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Small Towns

Woodstock 2019
Please note: This is a work in progress. It will be released laster this year. Watch the Events for more details. Meanwhile, the information about this CD may/will change between now and the release date.
This salute to the 1969 Wodstock Festival is a cinematic, technicolor explosion of music and memories. We do not attempt to accurately portray the event or the generation that bears its name. This is just how we choose to remember it.
"Woodstock" by Runaway Express is a fictional, idealistic account of a singular event that took place in the Catskill Mountains just after man's first walk on the moon. We couldn't resist filling our movie with historical fabrications, naive generalizations, and a taste of profound universal truth. It's a romantic fantasy, and a return to false hope. See more . . .

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Small Towns

Small Towns
All towns are small towns — when you consider the universe.
This CD features 17 songs, including 1 Jim Ratts original, "Kansas Skies."
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Watch the video by Greg Carr: Kansas Skies

Yeah, Buddy!

Yeah, Buddy!
Anniversary Edition
Yeah, Buddy!
Anniversary Edition
Originally recorded in 2000, this 2011 release is an elaborate re-mastering of "Yeah, Buddy!". This anniversary celebration has been transfered from analog tape, re-sung, re-arranged and re-mixed to create a bigger, better sounding record. Included are 20 Buddy Holly songs done up in true eclectic RE style. Bluegrass instrumentation supercharged with a full rock ensemble. Harmonies and echoes of West Texas rockabilly abound. Caprock'n'roll!
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TM/© 2000, Maria Elena Holly licensed by CMG Worldwide, Inc.

Howlin' at the Moon Howlin' At The Moon
It's a Runaway Express original song, and Sam took it to the top of the bluegrass chart a few years ago. Included is a song we co-wrote with Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio celebrating their legendary history. Also featured is a tribute to the legendary bluegrass band "The Dillards", a song they recorded on their Grammy nominated "Let it Fly" release. Expect cameo performances by John McEuen, the Subdudes' John Magnie, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. This remarkably packaged project (designed by Greg and Salli who won the IBMA Graphic Design Award for their work on Steve Martin's "The Crow") also includes a book of poetry by Charles John Quarto, the poet-laureate of the Kerrville Folk Festival. More bluegrass and country-folk than our other recent releases, this album is a thoughtful reflection of the beauty sought by those of us who are music and art driven.
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Howlin at the moon
Woodstock

Woodstock
Our project examines a legendary festival and the generation that bears its name. Presented in multi-layered audio collage form and featuring a dozen Runaway originals and 30 tunes from the festival (including Janis, Jimi, CCR, CSN&Y, The Band, The Dead, and The Who), it’s a cinematic, technicolor explosion of music and memories. “Woodstock” celebrates this historic event in a romantic fashion, appropriate to the fantasy it became. We commemorate this festival because it allows us to explore the period and the youth culture that gave it such power. Stage announcements, poetry, sound effects, musical montages, radio reports and audience response invites involvement in our production. It’s really an audio movie, allowing the listener to play the role of cinematographer. Once you respond to the record’s initial plea to “Come On!”, you are in for an uninterrupted 80 minutes of concentrated Sixties, featuring the music, attitude and dreams of the era. Take a journey with Runaway Express back to the garden.

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Oh, Boy! Another Yeah Buddy

Oh, Boy!
Another "Yeah, Buddy!"
"Oh, Boy!" is the 2004 companion release to the Sept. 2000 "Yeah, Buddy!" carrying on the tradition of re-interpreting the classic songs of Buddy Holly. "Oh, Boy!" is more rhythm driven and folk/rock inspired than the bluegrass influenced "Yeah, Buddy!" Hear "Peggy Sue", "Rave On", "Rainin In My Heart" and "True Love Ways" get the RE treatment. Eye-popping artwork with a pop-up strat inside and a powerful Holly tribute song "Caprock" by Jim.
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Nature, Songs of the Wild

Nature
Songs of the Wild

Nature is a celebration of wild things and wild places. These compositions were written for the Aerie Nature Series and have been used as eductional tools in the Colorado school system for a decade. Universal themes of appreciation and preservation are explored in this project, and the sounds of nature provide audio-collage transitions between the songs. Take a drive in the mountains with this one!
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Port of Mystery and Tilt-a-World Port of Mystery and Tilt-A-World
The "Port of Mystery" and "Tilt-A-World" Compilation.
Interested in another Runaway Express Recording before "Yeah, Buddy!"?
This is our recommendation. 73 minutes of music on one CD selected from the "Port" and "Tilt" projects. Features our version of the Sam Bush bluegrass hit "Howlin' at the Moon,, which we wrote.
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Wild Jimbos two II Wild Jimbos Two
Produced by Rattbo. Features the vocals and songs by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jimmy Ibbotson, with Salestrom and Ratts on harmonies. WJII includes country rock classics "It's Morning" and "Killy Beggs" (Ibby performed this tune on the Chieftains' Grammy Award winning album, "Another Country.")
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Runaway Express From the Archives Vol 1 From the Archives
Runaway Express recordings from the 1980s, including the Kingston Trio's Bob "Scotch and Soda" Shane singing lead on the song we wrote about his group, "Singin' Every Inch of the Way." Guest appearances by Dirt Band's members John McEuen and Jimmy Ibbotson.
Tilt-A-World Tilt-A-World
Featuring the Runaway Express version of "Howlin' at the Moon" and the tune written for the Kingston Trio, "Singin' Every Inch of the Way." John McEuen on mandolin.
Port of Mystery Port of Mystery
Limited Supply. Features songs written for the Limelighters ("Use It Up") and the Dillards ("Ozark Night"). John McEuen featured on banjo.
Now and Then Salli Ratts Now and Then
All songs feature Salli on lead vocals.
"Yes, this really is me, pointing a child's toy gun at a friend of my parents' that I obviously didn't like. But, I'd give anything to have that outfit again. At least I still have the the scuffed-up knees."

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Now available on CD, recently re-mastered Runaway projects from the 80s; including Cadillac Dreams, Headed West, Kansas Skies, and Hands of Time. Each of these lengthy albums (from 64 to 96 minutes) is available for $15. Only by mail.

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