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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."

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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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Track Name: Whiskey Bottom Blues
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

Track Name: Good n' Greasy
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

Track Name: Waiting Game
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

Track Name: God Fearing Man
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

Track Name: Poor Boy
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

Track Name: Midnight Special
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

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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)
Track Name: In The Pines
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

Track Name: Almighty Dollar
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
Track Name: Take Me Back
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
Track Name: What Am I Supposed To Do?
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

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