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The feel of this tune was inspired by watching T-Bone Burnett - Alison Krauss - and Robert Plant perform songs from their CD Raising Sand. The band was so subdued and in the pocket it was beautiful to watch. Well - This isn't nearly as wonderful - and I've been messing with it a few days hoping it might get better - but hell it's not budging and life's too short.
However - I do really like Will's poem The Bar at the Farmer's Hotel - that I turned to for lyrics here. Not sure I did him or this song justice - but it's late - and I'm tired.
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Lyrics
Friday night at the bar
in the Farmer’s Hotel
Small pools of snow melt
on the floor beneath the rail
The sweet smell of boot leather
rich and strong like stew
in the bar’s damp warmth

Denimed shoulders
hunched over a shot and a stout
Rough red faces reflected
in the dim light
of the back bar mirror
Familiar bottles gleaming
amber and gold
like liquid beacons

From the corner jukebox
Crazy Mama shuffles softly
a gauzy musical massage
relaxing sore muscles
like the practiced hands
of a strong woman.

Then Sweet Melissa
kindles the weekend flame
as the first tired couple
weaves a soft two step
around the oaken tables.

When the door opens
cold wedges in
a cloud of steam
from another grateful pilgrim
just delivered from the hushed winter
new fallen snow darkness

Friday night at the bar
in the Farmer’s Hotel
as the earth breathes and rests
and the low voices murmur
Hymns of quiet release

© Will Jones 2008
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Uploaded: Feb 23, 2008 - 11:14:46 PM
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2008 - 09:26:53 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 11:48:29 AM
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Comments
Feter said 3352 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
The Bar at the Farmer's Hotel
what great blues song is this ...this is top notch
sound so pweorful as always ...Deep Bow !
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bud said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Thanks Feter -
It occurred to me as I was heading off to bed that maybe you'd like a pass at this with your own lyrics and vox. Any interest?
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paul f. page said 3352 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
I am...
...having some difficulty hearing the lyrics above the accompaniment. I'm not too much into being picky, but my tastes draw me more toward the development of a tune in any song with lyrics especially...When you change chords to II-IV-I there is some nice energy, but there is a lot of the same I chord as the lyrics go by. Well, I guess I'd just like to see the song "go" somewhere melodically.
Always a pleasure, though, to hear your carefully crafted work.
Peace.
Paul
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bud said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I hear you 100% Paul
this was an experiment in mining a groove = hence the lack of melodic development - however - if I were a better player I might have brought more invention to the restricted structure. As for the lost vocals - well - that's something I go back and forth with all the time. As always - thanks for listening and commenting.
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Ibstrat said 3352 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
I think
this actually sounds way better than you think it does.You have a very cool groove here and the guitar work is perfect.That Alison Kauss cd with Plant is really good-I know what you mean about that band{I think those are the same people that play with Tom Waits?)they can take 1 or 2 chords and make an amazing sort of minimalist creation.Anyway you have done a similar thing here.It's hard to play simple!
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bud said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Nice of you to stop by
your comments are very kind and supportive - much appreciated. I'm getting tickets tomorrow to see the show when they come to NY in June. If you can - try and see the video on CMT.
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echoroom said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Too hard on yourself!
This sounds dark and bluesy- great guitar and nice pounding drums. The only quibble is that i think the chorus/refrain needs something with a little more oomph, maybe some backing harmonies.

A great hypnotic track - really enjoyed this, and lyrically this is awesome
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bud said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
How nice of you to offer backing vocals
just kidding - I know you've got a very full plate as it is. Glad you dug it and got into Will's poem.
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tokai said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
at the bar
great palayin and nice dark blues track.
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bud said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Thannks tokai -
real nice of you to stop by.
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Mcboy said 3352 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
slow
cooking gumbo.....it has the meet u at the ok corral vibe....even tho the lyrics speak of images to be interpreted by ones own reflection.....deep material here...
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I'll OK that
Thanks for listening and dropping a line - I'll credit Will with the depth.
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willnlf said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I like
the way you hit the groove from the opening beat and sustain it all the way through. Echoes Raising Sand but also Dylan's Time Out of Mind. I think you excel at this kind of laid back lyrical guitar work. You let it go here and there but never get outside "the pocket" as you call it. As always, great reading and phrasing of the poem, particularly the end lines and specifically "new fallen snow darkness." The more I listen, the more I like it.
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
The opening beat is my favorite part
I repeated it once - but I really just want to hear that first hit over and over again. Glad you're happy with the phrasing - I played with it quite a bit before settling on something that seemed to work. Thanks again for the flow of words to dip into as needed.
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Vic Holman said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
heavy
I see no problem here at all. Great heavy boot stomping beat. Guitars cool and slung low below the waist.

I perceived to vocal delivery as more as a narrative from a man who carries the weight of the dreary world on his shoulders.
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I wish I could look cool
and play a low slung guitar - but I can't seem to pull it off. Now I'm not one of those up on the chest guys either - I guess I play a potbelly cover style. Glad you dropped by.
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peacepiano said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Bar Room
Sounds like a Bar Room Hymn. Great atmosphere, don't over-polish, you may start rubbing off the best parts, this sounds really good now.

