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American Highlander

by The Rogues

High energy Scottish Celtic band with bagpipes, percussion and a little rock and roll.
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1. Steam Train
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3:23 album only
2. Aidan's Hornpipe
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3:09 album only
3. American Highlander
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4:21 album only
4. 153 (Simpleton's Lament)
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3:20 album only
5. The Waterfall
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4:30 album only
6. Don't Look Down
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2:45 album only
7. The Rights of Man
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3:30 album only
8. Jimmy's Reel Set
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4:19 album only
9. Celtic Goulash
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2:49 album only
10. Centerfold
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3:40 album only


Album Notes
American Highlander has been, to quote U2, a sort of homecoming for The Rogues. Not only did Randy and I see a return of Jimmy to the fold - who, incidentally, did a fantastic job piping in the studio - but a large part of our extended family was involved in the making of this album, and for that we are truly thankful. There are too many to mention, but without the creative/arranging genius of Doug Frobese; the engineering and musical genius of Steve Ashley, Chris Donaldson, Andy Bradley and Adam Cole; the photographic genius of Lyn Bell; the modeling genius of Deak “Yukon” Deakins; the graphics/design genius of Vicki Mark; the web mastering genius of Melody McBride; the luthier genius of Mike Spicer; the equipment-lending genius of Josh Brown; and the love genius of Jeania, Sharon, and Denise, we’d still be sitting around in my basement listening to Blue Oyster Cult and dreaming about what could have been. Special thanks also go out to our good friends Frank and Marilyn Thompson for kindly allowing Mayhem to appear with us on this album.

As for who is an American Highlander, just look around. Lyn Bell, Carl Hunt, Deak Deakins, Neil Anderson, Shaun Bagley…these are the men of strength and honor who embody the spirit of an individual who is willing to take a stand. IN an age when the world is adrift these are the men who will steer the ship. And, of course, we’ll never forget the definitive American Highlander, Jeff “Mayhem” Thompson, who still walks beside so many of us as we move through life.


Randy Wothke – Bodhran, Scottish Snare Drum, Drum Kit, Djembe, Doumbek, Backing Vocals, Tambourine

Nelson Stewart – Lead/Backing Vocals, Piano, Electric Guitars, 6 & 12 String Acoustic Guitars, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Organ, Mandolin, Tenor Drum, Mayhem’s Bodhran

Jimmy Mitchell – Highland Bagpipes, Backing Vocals

Lyric Todkill – Highland Bagpipes

Neil Anderson – Low D Whistle

Corey Walden – Fiddle

Steve Ashley – Backing Vocals

Steve Ashley, Chris Donaldson, Andy Bradley, and Bob Moore – Engineering and Studio Wet Work

Lyn Bell – Photography (except for back traycard; Evening Storm © Michael Westhoff and Red Barn © Ed Brennan, both from

Nelson Stewart and Vicki Mark – Concept and Design

Produced by Nelson Stewart, Randy Wothke, and Steve Ashley

Recorded at Heritage Music Studios (Burlington, Ontario); SugarHill Recording Studios (Houston, Texas); Soundlab Studios (Lexington, South Carolina); and Mayhem Studios (Hamilton, Ontario)

About our coverboy – Along with Mayhem, Deak is one fo the few people I’ve meet who is larger than life. I put him up there with the likes of Paul Bunyan, Jim Bowie, and Steve McQueen. Among many other things, he’s a Vietnam Era Vet, a champion canoeist, a member of the Boozefighters (the original wild ones), a builder of homes, and a friend of the coolest Terminator, Robert Patrick. Best of all, when he rides his Harley to Rogues shows, he dresses just as you see him on the cover of this album. If you’ve got the guts, ask him yourself if he’s a true “American Highlander.”


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American Highlander
Definitely the best Bagpipe CD I own and best Rogue CD yet!!!

Paula from Oklahoma

Oops, forgot to title the last one. And I have to agree with the other reviews 100%.

Paula from Oklahoma

Bought this as a birthday present for a friend. I got mine in person. This is a wonderful collection of music, too bad there isn't a 10 star rating. As always, I can't wait for the next one.

Krissy Marrs

Excellent :)
Rogues are the best festival band ever and their new CD is just as incredible as all their others. Buy it! :)


Another amazing offering from The Rogues. I've had my copy for almost 2 weeks now, and it's the best yet.
The Waterfall paints wonderful images with the music, and definitely belongs on a soundtrack.
153 (The Simpleton's Lament) gives a little look into the heart of an honest, sweet man.
Jimmy's New Reels are toe tapping joy!
Who ever imagined back in the 80's that Centerfold would be so great on the bagpipes?

All the way around a fun and interesting collection of songs and tunes. An absolute must for Rogues fans, and Celtic music lovers!