The famous Santa Fe Trail stretches 800 miles between Missouri and New Mexico. This recording is from the album Songs of the Santa Fe Trail & Far West that contains documented songs and instrumentals connected with the trail’s rich history. Several of the songs date to the Mexican War and the Gold Rush. Performed on period instruments by Mark Gardner with historic playing styles, it captures the authentic sounds of covered wagon days.
Portions of Songs of the Santa Fe Trail & Far West were featured in the PBS documentary, “The U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848.”