Trails & Rails

                                                           (Greg Crowder Photography)

Paula Strong and Walt Richards


Hear the West come alive !

Hear the West come alive !
Without trains, the American interior would not have opened up when it did.
Without trains, the cowboy - as we envision him on that long trail drive to Abilene -
would not exist.
Western Music Association Duo Harmony Winners, Walt Richards and Paula Strong, founded the acoustic group, Trails & Rails -
combining their western history interests
with their love of cowboy and train songs to bring you the best of both.

Trails & Rails has been honored to receive many
Award nominations from the Western Music Association.

Coming from the San Diego area,Trails & Rails has performed extensively in the Southwest and has been featured at many Western festivals and events, including the Cody Stampede, the Tombstone Western Music Festival, the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, and the Autry Museum. See the Events page archives.

New cowboy and train songs continue to be written to this day.
Old and new, Trails & Rails enjoys them all.
Experience their energy and enthusiasm for this great music.
Let them reconnect you with our heritage!

In recent years Trails & Rails has been expanding their performing repertoire to include
19th and 20th century pop and folk tunes, as well as presenting musical history programs on various aspects of
the West, Trains and - The Music of the 1930s!

Listen to their sound on  or   iTunes


Watch them play!


Besides musical/history programs, Trails & Rails is also available for:

  • Western Events / Festivals

    • Train and Railroad Events

      • Frontier Re-enactments

        • Fund Raisers

          • Concerts

            • Private Parties

              • School Programs

                • Interactive Workshops


With an active repertoire of several hundred songs,
Trails & Rails custom tailors a special program for each event they play.



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