love (1976 Martin D-35; November 12, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for Petula Clark, 1966. 2:05

Selection #76: High Country Scramble (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-26-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased Calif. 2:47

Selection #77: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (1976 Martin D-35; Dec 2, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Gene Clark composition. From the 1965 album "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds--although the single 45rpm track--the flip-side to "All I Really Want To Do" by The Byrds--actually hit #103 US Billboard, 1965. 2:15

Selection #78: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1976 Martin D-35; April 18, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A George Harrison composition. From "The White Album" by The Beatles, 1968. 3:23

Selection #79: What Lies Beyond (Inyo original; 1998 Sigma DMISTCE; June 23 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell compuper, purchased in Calif. 2:23

Selection #80: Memory (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on April 5 1987 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. From the famous Musical, "Cats." For my version, I've eliminated the pedestrian break, keeping only the haunting verses. #39 US Billboard for Barry Manilow, 1983; #52 US Billboard for Barbra Streisand, 1982. 2:33

Selection #81: This Ol' Riverboat (1976 Martin D-35; June 25 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. Originally recorded by The New Christy Minstrels for the 1964 Glenn Ford film, "Advance To The Rear." Included on the 1964 LP "Today" by The New Christy Minstrels. 2:23

Selection #82: Through The Ojai (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-22-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:27

Selection #83: It Hurts To Be In Love (1976 Martin D-35; October 23 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #7 US Billboard for Gene Pitney, 1964. 2:18

Selection #84: I Am A Rock (1976 Martin D-35; November 10, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Paul Simon composition. #3 US Billboard for Simon & Garfunkel, 1966. 2:16

Selection #85: It's The Way (Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 2-4-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:38

Selection #86: I'd Love You To Want Me (1976 Martin D-35; April 30, 2003;Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #2 US Billboard for Lobo, 1972. 2:38

Selection #87: Rhinestone Cowboy (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-29-1983 with a portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. #1 US Billboard for Glen Campbell, 1975. 2:56

Selection #88: Seeking (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-24-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:31

Selection #89: The Story In Your Eyes (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; April 24, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A Justin Hayward compostion. #23 US Billboard for The Moody Blues, 1971. 2:16

Selection #90: Deep Night (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 1-9-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Co-written with Charlie Henderson by late 1920s-40s crooner Rudy Vallee, who with his group The Connecticut Yankees, in 1929, had a major US hit with "Deep Night."1:47

Selection #91: Here And Now (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-23-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:27

Selection #92: Heart Of Gold (1976 Martin D-35; August 6, 2003; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Neil Young composition. #1 US Billboard for Neil Young, 1972. 2:22

Selection #93: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. #1 US Billboard for The Tokens, 1961. 2:23

Selection #94: My Back Pages 1976 Martin D-35; December 27, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Bob Dylan composition. #30 US Billboard for The Byrds, 1967. 2:27

Liner Notes and links for CD #4

Acoustic Stratigraphy

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitars

Running Time: 79:25, with standard 2-second pause between tracks

Selection #95: Wild Mountain Thyme (1976 Martin D-35; April 16, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. Folk song based on a poem, "The Braes of Balquidder" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Robert Burns. Tannahill reportedly put his words to a modified tune from another source--perhaps from a 1792 John Hamilton melody that had been in existence since 1760, at least; Tannahill's original version was first published posthumously in 1821. Modern English paraphrasing, lyric additions, and melody modification by Francis McPeake, around 1957. 2:16

Selection #96: (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor (1970 Stella 12 String; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A traditional sea shanty and popular Folk song, author unknown--first published description of the song is from 1839. 2:25

Selection #97: Shenandoah (1976 Martin D-35; April 11, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. The classic traditional Folk song. Dates to the 1800s during pre-American Civil War days; song's first appearance in print came in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1882. 2:32

Selection #98: Careless Love (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-24-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A traditional American song; composer unknown. First known to be played by Jazz-man Buddy Bolden in the early 1900s. Copyrighted by W.C. Handy in 1921, with lyrics slightly changed. 2:06

Selection #99: (He's Got) The Whole World In His Hands (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-24-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. Traditional Spiritual, first published in 1927. #1 US Billboard for Laurie London, 1958; first appearance in Top 40, 3-24-58. 1:51

Selection #100: Walk Right In (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded on 7-23-1985with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Gus Cannon composition, 1929. #1 US Billboard for The Rooftop Singers, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 1-23-63. 1:54

Selection #101: Perfidia (Tonight) (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. An Alberto Dominguez composition (1939); English lyrics by Milton Leeds. #3 hit for Xavier Cugot, 1941; #15 US Billboard for The Ventures, 1960--first appearance in Top 40, 11-14-60. 1:56

Selection #102: 16 Tons (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on December 23, 1980, with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, California. A Merle Travis composition (1947); #1 US Billboard for Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955; first appearance in Top 40, 11-15-55. 2:00

Selection #103: If I Had A Hammer (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 3-27-1987 with a 1978 portable, stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Pete Seeger-Lee Hays composition, first half of 1949--first performed by Seeger and Hays June 3, 1949. #10 US Billboard for Peter, Paul & Mary, 1962; first appearance in Top 40, 9-8-62. 1:36

Selection #104: That Lucky Old Sun (1970 Stella 12 string; Calif.); recorded on 12-26-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Beasley Smith-Haven Gillespie composition, 1949. #1 US Billboard for Frankie Laine, 1949 (hit #1 on 8-19-49). 2:22

Selection #105: The Bells Of Rhymney (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded on 1-10-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. Music by Pete Seeger (1958), using words written by Welsh poet Idris Davies (1938). Recorded by The Byrds for their lp "Mr. Tambourine Man" on April 14, 1965. 2:15

Selection #106: Greenback Dollar (1976 Martin D-35; September 27, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Hoyt Axton composition, 1962; from his 1962 lp, "The Balladeer." #21 US Billboard for The Kingston Trio, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 2-23-63. 2:31

Selection #107: Denise (1952 Martin O-18; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, part of a complete audio system, purchased in California. A Neil Levenson composition, 1963. #10 US Billboard for Randy & The Rainbows, 1963; first appearance in Top 40, 7-27-63. 2:24

Selection #108: I Want To Hold Your Hand (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 1-5-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition, 1963. Recorded 10-17-63. #1 US Billboard for The Beatles, 1964; first appearance in Top 40 1-25-64. 2:07

Selection #109: Mr. Tambourine Man 1976 Martin D-35; April 16, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Bob Dylan composition, early 1964. #1 US Billboard for The Byrds, 1965; first appearance in Top 40, 6-5-65. 2:10

Selection #110: I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (1976 Martin D-35; December 3, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Lennon-Paul McCartney composition (1964). #95 US Billboard for The Beatles, 1964--flip side of the 45rpm single, "I'll Cry Instead," which rose to #20 US Billboard, 1964; first appearance in Top 40, 8-15-64. 1:48

Selection#111: Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Del Shannon composition, 1964. #9 US Billboard for Del Shannon, 1964; first appearance in Top 40, 12-19-64. 2:41

Selection #112: You're The One (1970 Stella 12-string, with high g-string removed; Calif.); recorded in May, 1979, with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Petula Clark-Tony Hatch composition, 1965 Originally included on Clark's 1965 lp, "I Know A Place." #4 US Billboard for The Vogues, 1965; first appearance in Top 40, 10-9-65. 2:19

Selection #113: The World Turns All Around Her (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 4-19-1981 with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Gene Clark (a founding member of The Byrds) composition, 1965. Included on the album "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds, released in December, 1965. 2:02

Selection #114: Galveston (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 1-5-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Jimmy Webb composition, 1966 (first recorded by Don Ho, actually, 1968). #4 US Billboard for Glen Campbell, 1969; first appearance in Top 40, 3-15-69. 2:00

Selection #115: No Milk Today (1976 Martin D-35; June 16, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Graham Gouldman composition, 1966. #35 US Billboard for Herman's Hermits, 1967; first appearance in Top 40, 3-18-67. 2:36

