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Inyo And Folks--A Musical History

A quadruple cyber-cd

Contains at least one song from every year in which we recorded, from 1975-1993

This is the cover of our quadruple Cyber-CD: "Inyo And Folks--A Musical History," in which we play 159 acoustic arrangements of some of our favorite songs--all recorded during the "Golden Age" of our occasional impromptu, completely spontaneous musical get-togethers: from 1975 to 1993. 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 159 audio MP3 tracks of songs my folks and I recorded at various times from 1975 to 1993 during the "Golden Age" of our occasional, impromptu musical get-togethers. It's a quadruple 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.

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 hear 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); and Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD (I play 32 covers and original compositions on 6 and 12-string guitars.

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

Contains at least one song from every year we recorded, from 1975-1993

Volume 1

Running Time Is: 79:56, with no pause between tracks

All Selections are in MP3 Format

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

1) 900 Miles - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(tambourine)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (December 31, 1992; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. "900 Miles" probably has its origins in an old American South fiddle tune called "Rueben's Train."

2) In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (12-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed in 1905 by Harry Williams (lyrics) and Egbert Van Alstyne (music). A version by Henry Burr hit #1 US on May 10, 1905.

3) Five Foot Two - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(kazoo)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-13-1981; Santa Barbara, 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.

4) Columbus Stockade Blues - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (9-9-1980; Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed and first performed by Thomas P. (Tom) Darby and Johnny J. (Jimmie) Tarlton, 1927.

5) (I'd Like To Get You On A) Slow Boat To China - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. First recorded by Kay Kyser on October 15, 1948; #2 US Billboard and #1 Australia, respectively, for Kay Kyser, 1948.

6) Chisholm Trail - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (July 29, 1975; El Paso Mts., 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 it fell into disuse in 1882, hundreds of cowboys had driven tens of thousands of cattle up the trail from Texas to Kansas, inventing and singing countless verses to Old Chisholm Trail.

7) Darkness On The Delta - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (12-17-1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Jerry Livingston-Marty Symes-Al J. Neiburg, 1932. For our arrangement, we decided to play only the wonderfully evocative, melodic verses, eliminating what in our opinion is the rather pedestrian break.

8) Jack Of Diamonds - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 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.

9) Charleston - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Lyrics by Cecil Mack, music James P. Johnson, 1923.

10) Bill Bailey - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18; 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; first published in 1902.

11) In A Little Red Barn - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; high "g" string removed) (5-24-1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Joe Young, Jean Schwartz, and Milton Ager, 1934.

12) Bouquet Of Roses - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (6-8-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 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.

13) Careless Love - Mom-Inyo: Mom(kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded 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 published it under the title "Loveless Love," 1926.

14) Mama Don't Allow - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals 1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18; 6-14-1991; Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Probably adapted from the Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording of "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Around Here," June 22, 1929.

15) Heaven Can Wait - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded 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.

16) The Tennessee Waltz - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18); 5-2-1983; Calif.; recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. First released by Cowboy Copas, December, 1947. #1 US Billboard for Patti Page, 1950.

17) Bie Mir Bis Du Shoen - Dad-Mom-Inyo-Prudence(our Manx cat, meowing at the end): Dad(1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string)-Prudence(our Manx cat, at the end) (1975; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish musical, "I Would If I Could." 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.

18) Dark Town Strutters' Ball - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals 1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Shelton Brooks; published in 1917.

19) Ezekiel (Saw The Wheel) - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18; 6-14-1991; Stewart Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Spiritual. Composed by William Levi Dawson, 1942.

20) Three Little Fishies - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, 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.

21) Crawdad Song - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo) Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (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 "campfire song."

22) Yankee Doodle Dandy - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (2-26-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Rainbow Basin, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by George M. Cohan. Also well-known as "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy." From the 1904 Broadway musical Little Johnny Jones.

23) Turkey In The Straw - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (9-14-1980; Eleven Mile Campground, Rocky Mountains, Colorado); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional. Dates from the early 19th century.

