It’s here! You can order your copy right here from Howlin’ Dog, or you can also download MP3s from us if you want. And of course, the album is available on all the streaming and download sites out there, so listen away! And spread the word - tell your friends!
We’re about as proud and excited as we can be to be able to play a part in getting this music out to the world. And the reviews are coming in - folks are loving the album!
From Holler - "The easygoing qualities of the recording create a melancholy hue over which Gilkyson’s mellifluous singing and reflective lyrics lay like pine needles on a forest floor. This is pure, unaffected music, crafted to perfection by a veteran Americana artist thoroughly at peace with her recent move to a less cosmopolitan, more rustic environment.”
Taos, NM: Renowned songwriter Eliza Gilkyson has released her third single, "Don't Stop Loving Me," from her new album, Songs from the River Wind. It's a love song not only to a partner but a place, embracing the expansive vistas and gorgeous sunsets of the West and celebrating the home you expect to be your last. The song premiered at Glide Magazine, which wrote, "the dreamy pedal steel guitar and warm, easygoing vocals make this a perfect ode to the sweeping beauty of the American West.”
Eliza tells Glide, “This song is the culmination of years of searching for true love and a true home. It seemed like a great way to wrap up this new record, which describes some aspects of that journey, especially my love of the Old West, the memorable faces and places I encountered over the years, and my joyful homecoming to the mountains of Northern New Mexico with this song of love in my heart.”
The Bluegrass Situation premiered the second single from Eliza’s new album on Howlin’ Dog on November 15th! Check it out here.
From Eliza - This is my adaptation of an old Irish ballad from the late 1800's that was passed along through the last century, picked up by Carl Sandburg in the 1920's and modified by folk singers in the '60s such as Josh White, Dave Van Ronk and my dad, Terry Gilkyson, who covered it with his trio "the Easy Riders" in the '50s. (Check out their version here.) It was later recorded by Roger McGuinn and James Taylor in the '80s. Typical of folk songs passed down through time, there are many verses and lyrics to be found for “Wanderin’.” I have always loved this song, especially my dad's version, but I wanted to rewrite it from a woman’s perspective. We women like to wander too, but you rarely hear about that in those early folk songs and it seemed like the time was right for a woman to give it another point of view. I love the push and pull between loneliness and the sense of choosing that loneliness over "settling down.” That might be the musicians' creed right there! I set it in the Old West because that's where I had my happiest roaming days.
There's some good historical background on the song here:
Produced by Don Richmond
We're about to burst our buttons here at Howlin' Dog, with the worldwide premiere of a video for the first single "At the Foot of the Mountain" from Eliza Gilkyson's upcoming album "Songs From the River Wind". It's happening at the online magazine Popmatters, right here
From the PopMatters article -
“Described as her love letter to the Old West, it’s masterfully written and performed folk music that spans 40 years. Comprised of originals and covers, her everlasting adoration for the West that she calls home rings pristine. Due on 14 January via Howlin’ Dog, it’s a fitting dedication following her recent move to Taos, New Mexico. “At the Foot of the Mountain”, Gilkyson’s debut single from the album, encapsulates her intent with Songs from the River Wind in a song. It highlights her love for the West, its history and people, and its mountains and rivers. The track stands as a particularly personal message when one considers that her new home is, indeed, “at the foot of the mountain”. Richmond’s organic and lush production offers ample room for warm vocals and outstanding folk instrumentation to stand side-by-side. The absolute highlight is Gilkyson’s sincere delivery, accentuated by the superb artists backing her up.”
In the video, you'll see some amazing photos from several of our favorite photographers - Geraint Smith Photography , Dave Hensley Photography , Pattie Traynor , Rick Romancito , and Eliza herself. Robin James put together the beautiful video of the song, written by Eliza and John Gorka . Michael Hearne is singing that low harmony. It's a labor of love by a bunch of folks we love, and how cool is that! Check it out!
Stay tuned for details about the January release and preorders!
Eliza Gilkyson’s latest release “Songs from the River Wind” is what she calls her “love letter to the Old West”-snapshots of the people and places, lives and loves lost and found over her years of wandering the West as a musical minstrel searching for her heart’s home.
