Crispy Watkins and the Baby Heart String Band

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A note about the recording:
One night in a bathroom, nearly no re-takes, one simple mic into a laptop, minimal practice. This is our sound. In a world of impeccably produced music, auto-tuned and filtered, it can take some adjustment to listen to something different. I encourage you to keep an open mind as you peruse these tracks. You are certain to hear a few wrong notes and oddities, but I embrace these sounds as part of the experience. Life's beauty lies not in its cleanliness but in the raw moments, unrehearsed, when we discover the kind of wonderful perfection that exists amidst the grubby chaos of existence.

These songs were written in mountain cabins, on front porches, while weeding gardens, riding in cars, and in that mysterious land where dreams are made. They reflect my struggles in love and life, the deep questions I find myself with in the middle of the night, they reflect my love of Appalachian music and this beautiful region, but most of all I think they reflect my love of life itself. I am very grateful to the fine musicians that accompanied me on this album! Thank you for making my music beautiful.

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released June 9, 2013

Recorded in Rachel's bathroom in June 2013.

Produced by Crispy Watkins
Album design by Lizzie Roper and Crispy Watkins
Stained glass by Lizzie Roper

All songs written by Crispy Watkins

The Baby Heart String Band consists of:
Cornelia Overton: fiddle and harmony vocals
Sally Buice: banjo, ukulele, and harmony vocals
Jonathan Woodroof: upright bass and harmony vocals

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Crispy Watkins Fort Collins, Colorado

Crispy Watkins is a Knoxville native who first became inspired to play Blues, Roots, and Americana music listening to WDVX radio. Today his music is greatly influenced by Delta Blues, jug bands of the early 1900s, and the Appalachian Old-Time tradition. Crispy's debut album, And It Will Move was recorded in the mountains of North Carolina during the fall of 2011. ... more

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Track Name: It Ain't Time
Baby it ain't time to go
Though I'll be leaving you soon
I know you know
Though you don't seem to

Baby it ain't time to go
Just wait till the full of the moon
I know I'm lucky
Though I don't seem to

Riding down this road
I'm sure to carry this load
But I am sinking, what else can I do
But keep on moving, before it swallows me through

I am looking for love
Though not your kind
I am looking for peace
Or maybe a fight
I am looking for pain
This world is too kind
I am looking for love
Somewhere down the line
Track Name: Deep River
If I could kiss every one of these rocks and trees
I would roam all over this valley
Drinking from the streams till my soul feels clean
And I could go home

Every once in a while when my mind gets quiet
And there ain't no difference between sound and sight
I can feel that river welling up from inside
And it takes me home
Take me home

When the earth comes a-tumbling down
You will see beneath my skin
I will be a dirty devil
Wrapped in a shroud of sin
When the stars come a-tumbling down
Will you turn your back on them?
It's hard to find a clear path now
In this noise, oh the din
Track Name: Beyond the Blue
I'd rather be in the middle of nowhere
100 miles from this town
Some kids are born in the pouring rain
Some with the sun shining down
What does it mean to live in a world
Where things are made this way
I for one can't catch the sun
I was born on a cloudy day

We see the sunset, we see the sunrise
Though we know it isn't true
I'd like to see a light in her eyes
But it's all darkness beyond the blue
When the heart ain't nothin but an old worn out machine
A little silence, a breath of air is all I really need

I won't wait for that morning
I won't wait for a sign
For my kingdom is forsaken
When I wait for valentines

I used to want to be famous
On the stage or screen
I don't mind the spotlight
People see what they want to see
What are dreams but tormentors
The source of all our pain
We ain't nothin but the stories we tell
I was born just before the rain
Track Name: Crispy's Gospel
They tell me Jesus is a-comin' for you
Coming to take your soul away

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when he comes to take my soul away

They tell you are heaven bound
Called to glory in the clouds

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when I meet my maker in the clouds

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when he comes to take my soul away

