"Rydin' High!'s original music recalls the caballeros, senoritas, gold dust and Spanish trails of Old California by preserving the legends of California's Old West in song. They bring history to life with their musical tributes to the Golden State. John's warm baritone gives the album a mellow sound overall and is complemented by Sharron's solos and harmony parts."-O.J. Sikes, Western music reviewer and consultant
Their originals include: songs of the Tejon Ranch (Elias, Tiburcio Vasquez), Joaquin Murieta, Black Bart, Charlie Parkhurst, Old California, Indio, Ode to the Mammoth Orange, and The Yosemite Bear or the Aerobic Cowboy. Songs which fit their style well which were written by others include: South Coast Ballad, Malaguena Salerosa, Cu cu ru cu cu Paloma, Border Affair, Desert Pete, Serenade of the Bells and Mission San Miguel.
Rydin' High! strives to follow Walt Disney's advice: "In every entertainment there should be some education and in every education there should be some entertainment."
Ranger Doug, the wonderful singer/yodeler of Riders in the Sky' recently said, "You remind me a lot of Jimmy Driftwood-educating while entertaining-making history a living thing. Keep up the great work." Humor, fun and education about the West are important parts of a performance by "Johnny Silver, the Vaquero Balladeer" and "Rose Sharron, the Lilly of the West"! They quickly win over an audience with their warmth, sincerity and humor.
John and Sharron Lamont of Rydin' High! , have been singing together for over 30 years and it shows in the quality of their tight harmonies and styling. "John and Sharron together are vibrant, soothing, engaging, and bring together the refinement of each other's abilities"-Terry Raff, founder Frontier Music Festival, Kooskia, Idaho. Many have described them as having voices as "smooth as silk". They are professional members of the Western Music Association, The Academy of Western Artists, The Native Daughters of the Golden West and they recently joined the Columbia Record Club (chuckle).
They released two singles in Europe for Comstock Records which were very well received. One station in England showed Rydin' High!'s Joaquin Murieta on their top 20 playlist sandwiched between a song by Madonna and one by Queen! "The Comstock label have signed a winner with the husband and wife team, Rydin' High!. The debut single takes us back to the Old West with the driving story of Joaquin Murieta backed with a lovely campfire ballad, 'Cowboy's Evenin' Hymn'. The latter is enhanced by a beautiful fiddle solo (performed by the talented Max 'Doc' Denning. The duo revitalize the good old western ballad of which there ain't much around these days, alas! Rydin' High! sure know how to perform this kind of material. More please!"-Pete Smith, columnist for Country Music Rockpile, England.
Sharron (yes two "r"s, her mother stuttered!) comes from a cattle-raising family that loves to sing. From her choir director mother and her singing father she inherited the gift and became an exceptional harmony singer and soloist. She makes anyone she sings with sound good. John grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California, spent his summers working on a ranch in Utah and has been singing and playing guitar and autoharp since he was 15. His first gig was singing in a coffee house called "The Gilded Crutch" for $2. a night. John and Sharron raised cattle and Tennessee Walking horses (just like Roy's Trigger and Gene's Champion) near Branson Missouri. They sang in the first dinner theater there for three years. They met and were graduated from Brigham Young University. They have four wonderful children who sometimes sing with them.
It's a fine CD and I hope it sells like hotcakes, or waffles or whatever the standard is these days. You all sing so pretty and it's always great to hear Max "Doc" Denning (formerly of the Sons of the Pioneers and the Reinsmen) tear it up"-His Slimness, Too Slim, Riders in the Sky.
"Good Western record, Good harmony, beautiful voices-reminds me of Marty Robbins' songs."-Kingstown Radio, England
"California Gold" is a double album compilation of our first two albums: "Song of the Californio" and "Out California Way".
When a cowboy says that he's "ridin' high" it means that everything is going his way. We hope our music keeps you hummin' and havin' a great day.
John and Sharron Lamont
"May a smile be your umbrella and laughter light your way
And may our song keep you ridin' high all day!"
---Rydin' High! Theme Song
1. The Ballad of Black Bart
2. Way Out West
3. Charlie Parkhurst
4. Serenade of the Bells
6. Grange Hall No. 4
7. Paint the Town
8. Vamos al Baile
9. Ode to Mammoth Orange
11. West of Old California
12. Always Wanted To
13. Faithful Companion
14. Prairie Critters' Dance
16. San Joaquin Valley