Selection #116: The Weight (1970 Stella 12-string; Kansas); recorded in February, 1978, with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, California. A Robbie Robertson composition, 1967. Recorded January, 1978--appears on an album by The Band, "Music From The Big Pink," 1968. 2:43

Selection #117: My Sweet Lord (1976 Martin D-35; January 13, 2003; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A George Harrison composition, December 1969. #1 US Billboard for George Harrison, December 26, 1970 through January, 1971; first appearance in Top 40, 12-5-1970. 2:26

Selection #118: For All We Know (1976 Martin D-35; November 10, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Fred Karlin-Robb Royer-Jimmy Griffin composition (1970) for the 1970 film "Lovers and Other Strangers." #3 US Billboard for The Carpenters, 1971; first appearance in Top 40, 2-13-71. 2:17

Selection #119: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; November 7, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Compaq Presario computer, purchased in California. A Tony Macaulay-Barry Mason composition, 1970. #5 US Billboard for Edison Lighthouse, 1970; first appearance in Top 40, 2-28-70. 2:06

Selection #120: I'm A Memory (1976 Martin D-35; October 16, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Willie Nelson composition, 1971. #28 US Billboard Country for Willie Nelson, 1971; re-recorded and released by Willie Nelson in 1977, #22 US Billboard Country. #37 US Billboard Country for Brenda Lee, 1971. 2:04

Selection #121: Like A Hurricane (1976 Martin D-35; June 4, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Neil Young composition, 1975; from his lp, "American Stars 'N Bars," 1977. 2:26.

Selection #122: Nights Are Forever Without You (1970 Stella 12-string, with high g-string removed; Calif.); recorded in February, 1979, with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Parker McGee composition, 1976. #10 US Billboard for England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976; first appearance in Top 40, 10-30-76. 2:59

Selection #123: Go Your Own Way (1976 Martin D-35; December 6, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Lindsey Buckingham composition, 1976. #10 US Billboard for Fleetwood Mac, 1977. First single released from the "Rumours" album, late 1976; first appearance in Top 40, 1-22-77. 2:30

Selection #124: It's A Heartache (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Ronnie Scott-Steve Wolfe composition, 1977. #3 US Billboard for Bonnie Tyler, 1978; first appearance in Top 40, 4-22-78. #86 US Billboard for Juice Newton, 1978. 2:35

Selection #125: Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 1-9-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Neil Young composition, 1979. #79 US Billboard, 1979. 2:39.

Selection #126: What About Love (1970 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Kansas. A Sheron Alton-Brian Allen composition, 1982. #10 US Billboard for Heart, 1985; first appearance in Top 40, 6-29-85. 2:35

Selection #127: Dunbar's Theme (also called, "The John Dunbar Theme") (1976 Martin D-35; March 20, 2010; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Barry composition, 1990. From the 1990 Academy Award-winning film (Best Picture and Best Original Score, among others) "Dances With Wolves." 2:07

Selection #128: Going Home (1976 Martin D-35; February 20, 2004; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Mary Fahl composition, from her 2003 lp "The Other Side Of Time." Used in the 2003 American Civil War film, "Gods And Generals." 2:41

Liner Notes and links for CD #5

A Triple-CD

Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

110 songs I recorded with my parents from 1970-1995

Volume 1

37 tracks; Running Time--79:07 seconds, with no pause between tracks

All guitar solos by Inyo (I take sole responsibility for them...)

Selection #129: 900 Miles - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(tambourine)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar and solo) (December 31, 1992); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones running through a mixer which in turn fed directly to a Sansui stereo cassette tape machine. "900 Miles" probably has its origins in an old American South fiddle tune called "Rueben's Train." 1:43.

Selection#130: (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor: Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, banjo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solos); (7-27-1975; Hartley Springs Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif. Campground, situated at over 8,000 feet elevation; recorded with an inexpensive, portable monaural cassette tape machine. A traditional sea shanty. The tune came from an Irish dance and march song called "Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile" (Translation: "Óró, you are welcome home"), which first appears in print in 1824-25; the lyrics were formally published in 1891 under the title, "What to do with a Drunken Sailor?". 2:28.

Selection #131: In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar) (12-22-1983); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones through a Teac reel to reel tape machine and then later digitally remastered into a monoaural mix; from there, I proceeded to digitally remastered it once again into a final stereo mix. A classic Tin Pan Alley song, composed in 1905 by Harry Williams (lyrics) and Egbert Van Alstyne (music). A version by Henry Burr hit #1 US Billboard on May 10, 1905. 1:40.

Selection 132: Five Foot Two - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(kazoo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (1-13-1981); recorded in Santa Barbara, California, with a portable stereo cassette tape machine. Music by Ray Henderson, lyrics by Sam M. Lewis & Joseph Widow Young, first recorded by The California Ramblers in 1925 on their self-titled album The California Ramblers. 2:06.

Selection #133: Shenandoah - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (1-7-1981); recorded, with two stand-up microphones through a stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine; Traditional Folk song. First appearance in print was in an article by William L. Alden, titled “Sailor Songs,” published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1882. 2:44

 Selection #134 : Chisholm Trail - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string and solos) (July 29, 1975; El Paso Mountains., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The first trail widely used for long cattle drives was called the Chisholm Trail. By the time the trail fell into disuse in 1882, hundreds of cowboys had driven tens of thousands of cattle up the trail, inventing and singing countless verses to Old Chisholm Trail. 2:02

Selection #135: Bie Mir Bist Du Shoen - Inyo and Parents: Dad(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solo) (1975); Prudence(our cat, at the end); recorded with an inexpensive 1974 monaural cassette tape machine. A popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish musical, I Would If I Could (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, "You could live, but they won't let you"). First recorded by The Andrews Sisters, November 24, 1937. That's our cat Prudence meowing at the end, by the way--she'd hovered around while we recorded, then decided to comment on our proceedings. 1:50.

Selection #136: Columbus Stockade Blues - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar and solo); (9-9-1980; Custer State Park, South Dakota); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. In 1927, the singing and guitar-picking duo of Thomas P. (Tom) Darby of Columbus and Johnny J. (Jimmie) Tarlton of Phenix City wrote, recorded and released the now classic song, "The Stockade Blues" also known as "Way Down In Columbus, Georgia. 1:57.

Selection #137: Slow Boat To China - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (1-7-1981) recorded with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. First recorded by Kay Kyser on October 15, 1948, eventually reaching #2 US Billboard. In Australia, "Slow Boat To China" topped the charts at #1 that very same year.1:59.

Selection #138: Jack Of Diamonds - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solos)(5-22-1983); recorded with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. The ultra-classic American folk song, first performed to national acclaim by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1926, although the most famous version is by Country Music legend Tex Ritter, who first recorded it in 1932 and eventually took the song to #9 US Billboard in 1946 under the title "Rye Whisky." Various variants of "Jack O' Diamonds" can be probably be traced as far back as the American Civil War. 2:32.

Selection #139: Mama Don't Allow - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar and solos) (6-14-1991, Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada) recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine. A famous so-called "campfire song." Probably adapted and derived from the Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording of "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Around Here," June 22, 1929. 2:29.

Selection #140: A Good Man Now Days Is Hard To Find - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals, kazoo)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon 6-string guitar, with intro and solo) (6-4-1982); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. For our version of this classic 1918 Eddie Green-composed blues/jazz standard, we decided to eliminate the customary slow verse build-up and get right to the justifiably famous punch-line to the song. 2:22.

Selection #141: Ghost Riders In The Sky: Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (1976, Calif.); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. Written on June 5, 1948, by Stan Jones. 1:54.

Selection #142: Darkness On The Delta - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals, kazoo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar with intro and solo) (12-17-1980); recorded in California,with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. A 1932 Jerry Livingston-Marty Symes-Al J. Neiburg composition. For our arrangement, we decided to play only the wonderfully evocative verses, eliminating what in our opinion is the rather pedestrian break. 2:31.