They tell that the spirit is a-comin' for you
Coming to set your soul on fire

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when she comes to set my soul on fire

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when he comes to take my soul away

They tell me that the Devil is a-comin' for you
Coming to take you down below

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when the devil comes for my soul

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
For when he comes to take my soul away

They tell me Jesus and the Devil are one
With God and the spirit too

I wanna hear you say that I-hi-hi am ready
Because the whole world is inside you
Track Name: Roll On
Rock me baby
Rock me baby
Until the break of dawn

Roll on to Freedom

Say my name
Say my name
And I can't feel no pain

One day soon
One day soon
I'm gonna leave you with these blues
Track Name: How Long
I woke up this morning
Had nothing to say
My gal looked at me
I just looked away
Oh this darkness
Covering my eyes
I got down on my knees
And said to my surprise

On my knees I said
How long must I feel this trouble
On my knees I said
How long must I feel this pain
On my knees I said
How long must I feel this trouble
How long oh Lord please show me the way

I woke up this morning
Felt around for my shoes
My gal looked at me
She said is this what you choose
Just like God's children
Marching off to war
We got them walking blues
That's what we're marching for
Track Name: Martin's Candle
I - I don't need
Anyone to feel complete
Oh, when I'm alone
I can dwell with my whole soul

In your company
Sometimes I'm nice sometimes I'm mean
Oh, it brings me pain
I'm lying cryin' on your bed again

Light, oh light
You drive darkness out
Hate, oh hate
Where is my love now

If I was never afraid
Oh how I would love you
If I was never afraid
I wouldn't be so cruel
Track Name: The Travelin' Song
Hey oh, hey oh
Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up?

I'll ride, I'll ride
I'm gonna leave this town behind
I'll ride, I'll ride
Need an open road to ease my mind

Hey oh, hey oh
Whatcha gonna say to that pretty little girl

I'll say, I'll say
Leave my memory by the door
I'll say, I'll say
Don't you think of me no more

Hey oh, hey oh
Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up?

I'll greet, I'll greet
Any old stranger crosses my path
I'll greet, I'll greet
That dirt road with a smile and a laugh

Hey oh, hey oh
Whatcha gonna do when the night time comes?

I'll seek, I'll seek
A friend with which to break my bread
I'll seek, I'll seek
Any old place to rest my head

Hey oh, hey oh
Whatcha gonna do when that sun comes up?

I'll say, I'll say
Farewell to the world inside my head
I'll say, I'll say
Make my heart my home instead
Track Name: The Blue Ridge
Dreams fall hard
Life leaves scars
Down in Tennessee
I left my baby

Carry me away
Roll across the waves
Let it rain down on me
Wash my head of Tennessee

Be still my heart
Your time will come
Only the spirit can help me now
There's a tiger in my blood

La la la la
La la la la la
La la la
La la la
La la la
La la la la

Back where I come from
The mountains cradle me
The river gives us life
And the Blue Ridge makes us free
Track Name: Vagabond
One foot two foot, worn out shoe foot
Ain't you got a pallet for me
I spent last night on a bed of leaves
With the coyotes for company

Ain't got no silver dollar
but I got a hell of a smile
Tie a little twine on this staff of mine
It'll be worth your while

I don't take the bread the anymore
I just take a bottle full of wine
Keep the good times a-rollin' in my head
And the good Lord will provide

Hallelujah that morning sun
Whatcha got in store for me
Ain't got far before I hop a barge
Straight down the Mississippi

Sure foot, true foot I got two foot
Ain't much else I need
Found an old guitar in the loft of a barn
Hopped a freight to Tennessee

CHORUS

Hallelujah that morning dove
Come and sing a song for me
I met a sweet woman with her banjo strumming'
Walking in the Allegheny

Just like the man with the lotus flower
I ain't got nothin' to say
I got the world in the palm of my hand
Even if it's just for today

CHORUS

I don't take the wine anymore
I just take a twinkle in my eye
Keep the good times a-rollin' in my head
And the good Lord will provide