Enchanted World is Released!

May 5, 2023

We’re thrilled to share that the Rifters’ The Enchanted World, on Howlin' Dog Records debuted at #25 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Americana Country Albums Chart last week! We are darn proud of this one ourselves. In fact, Country Standard Time says, “Acoustic music doesn't get any better.”

The Enchanted World is the seventh album release from the northern New Mexico based trio the Rifters. The Rifters, Don, Jim, and Rod are known across the Southwest and beyond for their "Southwestern Americana" rhythmic acoustic-based music. Their songs feature excellent musicianship and soaring harmonies, reflecting the high desert land of mountains, mesas, valleys and canyons they call home.

Reviews of The Enchanted World note the: 

“...exquisite mandolin playing and three-part harmonies to die for. Simply spellbinding." (Americana UK)


“...superb playing & wonderful songs.” It’s a musical experience that caresses your ears & is hard to forget.” (Americana Highways)


“Every song on the Rifters’ seventh album serves up a heaping helping of perfection. THE ENCHANTED WORLD is one of those albums that shouts out ‘Drop me on the turntable and listen!' Wisdom, humour, reflection, tradition, originality, reverence for the landscape and an unsentimental love of living amidst one’s fellow humans, all join to create this impressively out of the ordinary recording.” (Alan Cackett – Americana, Roots and Bluegrass Music)

The album features 14 songs, 10 of which are originals or co-writes. Several of the songs in The Enchanted World are an homage to the ranching and western life, with all of its idiosyncrasies and challenges, and the glory of the landscape of the ranching west. Along the way the journey explores many issues of finding our way through our lives and our days, such as the challenges of maturity, environmental awareness and just paying the bills. Through it all runs a thread of wonder and gratitude for this amazing, enchanted world we are all so fortunate to inhabit.

The Rifters welcome many friends into The Enchanted World, including Eliza Gilkyson, Michael Hearne, Diamond Jim Richmond, and Pete Wernick. As Eliza says, it’s "my new favorite cd on constant play in my car. Beautiful songs, lyrically rendered with sweet harmonies and a sense of real camaraderie between the band mates. This is the musical soundtrack of our rugged, glorious southwest, authentically expressed by this trio of artists who so clearly love their high desert home." The Rifters hope you enjoy the grand journey through The Enchanted World!

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