High Desert Band performing bluegrass and folk music in Southwest Idaho.
OUR MOST RECENT LIVE RECORDINGS ARE AT THE TOP OF THE MUSIC PLAYER. THERE YOU CAN HEAR THE THE BEST REPRESENTATION OF OUR CURRENT SOUND
MANY TRACKS FROM OUR TWO CDs ARE THERE AS WELL
About that Badger...
|Badger In The Outhouse: Randy Helton
A comedy inspired by my 83 year old mother and her ongoing
battle with tunneling rodents on her little Idaho farm.
Groundhogs had tunneled under and into several of the
old outbuildings and her mobile home's front porch until
the damage was getting out of hand. With the aid of the
County Varmint controller, she placed poisoned carrots in
all the holes and wiped out the 30 or more of the creatures.
Thinking her troubles over, she filled in the holes and
went about her business. Within days, something began digging
open the tunnels and dragging dead groundhogs out onto the
ground. She tried stuffing them back and refilling the holes to no
Eventually, armed with a flashlight and a lawn chair,
she watched into the night to finally identify the culprits:
Skunks! Attracted in from along the river bordering her property
by the smell of rotting groundhogs, they were digging them out of
the tunnels and eating them. She hopped at first they'd go away
once they'd scavenged all the carcasses, but instead they set up
housekeeping and began having babies! Now she had skunks on the
porch eating cat food in the mornings and mommas
with lines of babies marching down the path she
took to the road for the mail and newspapers.
Disturbed by the carnage of the poisonings, she decided to rid
herself of skunks thru trapping.
The County agent set her up with a live trap which she baited with
sardines and cat food. She learned to keep a blanket over the
trap. Once a skunk was caught, she'd slip up to it from the covered
end and flip the blanket over the entrance end with a stick.
A skunk won't spray unless it has a visible target.
The agent passed her farm on the way home from work each day
and would pick up the filled traps whenever she called.
He would then dispose of the skunks and return the trap next day.
She trapped 14 skunks that summer, and her
neighbor got 2 more on his place with a shotgun.
The Organ Recital:Randy Helton
My father-in-law gave warning one year after Thanksgiving dinner.
His friend Art was coming over for after dinner drinks.
Duane warned me, what ever I did, to not ask about his health.
He'll give you "the whole darned organ recital!".
Emotional Duct Tape:Randy Helton
The first song I ever wrote. My mother and I were
lamenting our family's difficult years. Poverty, alcoholism,
and mental health issues abounded.
But, Mom and Dad stayed together, we kids finished school and
stayed out of jail; we survived intact.
She said we were a "functioning disfunctional family".
Some how we overcame all the trauma though we couldn't afford
therapy or good drugs. I joked that we relied on "emotional duct
The song came in a rush over the next two days.