Thunder Ridge Records

January 2018


Our latest release is just hitting the airwaves, and we are pleased as punch to hear it out there in the world! The gestation period for this 16 song collection spanned at least a couple arduous winters of freezing pipes, broken plow trucks, loose cows & all manner of indignities that only a couple of "Chix from the Stix" would know about. Amidst what some might consider anything but optimal conditions, Ariel & Kristina steadfastly recorded & arranged a whole record, while between them juggling a food truck, a landscaping business, teenagers and rural isolation. Congratulations, intrepid warriors! We look forward to celebrating Jan. 27, 2018 at Sweet Melissa's in Montpelier VT - come one, come all! 

November 2017



It's exciting to be bringing this ship into port, a musical odyssey born of determination & personal vision that started from vocal song sketches. . Vermont composer and educator Robert Bryant has been crafting his sung messages to the universe for many years, but only recently decided he was ready formalize the relationship. With the help of producer Kristina Stykos and anchor musicians Dave Keller (guitar) and Patrick Ross (fiddle & cello), this is a soulful album with a positive vibe. Congratulations, Robert!

September 2017


Hot off the presses at TRR: Jamie Gage's "Earth Turns" and it's a great one! Jamie is already known around town as a published poet and this EP expands his resume into the musical -  a "politically-charged debut collection of rootsy alt-folk-rock songs" from a writer with street cred' in social activism and a heart as big as the moon. Congratulations, Jamie! 

July 2017


Congratulations to singer songwriter Carl Goulet for the release of his first solo album "Gazebo", a collection of original contemporary folk and protest songs from a soft-spoken master of his craft! We hope to hear more about this amazing work of songwriting in months to come, as word gets out. A simple treasure filled with gritty vocals, stellar guitar work, honesty and hope! 

May 2015



The latest from TRR Head Honcho Kristina Stykos, a 13 song album aptly titled "Horse Thief" after her late nights in the studio stealing ideas from a somewhat elusive, cosmic, field of dreams.

The Rutland Herald says: 

""Horse Thief" is Stykos' most advanced project and is musically sophisticated with superb production values. This is mature songwriting, relationship gone awry songs primarily from a woman's perspective, delivered in the soaked in life voice that is Kristina Stykos. This should be her breakout album both sonically and visually."

Congratulations, Horse Thief! 


January 2015


Blue collar Vermont rockers The Stephen Wentworth Band bring the music of Steve Kondi to life and their new album "Good and Bad" is now available! Congratulations, guys! 

The Rutland Herald says:

"“Good & Bad” by the Stephen Wentworth Band is an album of blues-flavored music, heavy on lead guitar riffs and vocals that often sound like they came out of the Steely Dan mold. The 11 tracks and 45 minutes of music here show how good five musicians who, in the Vermont mold, must work day jobs to support themselves, sound when they have enough time to get into a studio on work on their music over time."

March 2014



Congratulations to Abrial upon the release of TAKE SHELTER (2014) onThunder Ridge Records!  It's always gratifying to help a new artist undertake their first full-length recording, from the ground up. Abrial, who lives in Hawaii and works for the representative Tulsi Gabbard, began this project with limited means, and successfully raised $4,657 on to bring it to completion - a three year effort in all! Her songwriting is daring and philosophical, and her supple, edgy voice cuts through the usual hum-drum fare we're all used to, startling in it's penetrating honesty. We look forward to many more releases from Abrial! 


January 2013


This album has been in the works for a couple years, and we are incredibly pleased and proud to be releasing it finally, after many months of planning and execution!

For those new to Doug's playing, be prepared for a guitarist with a feel and grace to his playing, like no other. Equally facile at bluegrass and jazz, this album also showcases classical interpretations that have an energy and wit their composers (Bach and Chopin) would surely admire.

Doug is joined on this album by long-time collaborators mandolinist Jamie Masefield, fiddler Patrick Ross and bassist Tyler Bolles, with cameo appearances by bassist Pat Melvin and guitarist Kristina Stykos.

Rallying to meet varying magnitudes of complexity and dynamic range, these original ensemble pieces are alive and similar to much of what Doug performs regionally. Additionally, there are some wild rides a la Doug's fiddle tune repertoire, thanks to a few microphones getting thrown just in time, at a midnight jam session with Patrick. These recordings capture the duo's extraordinary pacing and amazing "lock" - and some of the best performances of traditional tunes Vermont has to offer. The remaining solo pieces are dazzling and fluid, featuring the poignant rhythmic and melodic nuances so admired by Doug's fans.

Throughout this album, Doug's polished technique and thrilling panache fly out at the listener, occasionally at breakneck speed. and always with his signature warmth of tone and personal goodness.