Rusty Old Helmet

Old State Travelers

I have always enjoyed searching for antiques that speak to me. Sometimes when you hold an object in your hands your imagination is sparked as you contemplate who owned it, where it has been, what it has seen and what stories it could tell if it could talk. This was certainly the case when I found a rusty World War I helmet at a garage sale. Kevin challenged me to write a song about the person who might have owned this helmet – hence this song.

It is easy to become so wrapped up in the issues that divide us that we can completely overlook the men and women who sacrificed so that we can live in a free society.

Our history is filled with stories of everyday folks that put their lives on hold to serve something bigger than themselves. We hope you enjoy this song as much as we enjoyed recording it and bringing this story to life.

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Cowboy, Ride

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I have always loved Country and Western music – yes, there is a difference. Cowboy, Ride is based on personal life experiences. As children we all dream about what we will be when we grow up, and what life will look like. When I was young my only dream was to be a cowboy, fighting the bad guys and riding off into the sunset with my girl.

Often times in pursuit of our dreams life happens, and our path is drastically altered. In some cases, this change in direction is caused by some tragic event. When tragedy strikes it is easy to allow anger and hatred to take an unfortunate situation and make it worse; i.e. you cannot right a wrong by further doing wrong. In the midst of it all we too often ignore the soft voice telling us to let it go and move on. We could save ourselves and others so much pain if we could learn to let go of the past, stop listening to our inner demons, and just keep riding – hence the name of the song, “Cowboy, Ride.”

Shannon August 7, 2019

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Walking After Midnight

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Our version of Walking After Midnight or, if you prefer- Walkin' After Midnight! Featuring Shannon on lead vocals.

"Walkin' After Midnight" was written by Alan Block and Donn Hecht and recorded by Patsy Cline. The song was originally given to pop singer Kay Starr; however, her label rejected it. The song was left unused until Hecht rediscovered it when writing for Four Star Records. Originally Cline was not fond of "Walkin' After Midnight", but after making a compromise with her label she recorded it.

In January 1957, Cline performed the song on an episode of the CBS television program Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. It garnered a strong response from viewers and was therefore rush-released as a single on February 11, 1957. "Walkin' After Midnight" became Cline's first major hit single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard country music chart and No. 12 on its pop chart. Although the song was her only hit until 1961, the single version sold over one million copies and is often included on authoritative lists of the all-time greatest songs in country music.

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