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Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

A Triple Cyber-CD

Inyo And Folks Play 110 Selections On 6 And 12-String Guitars

Also used: kazoo; banjo; tambourine; maracas; and drum brushes on bongos

This is the cover of our triple Cyber-CD: "Inyo And Folks--A Musical History," in which we play 110 acoustic arrangements of some of our favorite songs--all recorded during the "Golden Age" of our occasional impromptu, completely spontaneous musical get-togethers: from 1970 to 1995. Every selection here was a so-called "one take wonder"--that is, without having first rehearsed a single song, we'd simply leave a tape recorder running while we sang and played and let the musical chips fall where they may, so to speak. What's included here, then, is what we've decided is probably best representative of those many periodic spur-of-the-moment "jam sessions."The photograph shows an overview of our campsite in the El Paso Mountains, Mojave Desert, California, during a weekend visit; that's an Open Road Camper, by the way, and my folks' American Motors Corporation (AMC) CJ7 jeep--purchased in Overland Park, Kansas--rests behind the RV.

This specific site used to be our favorite place to camp in all of California's Mojave Desert, and I still have warm, wonderful memories of our times spent there--a perfect base camp for paleontological, geological, botanical, and wildlife explorations, not to mention just kicking back and watching the desert turn to dusk--and a locality where we recorded many spirited campfire musical performances.

Here's a bit of additional information about what's revealed in the photograph: Those pale greenish, low-lying bushes in the foreground and distance are shadscale, while the darker greenish brushes spread throughout are creosote. And that large bushy clump just to the left of the jeep is a Tamarisk (salt cedar) tree.

All of the rocks in the picture belong to what geologists call the middle Miocene Dove Spring Formation of the Ricardo Group. It's been dated at approximately 13 to 7 million years old and yields to paleontologists--in addition to abundant, beautifully preserved opalized petrified woods--one of the largest and most complete vertebrate fossil faunas in all the western United States. The bountiful fossil wood consists of such specimens as Black Locust, Mexican pinyon pine, cypress, California live oak, red-root (New Jersey Tea), acacia, desert thorn and palm. And, by the way, at that prominent hill that touches the skyline in the distance, behind the motor home, we observed through several successive visits numerous bones and teeth of now extinct land mammals weathering out of the sedimentary rocks.

Among the vertebrate fossils identified from the middle Miocene Dove Spring Formation, abundant skeletal elements have been recovered from animals that lived in diverse paleohabitats. For example, lake and water-loving critters collected from the El Paso Mountains badlands include a small fish (sucker), frogs, toads, three kinds of salamanders, a pond turtle, an extinct goose, an otter and a beaver. Dove Spring Formation animals that would typify a plains-like habitat include ten species of horse, four kinds of camels, two varieties of rhinos, three pronghorns, a vulture, a pika, two species of ground squirrels, rabbits, deermice and two kinds of extinct proboscidean gomphotheres. Representatives of a brush-land habitat include a peccary, two extinct sheep-like animals called oreodonts, a species of extinct three-toed browsing horse, one ring-tailed cat, a small skunk, a species of short-legged camel, a wolverine, two kinds of weasel-like animals, two varieties of foxes, four different kinds of spiny lizards, a night lizard, a rosey boa, racer snakes, a chipmunk, a hedgehog, two species of gopher-like rodents, two kinds of pocket mice, a bat and three species of small perching birds. Animals that probably frequented areas near permanent bodies of water include two alligator lizards, one species of mole, one kind of small rear-fanged snake and four different types of shrews. And then there are several animals that likely ventured into any kind of habitat they chose to investigate: a very large bear-like animal, six different species of dog, and three large cats, including a saber-tooth.

For more detailed information about Red Rock Canyon State Park, visit my web page, Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California.

Cyber-CD cover designed and created by Inyo (my cyber-handle, by the way).

Introduction:

Here are 110 audio MP3 tracks of songs my folks and I recorded at various times from 1970 to 1995 during the "Golden Age" of our occasional, impromptu musical get-togethers. It's a triple Cyber-CD called "Inyo And Folks--A Musical History."

