High Desert Band

High Desert Band

 Nampa, Idaho, USA
BandFolkBluegrass

High Desert Band is an accoustic group from Boise, Idaho. We play a lively, upbeat variety of original and traditional Bluegrass, Folk, Cowboy and Appalachian Mountain Music, and anything else we like! We're kinda prone to comedy and childrens songs too.

Biography

The core trio has been performing together since 2003. We play a lively, upbeat variety of original and traditional Bluegrass, Folk, Cowboy and Appalachian Mountain Music, and anything else we like! We're kinda prone to comedy and childrens songs too. We love Doc Watson, Tim O'Brian, Clair Lynch.
Our song writing is aimed at family audiences with clever lyrics and humable tunes. We focus on providing a range of material to please toddlers and seniors alike and catch the rest as we bounce back and forth. Comedy and stories are a large part of our songs.

Lyrics

Taters In My Stew

Written By: Randy Helton

Taters In My Stew
©Randy Helton 8-6-08


It’s been thirty years since my darling married me

And I’ve never felt those lonesome blues, or suffered jealousy

I’ve never had to hunger for love in all that time

She’s fed my body, heart and soul, satisfied my mind

Chorus:
She’s the honey on my corn bread, bacon in my beans

Spice of life it’s my sweet wife,
if you know what I mean

And if I had to live without her
I would starve for love its true

She’s the icing on my cake,
taters in my stew

The girls I’d known before her
left me unsatisfied

I never got my fill of love,
no matter how I tried

Now her sweet kiss sustains me, it’s fed all these years

I love the candy in her smile,
salt taste in her tears

CHORUS

There was a time when it was tough, the cupboard nearly bare

But even at the worst of times, there was a little something there

On her I have depended,
I’ve never gone astray

I’ll never want another bite
of love not made her way

CHORUS.

Badger In The Outhouse

Written By: Randy Helton

Badger In The Outhouse
By Randy Helton ©2006

My grandma had an outhouse on our little family farm
You’d reach it by the foot path, beside the old red barn
When I was just a little boy, I remember oh so well
How that little shed played a starring role in a story we still tell

Well Grandma was headed for the outhouse with some corncobs in a pail
When yonder came a badger, a waddlin’ down the trail
They met up at the well house, and Grandma gave a yell
Then the badger shot through the outhouse door, and from there things went to wellll……

Chorus: There’s a badger in the outhouse, and Grandma’s gotta go
She’s yellin’ for the shotgun and hoppin’ to and fro
Oh the barnyard’s all a-flutter, hens flappin’ all about
And Grandma’s gonna blow a gasket if that critter don’t get out

So I brought her Pa’s old shotgun and a pocket full of shells
She tore off down the foot path, and I hid behind the well
She swore she’d get that varmint out and thus regain her throne
But the badger hissed and bared his teeth; he’d claimed it for his own

Chorus:

Spoken:
Now Grandma wasn’t thinkin’ straight, she really had to go
That badger’d just plain got her goat on that morning long ago

When the shootin’ stopped and the smoke cleared, her outhouse was no more
The roof was in the pasture and the walls lay by the floor
The door was shot to splinters, the stool blown to the ground
Then I saw that badger clear the fence on a bee-line to his mound

Chorus:

Stompin' On Satan

Written By: Jerry Firth

In the hills of old Kentucky, up on Helton ridge
Not too far from London, and that old Pig Holler bridge
There lived a mountain lady, Aunt Ida was her name
And although she was peculiar, I loved her just the same

She took me to church one Sunday, at a chapel by a lake
Where they sang those gospel praises while dancin’ with a snake
She told me I must trust the Lord in every thing I do
And before church was over, she wrote Satan on my shoe!

Chorus:
Gonna stomp ol’ Satan down in the dirt,
Gonna stomp real hard, ‘n make it hurt
You better write his name on the bottom of your shoe
Good Lord! Watch out or he’s gonna get you
Well me and ol’ Satan goin’ round and round
Glory hallelujah I’m heaven bound!
So watch out friends so he don’t get you
Put ol’ Satan on the bottom of your shoe

My Aunt made possum gravy, and that good ol’ groundhog stew
But she never drank corn likker, cause only sinners do
She’d sing the The Rock Of Ages, while Grandpa’d cut some chew
Then she’d walk down to the outhouse with Satan on her shoe.

