Rich Flanders | Yondering

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Yondering

by Rich Flanders

If you love the music of The Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, The Riders of the Purple Sage, Rex Allen, Riders in the Sky and other classic cowboy singers, you owe it to yourself to hear these fresh, authentic renditions of songs of the American West.
Genre: Country: Western
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1. Blue Shadows On the Trail
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2. The Timber Trail
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2:20 album only
3. Blue Prairie
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3:17 album only
4. Ghost Riders in the Sky
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3:57 album only
5. Ridin' Down the Canyon
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3:42 album only
6. Chant of the Plains
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2:25 album only
7. Trees
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2:30 album only
8. Sierra Nevada
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9. Cool Water
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10. River of No Return
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3:39 album only
11. One More Ride
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12. All Wild Things
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13. Song of the Trail
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14. Man Walks Among Us
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15. Midnight Skies
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16. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
YONDERING - Songs of the American West
Nominated ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2008, Academy of Western Artists
Winner, WILL ROGERS COWBOY AWARD, Best Song ("Blue Prairie")

Rich Flanders: Lead & Harmony Vocals with
Ken DeAngelis (guitars, accordion, additional vocals)
Rachel Handman (fiddle), Barry Wiesenfeld (bass)
Julie Ziavras (additional vocals)
Arrangements: Ken DeAngelis & Rich Flanders
Engineering, Mixing, Mastering: Ken DeAngelis, JAZ Music Productions, Inc.
Produced by JAZ Music Productions, Inc.

Now, I’m not a cowboy, and I don’t own that big spread on the far side of the Divide. But growing up in northern California, the West has always been part of me, and no music is closer to my heart.

The rhythms of the Big Bands, in which my dad played, echoed through the house, as did the blend of The Sons of the Pioneers following every Roy Rogers movie we saw. Their harmonies captured a longing in my soul for vast and distant horizons.

After school in San Mateo I could walk over to the Borel Riding Stables, hire a horse and ride in the hills of the Coast Range, and the spell of the West grew with every family trip to the Rockies, the Sierras and the Black Hills. Like many boys of that time, in my heart I lived on that ranch on the big screen with Roy and The Sons of the Pioneers.

Each summer between semesters at college, I set out to hitchhike through the West, seeking adventure, or maybe seeking that mythical ranch. Along the way I picked up work - helping a cowman build his home high up in the White Mountains of Arizona, picking fruit in a northern California valley, helping out at a lonely crossroads store. With enough pocket money, I’d take off again across the open country of the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, finding back roads, little towns and big ranches. One memorable afternoon I found myself on the Cheyenne Reservation – strictly forbidden - among the descendants of those Cheyenne who had helped the Sioux wipe out Custer in 1876. A wrong turn had deposited me on their land in Montana, not all that far from the Little Big Horn. The Coca Cola delivery man spotted me on the road, and instead of being picked up for trespassing I got to spend a magical few hours with a people I had long felt drawn to but would never otherwise have been privileged to experience.

Along the way I heard some great songs, and while I’ve performed many kinds of music, from Broadway to doo-wop, the songs I sing to myself are mostly the ones on YONDERING. No matter where the road has taken me, my heart always returns to the windswept prairies and the far peaks, and the call of new frontiers, within and without.

Many of these songs have now become very timely. Creating fresh renditions of them has been a lifelong dream. I hope you love YONDERING as much as we loved making it.

I invite you to pay me a visit at www.richflanders.com.


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Dawn Kirk

therapist and radio show host
"Yonderings" and Rich's pure voice reconnected me to my roots, reminding me of my grandparents place 'on the creek' in the country as well as the beauty of nature.

Jean Houston

Yondering
These songs are beautiful, rich, poignant and melodic and given a depth of feeling and sweetness with the tenor and exquisite phrasing of Flander's voice. They bring back memories and recall days of fortitude and innocence. They give us back the America of our dreams and hold us to a higher ideal.

Elisa Hendrey

Yondering
I grew up in the West and remember with great fondness listening to The Sons of the Pioneers with Rich Flanders when we were just teenagers. What a joy it is now as an East Coast dweller to hear these songs plus Rich's own compositions sung so warmly from the heart, for the hearts of all of us who love our beautiful land so deeply. "Yondering" is more than a collection of songs of the West - - it is a rich reminder that the past can live on in the present.

Peggy Rubin

Ashland, Oregon
Rich's beautiful voice sounds his soul, and makes me homesick, not just for an American West that was a dream, but for the wonders of the natural world, and the heart that still sustains it. The title, Yondering, is perfect, too.

Ross Earley

Yondering
Rich, I had no idea you loved western music and can sing it so well. You sound as good a some on the famous ones like Gene Autry. We just love your album \"Yondering\". Keep us posted as your fame grows. Wish we could be in Garland when you come......let us know how it comes out. MM & I plan to join the Rich Flanders Fan Club of Texas!!

Troubadours of Divine Bliss

Yondering!
We want to thank you for creating your CD "Yondering!"...IT IS MAGNIFICENT!!!!
It's beautifully produced and your voice is an American classic!
Lush, lively and lovely...we wish you great success with the CD. Every home should have a copy.
Thank you for keeping American music alive and very well!
an amazing tribute...
happy trails,
your troubadours
Aim Me Smiley & Renee Ananda
www.troubadoursofdivinebliss.com

Gail Konz

Angel Gail Konz, teacher, intuitive, author
Yondering is what my husband and I always reach for after a busy day on our farm. Somehow it touches a place very deep and makes more sense to all of our reality. We absolutely love this music!

wayne white


You are starting to get real popular down here in Texas. Better start recording some more CD's. Rich Flanders Fan Club has a nice ring to it don't you think.!!!!!Thank's for helping to keep our western hertiage alive.!!!!!!!!! You went down the RIVER OF NO RETURN so get making some more CD's for your fan club in Texas.!!!

Kristin Rotblatt

Acupuncturist, nutritional consultant
I LOVE YOUR CD SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Your voice is absolutely exquisite...and your music, your voice, and the arrangements make me so happy! Every song, your beautiful voice, etc. is so soothing to me. I am listening to the whole CD for the second time! If I could I would make you the next cowboy singing star, I would! Thanks for uplifting my day. I am so excited that I own a copy!

Maria Dallin & Fred

YONDERING
I want to say "thanks" for such heart-rendering songs that have great meanings in the simple things of our Earth!

Rich, your voice has the passion and feeling of a lone cowboy out in the desert prairies! I can't put my finger on which one song is my favorite -- I love the "Man Walks Among Us" -- "Cool Water" makes me thirsty for more! "Song of the Trail" makes me want to sing along! 4 stars for "Trees" "Timber Trail" makes me want to yodel! "Ghost Riders" is also one of my favorites!

In fact, I have to get my CD back from Fred as he enjoys listening to it on his way to work! I WANT TO BUY ANOTHER ONE so I can listen at home when he has mine in his car!

I pray you have much success with this CD
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