24) When You Wore A Tulip - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1987; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Percy Wenrich (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics), 1914.

25) Risin' River Blues - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; high "g" string removed) (May, 1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Atlanta-based 12-string guitarist George Carter in the late 1920s, or early 1930s.

26) University Interlude (Dad-Inyooriginal) - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18 (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.

27) Sweethearts Of Yesterday - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1987; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A song published by mom's father (played piano and violin). At the time, he was leader and sole arranger for the five-piece house band at a nightclub in Kansas City, Missouri.

28) Ghost Riders In The Sky - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Stan Jones, June 5, 1948.

29) Your Cheatin' Heart - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (7-29-1975; El Paso Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Hank Williams wrote it and recorded it, 1952; released posthumously, 1953.

30) Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (8-24-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Spiritual. Composed sometime in the first half of the 1800s; first recorded version by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1922.

31) You Are My Sunshine - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (August 17, 1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Words and music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell (though some researchers claim Oliver Hood actually wrote it). First recorded on August 22, 1939 by The Pine Ridge Boys (Marvin Taylor and Doug Spivey).

32) (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (7-27-1975; Hartley Springs Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. A 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?".

33) A Good Man Now Days Is Hard To Find - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-kazoo)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon 6-string guitar) (6-4-1982; Santa Barbara Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, 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.

34) Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Spiritual. Authorship is variously attributed to one James Bland--born 1854.

35) Shenandoah - Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. First printed appearance credited to an article by William L. Alden, titled "Sailor Songs," in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1882.

36) Good-Time Joe - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Variously attributed to Randy Sparks of the New Christy Minstrels, early 1960s.

37) Do Lord Remember Me - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (2-22-1982; Marble Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Spiritual. First recording by The Garner Brothers (January 9, 1925).

38) Mama Don't Allow - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(spoken intro-vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 3-28-1987; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Probably adapted from the Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport recording of "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Around Here," June 22, 1929.

Volume 2

Running Time Is: 79:46, with no pause between tracks

All Selections are in MP3 Format

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

1) Columbus Stockade Blues - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals,1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(tapping)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (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) I'm Sitting On Top Of The World - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (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.

3) Denver - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (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."

4) Green Grow The Lilacs - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string guitar) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Classic A song of Irish origin that became popular in the United States during the mid-19th century.

5) Ain't She Sweet - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (9-9-1980; Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics); published in 1927.

6) Ezekiel (Saw The Wheel) - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (4-16-1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, campsite #44, Mojave Desert, Calif.). A Spiritual. Composed by William Levi Dawson, 1942.

7) Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. A hymn by American writer Julia Ward Howe using music from the song "John Brown's Body." Howe wrote her more famous lyrics in November, 1861; first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February, 1862.

8) Roving Gambler - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1987; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional. Kelly Harrell had a Country hit with it in 1925.

9) Abilene - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (9-9-1980); Custer State Park, Black Hills, 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.

10) (He's Got) The Whole World In His Hands - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-maracas-kazoo) Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (8-17-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Spiritual; first published in 1927. #1 US Billboard for Laurie London, 1958

11) The Tennessee Waltz - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(drum brushes on bongos)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (12-17-1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. First released by Cowboy Copas, December, 1947. #1 US Billboard for Patti Page, 1950.

12) Irene, Goodnight - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-maracas)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (8-17-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. First recorded by Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, 1933. "#1 US Billboard for The Weavers, 1950.

13) Five Foot Two - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1987; Santa Barbara, 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.

14) San - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (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.

15) Mama Don't Allow - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Santa Barbara, 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."

16) Bottle Of Wine - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18); (9-12-1980; Red Shale Campground, Powder River County, Montana); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Tom Paxton composition. #9 US Billboard for the Fireballs, 1967.

17) Pistol Packin' Mama - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (3-27-1981; Santa Barbara, 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.

18) When You Wore A Tulip - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (12-31-1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s stereo Sansui cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Penned by Percy Wenrich (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics). Earliest recording is by the American Quintet, September 23, 1914.