Selection #143: Bouquet Of Roses - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and intro) (6-8-1983); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones through a portable 1978 stereo cassette tape machine. Written by Steve Nelson (music) and Bob Hilliard (lyrics). Originally recorded by Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plow Boys and his Guitar in Chicago on May 18, 1947. "Bouquet of Roses" became Eddy Arnold's third number one in a row on the Juke Box Folk Record chart, eventually spending nineteen weeks on the Best Selling Folk Records chart.1:48.

Selection #144: Do Lord Remember Me - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string and solo) (February 22, 1982; Marble Mountains., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine. Traditional Spiritual. First recording by The Garner Brothers (January 9, 1925). 2:07

Selection #145: Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981); recorded in California with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. A hymn by American writer Julia Ward Howe using music from the song "John Brown's Body." Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February, 1862.

Selection #146: Goodtime Joe - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1952 O-18 Martin 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solo) (April, 1976); recorded with two stand-up microphones through a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine."Goodtime Joe" is a novelty folk song we happened to discover in an old, cover-worn book of sheet music whose name has been long-forgotten. 1:52.

Selection #147: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solo) (5-22-1983); recorded in California with two stand-up microphones through a stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. A traditional folk song whose origins have apparently been lost in antiquity. Authorship is variously attributed to one James Bland--born 1854--but the Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia dates "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" to around 1865, referring to it as "a traditional American spiritual that compares dying and going to heaven to grabbing a cane and catching the midnight train now that 'all my sins are taken away'". If true, Bland's association with the song is purely coincidental. 2:50.

Selection #148: In A Little Red Barn - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar, with high g-string removed) (5-24-1979); recorded in California with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Joe Young, Jean Schwartz, and Milton Ager in 1934. Widely popular on the radio in the 1930s and was used in many films from the 1930s to the 1950s. 1:53.

Selection #149: Ezekiel (Saw The Wheel) - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 and solo); 6-14-1991; Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The famous Spiritual. Composed by William Levi Dawson, 1942. 1:54.

Selection #150: Risin' River Blues - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar, with high g-string removed) (May, 1980); recorded in California with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A classic, though rather obscure Blues song penned by legendary Atlanta-based 12-string guitarist George Carter in either the late 1920s or early 1930s. We found "Risin' River Blues" in long-lost book of Country Blues songs. 2:29.

Selection #151: When You Wore A Tulip - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solo) (3-27-1987); recorded in California with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The 1914 Tin Pan Alley-era classic penned by Percy Wenrich (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics). 2:01.

Selection #152: You Are My Sunshine - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (August 17, 1981); recorded in California with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine. First recorded on August 22, 1939 by The Pine Ridge Boys (Marvin Taylor and Doug Spivey), who were from Atlanta, Georgia. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana as a result of its association with former state governor and country music singer Jimmie Davis. The song is copyright 1940 Peer International Corporation, words and music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. According to a 1990 article by Theodore Pappas, the original song was written by Oliver Hood. recorded in Santa Barbara, California, with two stand-up microphones through a stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine; 2:31.

Selection #153: Dark Town Strutters' Ball - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals 1952 Martin O-18)-Shirley(vocals)-Eric(1970 Stella 12-string and solo) (1976); recorded in California with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Shelton Brooks; published in 1917. 1:30.

Selection #154: University Interlude - (Dad-Inyo original) - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 and solo) (9-14-1980; Eleven Mile Campground, Rocky Mountains, Colorado); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Dad had all of the tune and most of the lyrics composed by 1968. In 1975, I added a couple of lines and came up with the title.

Selection #155: Sweethearts Of Yesterday - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, with intro and solo) (3-27-1987); recorded in California with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A song published--not written--by mom's father in the early 1930s. At the time, he (played piano) was leader and sole arranger for the five-piece house band at a nightclub in Kansas City, Missouri.

Selection #156: The Tennessee Waltz - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(tambourine)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar and solo) (December 31, 1992); recorded with an early 1990s Samsui audio system-stereo cassette tape machine. The mega-monster #1 US Billboard hit for Patti Page, 1950. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1946 and first released in December 1947 as a single by Cowboy Copas that same year. The mega-monster #1 US Billboard hit for Patti Page, 1950. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1946 and first released in December 1947 as a single by Cowboy Copas that same year. 2:18.

Selection #157: Yankee Doodle Dandy - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and intro) (2-26-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Also well-known as "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy;" a patriotic song from the Broadway musical Little Johnny Jones written by George M. Cohan. The play opened at the Liberty Theater on November 7, 1904. 2:07.

Selection #158: Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Eric(1952 Martin O-18) (8-24-1980); recorded in Kansas with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The classic Spiritual. Composed sometime in the first half of the 1800s; first recorded version by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1922. 1:39.

Selection #159: Heaven Can Wait - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (1976); recorded in California with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Classic Swing Era ballad, penned by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Eddie DeLange (lyrics); first recorded February 17, 1939, by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, with vocal chorus by Clyde Burke. 1:58.

Selection #160: Crawdad Song - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, banjo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solo) (July 27, 1975; Hartley Spring Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif.); recorded with an inexpensive 1974 monaural cassette tape machine. Traditional "campfire song." 1:53.

Selection #161: Careless Love - Inyo and Mom: Mom(kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1981); recorded in California with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Country Blues-Folk song; New Orleans, Louisiana-based band leader Buddy Bolden played it often around the turn of the 20th Century. Together with Spencer Williams (lyrics) and Martha E. Koenig, W.C. Handy copyrighted it under the title "Loveless Love," 1926. 2:29

Selection #162: Bill Bailey - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 6-string guitar and solo) (6-14-1991, Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Words and music by Hughie Cannon (1877–1912), an American songwriter and pianist; first published in 1902. 1:27.

Selection #163: Your Cheatin' Heart - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (7-29-1975; El Paso Mountains., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine. Written and recorded by the American country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams in 1952, but released after his death in 1953. 1:41.

Selection #164: Old Man River - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals)-Inyo(1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar) (9-21-1980; El Paso Mountains., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II); a song from the 1927 musical Show Boat. 1:47.

Selection #165: Mama Don't Allow - Inyo and Parents: Dad(spoken intro, vocals, 1976 Martin D-35 6-string guitar)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar and solos) (3-28-1987); recorded in California with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Here's one of my personal favorites among our many recordings of "Mama Don't Allow." Listen for mom's spontaneous addition of lyrics--a verse she created "on-the-fly"--culminating in the punch line, "I'll toast my milk, anyhow." 3:40.

Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

Volume 2

37 tracks; Running Time--78:59 seconds, with no pause between tracks

All guitar solos by Inyo (I take sole responsibility for them...)

Selection #166: Columbus Stockade Blues - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(tapping)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (2-24-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The famous Country-Folk song. Composed and first performed by Thomas P. (Tom) Darby and Johnny J. (Jimmie) Tarlton, 1927. 2:06

Selection #167: Denver - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (5-2-1983;Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Widely attributed to Randy Sparks of The New Christy Minstrels. Appears on the 1962 New Christy Minstrels album, "In Person." 1:58

Selection #168: Three Little Fishies - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Words and music by Saxie Dowell. #1 US for Kay Kyser, 1939. 2:35

Selection #169: Mountain Dew - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-banjo)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solos) (5-13-1983; Calif); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purhased in Emporia, Kansas. An Appalachian folk song, with lyrics composed independently by Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1928) and Scotty Wiseman (1935). The 1935 adaption by Wiseman is a Folk music standard. 3:39

Selection #170: Careless Love - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-maracas)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) 1970; Calif.); recorded with an early 1960s stereo Webcor reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Calif. Together with Spencer Williams (lyrics) and Martha E. Koenig, W.C. Handy copyrighted it under the title "Loveless Love," 1926. 2:32

Selection #171: Roving Gambler - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Folk song. Kelly Harrell had a Country hit with it in 1925. 2:04

Selection #172: Bottle Of Wine - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (9-12-1980; Red Shale Campground, Powder River County, Montana); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Tom Paxton. #9 US Billboard for The Fireballs, 1967. 1:32

