Eric Tingstad | Badlands

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by Eric Tingstad

Instrumental Americana - Music that creates a peaceful and reflective atmosphere while honoring the traditions of American roots music and Western culture ... relaxed twang!
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ceremony of the Aurora
4:55 $0.99
2. Sugarfoot and Weave
3:23 $0.99
3. Jornada
4:13 $0.99
4. Blue Delta
4:24 $0.99
5. Chaco
4:53 $0.99
6. Dripping Springs
3:25 $0.99
7. Badlands
4:44 $0.99
8. Cactus Cantina
4:16 $0.99
9. Johnny Appleseed
4:29 $0.99
10. Crying
3:55 $0.99
11. The Boot Whisperer
3:27 $0.99
12. The Last Roundup
3:31 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Americana Instrumental follow up to Tingstad's 2006 GRAMMY nominated "Southwest."

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That is really cool, not at all what I expected. When I think of a guitar album, I think GUITARS! Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore. It's amazing to me how Eric captures the essence of the "place" in his songs. The guitar is not at the forefront, but layered into the sound to take you to wherever the place is for that song title. It's always about what's best for the composition. I heard that on his earlier albums as well but think this is the best example of that yet. Very cool ... I LOVE it!
Paul Schille



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Carol Heywood

Badlands needs to be heard
From the very first time I heard Eric Tingstad's new song Badlands, I have been blown away by how compelling this instrumental music is. And now after listening to it many, many times, it still reaches in and grabs my soul every single time. I am totally impressed with how Eric skillfully crafted this music by bringing in the best of other talented musicians to fill in his envisioned soundscape. We are ushered into the mystic realms of the Badlands by the sensuous beats of Byron Metcalf and the haunting dance of Cindy Cashdollar's steel guitar with Andrew Joslyn's violin. Eric waits for just the right moment to reveal the passion of the land via his electric guitar and my body cannot resist moving to this sensual groove.

Music that is this evocative is a rare gift and since discovering it I have been excited to share it. I have been ranting about its potential to be a big radio hit, but I have learned that the lawmen that are governing what gets played on the radio these days have outlawed instrumentals, without giving us law abiding listeners a chance to hear. So, let's leave radioland in the dust and help Eric make this outlaw instrumental a big hit by first discovering it yourself and then sharing it. Let's have a showdown with those radio lawmen and let them know you can't keep a good outlaw instrumental down.

Kathy Parsons

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About a month ago, I had the incredible pleasure and honor of hosting Eric Tingstad in a house concert here on the Oregon Coast. A few months prior to that, I reviewed Eric’s most-recent release, "Mississippi," an album I dearly love. So, it was time to do some backtracking and find out what I’d been missing with some of his earlier solo releases. Fortunately(???), I had to drive down to the SF Bay Area and had lots of listening time. I took a whole tote bag of CDs with me, but "Badlands" and Tingstad’s earlier "Southwest" stayed in the CD player the whole trip. I can’t imagine a more perfect soundtrack for driving down the very hot, dry and brown I-5 corridor. What could have been a very boring drive zipped right by as I got lost in the music (but remained fully engaged at the wheel!).

On "Badlands," Tingstad appears on acoustic, classical, electric, resonator, 12-string, lap steel and pedal steel guitars. A fairly large group of guest artists provide back-up on a wide variety of instruments that include more guitars, bass, drums, violin, organ, voice, English horn, oboe, and trumpet. In the liner notes, Tingstad says, “Ambient Americana - Music grounded in relationship with the environment creating a peaceful and reflective atmosphere that honors the traditions of American roots music and Western culture.” That’s an excellent description of the album overall, but still doesn’t prepare you for the addictive quality of the music. Not quite country or folk, sometimes bordering on rock, the music is traditional and contemporary at the same time. Tingstad has researched, traveled, and played “roots” music to get to the heart of it and presents an amazing assortment of musical “goodies” to share the wealth and spread the word. The twelve tracks include eleven Tingstad originals and a wonderful instrumental cover of Roy Orbison’s classic heartbreaker, “Crying.” I really can’t pick any favorites because every track is that good.

Eric Tingstad is a consummate artist, and "Badlands" is an amazing musical experience. Even though it wasn’t released in 2015, it will be one of my Favorites for the year since I missed it the first time around. I give "Badlands" my very highest recommendation!