Black Country

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released January 29, 2016

Recorded, mixed, and produced at Mudtown Records by Josh Richardson; except vocals by Megan Hamilton, recorded by herself at her home in Kingston, Ontario; and pedal steel guitar, recorded by Aaron Goldstein at his home in Toronto, Ontario.

Mastered by Eric Warren at Nota Studio.

Players:

Aaron Goldstein - Pedal Steel on “Black Gold”
Graham Dorfman - Lead Guitar on “White Man” & “Dead Horse”
Keira McArthur - Cello on “Rose of Sharon”
Kai Hulshof - Organ on “Deep Dark Blue”
Megan Hamilton - Voice
Michael Jones - Mandolin on “Black Country”
Patrick Dorfman - Banjo on “Dead Horse”
Scott E. Farmer - Piano & Organ on “Black Country”, “Slow Dancing”, & “Dead Horse”
Tyler Beckett - Fiddle on “Slow Dancing”

Josh Richardson - Everything Else

All songs Copyright 2015, SOCAN.
All songs written by Josh Richardson, except “Black Gold” written by Aaron Goldstein with Josh Richardson.

Album photography by John Fearnall, Copyright Good Noise 2015.
Layout by Steve Armstrong.

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"dream-like" - Amanda Grant, CBC

"a spacier version of Willie Nelson's 1998 album Teatro, produced by longtime U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois." - the Nerdist

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Track Name: Black Country
Black Country, black country, you are dark and empty.
Black Country, black country, you are dark and empty.

This land is barren.
This land is barren.

I stare out into nothing, and I can feel you hold me.
I stare out into nothing, and I can feel you hold me.

Open up your arms, dissolve into the horizon.
Open up your arms, dissolve into the horizon.

Into the void...
Track Name: White Man (You Ruined Everything)
He came.
And, he destroyed.
He killed.
And, he stole.
Until.
There was no more.
White man.
White demon.

You ruined everything.
You ruined everything.
You ruined everything.
You ruined everything.
Track Name: Slow Dancing
The floor is empty, the wall flowers hang,
the disco ball turns, and the music begins.
A boy walks up, asks a girl to dance,
He twirls her around, and she becomes a woman.

The boys have been in the liquor cabinet,
the girls are all made up and in their best.
There are rumours Jill's been making out with Jack,
Jane is crying 'cause Dick up and left.

We are slow dancing.

A woman appears and takes his sweaty hand,
Oh how many men are still afraid of you, Sadie Hawkins.
No one here knows the old steps,
Gone long ago, are the days waltzes.

Eyes glance awkwardly, the crowd whispers,
Out on the dance floor, someone's been kissed.
All hearts are pounding with anticipation,
Because we are going slow dancing.

We are slow dancing.
Track Name: Long Winter
It's a long, long winter. And, we're all gonna die.
It's a long winter. And, I will make you cry.
It's a long, long winter. And, we're all gonna die.
It's a long winter. And, I will make you cry.

Everything is dead and gone.
Everything you ever knew is wrong.

There is no more light. There is only night.
There is no more life. There is only death.
Take me, I am free.
Inside you, I am new.

Spring...
Track Name: Dead Horse
I'm riding a dead horse.
Saddled up a deceased metaphor.
Like blood from a stone,
it's grown old.

Beat your dead horse.

I'm beating a dead horse.
Bludgeoning a simile.
Meaning strewn
on the killing floor.

Beat your dead horse.
Track Name: Rose of Sharon
Kill your sadness and your grief
Kill you loneliness and misery

And, love violently.

Kill your hate and your envy.
Kill your spite and jealousy.

And, love violently.
Track Name: Deep Dark Blue
Black is a deep, dark blue.