19) M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 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.

20) Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord No More - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (2-22-1982; Marble Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Spiritual, authorship unknown.

21) Julianne - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (December 31, 1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s stereo Sansui cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Variously attributed to Randy Sparks. Probably a re-reworking of an older Folk song. Appears on a year 1963 album by The New Christy Minstrels, "Tall Tales! Legends and Nonsense."

22) Turkey In The Straw - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (2-24-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Rainbow Basin, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional. Dates from the early 19th century.

23) I'm In The Mood For Love - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Music by Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Published in 1935. Introduced by Frances Langford in the movie "Every Night at Eight," 1935.

24) This Train - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo)-Mom(spoken intro-hum near beginning)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (July 27, 1975; Hartley Springs Campground, eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Calif.). A Spiritual. Earliest known recording is by Wood's Blind Jubilee Singers in August, 1925, under the title "This Train Is Bound for Glory."

25) I Don't Want Your Greenback Dollar - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional. Probably dates to later 19th Century, post-American Civil War. Earliest recorded variant is by the Weems String Band, 1928.

26) Down In The Valley - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (5-5-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional folk song.

27) Frankie And Johnnie - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1975; Santa Barbara Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. First published, copyrighted version is credited to Hughie Cannon, 1904.

28) Skip To My Lou - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18; 9-12-1980; Red Shale Campground, Powder River County, Montana); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Probably composed during the Puritan-age of early America, roughly 1630 to 1730.

29) Crawdad Song - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1976 Martin D-35) (3-15-1977--first time I recorded with Dad's 1976 Martin D-35, an instrument he'd purchased in December, 1976); Santa Barbara, 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.

30) Take This Hammer - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (February 22, 1982; Marble Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional. Probably dates from the 1870s.

31) Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(spoken intro)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (7-16-1975; Ichthyosaur Paleontologic State Monument, Shoshone Mts., Nye County, Nevada). A Spiritual. Composed in the first half of the 1800s; first recorded version is by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1922.

32) Cotton Fields - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-drum brushes on bongos)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon-string guitar) (3-27-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif.). Attributed to "Lead Belly," Huddie Ledbetter, who first recorded it in 1940.

33) A Worried Man - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1968 Stella 12-string)-Inyo(early 1960s 5-string 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.

34) Heart And Soul - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, 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.

35) Take Her Out Of Pity - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (May 25, 1975, Coso Mts., east side of Owens Valley, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Kingston Trio members Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and John Stewart wrote it and recorded it August 17, 1961, for their album, "Close-Up."

36) Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string); 2-25-1982; Mule Canyon, Calico Mts., Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Audible crackling sounds in background are from our campfire. Composed in 1907 by Ada R. Habershon (lyrics) and Charles H. Gabriel (music).

37) 'Til We Meet Again - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (6-8-1983; Calif); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purhased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Richard A. Whiting (music) and Raymond B. Egan (lyrics) in 1918. In the US, a version by Henry Burr and Albert Campbell was the #1 song for all of 1919.

38) Mama Don't Allow - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18; 4-5-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 Teac 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."

Volume 3

Running Time Is: 79:57, with no pause between tracks

All Selections are in MP3 Format

Solo performances from each participant--plus, selections by Inyo's parents as a duo

1) (That Good Old) Mountain Dew - Dad: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. An Appalachian Folk song, with lyrics composed independently by Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1928) and Scotty Wiseman (1935).

2) Bill Bailey - Mom: Mom(vocals-ukulele) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Words and music by Hughie Cannon; published in 1902.

3) This Land (Is Your Land) - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (12-26-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Woody Guthrie, 1940.

4) Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life - Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Victor Herbert (music) and Rida Johnson Young (lyrics), 1910.

5) Mary Don't You Weep - Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Traditional Spiritual; originated before the American Civil War.

6) Freight Train - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 12-30-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by a 12 year-old Elizabeth Cotten shortly after the turn of the 20th Century.

7) With A Song In My Heart - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Richard Rodgers (music) and Lorenz Hart (lyrics) for the 1929 musical "Spring Is Here."