Chorus:

Makin' Noise

Written By: Randy Helton

Making Noise
Randy Helton ©January, 2008

Oh! I like makin’ noise you see, it’s the most fun in the world to me
I’ve been making noise since I was just a baby boy
Whenever I heard a train go by, or an airplane in the sky
That’s the next sound you’d hear coming out of me

If I had a horn, I’d blow it; a firecracker, yep, I’d throw it I could make a bugle from a funnel and a garden hose
My siren and my Tarzan yell impressed the neighbors,
I could tell
Said they could still hear me even with the windows closed

Chorus:
I’d honk , toot, squawk and growl,
Then haul off an’ hoot like a big ol’ owl
I was a walking barnyard morning noon and night
And just when you think you’d heard it all
I’d imitate the dreadful squall
Of a Sasquatch prowling in the pale moon light

When I heard Homer and Jethro cry, ee-ff-ah-i-ff-ah gimme-a-piece-a-pie-
Well I just had to try and sing that too
And if Donald Duck should chance to sneeze, let’s pause the music for a moment please;
…ahhhh…aahhhh…..aahhhhhhhh-Cheeeeeooowww! Quaquaquaqua!

Oh I like making noise now how about you?

CHORUS:

Now I may never be a star, but I can yodel and sing, n’ pick guitar
I’ll make any noise I can to try and make you smile
And when the end of my life comes, all the noises said and done
Well I sure did satisfy my inner child!

All My Groupies

Written By: Randy Helton

All My Groupies…
Randy Helton
Copyright 2007

Just after I turned forty I bought a guitar one fine day
I signed up for some lessons and began to learn to play
My picking improved as the years rolled by, so I decided to learn to sing
Then my friends dragged me on stage with them before an audience and everything

It was so much fun, those folks were great, they made me feel so fine
I started having fantasies of hitting the big time
I’d write hit songs and be a star, like my heroes on TV
And have beautiful girls in lingerie a’hanging all over me.

CH:
Oh I dreamed I’d be surrounded by girls in lingerie
Have hot rod cars and movie stars fussing over me
I’D be the next sensation, have friends and fans galore
And groupies hangin’ ‘round the stage door!

I sang my songs with some success, folks like me, that’s for sure
But the girls that I appeal to seem to be a bit mature
The women that surround me now show just how my luck goes,
No fish net stockings or a bustier, they all wear support hose!

CH: I dreamed I’d be surrounded by girls in lingerie
Have hot rod cars and movie stars fussing over me
But the truth it seems I’m a senior’s dream, now everybody knows
All my groupies wear support hose!

Well it’s white hair ‘n walkers, wrinkled smiles, no spiky high heeled shoes
My fantasies are fading, some dreams I’ll have to lose
But don’t get me wrong, those gals are great, they ease my wounded pride
They like my songs, that means a lot, my ego’s satisfied

CH: But I dreamed I’d be surrounded by girls in lingerie
Have hot rod cars and movie stars fussing over me
But the truth it seems I’m a senior’s dream, now everybody knows
All my groupies wear support hose!
All my groupies wear support hose!

Discography

"OLD SKOoL" is our independent CD release. We were fortunate enough to receive several weeks air play on Music From Foggy Hollow out of Sydney, Australian during the summer of '08

"Creature Comforts" released June 21, 2010
A new collection of original ballads and comic romps.
Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion performed our song "Taters In My Stew" on their 2009 Valentine's broadcast!

Radio with posted play lists known to be playing our music since June 21 release:

Mike Kear's Music From Foggy Hollow,
Fridays 10pm, Hawkesbury Radio, 89.9FM
Windsor, NSW, 2756
Australia

Bill Hahn
Traditions & Sunday Simcha
WFDU 89.1 FM
Teaneck, NJ

Set List

Our typical sets are 45 minutes, about 14 songs.
We play a mix of original, traditional and old time bluegrass, folk and cowboy. Much of our original music is comedy.
Badger In The Outhouse(original)
Emotional Duct Tape(original)
The Organ Recital(original)
Sarah Jane (original)
Leave Me In The Rockies (original)
Gotta Keep Up(original)
Ginny (original)
Daddy’s Old Guitar(original)
Silver City (original)
Black And White(original)
The Miner’s Waltz (original)
Making Noise(original)
Whistling Jack(original)
All my groupies(original)
The Road Less Traveled(original)
Thunder Road(original)
I Won’t Be Back(original)
Barley Corn(original)
Way Down Town
Nellie Bly
Mountain Dew
Wreck of The Old 97
Greenville Trestle
Raining, Raining, Raining
Windy Bill
Angelina Baker
8 More Miles to Louisville
Wabash Cannonball
Little Sadie
The Tennessee Stud
I’m Going Back To The Old Home
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Peach Pickin’ Time In Georgia
Black As A Cro