The Cyber-CD--that is, a web-based compact disk where visitors may download at their convenience, for free, a number of music files that would, in a commercial venue, be considered a traditional CD--contains an inclusive cross-section of the kinds of acoustic music my folks and I used to perform together, during occasional recording sessions--that is: Folk; Country Western; Tin Pan Alley-era popular songs (roughly 1890s to the 1920s); Big Band/Swing-era tunes (early 1930s to around 1947); Spirituals; and occasional Blues-based offerings.

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 the 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.

For more free music, visit my pages, The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD (where you can here me play 30 cover selections of some of my favorite songs); The Distant Path--A Cyber CD--listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions; Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber-CD (listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions); Acoustic Stratigraphy (I play 34 covers of some of my favorite songs on acoustic 6 and 12-string guitars); Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD (32 covers and original compositions); Inyo 7 (30 covers and original compositions); and The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD (32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of some of my previously released tracks).

For an all-text page that includes all 332 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo.

Jump on over to my page It's A Happening Thing--Music From The Year 1967. Includes YouTube (and other sources) links to all songs that charted US Billboard Top 100 in year 1967 (close to a thousand, as as matter of fact), plus links to records that bubbled under US Billboard's Hot 100 charts that year (releases that placed #101 to #135); peruse, too, my extensive personal database of year 1967 music.

Shop Talk: All About The Recording Process:

First off, a few words regarding the overall audio quality on the triple Cyber-CD: We recorded none of the 110 musical selections offered here in a professional studio setting-- indeed, at no time during our music sessions did we ever avail ourselves of professional studio time; each track on the triple Cyber-CD developed, as it were, under completely spontaneous, impromptu circumstances, often around campfires or in a motor home during periodic camping excursions, without the use of sophisticated digital audio equipment.

Recording equipment was varied, and of variable audio-capturing capabilities, to boot. At our numerous camping localities, from 1974 (the first year in which we began to record while camping) to 1992 (the last year in which we recorded while on a camping excursion), we usually used a variety of portable stereo cassette tape machines--although, in some rather notable instances we employed a very inexpensive monaural (also called monophonic) cassette tape recorder. During sessions at home, we often used a Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine. Other home-recorded moments involved the use of either a portable stereo cassette tape machine, or sometimes a more technical method whereby we plugged two stand-up microphones into a mixer, which in turn fed directly to a stereo cassette machine linked to a home-audio system.

Instruments used: Early on in our recording sessions, Dad favored a 1952 Martin O-18 guitar, although from 1977 onward on he used almost exclusively a 1976 Martin D-35; often he played the banjo, as well. I used either a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar or the 1952 Martin O-18, when performing with my folks as a group, or individually; on occasion, when the spirit struck, invariably during non-recorded moments, I jumped in with a banjo demonstration, as well. In our group settings, or while singing to my accompaniment, mom sometimes played a kazoo--or, alternately, simulated a kazoo by blowing through a piece of wax paper wrapped around a comb--also, she played a variety of percussion instruments: tambourine, maracas, spoons, and drum brushes across the top of a pair of bongos.

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Music Files For The Triple Cyber-CD: Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

Volume 1

Running Time Is: 79 minutes and 7 seconds (with no pause between tracks)

All Selections are in MP3 Format

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

Selection #1: 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#2: (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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 came in an article by William L. Alden, titled “Sailor Songs,” published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1882. 2:44

 Selection #6 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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. 2:47

Selection #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 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 #21: 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 #22: 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 #23: 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 #24: 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 #25: Dark Town Strutters' Ball - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals 1952 Martin O-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(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 #26: 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. 1:45

Selection #27: 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. 2:15

Selection #28: 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 #29: 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 #30: Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(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 #31: 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 #32: 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 #33: 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 #34: 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 #35: 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 #36: 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 #37: 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.