Selection #173: Cotton Fields - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-drum brushes on bongos)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon-string) (3-27-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif.). Attributed to "Lead Belly," Huddy Ledbetter, who firt recorded it in 1940. A Beach Boys 1970 version hit #103 US Billboard, #2 Denmark, and #1 in Australia, South Africa, Sweden, and Norway. The 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival cover went #1, Mexico. 1:23

Selection #174: Five Foot Two - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (3-27-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Most popular of several versions composed by Ray Henderson (music) and Sam M. Lewis-Joseph Widow Young (lyrics). First recorded by The California Ramblers, 1925. 1:31

Selection #175: This Train - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-banjo)-Mom(spoken intro-hum near beginning)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar, and solo) (July 27, 1975; Hartley Springs Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Spiritual. Earliest known example is a recording by Wood's Blind Jubilee Singers in August, 1925, under the title "This Train Is Bound for Glory." 1:40

Selection #176: Heart And Soul - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981;Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Frank Loesser, published in 1938. #1 US for Larry Clinton, 1939. 2:35

Selection #177: John Henry - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1975; Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Folk song. 1:54

Selection #178: San - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (9-21-1980; El Paso Mts, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Words and music by Lindsay McPhail and Walter Michels, 1920. 1:55

Selection #179: Charleston - Inyo and Mom: Shirley(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(generic 6-string guitar) (1970; Calif.); recorded with an early 1960s stereo Webcor reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Calif. The Roaring '20s standard. Lyrics by Cecil Mack, music James P. Johnson, 1923. 1:27

Selection #180: Turkey In The Straw - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (9-14-1980; Eleven Mile Campground, Rocky Mountains, Colorado); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic American Folk song; dates from the early 19th century. 2:16

Selection #181: Ridin' Down The Canyon - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 12-string) (July 15, 1975; Grandview Campground, White Mts., Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monoaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cowboy standard. Written by Smiley Burnett. From the 1942 Gene Autrey film, "Ridin' Down The Canyon." 1:45

Selection #182: Frankie And Johnnie - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic popular song. First published, copyrighted version of music to "Frankie and Johnny"is credited to Hughie Cannon, 1904. 2:35

Selection #183: Hold Me - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string; 12-31-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A popular standard. Composed by Jack Little, David Oppenheim, and Ira Schuster; published in 1933. 2:17

Selection #184: The Tennessee Waltz - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (6-14-1991; Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. First released by Cowboy Copas, December, 1947. #1 US Billboard for Patti Page, 1950. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. 1:48

Selection #185: Ain't She Sweet - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(clapping at end)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (12-31-1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics); published in 1927. 1:25

Selection #186: Crawdad Song - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1976 Martin D-35) (3-15-1977; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional. Workers building levees to prevent the flooding of the Mississippi River in the South were among the first to sing it. 2:14

Selection #187: (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solos) (12-31-1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Traditional sea shanty. The tune is adapted from an Irish dance and march song called "Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile" (Translation: "Óró, you are welcome home"). First appears in print in 1824-25; lyrics formally published in 1891 under the title, "What to do with a Drunken Sailor?" 2:56

Selection #188: Take This Hammer - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (February 22, 1982; Marble Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic Folk "hammer song." Dates from the late nineteenth century, probably the 1870s. 3:34

Selection #189: Pistol Packin' Mama - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-tambourine)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (3-27-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Al Dexter, 1942. A 1943 version by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters became first #1 song on the Juke Box Folk records charts. 1:45

Selection #190: Abiline - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (9-9-1980, and solos); Custer State Park, South Dakota); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Bob Gibson, Lester Brown, and John D. Loudermilk. #1 US Billboard Country, #15 US Billboard pop for George Hamilton IV, 1963. 1:40

Selection #191: Mary Don't You Weep - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Spiritual, originated before the American Civil War. 1:48

Selection #192: Camptown Races - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals, banjo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (April, 1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Classic minstrel song. Composed by Stephen Foster, published in 1850. 1:28

Selection #193: Shortnin' Bread - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string; high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by James Whitcomb Riley, 1900. 1:47

Selection #194: M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (May 3, 1975; El Paso Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Billy Simmons and Curley Williams. # 1 US Billboard Country for Red Foley (with The Dixie Dons), 1950. 1:19

Selection #195: In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (December 29, 1974; El Paso Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Ira Schuster and Jack Little (music), with lyrics by Joe Young; published in 1932. #1 US for Ted Lewis and His Band, 1932. 1:24

Selection #196: Irene, Goodnight - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-maracas)- Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (8-17-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. An American Folk standard; first recorded by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter, 1933. "#1 US Billboard for The Weavers, 1950. 3:10

Selection #197: Bye Bye Blues - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, and Chauncey Gray; published in 1930. #5 US Billboard for Les Paul & Mary Ford, 1952. 1:22

Selection #198: Ezekiel (Saw The Wheel) - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solos) (12-30-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The famous Spiritual. Composed by William Levi Dawson, 1942. 2:15

Selection #199: Amazing Grace - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string; high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The classic Chistian Hymn. Words by English poet/clergyman John Newton, published in 1779; Newton's words definitively joined to the melody of "New Britain" by American Baptist song leader William Walker, 1835. 2:23

Selection #200: Mama Don't Allow - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(brief vocal-kazoo)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solos) (December 31, 1995; Calif.); recorded with a 1990s Aiwa portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Probably derived from the June 22, 1929, Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording, "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders 'Round Here." 2:21

Selection #201: Will The Circle Be Unbroken? - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (crackling sounds in background are campfire flames; February 25, 1982; Mule Canyon, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Christian hymn written by Ada R. Habershon (lyrics) and Charles H. Gabriel (music), 1907. Before the song eventually lapsed into Public Domain, due to its age, it was often erroneously left unattributed, when performed. 2:06

Selection #202: Down In The Valley - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (5-5-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional American Folk song. 2:40

Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

Volume 3

36 tracks

Running Time--77:58 seconds, with two-second pause between tracks

Selection #203: I'm Sitting On Top Of The World - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (5-5-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Ray Henderson (music), with Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young (lyrics); published in 1925. First recorded by Art Gillham, October 24, 1925. Al Jolson's famous record came in 1926. "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World" was the first song I ever recorded on the guitar--as an 11 year-old youngster with a generic acoustic 6-string guitar with mom (vocals). 1:57

Selection #204: Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(spoken intro)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (7-16-1975; Ichthyosaur Paleontologic State Monument, Shoshone Mts., Great Basin, Nevada); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The traditional Spiritual. Composed sometime in the first half of the 1800s; first recorded version by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1922. 1:22

Selection #205: Green Grow The Lilacs - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar, and solos) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic Folk song of Irish origin that became popular in the United States during the mid-19th century. Supposedly, "Green Grow the Lilacs" became the basis of the libretto for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!." 3:59

Selection #206: When You Wore A Tulip - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (12-31-1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. The 1914 Tin Pan Alley-era classic, penned by Percy Wenrich (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics). Earliest recording by the American Quintet, September 23, 1914. 1:42

Selection #207: Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Gospel song, authorship unknown. Probably dates to 19th Century pre-American Civil War. First known recording by the Selah Jubilee Singers, October 8, 1941. 3:22

Selection #208: Ghost Riders In The Sky - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (May 25, 1975; Coso Mts., east side of Owens Valley, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The classic Country-Cowboy song. Written by Stan Jones, June 5, 1948. 1:54

Selection #209: Crawdad Song - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, intro solo) (December 31 1993; Calif.); recorded with a 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Traditional Folk song, authorship unknown. Workers building levees to prevent the flooding of the Mississippi River in the South were among the first to sing it. 2:04

Selection #210: A Good Man Now Days Is Hard To Find - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (December 31, 1994; Calif.); recorded with a 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Composed by Eddie Green, 1918. For our version, we decided to eliminate the customary slow verse build-up and get right to its justifiably famous punch-line, repeating it a number of times. 1:52