8) Five Foot Two - Dad-Mom: Dad(early 1960s 5-string banjo)-Mom(vocals-tambourine) (May, 1980; Kansas); 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.

9) Wanderlust Shuffle (Inyo original) - Inyo: Double-tracked: Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18 rhythm and lead) (1990; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif.

10) You And The Night - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Arthur Schwartz (music) Howard Dietz (lyrics) for the Broadway show "Revenge With Music" (premiered November 28, 1934).

11) Tip Toe Through The Tulips - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (March, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Joe Burke (music); published in 1929.

12) Song Sung Blue - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string); 7-22-1985; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Neil Diamond. #1 US Billboard for Neil Diamond, 1972.

13) In The Pines - Mom: Mom(vocals) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. American Folk song; dates to at least the 1870s; believed to be southern Appalachian in origin.

14) My Buddy - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Gus Kahn; published in 1922. First recorded by Henry Burr, 1922.

15) Galveston - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string); (1-5-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Jimmy Webb composition. #4 US Billboard for Glen Campbell, 1969.

16) The Camp Town Races - Dad: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Stephen Foster, published 1850.

17) Lover Come Back To Me - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Sigmund Romberg (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) for the Broadway show "The New Moon," where Evelyn Herbert and Robert Halliday (as Robert Misson) introduced it; published in 1928.

18) The Letter - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-String) (1-10-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Wayne Carson composed it. #1 US Billboard for The Box Tops, 1967.

19) By The Light Of The Silvery Moon - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Gus Edwards (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics); published in 1909. First major recording December 22, 1910, by Billy Murray and the Haydn Quartet.

20) September In The Rain - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Harry Warren and Al Dubin; published in 1937. Introduced by James Melton in the film "Melody for Two" (initial release--May 1, 1937).

21) I Call Your Name - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 1-6-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A song composed primarily by John Lennon, with some help from Paul McCartney. First appears on The Beatles' 1964 US-release LP, "The Beatles' Second Album."

22) Ma! She's Making Eyes At Me - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (May, 1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Con Conrad (music) and Sidney Clare (lyrics), 1921.

23) Amazing Grace - Mom: Mom(vocals) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 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.

24) One Dozen Blues (Inyo original) - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 7-25-1985; Calif.); an original compositio by Inyo. Recorded with a 1977 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.

25) Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (5-3-1980; Kansas ); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Percy Wenrich (music) and Stanley Murphy (lyrics), 1909. First recorded by the Hadyn Quartet, November 29, 1909.

26) When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 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 in New Orleans at the time.

27) Rebel-Rouser - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (4-5-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazelwood. #6 US Billboard for Duane Eddy, 1958.

28) Precious Memories - Mom: Mom(vocals) (April, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Credited to J.B.F. Wright, 1925.

29) The Cry Of The Wild Goose - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Terry Gilkyson. #1 US Billboard for Frankie Laine, 1950.

30) A World Of Our Own - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (12-30-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Tom Springfield. #19 US Billboard for The Seekers, 1965; #1 US Billboard Country for Sonny James, 1968.

31) Jeepers Creepers - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the 1938 Warner Brothers movie "Going Places;" premiered by Louis Armstrong.

32) Rock Of Ages - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (March, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Christian hymn. Composed by Reverend Augustus Toplady in 1763; first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775.

33) If You Were The Only Girl (In The World) - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (March, 1980; Kansas ); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Nat D. Ayer (music) and Clifford Grey (lyrics); published in 1916. Introduced April 19, 1916, at the premiere of the musical/revue "The Bing Boys Are Here."

34) Nights In White Satin - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (January, 1978; Kansas.); recorded in the basement of our old home with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. A Justin Hayward composition. #2 US Billboard for The Moody Blues, 1972.

35) Will You Love Me In December As You Do In May? - Dad-Mom: Dad(1976 Martin D-35) -Mom(vocals) (March, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by James J. Walker (lyrics) and Ernest Ball (music), 1905.

