Big Bad Rooster

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1.
Whiskey Bottom Blues by Michael Solan, feat. Honey Whiskey Trio

 I miss my home in the Appalachian hills Berkely Springs, West Virginia down to Louisville
 Ain’t no tellin’ when I’m a turn in Me and my girl are headed for the hills again This LA life just ain’t the same As the untamed wilderness from where I came At times I ache for the Eastern sky That Western sunset returns my sweet reply 

I miss my home in the Appalachian hills Berkely Springs, West Virginia down to Louisville
Ain’t no tellin’ when I’m a turn in Come to my senses, I’m headed for the hills again 

I don’t go back but once or twice a year That’s if I got the funds for to fly my fare
If I stay a couple too many days
 I catch the same old feeling and relive my rambling ways
 I miss my home in the Appalachian hills Berkely Springs, West Virginia down to Louisville 
Ain’t no tellin’ when I’m a turn in Cut my losses, I’m headed for the hills again

 Oh, how I yearn for All Saint’s Road 
Highridge on the Scaggsville line down to Whiskey Bottom, Lord
 I come thus far, I couldn’t tell you what for
 But it’s a hell of a four-day drive back to Baltimore Lord knows I got Laurel on my mind, Lord knows I got Laurel on my mind
Lord knows I love Laurel - If you don’t like Laurel, you don’t gotta go there
Lord knows I got Laurel on my mind 

I miss my home in the Appalachian hills Berkely Springs, West Virginia down to Louisville 
Ain’t no tellin’ when I’m a turn in Turn it all around, I’m headed for the hills again
 I miss my home in the Appalachian hills Berkely Springs, West Virginia down to Louisville
 Ain’t no tellin’ when I’m a turn in Me and my girl are headed for the hills again

2.
I Keep My Skillet Good & Greasy All the Time Traditional 
 I’m going downtown, gonna buy me a sack of flour 
Gonna cook it up every hour 
I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time, time, time I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time 

Darling if you say so, I’ll never go to work no more
 I will lay around your shanty all the time, time, time I will lay around your shanty all the time

 Those men don’t like me, just because I keep my pride All you women crying papi, say you want to be my bride
 I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time, time, time
 I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time Gonna take them by the hand, all gonna have a ball You got a mule kickin’ in your stall 
I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time, time, time
 I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time

 Got chickens in my sack, a pack of bloodhounds on my tracks 
I’m pullin’ for my shanty home, home, home I’m pullin’ for my shanty home

 If they beat me to the door, I’m gonna put ‘em under the floor I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time, time, time 
I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time

 Goin’ to the hills, bout to fetch me a jug of whiskey I’m gonna give it to my girl 
I keep her good and drunk and frisky all the time, time, time I keep her good and drunk and frisky all the time I’m going downtown, gonna buy me a sack of flour Cut it up now nigh on every hour I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time, time, time 
I keep my skillet good and greasy all the time

3.
Waiting Game 02:02
Waiting Game by Michael Solan You never answer when I call You don’t seem to care very much for me at all First you pick me up, then you leave me on the line to hang Hello operator, could you call me back later, and relay to me your number and your name You’ve been holding my heart so long I’m so low when you go, baby won’t you come on
 Lately my hearts been aching, baby in vain
 Here I am all alone again, just playing the waiting game 

You never listen to the words I write You don’t give me the time of day or ever offer me a light Any moment, you’re gonna refrain When you hear my song, you’ll be singing along, catch a feeling for the fortune and the fame When I get home, the first thing I’ll do Is just to take my time and drop a pretty little line to you All along, you felt the same I’m no one’s fool, I’m just playing it cool when it comes to the waiting game

4.
God Fearing Man 
by Michael Solan, feat. Honey Whiskey Trio I am a god fearing man, dear, my truly love
 Will you unto me, babe, praise and worship great God above 
I’m just a simple thing, all I can give you is all I’ve got You’ve come to tempt me

 Go fetch your father from down yonder saloon afar He’ll bring his blessings and his lessons to teach to ours 
I’m just a simple thing, all I can give you is all I’ve got You’ve come to tempt me 

I love the way you smoke the way you drink, the way you talk, the way you 

Think about you always, and you call me your simple thing
 Sinnin’ for you always, Lord, you cause me so much pain 
I’m just ramblin’, all I can give you is all I’ve got 
You’ve come to claim me

