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Bear 66

by The Wardens

With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger trade, The Wardens - Scott Ward, Bradley Bischoff and Ray Schmidt - are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they’ve protected for the past 60+ years.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. High Country Nights
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2. Trail North
3:39 $0.99
3. Old Brigadier
3:40 $0.99
4. Ya Ha Tinda Mustangs
4:55 $0.99
5. Adventure Before Dementia
3:22 $0.99
6. Lonesome Trail
3:38 $0.99
7. Bear #66
2:53 $0.99
8. Silly Questions
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9. War(Den) Bride
4:12 $0.99
10. River Below
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Album Notes
If you drive due west from Sundre, Alberta, a route along the north side of the Red Deer river leads you to the end of the pavement. A dusty gravel ribbon of a road takes over. It winds tightly along steep, wooded foothills, past skittish deer and wary wild horse herds. And just when the road becomes too rocky and unkempt, it just stops. That’s when you’ve arrived at the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch: a magical rangeland at the edge of the protected wilderness of Banff National Park and the staging point for generations of national park wardens.

The ranch is the heart of the warden service; less for its raw beauty than for its physical place in the world. It’s here that the car is replaced by the horse; and the horse leads the warden into true wilderness. If the ranch is the heart, then the nervous system is arguably the towns that lie curiously inside the mountain national parks. Jasper, Banff, Waterton and Field are bustling tourist havens, genteel urban oases in the wilderness where the idea for protection was formed by visionary bureaucrats (an extinct species it appears!). Here, it’s bears strolling along hiking trails, elk inhaling garden tulips and cougars hauling down puppies. Wardens scramble to protect all their animate brethren. Yes, it all happens here, synapses firing like rubber bullets at the edge of these concrete congregations.

We hope you enjoy Bear 66. These songs are inspired by both the head and the heart, and this album itself intersects the deep wilderness and the urban epicentre within it. Thanks to all who listen and support us as we – The Wardens – ride purposefully past the end of the gravel road. Although it seems hard to believe, these places still exist. And the stories are still being written.

-ray - April, 2014



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