Songs for the winter season. ©2011 RiverSky Music

1Merry Little Christmas (Martin/Blane)
2I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Gannon/Kent/Ram)
3The Candle Carol (Jackman)
4In The Bleak Midwinter (Rosetti)
5Moonsong (Jackman)
6La Navidad De Louis (Gieco)
7Song For A Winter’s Night (Lightfoot)
8Softly And Deeply (Jackman)
9Thank You (Jackman)
10Silent Night (Mohr/Gruber)
11Winterlong (Jackman)



This is not an album about safe places. This is an album about gratitude and the subtlety of things. It is about the wind that cools a sun-bitten face and tears that sooth a traveler’s road weary eyes. It is about extraordinary stories of ordinary lives. It is love and loss, truth and rumor. It is taking shelter under a canopy of a billion stars and standing face up, hands out, to taste the rain in a raging storm. This album is about the sound of lighting, one second distant. There is sanctuary in all these things.  –Shane Jackman

2Bury Me Standing
3My Place In You
4Stranger Everywhere
5Simply Put
6Raise My Eyes
7Early Frost
8Pirates Of The Santa Fe
9Tender Mercies
10Softly And Deeply
11The Good Ship Builder



I had an art professor in college who taught me to love simplicity. We painted for a whole quarter with nothing smaller than a one-inch brush so we didn’t get needlessly distracted in irrelevant details. That’s how we approached this recording.  John Hancock’s house is a historic bungalow with rich colored walls, high ceilings and old wooden floors. There’s a control center in the dining room with four clean signal paths, just four. That was our one-inch brush. If we couldn’t record it with four inputs it didn’t go on this album. There are hints of a neighborhood and even a thunderstorm in there somewhere. This is how the music sounds in John’s living room. Perhaps your’s too. –Shane

1What I Did On My Summer Vacation / Love You Like The Rain
2Uncommon Eloquence
3The Angle Of Repose
4Set Fire To The City
5Walk Among The Bones
6Didn't I
7Driftwood Fire
8My Heart Still Beats
9Cornflakes For Supper

Rhythm Of The Land


This album was recorded in two great studios in vastly different surroundings; one in the mouth of Provo Canyon in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and the other in the heart of New York City. Each setting provided another perspective to the songs we were laying down–from springtime on the Provo River to the energy of downtown Manhattan. I knew the two settings would mix beautifully, especially when, one early morning, in a rare quiet morning before the traffic awoke, I saw a Snowy Egret grace a pond in Central Park. It found it’s way onto the recording, I hope you can hear it. –Shane

1Like An Angel
2Tribal Line
3Cactus And Crosses
4Last Blue Mile
6Ordinary Man
7Rhythm Of The Land
8Carolina 49
9The Potter’s Field
10Adobe Run
11Free In A Free World

Looking West


I was sitting on the bank of the Mississippi River, watching the sun set from the end of Parley Street in old Nauvoo, Illinois, trying to imagine the feelings that surely flowed as wagons lined up for the westward crossing. It has been over 150 years since my third great grand-father, Levi Jackman, bushwhacked his way down Immigration Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. Five generations later, here I am, trying to make a living in the craggy hills and sagebrush valleys of the Utah mountains. These songs are in my blood. –Shane

1Looking West
2The Water Is Wide
3The Shooting of Betsy Wilde
4All Is Well
5The Candle Carol
7Peace Like A River
8Forlorn Hope
9Cool Water
10The Good Shipbuilder
11Express Rider's Lament
12Set Fire To The City
13Thank You

Free In A Free World


“Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary;
That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun;
Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases;
Tired and cold, but I kept my dream!”

–Everett Ruess

The young artists and poet Everett Ruess was well traveled in the west, one of the first outsiders to explore many areas of southern Utah. In 1934 Everett ventured out into the Utah desert along the San Juan River, perhaps heading to Monument Valley, but was never heard from again. In Davis Gulch, along the Escalate River he had inscribed the name NEMO, in reference to Captain Nemo of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Nemo had a Latin motto for his ship, the Nautilus: “Mobilis in Mobile”, translated to “free in a free world.” It is unknown if Everett lived to see his 21st birthday. The mystery of the disappearance of Everett turned him into a folk hero.

1Friday Night At Gepetto's
2Filling My Sails
3A Man In The Desert
4Cryin' In The Night
5Without A Word
6Adobe Run
7Maybe I Was Wrong
8All The King's Horses
9Waiting For The Wind
10Free In A Free World