|Charlie Laughridge -
lead & harmony vocals, fiddle,
mandolin, and concertina
|Loren Ratzloff -
harmony vocals, banjo,
dobro, and mandolin
|Annie Wilson -
lead & harmony vocals,
|Tallgrass Express - 2007:
Loren, Annie, and Charlie
|Band photos by: Emily Wilson
|Musicians on Tallgrass Express Comes Back - 2007
|Stagecoach and Grasses Cover Art: by our own
multi-talented fiddler & artist: Charlie Laughridge.
His scene pictures Charlie & Loren on roof and
Annie inside the stagecoach!
|(This album is available only
at concerts and by mail order)
To order: call 620-273-8301
Price $18.00 includes shipping
|CD Package includes
6- panel insert with
Album Notes and
|Tallgrass Express Comes Back was produced during a period when the band performed as a trio, and they were joined on this
recording by the very talented Carole Brown, then of Matfield Green, on the bass.
This CD emphasizes superior instrumentation by Charlie and Loren, such as in their hauntingly beautiful "Niel Gow's Lament."
Loren's banjo absolutely flies in "Pickaway," and his interpretation of "Black Pony" and "Kemo Kimo" are classic. He also has a
lovely dobro rendition of "Evelina," and contributes another wonderful dobro backup on the great Joe Ely's circus story "Indian
Charlie's natural vocal talent shines on the classic "Night Rider's Lament" and "Roving Gambler" - may be the best you've ever
heard! And his humorous interpretation of "Little Old Sod Hut" - Loren's "Kansafied" version of an early Carter family song - is both
skillful and lots of fun.
The album contains seven original songs: a wonderful instrumental "Scuffalong" by Charlie Laughridge, and six new vocal songs by
Annie. Annie's original songs range from the fast action of "Gathering the Wild Horses to the poignant reminiscences of "Sweet
Years," and from her peaceful ode to the "Corner Post" in Flint Hills fences to her tragic (and true) story of an early day father of
eleven who is murdered by river pirates. In these songs, as well as her personal reflections on lost love ("Eyes of My Mind") and
growing older ("Grin Lines"), Annie is beginning to find her voice as a songwriter.