"This collection of instrumentals is a must for any western enthusiast. With each song I was taken on a journey back in time. I felt like Zach had arranged the most beautiful score for the western epic I was envisioning in my mind. It's one of those offerings that, when its playing had come to an end, all I could say was, "Wow...what an experience!" I was ready to "saddle up and ride again." Thanks, Zach, for keeping our western heritage alive. May your good work continue."
(The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum - Branson, MO)
This project "Empty Saddles" by Artist/Musician Zach Runquist is a fine piece of recorded work. On this collection of Western Classics, Zach delivers with excellent feel and showcases his versatility on several instruments of which he has mastered well. Zach has chosen classic favorites and gives the songs a new fresh approach while maintaining the integrity of each selection. It's a wonderful blend of Western, Americana, & Hymns in a rich Easy Listening style. I was honored when Zach invited me to play on a couple of the tracks. "Empty Saddles" will be an excellent addition to any CD collection.
Eddy Bell - Musician/Producer
Produced by Zach Runquist
Musicians include Zach Runquist on fiddle, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, baritone guitar, and electric guitar, Tim May (Patty Loveless, Crucial Smith, Charlie Daniels) - archtop guitar and dobro, Scott Sanders (Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn) and Weldon Myrick (Elvis, George Jones, Patsy Cline) - steel guitar, Eric Darken (Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Randy Travis) - percussion, Luke DeJaynes (Fundamental Elements) and Eddy Bell (The Whites, The Hemphills) - drums, Byron House (Dolly Parton, Nickel Creek, Mark Oâ€™Connor) - upright bass, Marty Shrabel (Brian Free, The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans) - fretless bass, Keith Cook (The Sons of Tennessee) - acoustic bass guitar, George Runquist (The Sons of Tennessee) - whistling, The Sons of Tennessee - background vocals. Engineering by Zach Runquist and Ron Jagger (Michael W. Smith, Bob Carlisle, Jars of Clay).
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1. Empty Saddles in the Old Corral
2. South of the Border
3. Blue Prairie
4. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
5. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
6. Teardrops in my Heart
7. Ghostriders in the Sky
8. Cool Water
9. Vaya con Dios
10. Lead Me Gently Home, Father