36) Ghost Riders In The Sky - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Stan Jones, June 5, 1948.

37) Heart Of Gold - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 1-6-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Neil Young. #1 US Billboard for Neil Young, 1972.

38) 900 Miles - Dad: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18) (March 28, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. ) An American Folk song. "900 Miles" probably has its origins in an old American South fiddle tune called "Rueben's Train."

39) I Gave My Love A Cherry - Mom: Mom(vocals-ukulele) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Descends from a 15th-century English song. First recorded by Burl Ives in 1941.

40) Proud Mary - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 12-30-1984; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A John Fogerty composition. #2 US Billboard for Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969.

41) Ridin' Down The Canyon (To Watch The Sun Go Down) - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (5-2-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette, 1936.

42) Love's Old Sweet Song - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (12-31-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. An Irish Folk song published in 1884 by composers James Lynam Molloy (music) and G. Clifton Bingham (lyrics). Recorded in 1923 for the two-reel short film, "Love's Old Sweet Song."

Volume 4

Running Time Is: 79:53, with no pause between tracks

All selections are in MP3 format

Family group music, solo performances from each participant--plus, selections by Inyo's parents as a duo

1) When You Wore A Tulip - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solo) (4-5-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 Teac stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Penned by Percy Wenrich (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics). Earliest recording is by the American Quintet, September 23, 1914.

2) I Wonder What's Become Of Sally - Dad: Dad(vocals, 1976 Martin D-35) (5-3-1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Milton Ager (music) und Jack Yellen (lyrics), 1924.

3) Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals-kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1-7-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional Gospel, authorship unknown. Probably dates to 19th Century pre-American Civil War. First known recording is by the Selah Jubilee Singers, October 8, 1941.

4) Green Green - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded on 7-22-1985 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Barry McGuire and Randy Sparks. #14 US Billboad for The New Christy Minstrels, 1963.

5) Hello! My Baby - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (April, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written byJoseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson, 1899.

6) Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string, with 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.

7) Greenfields - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (4-8-1979; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Words and music by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller. #2 US Billboard for The Brothers Four, 1960.

8) Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet - Mom-Inyo: Mom(kazoo-tambourine)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (12-23-1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Percy Wenrich (music) and Stanley Murphy (lyrics), 1909. First recorded by the Hadyn Quartet, November 29, 1909 (#1 US, 1909).

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

10) Yankee Doodle Dandy - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (March, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by George M. Cohan. Also well-known as "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy." From the 1904 Broadway musical Little Johnny Jones.

11) Rhinestone Cowboy - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 7-29-1983; Calif.); recorded with a portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased Emporia, Kansas. A Larry Weiss composition. #1 US Billboard Pop and #1 US Billboard Country for Glen Campbell, 1975.

12) (That Good Old) Mountain Dew - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s 5-string banjo)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with 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).

13) Gypsy Rhapsody (Dad original composition) - Dad: Dad(humming lightly-1976 Martin D-35) (April, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.

14) John Henry - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (1975; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Traditional American folk song.

15) Shortnin' Bread - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; high g-string removed) (May, 1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by James Whitcomb Riley, 1900.

16) Solitary Man - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded 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, when re-released, #21 US Billboard for Neil Diamond in 1970.

17) A Travelin' Man - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (December 31, 1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. A folk song attributed to Big Joe Turner; A folk song composed by Scott Turner (real name--Graham Morrison Turnbull); co-wrote 13 songs with Buddy Holly. The New Christy Minstrels recorded "A Travelin' Man" for their 1963 album, "Ramblin'."

18) Kansas City - Mom-Inyo: Mom(blowing through wax paper wrapped around a comb, simulating a kazoo effect)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (2-24-1981; Owl Canyon Campground, Mojave Desert, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952. #1 US Billboard for Wilbert Harrison, 1959.

19) When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (March, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr., set to music composed by Ernest Ball; published in 1912.

20) Deep Purple - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1968 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.

