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by Cris Williamson

Like messages tied to tumbleweeds, driven by the western wind, her songs roll out of the subtly powerful prairie landscape, right up to your heart’s door.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alazan
3:40 $0.99
2. High Lonesome
4:36 $0.99
3. Fringe
5:36 $0.99
4. Lopin' Alng Through the Cosmos
3:05 $0.99
5. Big Seed Catalog
5:04 $0.99
6. Little Cowboy Lullabye
4:05 $0.99
7. Murder of Crows
4:56 $0.99
8. Glass of Rose
4:40 $0.99
9. Git Along Little Dogies
3:04 $0.99
10. Tumbleweed
4:52 $0.99
11. One Wing Through the Wall
4:47 $0.99
12. Goodbye, Old Paint
3:20 $0.99
13. The Women Are Singing Tonight
5:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access in the industry, Cris Williamson was changing the face of popular music. She conceived of a national all-women's record company, which subsequently issued her now-legendary classic, The Changer and the Changed -- one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. An entire sub-culture came to be around her songs and her music. A movement was established. Her out politics and pro-environment stance paved the way for many of today's artists. She is part of the curriculum in Women's Studies programs around the world. Her songs are sung around campfires and appear in hymnals and are covered by the young rockers of today. And whether she is gracing the cover of Ms Magazine or selling out Carnegie Hall three times, Cris's many and varied accomplishments are only to be overshadowed by her amazing voice.



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Like Coming Home
Cris Williamson's pure, luscious, beautiful voice shines through on this wonderful album of thematic songs. Skillfully written and passionately delivered, this is, simply said, a stunning album. All of the tunes are instantly memorable! Don't miss the gorgeous duet with Vicki Randal ("Lopin' Along Through the Cosmos"), and the tear-jerker, "One Wing Through the Wall", which she shares beautifully with Teresa Trull. A MUST for anyone who's followed Cris's work, and for anyone who longs for music that stirs the soul! Bravo Cris!


For Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List!
Sublime! Cris's voice, songwriting and producing talents have never been better! She and her long-time musical family (Teresa Trull, Vicki Randal, Barbara Higbie, Julie Wolf) have given us a gift this holiday season - get one for yourself and pass it along to the people you love! An amazing album from an amazing voice!


Remarkably Beautiful!
Beautifully produced, Cris's voice is in true form - clear, passionate, soulful and quite simply, gorgeous! With songs from and about the wild west and the prairie, this is an album that will remain in your player for a long, long time. Highly recommended!

Mel Watson

What a classic album.
If you are familiar with Cris's work, then this is a must for your collection. As always, such well crafted songs, crystal clear production, and that voice!
Personal favorites, the title track 'Fringe' and 'Alazan'.

If you are not familiar with Cris's work, save yourself some time and postage and get 'The Essential Cris Williamson' or 'The Changer and The Changed' as well. This will get you started. Oh and you'd better bookmark this page.

Denise P.

Get ready for another spiritual experience! This new CD is wonderful, warm, rich with the clear resonance that is Cris Williamson's voice and packed with the awe and adventure of life lived full of wild west dreams. This one has already reached 'classic' status in my book. Theresa Trull, Vicki Randle, Woody Simmons, Barbara Higbie all lend their various and amazing musical talents to the work, so it very much seems like a trip home. The songs are so full and wonderful, with Cris' beautiful tribute to the passing of her beloved horse, another song played on the distinctive strum stick for Murder of Crows, and a lullabye for a whole new generation of babies welcomed to sleep with Cris' voice (this time with horses coming to take the cowboys and cowboy-girls to dream time). And I can't get enough of the song about Reggie Jo riding 4 winter miles to the mail to get the big seed catalog. I dare you not to laugh along (maybe in recognition?) as Jo nearly freezes for the dream of flowers. . ."halo gratis". I wake up singing along. This is a must have purchase, and I'm sure we'll be hearing these songs in our cars and headphones and at concerts as women's chorus members work on arrangements of "the Women are Singing Tonight".


Anyone who has ached for the wild west, or for the carefree days when all you wanted to do was a ride a horse and live on the land…this amazing new CD of Cris Williamsons’ is for you. There is so much here that touches your heart it is hard to know where to begin. It makes you laugh, cry, and want to learn every single word from the minute you listen… The lyrics, poetry and heart that go into these songs is once again a piece of perfection coming from a songwriter that has uplifted my life. I have many favorites but “The Women are Singing Tonight” is one that gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. Cris’s love for the open land, the horses that crossed these prairies and the people that gave their blood, sweat and tears to build this land seem to be the inspiration of every song. "One Wing Through the Wall", the moving song of Cris’s great horse Stiletto is incredible! A song of love and loss...something we can all relate to. Cris has always shared her roots in every piece of work she has completed, however in this collection I believe she has come full circle in expressing her love, respect and feeling of adventure and the true peace that comes from honoring this great land. The collaborations with Theresa Trull and Vicki Randall are particulary brillant in this collection.

Gina Rosset Smith

This effort takes one back to cowboy/cowboy-girl days like no other!The music & lyrics make me miss my Dale Evans costume,red boots,& hat!Sears catalog made all of us dream of the types of experiences she relates!Cris' voice is so soothing.