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Among These Hills on CD Baby - October 21, 2011

Our second CD Among These Hills is now on CD Baby. You can get a physical disc through them or by emailing us. It's also available at Ampesound in Saranac Lake and Hoss' Country Store in Long Lake.

Among These Hills is here! - September 30, 2011

Our new CD Among These Hills is here. Still waiting for it to get added to CD Baby, iTunes, etc. so people can order. We have some at local stores and you can order a copy directly from us. Email us at sending out copies to radio DJ's.

November 2010 - November 4, 2010

Happy November 2010 from the Rustic Riders!It's been a while since I listed gigs on this site.

We’ve had a busy summer and fall traveling around the region. We’re playing closer to home this month. Hope to see you out and about!

 Give the Spirit Sale 1st Presbyterian Church, Saranac Lake
Friday 11/5 from 4-7 pm
Saturday 11/6 from 9-1:00 pm

We’ll provide some background music on Saturday while folks do some socially responsible holiday shopping: Maya Works textiles and beads, SERRV handcrafts, Equal Exchange coffee & tea, Heifer Intl. Living Gift Market and The Saranac Lake Skate Park Committee will be taking Holiday Wreath Orders!

 Thursday, November 18th Rustic Riders host Open Minded Mic Night
Bluseed Studios, Cedar Street, Saranac Lake $3.00 admission

We’ll play a few tunes in the beginning and the middle and performers, poets, storytellers, playwrights of all ages will share their stuff. It’s always great fun. If you want to share, sign up is at 7:00 and performance starts at 7:30. Each performer is limited to 7 minutes and audience votes on the best of the night.

 Saturday, November 20, 2010 Will Rogers Saranac Lake
7:30 pm Concert, $5.00 admission.
We’ll play some brand new tunes, some tunes off the forthcoming CD and some old favorites.

 Friday , November 26,, 2010 Wild Center, Tupper Lake
10:30 – 5:00 pm
We’ll provide some background music for a Family Friday at the Wild Center. We had a great time last year. This year Jamie Savage will also be providing
music. There will be lots of activities for all ages.

RECORDING NEW CD - March 18, 2010

We began recording our new CD this past month with Dan Duggan. So far we've arranged and recorded basic instrumentals and vocals for "Father Kelly" (based on the irish traditional fiddle tune)a story of folks growing up in institutions, "It's My Turn" - taking care of our elders, "We Won't Give Up" - the story of the Newton Falls Paper Mill and a determined community, "Knock" - a gospel tune with piano, "Walk This Road" - hope for positive political discourse, "Walking in the Light" - a bluegrass tinged gospel tune, "Song of Hope" - hommage to the tenacity of refugees and "Where's My Bonus?" - the title says it all. We're very excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with you as we progress.

Live on the Radio - October 15, 2009

We had a wonderful time with Nick Noble of the Folk Revival on He played some wonderful tunes in addition to our music. We especially liked Old Dogs. We played some songs from "Hearing Hearts" - Crossing - Nick's favorite and We Remember - to acknowledge the 8th anniversary of the war in Afganistan this past week. We also played tow un recorded songs. Father Kelly and another as yet unnamed song that tells the story of the Newton Falls Mill.

Where You Can Request Songs from "Hearing Hearts" - November 29, 2008

Traditional Radio
New York
WSLU - North Country Public Radio
WSPN – Skidmore Radio Saratoga Springs
WAMC – Wanda Fischer
WMUD – Bridgeport Vermont
Vermont Public Radio – All the Traditions
WOMM - Rik Palieri
Radio Vermont Group – WCVT, WDEV, WLVB
WWPV – John Sheehys Show
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Public Radio – The Folk Show
New Jersey
WFDU – The Traditions - Ron Olesko
WKSU – Folk Alley
KPFK - The Folk Scene
KKFI – Coffee House Folk
WDET – Matt Watroba
CKCU – Canadian Spaces
Internet Radio Festival Radio

Behind the Songs - November 1, 2008

Liner Notes for Hearing Hearts by the Rustic Riders.
All songs written by Lisa Meissner Copyright 2008

1. Crossing: I love the sound of the Carter family and wanted to write a tune with that feel. I play traditional music weekly with friends. This one’s for them!

2. Old Songs: A celebration of those folks who have inspired me through the years and who are still chugging away – Odetta, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Georg Ward – this list goes on.

3. We Remember – This one wrote itself. Driving past the three war memorials in Saranac Lake, our town of 5,000 people the words were nearly completed by the time I finished the 15 minute drive to our house in the “suburbs”. My son had returned from Iraq less than 6 months before. As the war became more distant personally, I thought about how this effects our personal and national decisions.

4. Ghosts in the River – Shegeko Sasamori told her memories of living through the bombing of Hiroshima on the radio program called “The Story” on 8/6/07. This song arose from her story.

5. Don’t You Know: The phrase and tune that opens this song were rattling around in my brain for several months. Then we received word that my older brother had attempted to kill himself and no one could find him. This song was written as we walked the streets of NYC and drove through northwestern New Jersey searching for him.

6. Another: A parent’s lament with a happy ending.

7. Just One Step: Based on a Chinese proverb. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” My mother had chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Each day she sought to do as much as she could, though each day was less and less she never gave up her spirit!

8. Tomorrow, Today: A tune about appreciating each day.

9. Know You Are Loved: This was written for my daughter’s wedding to the man she began dating 6 years ago, 1 month before she began to have MS symptoms. They have already weathered many struggles and continue to triumph with grace and humor each day.

10. Just Plain Folk: I wrote most of this while climbing Mt. Arab. Later that year we went to Haiti. The last verse reminds me of the beaches deep with garbage.

11. Where Would I Be: A Valentine’s Day gift.

12. I Did It: Began as a celebration of accomplishments and ended up as a celebration of honesty in our relationships.

13. Hearing Heart: A prayer

CD Release Party Sunday October 26, 2008 - October 17, 2008

We are very excited to share music from our new CD "Hearing Hearts on Sunday October 26th at 7:00 pm. Dan Duggan will assist on guitar, piano, bass and hammered dulcimer. Bill Chmberlain will add his tasteful mandolin and banjo. We will share tunes from the CD and some of the 80 songs Lisa has written. There will be homebaked cookies, beer wine and liquid refreshments. Come party with us! Admission will benefit Bluseed and the guest musicians.
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