21) Santa Barbara Blues (Inyo original composition) - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string with high g-string removed; December, 1979; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.

22) Hold Me - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; 12-31-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Jack Little, David Oppenheim, and Ira Schuster; published in 1933.

23) The Camp Town Races - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-early 1960s generic 5-string banjo)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string, with solos) (5-22-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Stephen Foster, published in 1850.

24) I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl) - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (April, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Harry Von Tilzer (music) and William Dillon (lyrics), 1911.

25) (What To Do With A) Drunken Sailor - Dad-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solos) (12-31-1993; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine,, purchased in Calif. A 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?".

26) Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals) (April, 1980; Kansas); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Karl Hoschna (music) and Otto Harbach (lyrics); published in 1908. From the Broadway musical The Three Twins.

27) The Tennessee Waltz - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(tambourine)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solo) (December 31, 1992; Calif.); recorded with an early 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Calif. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. First released by Cowboy Copas, December, 1947. #1 US Billboard for Patti Page, 1950.

28) Wonderful One - Dad: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35) (12-31-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Paul Whiteman (music) with Ferde Grofé (music) and Theodora Morse (also known as Dorothy Terris) (lyrics); published in 1922.

29) Feather Your Nest - Mom: Mom(vocals-ukulele) (1975; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1974 monaural cassette tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif.) Composed by James Brockman, Howard E. Johnson, and James Kendis; published in 1920. Recorded by Henry Burr November 3, 1920.

30) Joshua (Fought The Battle Of Jericho) - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18) (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. A Spiritual. Composed sometime in the first half of the 1800s; first recorded version by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1922.

31) Born Free - Inyo: Inyo(double-tracked: 1968 Stella 12-string lead-1952 Martin 0-18 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.

32) Bye Bye Blues - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(kazoo)-Inyo(pre-1975 Orlando nylon string guitar) (3-27-1981; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, and Chauncey Gray; published in 1930. #5 US Billboard for Les Paul & Mary Ford, 1952.

33) Release Me - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (4-5-1987; Calif.); recorded with a 1977 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Written by Eddie "Piano" Miller and Robert Yount in 1949. #4 US Billboard and #1 UK for Englebert Humperkinck, 1967.

34) Mighty Mississippi - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solo) (December 31, 1993; Calif.); recorded with a 1990s Sansui stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Sacramento, Calif. Usually attributed to Randy Sparks. Appears on a year 1963 album by The New Christy Minstrels called "Ramblin'."

35) In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(spoken at beginning-vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solo) (5-2-1983; Calif.); recorded with a 1978 stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. I take the first sole and then Dad plays a brief fingerpicking solo on this one. 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.

36) I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string; Calif.); recorded 1-5-1984 with a 1977 stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Composed by Hank Williams. B-side to the 1949 Hank Williams single "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It." #8 US Billboard for B.J. Thomas, 1966. #17 US Billboard Country for Terry Bradshaw, 1976.

37) April Showers - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Written by Louis Silvers (music) and B. G. De Sylva (lyrics); published in 1921.

38) When I Grow Too Old To Dream - Mom-Inyo: Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string) (April, 1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Sigmund Romberg (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics); published in 1934. #1 US for Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra, 1935; #8 US for Nelson Eddy, 1935.

39) The Implosion (Inyo original composition) - Inyo: Inyo(1968 Stella 12-string guitar; high "g"-string removed) (May, 1980; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1978 portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas.

40) You Were Meant For Me - Dad-Mom: Dad(vocals-1952 Martin 0-18)-Mom(vocals) (1976; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a 1976 stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. Composed by Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Arthur Freed (lyrics); published in 1929.

41) Mama Don't Allow - Dad-Mom-Inyo: Dad(vocals-1976 Martin D-35)-Mom(vocals)-Inyo(1952 Martin 0-18, with solo) (4-16-1992; Red Rock Canyon State Park, campsite #44, Mojave Desert, Calif.). Probably derived from the 6-22-1929 recording by Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders 'Round Here."

