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Bill Staines

The American landscape has been a major theme for New Hampshire-based singer/songwriter Bill Staines. His songs have captured the beauty of rivers, mountains, and the open space of the American West. Staines' ability to write songs that seem like traditional folk songs has made him a favorite source of new material. His original tunes, including "The Roseville Fair," "River," "Wild, Wild Heart," "Yellowstone Winds," and "A Place in the Choir (All God's Critters)," have been covered by such artists as Nanci Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Grandpa Jones, Fairport Convention, Priscilla Herdman, Gordon Bok, and Mason Williams.

Although his country-folk tunes reflect on the personalities, lifestyle, and environment of such places as Wyoming, Colorado, and Alaska, Staines hails from Lexington, MA, a small city northwest of Boston. As a youngster, Staines was heavily inspired by the folk scene in Boston and Cambridge in the early '60s. Together with a junior high school friend, Dick Curtis, and his younger brother, John, who later played with the Pousette-Dart Band, Staines formed a folk band, the Green Mountain Boys. Although the Curtis brothers preferred old-timey string music and bluegrass, Staines remained tied to romantic folk ballads. Staines later organized and ran a student folk music coffeehouse, The Barn, at Lexington High School. The experience prepared him when he became the host of a weekly open-mike hootenanny at the folk music venue Club 47 in Harvard Square. Staines gained popularity as a songwriter when Randy Burns & the Skydog Band recorded his first original song, "That's the Way It's Going to Go in Time," in 1966. He released his debut album, Bag of Rainbows, the same year.

Staines initially attracted national attention with his yodeling. In 1975, he won the prestigious National Yodeling Championship at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX. His album Miles, released the following year, included the heartfelt ballad "Sweet Wyoming Home." A self-taught fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, Staines was heavily influenced by the playing of Jackie Washington, a regular performer at Club 47, and Tom Paxton. Staines uses a right-handed Martin D-18 guitar that he turns over and plays left-handed. Staines has been increasingly inspired by his experiences as an amateur pilot. His 1995 album Looking for the Wind included several aviation-themed songs, including "Bill Hosie," about a builder of airplanes, and "Song for Tingmissartaq," written for Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In 1993, Staines composed The Alaska Suite, a 15-tune instrumental suite for strings and brass that was inspired by his many flights to Alaska.

Staines' song "A Place in the Choir (All God's Critters)" has become a children's music classic. In the '80s, Staines periodically performed with the Passim All-Stars, an informal folk group that also included Mason Daring, Jeanie Stahl, Billy Novick, and Guy Van Duser. In 1993, he released an album of children's songs, The Happy Wanderer on the Red House Records label, that included "The Hound Dog Song" and "I Can Feel the Sweet Winds Blowing (Bless My Soul)" as well as interpretations of "Home on the Range," "The Gypsy Rover," and "Kookaburra." Staines continued recording for Red House during the remainder of the 1990s and into the 21st century, releasing such albums as Going to the West (1993), the aforementioned Looking for the Wind (1995), One More River (1998), October’s Hill (2000), Journey Home (2004), and Old Dogs (2007). Staines' songs have been featured in the songbooks If I Were a Word Then I'd Be a Song (Folk-Legacy, 1980), All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir (Puffin, 1989), River (Viking, 1993), and Music to Me (Hal Leonard, 1994). ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beneath Some Lucky Star

1. Salt Air

2. Shady Grove

3. The Road To Rustico

4. If I Come To Need An Angel

5. Lightship

6. The French Girl

7. Ceremony

8. Lord Franklin (Lady Franklin's Lament)

9. Symphony Of Gold

10. Along The Road

11. Above The Silver Sea

12. A Christmas Lullaby

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Track List: Old Dogs

1. Old Dogs

2. Great Dream From Heaven

3. Sweet Wyoming Home

4. Uncle Sam

5. Savannah

6. Medley: Cotten Pickin': Freight Train/Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie

7. Once We Walked

8. That's My Song

9. Cody

10. Lone Star Hotel Cafe

11. Mama Lou

12. The Heavens And The Years

13. Andie's Air

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Track List: The Second Million Miles

1. Dear Friend

2. The Philosopher's Song

3. Journey Home

4. Child Of Mine

5. Four Little Sailors

6. Autumn Waltz

7. Where Does The Love Go

8. Louisiana Storm

9. Prarie In The Sky

10. When I Hear The Music Play

11. Leatherwing Bat

12. Song For Tingmissartoq

13. Crossing The Water

14. So Sang The River

15. Distances And Miles

16. Little Brown Dog

17. How Can I Keep From Singing

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Track List: Journey Home

1. Rompin' Rovin' Days

2. Stewball

3. Journey Home

4. Hobo's Lullaby

5. Bound For The Promised Land

6. A Rancher Turns 80 / The Years

7. The Piney Wood Hills

8. Love Was Easy

9. The Philosopher's Song

10. Tell Ol' Bill

11. Prairie In The Sky

12. Pretty Saro

13. How Can I Keep From Singing

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Track List: One More River

1. Less Of Me

2. The Fox

3. The Riddle Song

4. Leatherwing Bat

5. Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit

6. Mole In The Ground

7. So Sang The River

8. The Ash Grove

9. One More River

10. Ol' Blue

11. My Grandfather's Clock

12. A Song Of Peace

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Track List: Tracks And Trails