Feeling the need to take a little break from the socio-political music she felt compelled to write for her last 6 releases, including her critically acclaimed political masterpiece "2020", and concurrent with the hair-raising 2020 election cycle and the haphazard handling of COVID19 in Texas, the twice Grammy-nominated artist moved her base from Austin to Taos and gathered together this collection of songs written over the past 40 years that chronicle her travels and memories of characters and events that birthed her enduring love affair with the West, culminating in her recent decision to relocate permanently to Taos, where she is sinking down deep roots at long last.
With a nod to her dad, folksinger Terry Gilkyson and his folk group “The Easy Riders”, who recorded original and traditional folk songs in the 50's with a distinctive western flavor, Eliza has joined forces with her old friend Don Richmond to produce the record as well as enlisting Don’s much loved Southwest band “the Rifters” to sing backup harmonies. “The ‘Rifters’ are like the twenty-first century version of the ‘Easy Riders’…my dad would have loved them, and to have them sing and play on this record with me is icing on the cake…it’s all part of bringing these disparate parts of myself together and bringing my past into my present as a songwriter and as a whole person. It has been a fruitful adventure for me.”
With cameos from Warren Hood on fiddle, Kym Warner on mandolin, and Michael Hearne on vocals, some old and new originals, some covers that fit the theme, and a few adaptations of several venerable old cowboy tunes, Don and Eliza went for the kind of Western/Folk sound that highlights her love of storytelling and true blue characters, her love of the rivers and the mountains, and her joyful return to the high desert plateau “at the foot of the Mountain” she now calls home.
“The Irish poet George Moore said ‘a man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.’ The same can be said for this woman, a wanderer who loved the road and the music life but who was always hoping to find her true home in the world. This record is the story of that quest, the lives and loves, the people and places in her beloved West, and the river of longing that brought her to the place where she could finally rest her bones and feel with certainty that she was home.”
Howlin' Dog Records is proud to release HDR producer Don Richmond new double CD, “All That I Hold Dear”. It's available at the website here on either CD or digital downloads, and on all the usual streaming platforms and portals too.
The new CD focuses on a group of new songs Richmond wrote during the lockdown period of 2020, plus a few songs that have been collecting in the past few years. “When I put all these songs in a pile, there were just a few too many to really fit on one disc,” remarked Richmond. “So I decided to throw in a few earlier tunes that had never been released, as well as some new recordings of a few old favorites, and even a couple of instrumentals that I think folks will enjoy, to fill out the second disc,” he continued.
There's a wide range of material on the new double album, from love songs like “Love Me Like the Morning” and “Another Language” to landscape songs like “When Silence Speaks” to social explorations like “My Friend Who Disagrees With Me”, “Trying to Get This Right”, and “Do We Believe”. As usual with Don, there are many thoughtful explorations and realizations about all that life brings, like “Why Be So Sure”, “At the Beginning” and “Is This the Last Time”. And there's some tunes that are just fun, like “The Fact That You Are Here” and “It Was Just Like That Last Night”. There's also a new recording of Don's classic “Welcome”, the title cut from Tumbleweed's third album way back in the 80s, featuring his old Tumbleweed bandmates. The collection also includes his homage to Chuck Pyle, “A Tree Fell in the Forest”, and a co-write with his friends Chris and Deb Mitguard, “No Uniform”.
Co-producer Michael Hearne is featured prominently throughout the album, on both guitars and vocals. Other musical guests include Eliza Gilkyson on a lovely duet (“Why Be So Sure”), Taos's Jimmy Stadler on keyboards, Austin via Santa Fe drummer Paul Pearcy, Don's brother “Diamond” Jim Richmond on various instruments and vocals, brother Ed Richmond on vocals, pianist Matt Schildt, percussionist Creed de Avanzar, and vocalist Robin James. The Shinyribs “Shiny Soul Sisters” Kelley Mickwee and Alice Spencer even make an appearance on “It Was Just Like That Last Night”.
For those who don't know Don, he has been a professional performing musician for more than fifty years. He regularly performs and records on more than a dozen instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, viola, dobro, pedal steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and percussion and is an award-winning songwriter. He has now released 7 solo CDs, 4 other albums with the Colorado band Tumbleweed earlier in his career, 3 with the Taos, New Mexico based group Hired Hands, 6 with the New Mexico based group The Rifters, 2 as a duo with David Clemmer, and 2 with his older brothers as the Richmond Brothers. He is also the main producer and engineer here at Howlin' Dog, and has recorded and helped produce hundreds of other recordings by many local, regional, and national artists.