We are delighted to present our first full-length album, “The Worst Horse.” Set for release this spring (date TBD), we have already sent advance copies out to those noble souls who pre-ordered the CDs.
Look below for liner notes and stay tuned for a more detailed rundown of each song here on our blog. All arrangements were created by Renegade Stringband, here are the songwriter credits for each track:
- Take My Hand - Jessica Jarris
- Let Your Heart Take You – Joe Seamons
- Keep Me Warm – Jessica Jarris
- Winter Wind – Jessica Jarris
- Bear Creek – traditional
- Lulu – lyrics are traditional, music by Joe Seamons
- Worst Horse – Austin Moore
- Dark Whispers – Joe Seamons
- Standing Here With Me - Jessica Jarris
- Forked Canyon Reel - Austin Moore
- Gettin’ Wild – Joe Seamons
- Wishing Well – Jessica Jarris
- Rhythm that Rhymes – Joe Seamons
“When you are determined to practice zazen with the great mind of Buddha, you will find the worst horse is the most valuable one. In your very imperfections you will find the basis for your firm, way-seeking mind. Those who can sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen, the actual feeling of Zen, the marrow of Zen. But those who find great difficulties in practicing Zen will find more meaning in it. So I think that sometimes the best horse may be the worst horse, and the worst horse can be the best one.”
These words, written by Suzuki Roshi, have profound meaning for us as young musicians taking part in American acoustic musical tradition at the dawn of the 21st century. The bar has been set incredibly high by wondrous musicians who are too numerous to name. In studying this tradition while honing our craft–as individuals and as a band–we confront our imperfections, knowing that the point is to find meaning in the difficulty rather than frustration. The successes and joys we’ve found as a group have come from this shared understanding–that progress and process are far more gratifying than an obsession with the dream of perfection.
The first folks we’d like to thank are all of those friends and strangers who have hosted us in their homes and venues across America. The generosity we’ve experienced is truly humbling. To Emily Rome and Julia Moore, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your patience and support. Thanks also go to our most dedicated fans: John A. Duffy, Roger, Hannah, Berde and Al. Thanks to Jenny and Jack for coming to our rescue again and again. Thanks to Bob Stark for your keen ears and invaluable insight.