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by Lodestar

People say that you can never go back to the past and relive the times of your youth but the music of your youth somehow can send you on a trip thru old memories faster than anything else I know of.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Who Are You
2:33 $0.49
2. Silverado
4:03 $0.49
3. Tie My Hands
4:25 $0.49
4. Jim, Johnny & Jack
3:18 $0.49
5. Snake River Country
2:12 $0.49
6. Travelin' Incognito
3:06 $0.49
7. Back On the Countryside
3:42 $0.49
8. Country Day
3:32 $0.49
9. Sisters
2:52 $0.49
10. Blue-eyed Lady
5:24 $0.49
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Album Notes
LodeStar; a guiding light

People say that you can never go back to the past and relive the times of your youth but the music of your youth somehow can send you on a trip thru old memories faster than anything else I know of. We (meaning Lodestar) shared a unique experience with the people of our community of Corvallis, Oregon.

We lived, worked, and on the weekends, we played music for our friends in Corvallis. Ours is a story like so many other hometown bands across America. We had screaming fans, the girls dancing, and the whole scene around the band was like being a local star. Man, were we something. And, according to the local radio stations, we were a ‘band on the rise’ and ‘the best unsigned band in the northwest’.

They put our pictures in the papers and we put a record together (Lodestar). We knew we’d soon be playing in front of huge crowds, rolling in money, and living the high-life. It was such a lovely dream for so long but making money, having children, making car payments, home payments, and of course all those pesky bills had a way of bringing reality rudely back into the picture.

It wasn’t long before the band broke up. There was no main reason for it. It was just time I guess. Our friends were doing the same things we were doing: digging-in and getting on with life. The dreams fade, the passion dulls, life gets lived, but the dreamer never goes quietly into that good-night.

So I’ve done something I always wanted to do; once I discovered that I still had the original two-track masters of our recording sessions, I re-released the first LodeStar record with a new digital facelift. I’ve tried to bring back some old times for ourselves and our friends.

In fact, the most common thing I hear from people who have listened to the CD, is how it has brought back those old feelings and good memories that we all shared in those wonderful years of our youth. A youth that went by soooo.. quickly. It happens without warning. Bam! You’re almost sixty, and you start thinking how nice it would be to leave the best of what you had for everyone else to enjoy. So, slow down, take some time, and give LodeStar a listen. Discover for yourself the magic that is music from the heart. Ours to yours.

-Paul Lemoine



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Evelyn Redfield

I have the vinyl of this album and am so delighted to have found it re-released on CD! I always felt the band was Pure Prairie League in Oregon. Very homey and comfortable and very very listenable! Now....how about re-releasing This Oregon Country, which I think is an even finer album! Thank you Paul Lemoine!


I have this on vinyl. I had the pleasure of working with Jamie Luck and Rolf Borkgrevink years after this had been recorded. Travelin' Incogneto and Jim, Johnnie & Jack should have been big hits! Glad it's available for those who missed it years ago.

TJ Klay

A Big LodeStar Fan
I always felt like LodeStar was "Eagleish" & "Pocoish", yet totally unique unto it self. Great songs with great players who could really sing. Jim, Johnnie & Jack is a bonified country hit! I liked this record almost as much as the 2nd one...But that's only because I was playing on, & in the band for the 2nd one. (Big Smile)

Don Teague

A+ Very Nice
I always felt at home when I was onstage with my cousin, Rolf Borchgrevink.

Jamie Denue

I Love this CD! Truly amazing music!
This CD really takes you back to the good ol' days. The music really has a feel for the 70's. I'd love to hear more of LodeStar's albums!

alec Vargo

Great music and lyrics. Reminds me of life on the farm with Danny, Ella and Paul back on Devitt Creek.

John Marshall

Move Over, Eagles
Review by John Marshall; Oregon, corvallis gazette times.
Music Makers;
Move over, Eagles.
Corvallis’ own LodeStar is on the loose with its own, just released album. And a most impressive debut album it is--with a tightly produced, professional country rock sound.
It is so professional that it sets you back on first hearing. For this is not a record that carries the unmistakable stamp of being a local group’s attempt to put down a few tunes for it’s loyal fans to listen to. Of the albums recorded by Corvallis-area groups, nothing can really rival LodeStar’s effort, especially when you consider the band has only been together for about one year.
The members of LodeStar are founder Paul Lemoine on lead vocals and rhythm guitars, Gary Nolde on drums and vocals, Don Williams playing guitars, piano, and vocals, Rolf Borchgrevink on bass and vocals, and the vocals and lead guitar magic of Jamie Luck. LodeStar was joined on the project by Sid Beam on fiddle, Paul Katatish on mandolin. All the more amazing than how fine an album this is, is that it was recorded over one weekend at Ripcord Studios in Portland Oregon. LodeStar’s style on this album is a softish country rock with the occasional overtones of country western. It is music that sings of country livin’, dusty roads, and longed for ladies. Highlights of the album include; Blue-eyed Lady, a Joe Walsh-ish pastoral love ballad written and sung by Paul Lemoine, is a song that builds nicely and turns some fine lyrics like, ‘dusty notions, so many wasted motions’. “Back on the Countryside’, written and sung by Don Williams has some nice piano work, and a professional sounding richness to it. ‘Who are You’, written and sung by Gary Nolde, is a testament to the soft-spoken drummers thoughts about life as he sings that ‘it’s not what you sell, how much, or how many, it’s who you are, who are you’. “Jim, Johnny, and Jack’ is as catchy a twist on the drinking song idea as I’ve heard in a long time, and could land the boys on the mainstream Country Western charts. Lemoine’s ‘Silverado’ sounds like some long lost newly discovered song off the Eagles Desperado album. What is most impressive about this LodeStar album is that all of the above songs seem to be of 45 caliber. It is not hard at all to imagine hearing any of these songs on the radio, and, they are the kind of songs that hang with you for days after you listen to the record. Just think how many albums you purchased because you liked a certain song on the album, then found out that it was the only decent song on the record. LodeStar’s album, thank goodness, is not one of those, you won’t bury this record in your stacks, it will remain near or on the top so you can listen to it often. Good job boys, and good luck, from a true fan; John Marshall.