5.
Poor Boy 01:44
Poor Boy by Michael Solan I feel just like a genius I think therefore I am 
I am just a poor boy Pretty mama take my hand

 I feel a lot like Jesus This place just like Heaven 
I am just a poor boy
 I do not give a damn 

Line up all the bad men 
Put us all to death When the sinners have all gone away 
I wonder is there anybody left

6.
Midnight Special Traditional, lead vocals by Silvio Barahona Yonder come Miss Rosie, how in the world do you know 
I can tell her by her apron and the dress she wore
 Umbrella on her shoulder, piece of paper in her hand She gonna tell the governor, turn loose my man 

Let the Midnight Special shine a light on me 
Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me 

When you wake up in the morning, hear the big bell ring
 Go walking to the table, hear the same damn thing 
Knife and fork are on the table, ain’t nothin’ in the pan 
If you say anything about it, you get in trouble with the man
 (chorus) 

If you ever go to Houston, you better walk right 
You better not squabble, you better not fight
 Benson Crocker will arrest you, Jimmy Boon will take you down 
You can bet your bottom dollar you’re penitentiary-bound
 (chorus

) Miss Rosie don’t love me, could you tell me why 
She hasn’t come to see me since last July
 She brought a little coffee, my baby brought a little weed 
She brought me damn near everything except the jailhouse key 
(chorus)
7.
In The Pines 02:58
In the Pines
 Traditional - Leadbelly

 My girl, my girl, don’t you lie to me Tell me where did you sleep last night 
In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don’t ever shine 
I’ll shiver the whole night through 

My girl, my girl, where will you go I’m going where the cold wind blows
 In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don’t ever shine
 I’ll shiver the whole night through

 Her husband was a hard-working man Killed about a mile form here 
His head was found in a driving-wheel His body will never be found

8.
Almighty Dollar 
by Michael Solan

 You only loved me, all my money - I don’t mind, I don’t mind
 You come runnin’ when I get paid, I get paid, I get paid 
I went home to see my family, all they had to really say 
Was my son, where is all your money, what will you do after today 

I ain’t got a penny man, never mind a dollar
 There’s a girl at the bank that’ll do what I tell her 
I don’t know how I’m a get by, the way I’ve been living I’m liable to die
 Ain’t no telling what I’m a gonna do 
Probably cash that check and give it right back to you

 The grass is green across the valley, the sun is gold as a doubloon Come starry diamonds, we’ll all be lined in the sliver lining of the moon
 Sure as my face wore a check so blank, they danced together, made a daisy chain
 On the horizon that keeps on smiling in that peculiar way, I’ll make my way 

I ain’t got a penny man, never mind a dollar 
There’s a girl at the bank that’ll do what I tell her 
I don’t know how I’m a get by, the way I’ve been living I’m liable to die 
Ain’t no telling what I’m a gonna do 
Probably cash that check and give it right back to you

 Say that you want me, say that you need me Say that you love me, you don’t wanna live without me 
Come on babe, say you will 

 Oh, glory came and went in such a hurry 
I wish so many moments just to stay
 Before the feeling’s gone, them hands and seconds take their turn Now I yearn for her to come some other day
 (Say you will)

 Don’t you worry, I got your money Rory You’ve been so kind to let me borrow 
Such a friend indeed, thank you kindly for the time I need I’ll see you have your money by tomorrow
 (Say you will) 

I ain’t got a penny man, never mind a dollar 
There’s a girl at the bank that’ll do what I tell her 
I don’t know how I’m a get by, the way I’ve been living I’m liable to die
 Ain’t no telling what I’m a gonna do
 Probably cash that check and give it right back to you
9.
Take Me Back 01:56
Take Me Back by Michael Solan If you take me back, I’ll quit smoking crack
 If you take me back, I’ll untie you from the tracks If you take me back, cut my noose a little slack 
If you take me back, I’ll give you everything you lack 

I don't know how I hurt the ones I care the most about
 Pickin’ at my fingernails, trails of them I choose for you What I wouldn’t do for you, what I wouldn’t do 

If you take me back, I’ll quit smoking crack
 If you take me back, I’ll untie you from the tracks If you take me back, cut my noose a little slack 
If you take me back, I’ll give you everything you lack

 She was such a lovely cup of tea 
The rarest fish in the fairest of the seas That scar she gave me is starting to fade
 Seems to me to be no easy way to say how much you mean to me 

I’ll quit smoking crack 
I’ll quit shooting smack 
I’ll give you everything
10.
What Am I Supposed to Do by Michael Solan feat. Honey Whiskey Trio & slide guitar by Nick Salazar 

 What am I supposed to do, now that everything has changed 
I can’t even hear my name, what am I supposed to do? 