Music

The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo: I play 30 solo acoustic instrumental covers of some of my favorite songs on a 1976 Martin D-35 guitar (all free music).

The Distant Path--A Cyber CD I play 32 solo acoustic instrumental covers and original compositions on 6 and 12-string guitars (all free music).

Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber CD: I play 32 solo acoustic instrumental covers and original compositions on 6 and 12-string guitars (all free music).

Acoustic Stratigraphy--A Cyber CD I play 34 solo acoustic instrumental covers of some of my favorite songs on 6 and 12-string guitars (all free music).

Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD: I play 32 covers and original compositions on 6 and 12-string guitars (t's all free music).

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. Yields insects, leaves, seeds, conifer needles and twigs, flowering structures, pollens, petrified wood, diatoms, algal bodies, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, bird feathers, fish, gastropods, pelecypods (bivalves), and ostracods.
  • 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).
  • Ice Age Fossils At Santa Barbara, California--Journey to the famed So Cal coastal community of Santa Barbara (about a 100 miles north of Los Angeles) to explore one of the best marine Pleistocene invertebrate fossil-bearing areas on the west coast of the United States; that's where the middle Pleistocene Santa Barbara Formation yields nearly 400 species of pelecypod bivalve mollusks, gastropods, chitons, scaphopods, pteropods, brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, ostracods (minute bivalve crustaceans), worm tubes, and foraminifers.
  • 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.
  • Dinosaur-Age Fossil Leaves At Del Puerto Creek, California: Journey to the western edge of California's Great Central Valley to explore a classic fossil leaf locality in an upper Cretaceous section of the upper Cretaceous to Paleocene Moreno Formation; the plants you find there lived during the day of the dinosaur.
  • 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.
  • Fossil Plants At The Chalk Bluff Hydraulic Gold Mine, California: Take a field trip to the Chalk Bluff hydraulic gold mine, western foothills of California's Sierra Nevada, for leaves, seeds, flowering structures, and petrified wood from some 70 species of middle Eocene plants.
  • 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.
  • High Sierra Nevada Fossil Plants, Alpine County, California: Visit a remote fossil leaf and petrified wood locality in the Sierra Nevada, at an altitude over 8,600 feet, slightly above the local timberline, to find 7 million year-old specimens of cypress, Douglas-fir, White fir, evergreen live oak, and giant sequoia, among others.
  • In Search Of Fossils In The Tin Mountain Limestone, California: Journey to the Death Valley area of Inyo County, California, to explore the highly fossiliferous Lower Mississippian Tin Mountain Limestone; visit three localities that provide easy access to a roughly 358 million year-old calcium carbate accumulation that contains well preserved corals, brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, and ostracods--among other major groups of invertebrate animals.
  • 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.
  • Late Miocene Fossil Leaves At Verdi, Washoe County, Nevada: Explore a fascinating fossil leaf locality not far from Reno, Nevada; find 18 species of plants that prove that 5.8 million years ago this part of the western Great Basin Desert would have resembled, floristically, California's lush green Gold Country, from Placerville south to Jackson.
  • Fossils Along The Loneliest Road In America: Investigate the extraordinary fossil wealth along some 230 miles of The Loneliest Road In America--US Highway 50 from the vicinity of Eureka, Nevada, to Delta in Millard County, Utah. Includes on-site images and photographs of representative fossils (with detailed explanatory text captions) from every geologic rock deposit I have personally explored in the neighborhood of that stretch of Great Basin asphalt. The paleontologic material ranges in geologic age from the middle Eocene (about 48 million years ago) to middle Cambrian (approximately 505 million years old).
  • 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.
  • In Search Of Vanished Ages--Field Trips To Fossil Localities In California, Nevada, And Utah--My fossils-related field trips in full print book form (pdf). 98,703 words (equivalent to a medium-size hard cover work of non-fiction); 250 printed pages (equivalent to about 380 pages in hard cover book form); 27 chapters; 30 individual field trips to places of paleontological interest; 60 photographs--representative on-site images and pictures of fossils from each locality visited.

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