Selection #211: Bottle Of Wine: Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string guitar) (December 29, 1974; El Paso Mts, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tom Paxton wrote it. #9 US Billboard for The Fireballs, 1967. 1:34

Selection #212: Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-bongos)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) 1970; Calif.); recorded with an early 1960s stereo Webcor reel to reel tape machine, purchased in the Los Angeles, Calif., area. Classic Tin Pan Alley-era song. Composed by Percy Wenrich (music) and Stanley Murphy (lyrics), 1909. First recorded by the Hadyn Quartet, November 29, 1909 (#1 US, 1909). 1:21

Selection #213: Bill Bailey - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (April 16, 1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, Mojave Desert, Calif., campsite #44); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Words and music by Hughie Cannon; published in 1902. First recorded by Dan W. Quinn, May 23, 1902. 2:07

Selection #214: In The Pines - Inyo and parents: Inyo(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (December 31, 1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine-audio system, purchased in Calif. Traditional American folk song; dates to at least the 1870s; believed to be southern Appalachian in origin. 2:05

Selection #215: Take Her Out Of Pity - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (May 25, 1975, Coso Mts., east side of the Owens Valley, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Kingston Trio members Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and John Stewart wrote it and recorded it August 17, 1961, for their album, "Close-Up. 2:21

Selection #216: Mama Don't Allow - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Probably derived from the June 22, 1929, Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording, "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders 'Round Here."The fourth version of this song included in "A Representative Musical History Of The Seiple Family." We used to always close out our occasional, impromptu songfests with "Mama Don't Allow." 2:34

Selection #217: Freight Train - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35, picking solo)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solos) (9-12-1980; Red Shale Campground, Powder River County, Montana); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Elizabeth Cotten sometime between 1906 and 1910 while in her teens. Dad created his own lyrics on-the-fly, and we altered/tweaked the original melody to suit our own particular playing style. 2:38

Selection #218: Gypsy Rhapsody (Dad original) - Inyo and Dad: Dad(humming-1952 Martin O-18, and picking solo)-Dad(1970 Stella 12-string) (May 25, 1975 Coso Mts., east side of Owens Valley, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. A original composition by dad. 1:33

Selection #219: Your Love (H-Mom-Inyo original) - Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string with high "g" string removed) (May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Penned by H, mom, and me. H wrote the melody (and most of the lyrics) for the verses; I contributed the break (melody-lyrics), plus a a lyric or two for the verses; and mom completed the process with the addition of a lyric to the verses. 1:55

Selection #220: Auld Lang Syne - Inyo and parents: Dad(1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18 (December 31, 1995; Calif.); recorded with a 1990s Aiwa portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Faint rattling in background is noise from the original recorder used, unfortunately. Written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional Folk song. 1:30

Selection #221: A Worried Man - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1970 Stella 12-string)-Inyo(banjo) (July 27, 1975; Hartley Springs Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 portable monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Attributed to Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) and Tom Glazer. #20 US Billboard for The Kingston Trio, 1959. One of only a handful of recorded examples where I play the banjo; and the only recorded instance where dad plays the 12-string guitar to my accompaniment. 2:20

Selection #222: Five Foot Two - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (April 5, 1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Most popular of several versions composed by Ray Henderson (music) and Sam M. Lewis-Joseph Widow Young (lyrics). First recorded by The California Ramblers, 1925. 1:26

Selection #223: Deep Purple - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (12-31-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Peter DeRose (music) and Mitchell Parish (lyrics), published 1933. #1 US Billboard for Nino Tempo & April Stevens, 1963. 1:12

Selection #224: I Don't Want Your Greenback Dollar - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Folk song--probably dates to later 19th Century, post-American Civil War. Earliest recorded variant by the Weems String Band, 1928. 2:15

Selection #225: The Tennessee Waltz - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(drum brushes on bongos)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (12-17-1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. First released by Cowboy Copas, December, 1947. #1 US Billboard for Patti Page, 1950. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. 1:52

Selection #226: Turkey In The Straw - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solos) (2-24-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Well-known American Folk song; tune is derivative of an Irish ballad called "The Old Rose Tree." First popularized in the late 1820s-1830s. 2:55

Selection #227: Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-maracas)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (1970; Calif.); recorded with an early 1960s stereo Webcor reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Calif. Classic Tin Pan Alley-era song. Written by Karl Hoschna (music) and Otto Harbach (lyrics); published in 1908. From the Broadway musical The Three Twins. 2:33

Selection #228: Jack Of Diamonds - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals, 1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(spoken intro)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (Recorded between 7-16-1975 and 7-27-1975 while on vacation in Nevada-California); recorded with a 1974 monaural tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Thuds in background are gusts of wind. Blind Lemon Jefferson first performed it to national acclaim in 1926. A 1946 Tex Ritter version under the title "Rye Whisky" placed #9 US Billboard. Various variants of "Jack O' Diamonds" can be probably be traced as far back as the American Civil War. 2:17

Selection #229: Ezekiel (Saw The Wheel) - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solo) (4-16-1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, campsite #44, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.The famous Spiritual. Composed by William Levi Dawson, 1942. 2:04

Selection #230: Skip To My Lou - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-banjo)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (April, 1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Folk song, probably composed during the Puritan-age of early America, roughly 1630 to 1730. Recorded by many, including Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Judy Garland, and Nat King Cole. 1:35

Selection #231: Columbus Stockade Blues - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string; high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.The famous Country-Folk song. Composed and first performed by Thomas P. (Tom) Darby and Johnny J. (Jimmie) Tarlton, 1927. 2:32

Selection #232: Roving Gambler - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(generic acoustic 6-string guitar) (1970; Calif.); recorded with an early 1960s stereo Webcor reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Calif. That's my strumming heard throughout the song, by the way--dad's guitar was not picked up very well at all by the microphones. Traditional Folk song. Kelly Harrell had a Country hit with it in 1925. 1:58

Selection #233: This Land (Is Your Land) - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals-drum brushes on bongos)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (12-23-1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Lyrics penned by Woody Guthrie, 1940, to a melody strikingly to "Oh, My Loving Brother," a Baptist gospel hymn that had been recorded by the Carter Family as "When the World's On Fire." 2:18

Selection #234: Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string, and solo) (May 3, 1975; El Paso Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Rolf Harris, 1957; #3 US Billboard for Rolf Harris (produced by Beatles producer George Martin), 1963. 1:45

Selection #235: I'm In The Mood For Love - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Classic popular song. Music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics Dorothy Fields; published in 1935. Introduced by Frances Langford in the movie "Every Night at Eight," 1935. 1:38

Selection #236: Five Hundred Miles - Inyo and Dad: Dad(1952 Martin O-18)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (5-25-1975; Coso Mts., eastern side of Owens Valley, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Not the famous Country song, interpreted by Bobby Bare. Our version's the traditional Folk song attributed to Heddy West, who copyrighted it in 1961. 1:40

Selection #237: Clementine - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (4-16-1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, campsite #44, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. American western Folk ballad usually credited to either Percy Montrose (1884) or Barker Bradford; probably based on "Down by the River Liv'd a Maiden" by H. S. Thompson (1863). 3:27

Selection #238: Mama Don't Allow - Inyo and parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18) (4-16-1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, campsite #44, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Probably derived from the 6-22-1929 recording by Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders 'Round Here." 2:53

It is well and fitting, of course, that yet another version of "Mama Don't Allow" concludes this 3-CD compilation "Inyo and Folks--A Musical History" 1970-1995. This was recorded in the motor home on the last night of our vacation 1992 (indeed, the last song we ever recorded while camping).

At the very end of the recording, the audio is rather low, but here's what mom says. She's referring to a list we'd made earlier of everywhere we'd visited during the vacation: "You think we could get all the places we've been on that tape? Is there enough on there that I can read that real fast?"