The Double Cyber-CD: Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

Volume 2

Running Time Is--78:59 (with 2-second pause between tracks)

All selections in MP3 format

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

Selection #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Charleston - Inyo and Mom: Mom(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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: The Tennessee Waltz - Inyo and Parents: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18); 5-2-1983; Calif.; 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. 1:54

Selection #20: 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 #21: 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 #22: (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 #23: 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 #24: 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 #25: 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 #26: 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 #27: 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 #28: 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 #29: 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 #30: 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 #31: 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 #32: 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 #33: 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 #34: 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 #35: 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 #36: 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 #37: 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

The Triple Cyber-CD: Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

Volume 3

Running Time Is--77:58 (with 2-second pause between tracks)

36 tracks--All selections in MP3 format

Selection #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: In The Pines - Inyo and parents: Dad(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 #13: 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 #14: 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." We used to always close out our occasional, impromptu songfests with "Mama Don't Allow." 2:34

Selection #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Charleston - Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1970 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif.; recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Roaring '20s standard. Lyrics by Cecil Mack, music James P. Johnson, 1923. 1:21

Selection #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 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 #21: 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 #22: 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 #23: 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 #24: 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 #25: 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 #26: 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 #27: 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 #28: Skip To My Lou - Inyo and Dad: Dad(vocals-banjo)-Inyo(1952 Martin O-18, and solos) (5-13-1983; 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 #29: 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 #30: 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 #31: 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 #32: 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 #33: 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 #34: Cotton Fields - Inyo and Mom: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon-string) (3-28-1976; 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. 1:37

Selection #35: 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 #36: 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?"

Music Links Of Interest

The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo: Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

Beyond The Timberline: Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

The Distant Path--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

 Acoustic Stratigraphy: Listen to me play 34 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

 Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

Inyo 7--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs, plus originals (all free music)

The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of some of my previously released tracks

For an all-text page that includes all 300 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, "Inyo 7" (never placed on the Net as a stand-alone Cyber-CD).

Links To My Fossils-Related Pages

Pages that I have created pertaining to matters paleontological

  • 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.
  • A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada: Take a virtual field trip to a Nevada locality that yields the most complete, diverse, fossil assemblage of terrestrial Miocene plants and animals known from North America--and perhaps the world, as well.
  • 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.
  • Late Pennsylvanian Fossils In Kansas: Travel to the midwestern plains to discover the classic late Pennsylvanian fossil wealth of Kansas--abundant, supremely well-preserved associations of such invertebrate animals as brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, echinoderms, fusulinids, mollusks (gastropods, pelecypods, cephalopods, scaphopods), and sponges; one of the great places on the planet to find fossils some 307 to 299 million years old.
  • 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.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils Of Westgard Pass, California: Visit the Westgard Pass area, a world-renowned geologic wonderland several miles east of Big Pine, California, in the neighboring White-Inyo Mountains, to examine one of the best places in the world to find archaeocyathids--an enigmatic invertebrate animal that went extinct some 510 million years ago, never surviving past the early Cambrian; also present there in rocks over a half billion years old are locally common trilobites, plus annelid and arthropod trails, and early echinoderms.
  • 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.
  • Fossils In Millard County, Utah: Take virtual field trips to two world-famous fossil localities in Millard County, Utah--Wheeler Amphitheater in the trilobite-bearing middle Cambrian Wheeler Shale; and Fossil Mountain in the brachiopod-ostracod-gastropod-echinoderm-trilobite rich lower Ordovician Pogonip Group.
  • Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California: Visit a productive Paleozoic Era fossil-bearing area near Independence, California--along the east side of California's Owens Valley, with the great Sierra Nevada as a dramatic backdrop--a paleontologically fascinating place that yields a great assortment of invertebrate animals.
  • 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.
  • Field Trip To A Vertebrate Fossil Locality In The Coso Range, California: Take a cyber-visit to the famous bone-bearing Pliocene Coso Formation, Coso Mountains, Inyo County, California; includes detailed text for the field trip, plus on-site images and photographs of vertebrate fossils.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For information on what can and cannot be collected legally from America's Public Lands, take a look at Fossils On America's Public Lands and Collecting On Public Lands--brochures that the Bureau Of Land Management has allowed me to transcribe.

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