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Michael Martin Murphy Sons of the Pioneers

Genres You Will Love
Folk: Traditional Folk Country: Western Moods: Type: Acoustic Moods: Type: Vocal Moods: Type: Instrumental

By Location
United States - California United States - California - LA


Trails & Rails

It all started in their early days - his in the San Diego area - hers in Northern California.
After so many independent band, vocal and performing experiences, who would have guessed that Walt Richards and Paula Strong would eventually meet up in San Diego and find all these common musical interests.

Mutual musical friends suggested they expand their repertoire to include cowboy and train songs and introduced them to the Western Music Association in the late 90s. While being members of that very active organization, Walt and Paula have performed and recorded in several formats, starting with:

the Bow Willow Trio (Walt, Paula and Vickie Cottle and Cowboy Poet, John Sedberry), 

then back to Trails & Rails, the Duo (Walt and Paula), 

followed by Trails & Rails,The Quatro - with Ken Wilcox, and Bruce Huntington on Bass
 and wonderful songwriting!
then Trails & Rails,The Quatro, with Ken Wilcox, and Pete Varhola on Bass.

Photos of the various Trails & Rails groups can be seen on the About Us page of the T&R web site.
What fun we've had playing and traveling with these great musicians.

CDs from all the T&R formats can be found on CDBaby, including Walt's solo CD, "Instrumental Expressions".

In 2011-12, an exciting new group formed - the Trails & Rails Trio: Walt and Paula with bass player extraordinaire, Mike Craig.

Walt and Mike actually started playing in bands together while Mike was still in high school.

Whatever possessed Mike to relocate to Florida !

Finally returning to San Diego in late 2010, Mike was able to fill in while Trails & Rails bass player, Pete Varhola, was sidelined with medical issues.

When Pete decided he would have to retire from performing for the time being, Mike just kept on 'filling in'. How lucky for all of us!

Of course there's a lot more to all these stories . . . but for our purposes here, the music is the thing.

Walt and Mike have come up with some astounding Banjo-Bass instrumentals and breaks.
While they have to be seen to be believed, they can first be heard on the T&R Trio CD, “Off the Beaten Path”, which came out in April of 2012.

Besides instrumental wizardry, the Trio offers solo, duo and 3-part harmonies as well as the signature variety of the T&R repertoire.

And now on the latest CD, "Gatherin' Strays", which was released in February of 2015, we have the opportunity to present Mike's newly discovered skill as song-writer as we share his seven western originals, along with 2 of Walt's originals.

We hope you'll enjoy the music with us!

Paula - for Trails & Rails