Liner Notes and links for CD #6

Back To Badwater

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitars

Plus, multi-tracked instrumental selections

Running time: 79:09, with no pauses between tracks

239): Born Free: (double-tracked: 1970 Stella 12-string lead-1952 Martin O-18 rhythm; 12-27-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. From 1966 film of same name; Academy Award for best Original Song. Music by John Barry-lyrics by Don Black. #7 US Billboard for Roger Williams, 1966; #126 US Billboard for Matt Monroe (who sang the version that appears in the film "Born Free"), 1966. 1:39

240): Heart And Soul: (double-tracked--1970 Stella 12-string lead and rhythm; recorded in two sessions--January 7 and 21, 1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Music by Hoagy Carmichael and lyrics by Frank Loesser, published in 1938. #1 US for Larry Clinton, 1939; #12 US for Eddy Duchin, 1939; #16 US for Al Donahue, 1939; #11 US Billboard for The Four Aces, 1952; #57 US Billboard for Johnny Maddox, 1956; #18 US Billboard for The Cleftones, 1961; #25 US Billboard for Jan & Dean, 1961. 2:35

241) Pistol Packin' Mama: (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-27-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Al Dexter. #1 US for Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, 1944. 2:00

242) High Horse Blues:(Inyo original): (double-tracked--1970 Stella 12-string lead and rhythm; 12-30-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 2:29

243) It's Only Make Believe: (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-22-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Jack Nance and Conway Twitty. For my version, I eliminated the dreadful introductory part of the original. #1 US Billboard for Conway Twitty, 1958. 2:04

244) Five Hundred Miles:(not the Bobby Bare-style version): (1970 Stella 12-string; 1-10-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Heddy West copyrighted it in 1961, after adapting it from fragments of a melody she'd heard as a child in Georgia. 2:22

245) Michelle: (double-tracked--1970 Stella 12-string rhythm-1976 Martin D-35 lead; March 15, 1977; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Formally attributed to John Lennon-Paul McCartney, but McCartney wrote it. From the late 1965 album by The Beatles, "Rubber Soul." 2:13

246) Reason To Believe: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; April 8, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A Tim Hardin composition, 1965. #62 US Billboard for Rod Stewart, 1971. My version is based on the recording by Scott McKenzie for his 1967 album, "The Voice Of Scott McKenzie." 1:54

247): Crossfire Away Blues (Inyo original): (double-tracked: 1970 Stella 12-string-1952 Martin O-18; 12-27-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 2:41

248) Alabama: (1970 Stella 12-string guitar; high "g"-string removed; January, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Neil Young composition; from his 1972 album, "Harvest." In no way do I endorse or in any way approve of Young's harsh opinions of the US South, by the way. I am attracted to the song based on its chord structure and melody. 2:57

249) Crazed (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-28-1984; Calif.; recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 3:26

250) Like An Old Time Movie: (double-tracked--1952 Martin O-18, lead--pre-1975 Orlando nylon-string, rhythm; 6-12-1982; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded on a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by John Phillips. #24 US Billboard and #27 Canada for Scott McKenzie, 1967. 3:05

251) Treadin' Water Blues (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; high "g"-string removed; May, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 1:39

252) This Train: (1970 Stella 12-string guitar; high "g"-string removed; September, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Spiritual. First recorded version by Wood's Blind Jubilee Singers in August, 1925. 2:07

253) Blue Syncopation:(Inyo original): (1952 Martin O-18; (January, 1975; Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 2:40

254) Summer Rain: (double-tracked; 1970 Stella 12-string; 12-29-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by James Hendrix (no--not Jimmie Hendrix). #14 US Billboard for Johnny Rivers, 1967. 2:04

255) The Glade: (Inyo original): (1952 Martin O-18; 6-17-1991; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 3:26

256) Abilene: (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-26-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Bob Gibson, Lester Brown, and John D. Loudermilk. #15 US Billboard and #1 US Billboard Country for George Hamilton IV, 1963. 2:18

257) Big Bad Boogie:(Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-28-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 Teac stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:23

258) Dancing In The Dark: (1976 Martin D-35; May 3, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Penned by Bruce Sprinsteen. #2 US Billboard for Bruce Springsteen, 1984. 3:01

259) Wanderlust Shuffle (Inyo original): (double-tracked: 1952 Martin O-18 rhythm and lead; 1990; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 2:00

260) Song Of Joy: (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-30-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Based on the famous passage from Beethoven's 9th Symphony--#14 US Billboard for Miguel Rios, 1970. 2:25

261) Bad Time: (1976 Martin D-35; June 9, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Written by Mark Farmer. #4 US Billboard for Grand Funk, 1975. 2:18

262) Sojourner (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string--high "g" string removed; September, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 3:26

263) Alone Again Or: (1976 Martin D-35; October 15, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Composed by Bryan Maclean. #127 US Billboard for Love, 1968; #99 US Billboard for Love, 1970 (unedited album version). 1:34

264) Back To Badwater: (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-25-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:16

265) Mary In The Morning: (double-tracked--1970 Stella 12-string both channels; December 29, 1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Michael Rashkow and Johnny Cymbal. #27 US Billboard for Al Martino, 1967. 3:01

266) Nightmare Blues (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string guitar; high "g"-string removed; September, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 1:52

267) Chisholm Trail: (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-27-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional American Cowboy/Folk song, authorship undetermined. 1:53

268) Your Mother Should Know: (double-tracked: 1970 Stella 12-string guitar lead and rhythm; March 15, 1977; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Attributed formally to Lennon-McCartney, but Paul McCartney wrote it. From the 1967 album "Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles. 2:20

269) The Glide (Inyo original): (1952 Martin O-18; 6-17-1991; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. 2:33

270): House Of The Rising Sun: (double-tracked--1970 Stella 12-string guitar lead and rhythm; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Classic Folk song, authorship undetermined. #1 US Billboard for The Animals, 1964. 2:24

Liner Notes and links for CD #7

Inyo 7

Solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitars

Running Time: 78:15, with no pause between tracks

271) (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame: (1976 Martin D-35; April 15, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif.; written by Doc Pomas and Mort Shuman. #4 US Billboard and #1 UK for Elvis Presley, 1961. 2:34

272) Bye Bye Love: (1970 Stella 12-string with high "g" string removed; November, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. #2 US Billboard and #1 US Billboard Country for The Everly Brothers, 1957. 2:13

273) Santa Barbara Blues: (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; December, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:06

274) Five O'Clock World: (1976 Martin D-35; October 18, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Written by Allen Reynolds. #4 US Billboard and #1 Canadian for The Vogues, 1966; #16 US Billboard Country for Hal Ketchum, 1992. Used as opening song for the second season of television's The Drew Carey Show (1996-'97). 2:40

275) Old Man River: 1970 Stella 12-string; 4-19-1981; Santa Barbara Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II; a song from the 1927 musical Show Boat. 2:17

276) I'm A Believer: (1976 Martin D-35; March 9, 2005;Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Written by Neil Diamond. #1 US Billboard for The Monkees, late 1966-early 1967. 3:33

277) Mama Don't Allow: (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-23-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic campfire song. Possibly derived from the June 22, 1929 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders 'Round Here." 2:18

278) Kicks: (1976 Martin D-35; May 19, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil collaborative composition. #4 US Billboard and #1 Canadian for Paul Revere & The Raiders, 1966. 2:20

279) Walkin' Down The Line: (1970 Stella 12-string; January, 1978; recorded in basement of our old home in Kansas); recorded with a 1974 monaural tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. A Bob Dylan composition. My version's patterned on the masterful Glen Campbell performance from his year 1964 album, "The Astounding 12-String Guitar Of Glen Campbell." 1:40

280) Paint It Black: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; December 30, 2000; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif.). Mick Jagger (lyrics)-Keith Richards (music) composition. #1 US Billboard for The Rolling Stones, 1966. 2:25

281) Dance The Night Away: (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-29-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown. Appears on the year 1967 album Disraeli Gears by Cream. 3:10

282) Makin' Tracks Blues: (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-23-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 3:08

283) Cocaine: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; December 14, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. JJ Cale composition; #30 US Billboard and #3 Canada, 1980, for Eric Clapton. Clapton accurately describes "Cocaine" as an anti-drug song--"quite cleverly anti-cocaine." Indeed. Otherwise, I would never play the song. 2:34