Which is worse, to be loved or to be hated To fade away or be degraded To make the bed or lay in it

 Which is better, to hide inside or brave the weather Go and get her or forget her To be alone or feel alone

 What am I supposed to do, now that everything has changed 
I can’t even hear my name, what am I supposed to do?

 What’s the difference, when I can’t seem to find the substance 
Enough to utter one more sentence Between right and wrong What’s the matter, and will we ever find the answer Or will we just keep looking backwards Oh, how many times I have asked What am I supposed to do? 

Darling, please don’t think that I’m a fool Because I know the answer will always be with you What am I supposed to do Now the song don’t sound the same I’m the only one to blame What am I supposed to do? Which is better, to hear the words or read the letter

about

Big Bad Rooster is a bluegrass band who deliver compelling, original tunes in the tradition of American roots music. Determined to capture the raw power of their live performance, the band began recording their first full-length album in the summer of 2016. The album contains seven original tracks penned by lead singer Michael Solan, and three tunes that offer a glimpse into the bands old-timey influences. Big Bad Rooster is also joined by long time friends the Honey Whiskey Trio, who sing sweet, soulful harmonies on three tracks.

Respected music writer, DJ and host of Raw Power Hour, Simon Weedn says that the album comes across as honest and authentic, with high energy and a hopeful heart. 

“Bluegrass has its roots in some of the oldest musical traditions of the United States and has long been a source of authentic story telling about rural life and working people. Though the genre has enjoyed a resurgence in interest as Americana music has regained some popularity, it can be difficult to find acts moving beyond old traditionals and pushing the genre into new territory. Thankfully, Long Beach, CA’s Big Bad Rooster are on the rise and available to please those ears looking for new flavor in a classic form. The band’s debut full-length album blends vibrant stories of modern life and contemporary struggles with an exciting style that will appeal to both purists and new-comers alike.

Delivering 10 songs in just under a half hour, Big Bad Rooster keeps their tempos fast and the energy high on their first release. The record pulls and flows quickly like a river with a strong current, yet the band always stays together and never once slips into sloppiness. In fact, the pacing of the album not only allows the band to show off their nimbleness and musical chops, it adds a fire and urgency to their music, keeping their recordings in lock-step with the power and heat of their live performances.

In addition to the quartet’s tenacity, skilled musicianship, and keen ear for wonderful vocal melodies and harmonies, the record has wonderfully full, immersive production that accentuates Big Bad Rooster’s sounds and style. Though the band produced and recorded the album all on their own, they manage to avoid so many of the pitfalls of home recordings by giving theirs more filled out, well balanced, and rich qualities, instead of opting for the more raw, lo-fi features of so many of their peers.

Most of all, what comes across so clearly on Big Bad Rooster’s debut is honesty and authenticity. There is soul and spirit in the band’s music that comes from deep within and can’t be taught or imitated. From even the first few seconds of the opening track, it’s easy to hear just how much of their honest selves the band puts into their music. It makes for an album that is captivating and easy to listen to from end to end.

All in all, the record is a solid debut for Big Bad Rooster, and hopefully just the beginning of what the band has in store."

credits

released June 10, 2017

Big Bad Rooster: Michael Solan (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Camilo Barahona (Fiddle, Vocals), Gaspar Barahona (Banjo, Vocals), and Tristan Cole-Falek (Upright Bass).

Sound Engineers: This album was recorded by Paul Rhoda and Jesse Pridmore for Monolith Recording Studios.

Featuring: This album features Courtney Politano, Christina Wilson, and Ann Louise Thaiss of the Honey Whiskey Trio.

Album Art: The art for this album was painted by Shawn Finley.

Location: This album was recorded at “The House on 9th & Olive,” an old house built in 1983 in the heart of Long Beach.

"Special thanks goes out to our friends, family, and fans for your continued support, to Alex for helping us with your photoshop wizardry, and to Rory and Matt for letting us take over your house through the recording process!" -Big Bad Rooster

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