APRA Award winning and ARIA Award nominated Mark Sholtez says of the beautifully rendered collection of iconic cowboy songs from the golden era of American popular music, he has released with Jen Mize, “The thing I really love about this record is that it feels both unexpected and nostalgic, yet we have created something really fresh”.
This collaborative work from the pair takes a new look at the music of great cowboy crooners (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans. Sons Of The Pioneers), and like the landscape that inspired these songs, the album is rich in musical detail, yet remains wonderfully open and spacious. From the playful to-and-fro of ‘Light of Old Santa Fe’, and ‘My Rifle, My Pony, and Me’, to the understated ‘Wand’rin Star’ and the unapologetically heartbreaking ‘Black Hills of Dakota’, Mize and Shotez’s vocal performances are charming, honest and personal. Twilight on the Trail feels equally sentimental, and surprising.