High Sierra Tunes

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High Sierra Tunes

Post by oldhikerQ » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:03 pm

Does anyone have a song that says "High Sierra" to them? Kind of like a California version of Rocky Mountain High?


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Re: High Sierra Tunes

Post by rlown » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:19 pm

A couple..

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Re: High Sierra Tunes

Post by Shawn » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:14 pm

Coincidentally, I was departing the trailhead after looking around Red Lake for Larry Conn back in 2012 when I first heard this Boz Scaggs tune . Now of course whenever I hear it, it reminds me of that experience. Not sure why it didn't get much air time.

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Re: High Sierra Tunes

Post by oldhikerQ » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:47 am

Gentlemen,
Thank you both for the songs. Had no idea that Boz Scaggs recorded a Sierra tune.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

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Post by dave54 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:41 am

I searched the allmusic.com database for songs with 'sierra' in the title and got over 1000 hits.
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Re: High Sierra Tunes

Post by oldhikerQ » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:52 pm

Dave54,
Thank you for referring me to that resource. I had no idea that it existed. Looks like I've got a bit of work to go through 1000+ songs.
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Post by MountainMinstrel » Wed May 08, 2019 7:33 am

I live in Sonora and am familiar with the Black Irish Band, in fact, I know Patrick Karnahan who wrote that song fairly well. He is also an artist in oils. Funny thing is that I have not had a chance in the 6 years I've been up here to hear them as I frequently am playing somewhere else in town when their playing. it's cool to know that he wrote song about the Sierra. That will go great behind whatever video I put together for my upcoming JMT hike.
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Re: High Sierra Tunes

Post by Timberline » Sun May 12, 2019 12:11 pm

Oldhiker, glad you asked. Believe it or not, Keith Carradine sings(!) "High Sierra Trail" on an LP he issued after his Robert Altman movie, I think it was "Nashville." Did a pretty decent job of it, too (might have been the good guitar accompaniment helped). Anyway, this is the Sierra tune that remains my favorite. BTW, Carradine also had a small part in another Altman movie, "McCable & Mrs. Miller," which puts a different slant on everything.
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