284) 7 And 7 Is: (1970 Stella 12-string guitar with high g-string removed; December, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. An Arthur Lee composition. #33 US Billboard for Love, 1966. 2:19

285): Good To Be Alive In The Country: (1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; May, 1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Ken Tobias, who also wrote "Stay Awhile" for The Bells (#7 US Billboard and #1 Canada, 1971). Sung by Lindsay Wagner as character Jaime Sommers in the television series "The Bionic Woman"--episode "Road To Nashville," October 20, 1976. 2:57

286) Love Minus Zero/No Limit: (1976 Martin D-35; April 18, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A Bob Dylan composition, from his 1965 album, "Bringing It All Back Home." 2:23

287) Thundering Blues (Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; May, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:53

288) It Won't Be Wrong: (1970 Stella 12-string; 1-7-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Original Byrds member Roger (the artist formerly known as Jim) McGinn wrote it, in collaboration with Harvey Gerst. From the 1965 album"Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds. #63 US Billboard for The Byrds, 1966. 2:05

289) Sunshine Girl: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; April 12, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. Written by Jerry Riopelle, Murray MacLeod, and Allen "Smokey" Roberds. #20 US Billboard for The Parade, 1967. 2:15

290) Hanky Panky: (1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; January, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. #1 US Billboard for Tommy James & The Shondells, 1966. 2:58

291) Promises: (1970 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; January, 1980; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Richard Feldman and Roger Linn. #9 US Billboard for Eric Clapton, 1978. For my version, I've eliminated the completely forgettable break to the song. 2:04

 292) Canopy (Inyo original): (1952 Martin O-18; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:30

293) Old Black Joe: (1970 Stella 12-string; 12-28-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Stephen Foster composition, published in 1853. 2:32

294) Everything That Touches You: (1970 Stella 12-string; 7-22-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Terry Kirkman. #10 US Billboard for The Association, 1968. 2:37

295) Rocky Mountain High: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; April 28, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. Penned by John Denver and Mike Taylor. For my version, I include only two of the three verses to the original John Denver song. #9 US Billboard for John Denver, 1973. 2:49

296) You Made My Love: (HP-Inyo original): (1970 Stella 12-string; 1-6-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 1:53

297) Kentucky Woman: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; August 15, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. Penned by Neil Diamond. #22 US Billboard for Neil Diamond, 1967; #38 US Billboard for Deep Purple, 1968. 2:16

298) Red Wing: (1970 Stella 12-string; January, 1978; recorded in the basement of our old home in Kansas); recorded with a portable 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. My version was inspired by Glen Campbell's performance on his 1964 album, "The Astounding 12-String Guitar Of Glen Campbell." Written in 1907, with music by Kerry Mills, lyrics Thurland Chattaway. 2:20

299) It Ain't Me, Babe: (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; January 9, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. A Bob Dylan composition. #8 US Billboard for The Turtles, 1965. 2:46

300) American Folk Trilogy: A medley of three American Folk songs: If I Had A Hammer (Peter Seeger composition); Shenandoah (traditional); and This Land (Is Your Land) (Woody Guthrie composition); (1970 Stella 12-string; 4-5-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 Teac stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Recorded during my last recording session with a 12-string guitar. 4:17

