And Now​.​.​.

by The Moonshine

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about

We are proud to present to you "And Now..." the first album by The Moonshine.

Recorded in a mere two days in September at Revolver Studios, with Collin Hegna manning the mixing board and microphones. "And Now" was mostly recorded live in the studio in order to retain the energy of a concert performance.

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released January 28, 2014

Michael Gerard - Vocals, guitar, mandolin, clavinette
Rachael Renee' - Autoharp, vocals, marxophone
Elwood Johncox - Upright Bass, backing vocals
Susanna Low-Beer - Fiddle, backing vocals
Sara Wolf - Banjo, backing vocals

Recorded and mixed by Collin Hegna at Revolver Studio

Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk

Produced by Rory Carroll and The Moonshine

Band photo by Stephanie Michelle Neil

Cover art by Mark Nunziata and The Moonshine

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The Moonshine Athens, Georgia

Contemporary string band magic since winter 2012. The Moonshine has crafted a style all their own based on applying traditional stringband techniques to the unconventional, yet instantly familiar writing of Michael Gerard Levasseur. This is music born of the endless wonder of the open countryside, just as it is music meant to be heard blaring from brightly lit dancehalls on crowded city streets ... more

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Track Name: Never Know
Oh you never know.
No, not for sure.
You never know.

You've got to do the things you want to do,
and say the words you keep inside, you know,
you never know when your time will be done,
and all the chance you lived with will be gone.

Oh the very thought of it gets you wrong,
by the time you're done you will say you wrote the book on...

When the mere idea of it makes you blush,
by the time you're through, you will thank your lucky stars...

Oh the very thought of it makes you wrong, gives you pause,
by the time you're through, you will sing it like a song, la la la la...

Oh you never know.
No, not for sure.
You never know.
Track Name: Hang Me Out
On your way underground,
you picked up the crumbs you found.
There's no more gingerbread.
Your house is in your head.

Hang me out to dry.
My my my, hang me out to dry,
like a bouquet of balloons,
or a dead pair of shoes,
high on a wire.

Now I sign my checks in blood,
just like Little Red Robin Hood.
When there's no more money left,
I'll take the exit to stage left.

Hang me out to dry.
My my my, hang me out to dry,
like a bouquet of balloons,
or a dead parachute,
high on a wire.

Cross my heart and hope to die,
My my my my, hang me out to dry.
Like a bouquet of balloons,
or a dead pair of shoes,
high on a wire.
Track Name: Hard Times
Some people ain't good for nothin'
Other people good for too damn much
It's all the way the cards get shovelled,
and whether or not you've got the touch.

It's hard times, dead or alive
Hard times dead or alive
Oh it's hard times, dead or alive
It's hard times, dead or alive
And you better believe it's true.

I've got a kitten sittin' pretty back at the home
begging like a dog for an old hambone
All I've got here's this ball of yarn
and even that is almost gone.

It's hard times...

Well your girl she's gonna leave you
just as soon as she can stand,
and your darned if she don't,
but if she do you'll be damned.
I saw two little birdies high above the land
and each was wishing his head was in the sand.

It's hard times...

Even the undertaker's singing this sad old song
I just had to ask him what was wrong
He stuck his shovel in the ground and said
"Look here, son. People these days are just living too long!"

It's hard times, dead or alive
Hard times dead or alive
Oh it's hard times, dead or alive
It's hard times, dead or alive
And you better believe it's true.
Track Name: Flood
There is nothing in this world keeping me.
I will get there, then you'll see.
I was telling the truth all along,
and it wasn't just a song.

Hold me down.
Don't hold me down.
I am on my way up to that higher ground.

It's essential it be known by the world,
that there's more to life than this hurly-burly.
I intend to leave a flare unfurled that says that
flags ain't nothing but blood and money.

Hold me down.
Don't hold me down.
I am on my way up to that higher ground.

You see this weightlessness it suits me fine.
It levels my head even when it don't ease my mind,
and worries haven't got the tinder or the time
to become dear friends of mine.

Hold me down.
Don't hold me down.
I am on my way up to that higher ground.
Track Name: Shadow Song
I'm not falling down, I'm just catching up with my shadow.
It's been quite a while since we've had a decent conversation.
No, no tears necessary, I just dropped by to say "hey".
It's been one of those days everyone wants to tell you all about.

I dig my heel straight to your sole
The world goes 'round, nobody knows
A wheel can't turn without no spoke
and all I had to offer you was hope

I'm not choking up, I'm just coming down with a flu or something.
You know something, maybe it's just the blues or something.
No, no tea's necessary, I just stopped by to say hey

I dig my heel straight to your sole
The world goes 'round, nobody knows
A wheel can't turn without no spoke
and all I had to offer you was smoke
Track Name: Moontips
all the moontips fill the wood ships
with frost again
busting in, waving handkerchiefs
to the end of time lost to land
and the halos in the harbor light
turn to glass, the reflection's
a reversal of speed to mass...
watch the roots cling to one another
like cellophane, see that headache's
just a shout of come Coltrane...
the decision drags it under
paints it grey, and the meters
measure units of hell to pay...
Track Name: Solid Gone
One day I am happy
The next day I am blue
Now I'm so lonesome I don't know what to do
You're gone
You're solid gone

Now I'm here crying all alone
Wishing I were dying 'cause you're gone
Solid gone

Washed your jumpers
Starched your overalls
You caught that train
They call the Cannonball
From Buffalo
To Washington

Now I'm here crying all alone
Wishing I were dying 'cause you're gone
Solid gone

Listen to the train
Coming down the track
It carried you away
But it ain't a gonna bring you back
To Buffalo
From Washington

Now I'm here crying all alone
Wishing I were dying 'cause you're gone
Solid gone

You left me darling
You even took my shoes
It's enough to give me
These worthless worried blues
You're gone
You're solid gone

Now I'm here crying all alone
Wishing I were dying 'cause you're gone
Solid gone
Track Name: Enough
Well, you're spent as a wooden nickel and you look like a hundred bucks.
You bet the whole damn life it wasn't worth the trouble or the stardust.
Your mouth's an open boxcar and your fingernails are rust.
Who is a man to trust? Enough's enough's enough.

See the sights in your fair city, but it all looks so Cobain.
Wash it down with something sour, go and wash your hands again.
Even the sunlight on the dewdrops on the roses looks like bottled rain.
Who is a man to blame for going a little insane?

What's a man to do?
Oh if I were you. Oh if I were you...