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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







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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

avail.

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

tape".

The song came in a rush over the next two days.



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