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As fellow TRAVELLERs, the members of Ivory Bridge, Bill Liners on guitar and vocals, Jim Tordoff on banjo and vocals, John Bodle on mandolin and vocals (and twin guitar on “Bill and Kathe”-listening destination #2) with Kathe Liners on bass and vocals, set out on their musical journey. All shared the common goal of wanting to create something beautiful for friends who embraced their music, absolutely, but first and foremost, something excellent that gave each of them encouragement to push on through in days ahead. Some tunes they pulled from their packs already rehearsed and arranged-with stage time, while others were a destination reached through spontaneous discovery in the studio.


1.  What If What You Want
Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)


2.  Bill and Kathe
Music by John Bodle
(John Bodle music, BMI)


3.  Fortune
 Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
 (Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)


4.  Jaded
Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)


5.  Darkness Hollow
 Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)


6.  Handsome Molly
Traditional Arrangement: Jim Tordoff
(Guitar Rodeo Co., BMI)


 

 

 

 


7.  Cattle In the Cane
Traditional Arrangement: Jim Tordoff
(Guitar Rodeo Co., BMI)

8.  Not A Man of Stature
Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)

9.  You Can’t Be Serious
Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
 (Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)

10.  Safe Harbor
Music and Lyrics by Kathe Liners
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)

11.  Three Men on the Mountain
Music and Lyrics by Tom Harley Campbell
Bill Liners: last 2 verses
(Pretty Little Galaxy music, BMI)

12.  Traveller
Music by Jim Tordoff
(Guitar Rodeo Co., BMI) 

 


 

 


 

 


“So much to be grateful for!,” Ivory Bridge members were heard to say often. All agreed that getting the news Peter Ostrouschko had accepted the invitation to fiddle on Traveller was a real opportunity to rejoice. Peter's talent and ability to instantly ‘zen the essence’ of songs brought forth a depth of playing from Ivory Bridge that was joyously contageous.”

From the first stop on this voyage, “What If What You Want,” an original by Kathe Liners- straight through until the title cut of Jim Tordoff’s banjo tune, “Traveller,” each member of Ivory Bridge is allowed to guide the band on their individual creation, directing arrangement, feel, approach and of course tempo.  In other words, whomever wrote the song, or brought in the traditional tune, gets to call the shots with all the other members weighing in, so that different voices, different approaches, multiple choices create variations in flavors. But at the songs end, the groove, the swing, the drive or the group conscience is what reigns.  So the road can be a bumpy fiddle tune, a slow winding ballad, or a saucy swing tune and the members of Ivory Bridge fit together into a “bridge of sound” that carries the listener seemingly effortlessly along.

The instrumentation was by choice designated to always support the vocals, never compete and when mixing Traveller, this guideline was gently obeyed.  During the mix down all spoke their truth.  Bill, John, and Jim had all crafted their leads carefully to interweave with each other and to specifically fit each original song.  Peter would then come in and throw down his magic. That God’s grace was present is seems evident.

The freedom to fully be oneself and also trust the strength and support of ones fellows is a gift indeed, a gift that the TRAVELLERs of Ivory Bridge value and extol.   They have received this rare gift within the band of Ivory Bridge.  And together, happily satisfied with the result of this expedition into their souls through music, they are joyously able to share it with you to take on journeys of your own making.


The CD’s title song “Traveller,” composed by Jim Tordoff, was inspired by a passage from a novel of the same title by Richard Adams: “A gray man on a gray horse rode by.”  Traveller was General Robert E. Lee’s war horse, a grey American Saddlebred of 16 hands, notable for speed, strength and courage in combat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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