1. In Order To Survive

2. Music To Me

3. Walker Behind The Wheel

4. The Streets Of Old Quebec

5. The Little Cowboy's Lullaby

6. Heart Of Stone

7. The Long Trains

8. I Never Got To Say Goodbye

9. Gold Dust In Our Eyes

10. Winter

11. Peter Amberley

12. Winter On The Railroad

13. Traveling Shoes

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garrickconne c t i o n
I grew up not never knowing this artist, perhaps because he was buried underneath the popular charisma of other artists of that day. But his music is great, meaning it will still be appreciated for decades.
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Great Americana
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Listening to "Only A Song". For too short a time in my youth, I worked in a folk club in Minneapolis. Bill came to town several times a year, playing 2 and sometimes 3 nights in a row. Two sets a night, to sold-out crowds every time. Finishing my "front of the house" duties as the MC introduced the talent, I would quickly duck in and settle myself on the floor in front of a pillar, to listen. This was one of my favorites by Bill, so dreamy and lovely. In those days, you "could have heard a pin d
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barbaramauk
Just came home from Bill Staines annual concert in Minneapolis. What a wonderful night! Thanks, Bill!
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I heard him for the first time in 1969 in a bookstore in Kennebunkpor t Maine. His song about old dogs is magical...
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searslaurenc e 8
Spent a wonderful evening 20 years ago in a folk club listening to Bill Staines. I have never forgotten the joys of that evening
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mikenmissy4
I mean wonderful
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mikenmissy4
It makes me cry every time I hear it because it is so eonderfull
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RickyO's comment from 7 years ago is true for me. The soundtrack to my entire adult life. Bill Staines is my favorite folk musician! I found him in 1977 in Ann Arbor, later in Grand Rapids, and on his regular visits to Portland,OR. He's the only one I've sent as gifts to family. He, in person, is always the genuine guy who heartens hearts!
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Bill Staines wonderful music will last forever and the man is as wonderful as his music. So many great songs I never get tired of his songs
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jillenslow
So American! Love it.
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lbjdirect4
REALLY liked this...took me away!
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dianadyermsr d
Years of memories listening to Bill Staines. His song Child of Mine never fails to bring happy tears!
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pegig
OH! so Lovely
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RLENTZ30 - I THINK HE'S COMING TO THE TAMPA/ST. PETE AREA IN APRIL (SORRY FOR THE CAPS, I WAS DOING DATA)
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rlentz30
My wife and I always saw him at the Folkway in Peterborough , NH; I wish he would come to the Pensacola/Mo b i l e area!
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Bill is still out there performing his heart out night after night.
He has a legacy of some of the greatest songs of any songwriter that I know of. Don't ever miss a chance to hear him live.
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Nice words
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abqess
Have been fortunate to see him in person 3-4 times. Had dinner with him at Whitey's in East Grand Forks. "All God's Creatures" is great as a song, and also as a children's book.
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What a new discovery! Great songs I've added to my 'Catholic Christian Sacred and Secular Eclectic' station! Compliments to Pandora and the Music genome project!
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First saw Bill about 40 yrs ago. Wow...40 years!
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joannegerard
Do you all listen to www.wamc.org on Saturday night? Hudson River Sampler is on line from 8:00 to 10:30 thats eastern time. Have to adjust for C, M and Pacific but well worth it. Wanda does her best to fill requests and she also loves Bill. Try it, you'll like it.
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joannegerard
I truly LOVE this guy.
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agmcrae1
First heard him from a cassette tape I borrowed in 1988, I have copied and copied and copied that tape for years for fear that I would lose his music forever lol. Thanks to modern technology, I should be safe... Thanks Pandora!
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chris.schein e r
If you ever have the chance to hear him live, take it. He's fantastic. Oh, and his touring schedule can be found here: http://www.a c o u s t i c m u s i c . c o m / s t a i n e s / b s s c h e d . h t m
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If it weren't for Pandora, I would have never found the joy that is Bill Staines. I have bought two CDs just so I could try to catch up. Keep traveling and keep singing. I'll keep listening.
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I have been listening to Bill Staines since 1969. His sound makes me feel that I have not a care in the world; I get lost in his music.
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also listening to Eric Bogle, Pete Seeger, and Jean Redpath, also Nancy Griffin.
Especially like "Little scraps of paper" (Bogle).
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Bill Staines songs have been the soundtrack to my entire adult life.

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