Thanks
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Don't worry about the polish
this is done as far a s I can tell. Unless someone else wants a go at it. I like Bar Room Hymn. Thanks.
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said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Every one
Is tired I feel it in this the vocal delivery shines as an after thought just before the booze runs out, I hope you dont take offense, The lyrics are fantastic your bro shure has a heart . Loved it thanks
bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
No offense taken
we've all been there. Your comment will please Will I'm sure. Thanks for dropping by.
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willnlf said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Glad
the lyric worked so well for you. Believe it or not, but it's been lodged in the heart for close to 40 years. Took that long to get it on paper. There's just no telling when stuff will break loose.
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five_extra_arms said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Lou Reed vs Johnny Cash
That's what I hear in this really dark and droning blues number. Great song bud and will. Sorry I haven't been around to comment lately, but trust me, I enjoy your music and I try to catch up on downloads regularly.

Take care,

Bob
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Thanks for finding time for this tune Bob
your comments are really appreciated.
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Youra said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Wow !!!!
Just listened the AK/RP CD a few weeks ago, really loved it. I'm back here since yesterday, I've listen some of your comps I've missed (been away for so long), a real pleasure to find you back here. Since the first chord, I knew this was going to be great. Really excellent, love the pace, your nonchalant voice and the Danelectro vibe. One the best rock songs I've heard here since I'm around ! Chapeau, mec !
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
You are much too kind
It's great to have you back - can't wait to hear a new tune from you. You've been missed.
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Sweet79 said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
:)
Hello! It`s sound very nice to me! Nice smooth blues :)
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bud said 3351 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Thanks for stopping by
I look forward to hearing what you do.
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lengold said 3351 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
If you
were trying to create a groove with a great live feel you succeeded beautifully. I really like this bud - has a similar feel to your Baghdad Blues which I really love.
Downloaded for hundreds of listens to come.
Cheers
Len


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bud said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Hey Len
Thanks fro the kind words - glad you like it. I'm honored to make it onto your iPod.
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davisamerica said 3351 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
right then
too rushed to comment earlier ... very cool bluesy rocker... some one said a krause/plant groove and is true! great tune, sound and performance bud..wow just great!
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bud said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
That was me -
I was inspired by their concert on CMT to try and capture that groove. Just bought the CD. Pretty good - but I wish there were more rockers.
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FEEL said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Has that
Johnny Cash sound to it. Really absurd rhythm that is like Johnny meets Page kind of way... Cool tune full of some tasty bluesy guitar bits.


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bud said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
I like Johnny meets Page
Thanks. Those little bluesy bits are all I know.
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michael2 said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
man bud
this is great. what a beat. this is perfect, i know that some folks are probably thinking this needs to "go somewhere" but knowing your taste (and mine) you really did this one perfectly. like the basically spoken words and the repetition. this is pretty friggin deep man. don't add backups. kind of reminds me of beck in a way.
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bud said 3350 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Thanks for the support Michael
I restrained myself as best I could here - glad you like it lean. I actually started the day thinking I'd do a T Rex or JAMC thing with big hollow drums - till I saw the Krauss/Plant thing and got into vibrato guitar.
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dirigent said 3350 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
The Bar
I like the vibe, your music is full of feeling. Powerful!
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bud said 3346 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Thanks for stopping by
and taking the time to comment. I've enjoyed your material also.
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guitapick said 3347 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Oh...I get it:
It's the old: "I could do this in my sleep" line, eh...hmmmmmm?

Raunch and sensitivity meet and have a drink, take it outside, and see who's got the fastest gun...

Cool...nice collab...
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bud said 3346 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
What gave you that idea?
The only way I could get the feel down on this and keep it steady was to create my own loops and build a groove. I'm a better tweaker than player I think. Will's poem gave this some needed drama and focus.
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guitapick said 3346 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
~
I was playing, Kevin...sorry if you took it seriously...my mistake.
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bud said 3345 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
It's OK Bob
gave me the opportunity show my soft white underbelly.
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said 3346 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
i, uh
thought i commented on this one.... sorry, bud liked it, fave'd it, listened twice.....nice guitar tones, and the vocals reminded me of john wayne.... hmmmm
allen
bud said 3345 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Well Pilgrim
sure was nice of you to drop by. Remind me to return the favor one day.
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dajama said 3344 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Great vibe off this
The lyrics, I think, are excellent - that's a terrific poem, kudos to Will - and the music suits them nicely, I think. In a strange way, the instrumentation and almost hypnotic groove gives the lyrics a darker edge, and it works. Some lovely guitar licks thrown in there, and very good vocal performance - world-weary, maybe? I like this a lot. NIcely done. Peace.
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willnlf said 3344 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Thanks
for checking out another Budwill collaboration. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Bud does the words justice with his musical imagination and talent.
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Dj French Toast said 3335 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
HEy Bud
cool song man . Love the guitar and the poem is great . Kinda made me think of a John Wayne movie ......Loven it !
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Heightened said 3333 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Crap, you hit the ball out of the state
on this one!!! Yikes!
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bud said 3333 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Thanks Joe -
Really glad you like this one - your comments got me to give another listen. Nice to know that some songs hit home. You've got a similar vibe in your music at times.
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Jarvoid said 2678 days ago (December 29th, 2009)
Beggar me backward
you done it again you trixy old fox you....I listened to this in amazement at the craft of it ...its coool....sort of Neil Young goes electric with a blues band...cannot comment on Kreauss/Plant not heard 'em ,but I like this ...Jarvo
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hackneybloke said 2676 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
farmer's bar
this is excellent. for a brit, it conjures up images of american bar-life perfectly.

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davidmurphy1899 said 2503 days ago (June 21st, 2010)
poolrooms of snow
shot and a stout,dim light.like hemingway''a clean well lighted place''....great
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crissew said 2503 days ago (June 21st, 2010)
I have that album
This definitely reminds me of the plant/krauss album in pace and vibe of the backing track. Nice work here. A bit of cowboy rock gives this piece its own identity though. Enjoyed it.
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