Ride Away Nominated for Multiple Awards
Album of the Year, 2010
Best Traditional Western Album by an Individual
Best Original Song (Thirteen Voices)
By the Western Music Association
Ride Away takes its title from the soundtrack of John Ford's 1956 masterpiece, The Searchers. The film, and its music, has been with me all my life.
As on Yondering, the songs of Ride Away celebrate the beauty of the wild and the road of the rover. Some of the selections are new. Some are little known or rarely heard. One or two could almost be called "folk." I chose each because it was a gem, and I believe Ride Away, like Yondering, will cross genres and appeal to a wide range of music enthusiasts.
Two of the songs, My Shadow and the Moon and Thirteen Voices, were written for the album by Ken DeAngelis (www.kenandjulie.com), whose compositions have been compared by critics to those of Harry Chapin and Simon & Garfunkel.
Thirteen Voices (Music by Ken DeAngelis, Lyrics by Ken DeAngelis & Amy Ober) was inspired by Amy's and my acquaintance with the Lakota elder, Beatrice Weasel Bear of "The Thirteen Grandmothers" (www.grandmotherscouncil.com). The efforts of these extraordinary indigenous leaders from the Americas, Tibet, Africa, and the Arctic to save life on this planet are documented in the film, For The Next 7 Generations..
I am excited to share the music of Ride Away, and particularly honored to bring Thirteen Voices to the public.
Lead & Harmony Vocals
Ken DeAngelis – Guitar, Accordion, Harmonica
Rachel Handman – Fiddle
Barry Wiesenfeld – Bass Fiddle, Flute
Arrangements: Ken DeAngelis & Rich Flanders
Engineering, Mixing, Mastering: Ken DeAngelis, JAZ Music Prod. Inc.
Produced by: JAZ Music Productions, Inc
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Man Without A Star - Arnold Hughes/Frederick Herbert, Universal Music Corp - Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - From the 1955 King Vidor western of the same name, starring Kirk Douglas. The song introduces the nimble accordion work of Ken DeAngelis and the fine fiddling of Rachel Handman.
Call of the Wild - Joyce Woodson, Roe to Hoe Music Publishing, Copyright 2004, BMI - Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - One of the many striking original compositions from Joyce’s album, “If I Hadn’t Seen The West.”
My Shadow and the Moon - Ken DeAngelis, Copyright 2009, JAZ Music Prod. Inc. ASCAP - Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - In addition to wearing hats of producer, sound engineer, accordionist, guitarist, harmonica player and co-arranger, Ken wrote this song just for this album, and I’m privileged to debut it.
The White Buffalo - Alan Bergman, WB Music Corp, OBO Threesome Music - Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Percussion: Ken DeAngelis; Flute: Barry Wiesenfeld – The message of this song, used in an episode of the 1950’s TV series, Rin Tin Tin, seems eternal. Dedicated to our Plains Indian brothers and sisters…and all who seek the White Buffalo.
Mah Lindy Lou – Lily Strickland, G. Schirmer, Inc. – Vocal: Rich; Guitar: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman - I’ve been singing this little beauty, which is really more “southern” than “western,” ever since I heard Burl Ives’ 1959 recording. The song features gorgeous guitar accompaniment by Ken DeAngelis, beautifully complemented by Rachel Handman’s violin.
The Hills of Old Wyoming – Ralph Rainger/Leo Dubin, Sony/ATV Harmony - Lead & Harmony Vocals/Whistling: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - Wherever I happen to be, this song reconnects me to my roots in the West
Pecos Bill – Words by Johnny Lange, Music by Eliot Daniel © 1946 Walt Disney Music Company. All Rights Reserved. Copyright Renewed. - Lead & Harmony Vocals/Yodeling: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - From the 1948 Walt Disney film, Melody Time, which also featured another western classic, Blue Shadows on the Trail (featured on Yondering.) Note that dazzling fiddle and accordion!
Colorado Trail – Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Harp: Amy Ober - Our arrangement of a traditional cowboy song, author unknown. Ken created the glowing introduction for harp and voice, and his delicate, plaintive guitar accompaniment preserves the simple beauty of this classic American folk song.
South of Santa Fe – Tim Spencer/Roy Rogers, Tim Spencer Music, BMI – Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - A “riding song,” as Sons of the Pioneers’ Bob Nolan, put it. From the 1942 film of the same name, with Roy Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers.
How Green Was My Valley – Alfred Newman/Paul Francis Webster, EMI Robbins Catalog Inc – Vocal: Rich; Harmonica/Guitar: Ken DeAngelis - The theme music wafted in and out of the classic 1940 John Ford film, but the lyrics weren’t penned until years later. Our arrangement features beautiful harmonica and guitar accompaniment from Ken DeAngelis.
A Cowboy Has To Sing – Bob Nolan, Songwriters Guild of America, OBO Music of the West – Lead & Harmony Vocals/Yodeling: Rich; Guitar: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - “Or his heart would break inside of him…” sums it up
This Ain’t The Same Ole Range – Bob Nolan, Songwriters Guild of America, OBO Music of the West - Lead & Harmony vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - I don’t know of a song that evokes the passing of the old West more beautifully.
Thirteen Voices – Music by Ken DeAngelis, Lyrics by Ken DeAngelis & Amy Ober, Copyright 2009, JAZ Music Productions, Inc., ASCAP - Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Harmonica/Percussion: Ken DeAngelis - This song was inspired by the Thirteen Grandmothers (www.grandmotherscouncil.com), who strive to bring humans into balance with nature “in the time remaining.” We are honored to dedicate Thirteen Voices to them.
The Searchers (Ride Away) - Stan Jones, Warner Bros Music, a Div. of Warner Bros. Inc. – Lead & Harmony Vocals: Rich; Guitar/Accordion: Ken DeAngelis; Fiddle: Rachel Handman; Bass: Barry Wiesenfeld - The theme from John Ford’s 1956 masterpiece, The Searchers, starring John Wayne, regarded by most critics as one of the greatest of all American films. Although not listed in the credits, The Sons of the Pioneers sang the song at the beginning and end of the picture. The film, and its music, has been with me all my life.