January-February 2008

ARTIST: BILL STAINES
TITLE: OLD DOGS  

MUSIC AS PURE AS A SIERRA CREEK

By Terry Roland

bill_staines_old_dogs_frontcover.jpgDo you ever long to get away? Sometimes, in the middle of the week, do you have an intense desire to walk in a meadow, see a shooting star, reflect on a glacial mountain, pluck an old guitar on an aged, wood front porch, or just scratch the grateful belly of an old dog? If you do, Bill Staines’ newest release, Old Dogs, provides a much-needed respite from the complexities of today’s world. He also gives a glimpse into the diversity of American experiences through which, he allows his audience to see the past in a way that informs our appreciation for the present.

The theme of Old Dogs, like its title song, is a meditation on growing older and simply noticing the clear-eyed wonder of places and time slowly passing away. Staines’ invites us to join him on a journey through the back roads of Wyoming, to see the antique-ambiance of a fading, aging Savannah, and to gaze into the madness of a Montana man “a forgotten son of some old yesterday.