Ramble Down a Red Dirt Road : The Roots of Red Dirt Music
The majority of this album was recorded in the recording studios that Steve Ripley has recorded many albums like two with The Red Dirt Rangers, …
Travis and I have spent many days and nights at their home at the invitation of Steve’s wife Charlene Ripley.
Red Dirt music has many song/ musical roots, inspirations, songwriters, instrumentalists, friends, fans, family. To even attempt to cover the entire spectrum would be exhausting; so, I will share with you some of the early and popular songs I recall from my own first introduction to the ‘family’ about 1988 when I returned to Payne county to finish up my degree at OSU. These songs will have origins from the late 1970’s to the 2000 ish time frame.
The Farm. West of Stillwater, OK- an old homestead farm from the great 1889 Oklahoma land run. A place for a songwriter or music fan to hang, live, write, share songs… feel a part of a ‘family of your choosing.’
I am thankful for the friends who took me there and who encouraged me to write and sing; and to join this big family of creative men and women.
CD + Double Vinyl + Download card
TO BE RELEASED IN June , 2021
Below is the first heapin’, helpin’ serving of red dirt songs!
- Used to Be by Tom Skinner & Bob Wiles Vocals: ❤️ Craig Skinner, Greg Jacobs, Bob Wiles, Rangers, Cody, Jason, McClure, Uncle Don, Monica Taylor
- Guitar Man by Don Morris & Tom Skinner. Vocals: Ali Harter-Street, Carter Sampson, Bonnie Harter, & Monica
- Sawdust Trail by Randy Pease Vocals: Randy Pease, John Fullbright, & Monica; additional vocals, Craig Skinner, Elizabeth Bumgarner, Jeremy & Flash Skinner
- A Little Rain’ll Do by Greg Jacobs Vocals: Greg Jacobs & Monica; additional vocals, Travis Fite & John Fullbright
- Blue Diamond by Bob Childers & Brad Piccolo Vocals: Jamie Lin Wilson, Piccolo, & Monica; additional vocals, Kelley McWee
- Restless Spirits by Bob Childers Vocals: Lee Southard Merrifield & Monica, additional vocals Bob’s sons, Zach & Jesse Childers
- This Ole Life by Brandon Jenkins Vocals: Uncle Don Morris & Monica, additional vocals, Travis Fite & Jared Tyler
- What Else Could I Do, by The Red Dirt Rangers & Don Connoscenti Vocals: Tanya Comingdeer, Kalyn Faye Barnoski, & Monica; additional vocals, Travis Fite & Jared Tyler
- Times Have Changed Bob Childers
Vocals: The Red Dirt Rangers, feat. Ben Han, John Cooper, & Brad Piccolo; and Jason Boland, & Monica
- Just Tomorrow by Tom Skinner. Vocals: Monica~ with Craig Skinner & Mike Skinner
- Down on That River Road by Tom Skinner. Vocals: Casey van Beek, Don White, & Monica
- Mexican morning. By Bob Childers Vocals: Jason Boland, Monica, and Jake Lynn
- Gypsy Blood by Steve Ripley Vocals: Steve Ripley & Monica
- Dance with the Gypsies by Bob Childers. Vocals: Uncle Don Morris, Bob’s sons-Zach and Jesse Childers, & Monica.
- Blind Man by Skinner, Morris, Benny Craig, Mike McClure, Mark Ambler, & Matt Daniel Vocals: Uncle Don, Mike McClure, & Monica with additional vocals by Skinner’s son and grandson, Jeremy & Flash Skinner, Elizabeth Bumgarner
- Buffalo Returns To the Plains by Jimmy Lafave Vocals: Monica Taylor, Kelley McWee, Jackson Lafave
- Wildflower by Mike McClure Vocals: McClure & Momo (Monica)
- Bluer Blues by Bob Childers. Vocals: Chuck Dunlap & Monica Taylor
- Water Your Own Yard By Tom Skinner Vocals: Sarah Barker Huhn, Tanya Comingdeer, and Monica Taylor
- Sunshine, Wind, Water By Bob Childers Vocals: Scott Evans & Monica Taylor
That’s 20 songs with lots of different voices and instrumental performances that are ‘hittin’ it way outta the ballpark’ on every single track! We are going to add a surprise track from the Red Dirt family: A special verse McClure wrote about Tom Skinner for Blind Man!
This collection is offered up in the CD version, a double vinyl album, and, of course, downloadable… and special liner notes ‘on line’ of all of these songs ( and a few more) with the lyrics AND chords; also, there are photos and a few memories from songwriters and their family and friends.
LOOKING INTO THE NEAR FUTURE WITH PLANS FOR THE NEXT 2 PROJECTS RED DIRT COLLECTION
Half of the following songs have already been recorded with special guests!
List of songs on the next 2 albums, to be released Fall 2021 & Spring 2022:
Jesus Took Me Fishin by Tom skinner vocals: Jared Tyler, Monica, Travis
Skyline Radio- Tom Skinner
Straight to Your Heart- Uncle Don Morris
Be the Revival- Brandon Jenkins
Stand Watie- Greg Jacobs
Okie Wind- Greg Jacobs
I Love this Game- Randy Pease
One Horse Town- Randy Pease
Ropin Fool – Bob & Jean Wiles
Ride for the Cimarron- Bob Childers
Only One Angel- Jimmy Lafave
Wylie Coyote- Bob Childers
Tumbling Tumbleweed- Bob Wiles
Turn this Train Around- Tom Skinner
Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure, Scott Evans, Larry Spears, Brad James, Randy Crouch, Cody Canada, Jason Boland, Bill Erickson, Medicine Show, and Barton & Sweeney songs…