My Other Web Sites--both musical and paleontological

Paleontology-Related Pages

Web sites I have created pertaining to fossils

  • Fossils In Death Valley National Park: A site dedicated to the paleontology, geology, and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park; lots of on-site photographs of scenic localities within the park; images of fossils specimens; links to many virtual field trips of fossil-bearing interest.
  • Fossil Insects And Vertebrates On The Mojave Desert, California: Journey to two world-famous fossil sites in the middle Miocene Barstow Formation: one locality yields upwards of 50 species of fully three-dimensional, silicified freshwater insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that can be dissolved free and intact from calcareous concretions; a second Barstow Formation district provides vertebrate paleontologists with one of the greatest concentrations of Miocene mammal fossils yet recovered from North America--it's the type locality for the Bartovian State of the Miocene Epoch, 15.9 to 12.5 million years ago, with which all geologically time-equivalent rocks in North American are compared.
  • Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: Visit wildly colorful Red Rock Canyon State Park on California's northern Mojave Desert, approximately 130 miles north of Los Angeles--scene of innumerable Hollywood film productions and commercials over the years--where the Middle to Late Miocene (13 to 7 million years old) Dove Spring Formation, along with a classic deposit of petrified woods, yields one of the great terrestrial, land-deposited Miocene vertebrate fossil faunas in all the western United States.
  • Fossil Plants Of The Ione Basin, California: Head to Amador County in the western foothills of California's Sierra Nevada to explore the fossil leaf-bearing Middle Eocene Ione Formation of the Ione Basin. This is a completely undescribed fossil flora from a geologically fascinating district that produces not only paleobotanically invaluable suites of fossil leaves, but also world-renowned commercial deposits of silica sand, high-grade kaolinite clay and the extraordinarily rare Montan Wax-rich lignites (a type of low grade coal).
  • Trilobites In The Marble Mountains, Mojave Desert, California: Take a trip to the place that first inspired my life-long fascination and interest in fossils--the classic trilobite quarry in the Lower Cambrian Latham Shale, in the Marble Mountains of California's Mojave Desert. It's a special place, now included in the rather recently established Trilobite Wilderness, where some 21 species of ancient plants and animals have been found--including trilobites, an echinoderm, a coelenterate, mollusks, blue-green algae and brachiopods.
  • A Visit To Ammonite Canyon, Nevada: Explore one of the best-exposed, most complete fossiliferous marine late Triassic through early Jurassic geologic sections in the world--a place where the important end-time Triassic mass extinction has been preserved in the paleontological record. Lots of key species of ammonites, brachiopods, corals, gastropods and pelecypods.
  • Late Triassic Ichthyosaur And Invertebrate Fossils In Nevada: Journey to two classic, world-famous fossil localities in the Upper Triassic Luning Formation of Nevada--Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and Coral Reef Canyon. At Berlin-Ichthyosaur, observe in-situ the remains of several gigantic ichthyosaur skeletons preserved in a fossil quarry; then head out into the hills, outside the state park, to find plentiful pelecypods, gastropods, brachiopods and ammonoids. At Coral Reef Canyon, find an amazing abundance of corals, sponges, brachiopods, echinoids (sea urchins), pelecypods, gastropods, belemnites and ammonoids.
  • Fossils From The Kettleman Hills, California: Visit one of California's premiere Pliocene-age (approximately 4.5 to 2.0 million years old) fossil localities--the Kettleman Hills, which lie along the western edge of California's Great Central Valley northwest of Bakersfield. This is where innumerable sand dollars, pectens, oysters, gastropods, "bulbous fish growths" and pelecypods occur in the Etchegoin, San Joaquin and Tulare Formations.
  • Field Trip To The Kettleman Hills Fossil District, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic site on the western side of California's Great Central Valley, roughly 80 miles northwest of Bakersfield, where several Pliocene-age (roughly 4.5 to 2 million years old) geologic rock formations yield a wealth of diverse, abundant fossil material--sand dollars, scallop shells, oysters, gastropods and "bulbous fish growths" (fossil bony tumors--found nowhere else, save the Kettleman Hills), among many other paleontological remains.
  • A Visit To The Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, Southern California: Travel to the dusty hills near Bakersfield, California, along the eastern side of the Great Central Valley in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, to explore the world-famous Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, a Middle Miocene marine deposit some 16 to 15 million years old that yields over a hundred species of sharks, rays, bony fishes, and sea mammals from a geologic rock formation called the Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation; this is the most prolific marine, vertebrate fossil-bearing Middle Miocene deposit in the world.
  • Middle Triassic Ammonoids From Nevada: Travel to a world-famous fossil locality in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, a specific place that yields some 41 species of ammonoids, in addition to five species of pelecypods and four varieties of belemnites from the Middle Triassic Prida Formation, which is roughly 235 million years old; many paleontologists consider this specific site the single best Middle Triassic, late Anisian Stage ammonoid locality in the world. All told, the Prida Formation yields 68 species of ammonoids spanning the entire Middle Triassic age, or roughly 241 to 227 million years ago.
  • Fossil Bones In The Coso Range, Inyo County, California: Visit the Coso Range Wilderness, west of Death Valley National Park at the southern end of California's Owens Valley, where vertebrate fossils some 4.8 to 3.0 million years old can be observed in the Pliocene-age Coso Formation: It's a paleontologically significant place that yields many species of mammals, including the remains of Equus simplicidens, the Hagerman Horse, named for its spectacular occurrences at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho; Equus simplicidens is considered the earliest known member of the genus Equus, which includes the modern horse and all other equids.
  • Fossil Plants At Aldrich Hill, Western Nevada: Take a field trip to western Nevada, in the vicinity of Yerington, to famous Aldrich Hill, where one can collect some 35 species of ancient plants--leaves, seeds and twigs--from the Middle Miocene Aldirch Station Formation, roughly 12 to 13 million years old. Find the leaves of evergreen live oak, willow, and Catalina Ironwood (which today is restricted in its natural habitat solely to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California), among others, plus the seeds of many kinds of conifers, including spruce; expect to find the twigs of Giant Sequoias, too.
  • Fossils From Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Explore the badlands of the Manix Lake Beds on California's Mojave Desert, an Upper Pleistocene deposit that produces abundant fossil remains from the silts and sands left behind by a great fresh water lake, roughly 350,000 to 19,000 years old--the Manix Beds yield many species of fresh water mollusks (gastropods and pelecypods), skeletal elements from fish (the Tui Mojave Chub and Three-Spine Stickleback), plus roughly 50 species of mammals and birds, many of which can also be found in the incredible, world-famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles.
  • Field Trip To Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Go on a virtual field trip to the classic, fossiliferous badlands carved in the Upper Pleistocene Manix Formation, Mojave Desert, California. It's a special place that yields beaucoup fossil remains, including fresh water mollusks, fish (the Mojave Tui Chub), birds and mammals.
  • Trilobites In The Nopah Range, Inyo County, California: Travel to a locality well outside the boundaries of Death Valley National Park to collect trilobites in the Lower Cambrian Pyramid Shale Member of the Carrara Formation.
  • Ammonoids At Union Wash, California: Explore ammonoid-rich Union Wash near Lone Pine, California, in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Union Wash is a ne plus ultra place to find Early Triassic ammonoids in California. The extinct cephalopods occur in abundance in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, with the dramatic back-drop of the glacier-gouged Sierra Nevada skyline in view to the immediate west.
  • A Visit To The Fossil Beds At Union Wash, Inyo County California: A virtual field trip to the fabulous ammonoid accumulations in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, Inyo County, California--situated in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
  • Ordovician Fossils At The Great Beatty Mudmound, Nevada: Visit a classic 475-million-year-old fossil locality in the vicinity of Beatty, Nevada, only a few miles east of Death Valley National Park; here, the fossils occur in the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone at a prominent Mudmound/Biohern. Lots of fossils can be found there, including silicified brachiopods, trilobites, nautiloids, echinoderms, bryozoans, ostracodes and conodonts.
  • Paleobotanical Field Trip To The Sailor Flat Hydraulic Gold Mine, California: Journey on a day of paleobotanical discovery with the FarWest Science Foundation to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada--to famous Sailor Flat, an abandoned hydraulic gold mine of the mid to late 1800s, where members of the foundation collect fossil leaves from the "chocolate" shales of the Middle Eocene auriferous gravels; all significant specimens go to the archival paleobotanical collections at the University California Museum Of Paleontology in Berkeley.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada: Explore a 518-million-year-old fossil locality several miles north of Death Valley National Park, in Esmeralda County, Nevada, where the Lower Cambrian Harkless Formation yields the largest single assemblage of Early Cambrian trilobites yet described from a specific fossil locality in North America; the locality also yields archeocyathids (an extinct sponge), plus salterella (the "ice-cream cone fossil"--an extinct conical animal placed into its own unique phylum, called Agmata), brachiopods and invertebrate tracks and trails.
  • Fossil Leaves And Seeds In West-Central Nevada: Take a field trip to the Middlegate Hills area in west-central Nevada. It's a place where the Middle Miocene Middlegate Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with some 64 species of fossil plant remains, including the leaves of evergreen live oak, tanbark oak, bigleaf maple, and paper birch--plus the twigs of giant sequoias and the winged seeds from a spruce.
  • Ordovician Fossils In The Toquima Range, Nevada: Explore the Toquima Range in central Nevada--a locality that yields abundant graptolites in the Lower to Middle Ordovician Vinini Formation, plus a diverse fauna of brachiopods, sponges, bryozoans, echinoderms and ostracodes from the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone.
  • Fossil Plants In The Dead Camel Range, Nevada: Visit a remote site in the vicinity of Fallon, Nevada, where the Middle Miocene Desert Peak Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with 22 species of nicely preserved leaves from a variety of deciduous trees and evergreen live oaks, in addition to samaras (winged seeds), needles and twigs from several types of conifers.
  • Early Triassic Ammonoid Fossils In Nevada: Visit the two remote localities in Nevada that yield abundant, well-preserved ammonoids in the Lower Triassic Thaynes Formation, some 240 million years old--one of the sites just happens to be the single finest Early Triassic ammonoid locality in North America.
  • Fossil Plants At Buffalo Canyon, Nevada: Explore the wilds of west-central Nevada, a number of miles from Fallon, where the Middle Miocene Buffalo Canyon Formation yields to seekers of paleontology some 54 species of deciduous and coniferous varieties of 15-million-year-old leaves, seeds and twigs from such varieties as spruce, fir, pine, ash, maple, zelkova, willow and evergreen live oak
  • High Inyo Mountains Fossils, California: Take a ride to the crest of the High Inyo Mountains to find abundant ammonoids and pelecypods--plus, some shark teeth and terrestrial plants in the Upper Mississippian Chainman Shale, roughly 325 million years old.
  • Field Trip To The Copper Basin Fossil Flora, Nevada: Visit a remote region in Nevada, where the Late Eocene Dead Horse Tuff provides seekers of paleobotany with some 42 species of ancient plants, roughly 39 to 40 million years old, including the leaves of alder, tanbark oak, Oregon grape and sassafras.
  • Fossil Plants And Insects At Bull Run, Nevada: Head into the deep backcountry of Nevada to collect fossils from the famous Late Eocene Chicken Creek Formation, which yields, in addition to abundant fossil fly larvae, a paleobotanically wonderful association of winged seeds and fascicles (bundles of needles) from many species of conifers, including fir, pine, spruce, larch, hemlock and cypress. The plants are some 37 million old and represent an essentially pure montane conifer forest, one of the very few such fossil occurrences in the Tertiary Period of the United States.
  • A Visit To The Early Cambrian Waucoba Spring Geologic Section, California: Journey to the northwestern sector of Death Valley National Park to explore the classic, world-famous Waucoba Spring Early Cambrian geologic section, first described by the pioneering paleontologist C.D. Walcott in the late 1800s; surprisingly well preserved 540-510 million-year-old remains of trilobites, invertebrate tracks and trails, Girvanella algal oncolites and archeocyathids (an extinct variety of sponge) can be observed in situ.
  • Fossils From The Savage Canyon Formation, Nevada: Images of fossil plants and an insect from a classic Middle Miocene geologic rock formation in Nevada.
  • Petrified Wood From The Shinarump Conglomerate: An image of a chunk of petrified wood I collected from the Upper Triassic Shinarump Conglomerate, outside of Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.
  • Fossil Giant Sequoia Foliage From Nevada: Images of the youngest fossil foliage from a giant sequoia ever discovered in the geologic record--the specimen is Lower Pliocene in geologic age, around 5 million years old.
  • Some Favorite Fossil Brachiopods Of Mine: Images of several fossil brachiopods I have collected over the years from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic-age rocks.

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