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"Twilight on Tunnel Road" is an album of interconnected songs that tell the story of Lonnie and Chloe, who grow up on nearby farms on the edge of the Driftless Region in southern Wisconsin and learn to play guitars. The songs travel back and forth in time, from their idyllic childhood, to their rambunctious teen years, up to their difficulties finding their place in today's world.
The album was recorded during the lockdown year of 2020, affording plenty of time for songwriting and experimenting. All the songs are by Timothy Walsh, who founded Penelope's Thrill in 2015, returning to music after a long hiatus.
Guest musicians from the Madison area include Ben Lokuta (drums),Wendy Lynn Staats (Violin), Ben Jaeger (tuba), and Barbara Walsh (backing vocals), as well as Amanda Sanderson (vocals and backing vocals) from Newcastle, England and Akmaral Zykayeva (violin) of Almaty Kazakhstan.
Several of the songs and the three musical interludes include field recordings of birds, frogs, cicadas and other natural sounds, all recorded by Walsh along the Tunnel Road-Marshall Bluff-Sugar River corridor in southern Wisconsin.
For an in-depth presentation of the story and music, including copious photos of Lonnie and Chloe's world, visit the Penelope's Thrill website at: