Gin Betty!

Gin Betty!

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Gin Betty! is a Rock/Country/Pop band based in Issaquah, WA. The group has been playing together since December, 2007. They have already performed at numerous venues throughout the greater Seattle area, carving a niche in the local music scene with a full, unique, and colorful style.

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Biography

Six of them with 600 different influences, some God given talent and one common goal... to make music that falls short of fitting into any one genre and to have a sweet ass time doing it. From country to pop, blues to hard rock, Gin Betty! has found a way to fit in a little of everything and translate it in a clean and engaging way. Songs with speed and energy and songs with depth and refrain... Challenged by the diversity of their influences, they have found it hard to generally categorize their musical styling. This easily sets them apart from so many other cookie cutter bands.

Aaron McDonnell’s bare and emotive vocal style, acoustic guitar, and occasional harmonica work is similar to the sounds of singer/songwriters and country musicians such as Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, and Jeff Tweedy.

Kyle Larson’s engaging, face-melting, lead guitar is heavily influenced by blues and classic rock in the style of Stevie Ray, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. One can also hear subtle guitar influences from more recent bands like Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins.

Nate Perrone, in addition to playing bass for Gin Betty!, is also a proficient guitar player and this has influenced his rare melodic bass lines which add a deep, soulful color to Gin Betty!’s sound.

Bryan Crawford's drumming hits hard and crisp and adds the necessary finishing touches to Gin Betty!, creating a much more powerfully charged and energetic experience.

Sam Allen’s keyboard work is influenced by classical and pop standards. He rounds out the group by providing a lush layer of background keyboard sounds and piano accents, bringing additional texture to Gin Betty’s full sound.

Emily Perrone's precision harmonies are equally influenced by her chorale roots and her love of classic and progressive rock. Her strong and clean vocal style is the perfect backing complement to McDonnell's raw, country baritone.

Influenced by the greats such as: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Ryan Adams, Pearl Jam, Wilco, Willie Nelson, and Pixies.

Lyrics

Anchor Light

Written By: Aaron McDonnell, Kyle Larson

Stretch out silver sea and carry me home…carry me home

Pass by the silly corpses & let me down the path that you’ve shown

Lay down the light before me and let me see the way

For my prior sins I will pay

CHORUS
Grab the darkness like a fiend

Things just aren’t what they seem

What they seem…

Pour out a line of gas and strike the match…strike the match

Until the clothes on my back will all catch

Let it burn until I’m used to the heat

Wake up morning it’s nothing but ashes at my feet

CHORUS
Grab the darkness like a fiend

Things just aren’t what they seem

Hinge my fate on wrong and right

Searching for my anchor light

Barglow

Written By: Aaron McDonnell

Red or blue with a glow, a smokey breeze whether open or closed
Gathered round a wooden slab, no need to run up a tab...but I do

Dim light makes her nice, start' a fling you roll the dice
A whole weeks pay with nothing to show, stumble home in the dark...in the snow

Chorus
Among the crowds I end up fine away from you away from time
Another wave in the sorrowful sea
A change in the road, which ways for me? Which ways for me?

Rather go than sit home alone, talk to a stranger with a mellow tone
Remain friends for an hour or two, you don't know who I am, who are you?

Chorus
Among the crowds I end up fine away from you away from time
Another wave in the sorrowful sea
A change in the road, which ways for me? Which ways for me?

Red or blue with a glow, a smokey breeze whether open or closed
Gathered round a wooden slab, no need to run up a tab...but I do

Angel

Written By: Aaron McDonnell

It's been a long time since you walked through my front door
Thought I felt better, but when I see you my heart gets sore
Feelin' down since they let me go down at the plant
I fell down in a bottle like to get out, but I can't

CHORUS
Send me an Angel
Send me someone that's true
Send me someone that won't make me say I'm sorry
Send me someone that won't make me blue

You look older time I know has not been your friend
Like a shadow my broken eyes cannot comprehend
Girl the place where we seen to be
Finds us out like a lamp neither one of us can see

CHORUS
Send me an Angel
Send me someone that's true
Send me someone that won't make me say I'm sorry
Send me someone that won't make me blue

BRIDGE
All my life been searchin' for something
Days go by, no signs tell me where to go
The more I try, it just helps me fall from grace
Pay me mine, I hope I don't let you down....that way

Let's find a hotel that don't cost too much
Try and pick up where we left off all we need is that first touch

Take Me For A Ride

Written By: Aaron McDonnell

Got a ten in my pocket and my ole Ford take me for a ride
Put the bottle in the back come on baby get inside
A little money get drunk, little baby get stoned
C’mon little girl lets hit the road…..Ahhh let’s go!

You said you’re daddy don’t want you out this late at night
He said that boy’s a sinner and you know he won’t treat you right
He said he’ll leave you sad and he’ll leave you blue
Well honey I said that aint true….you need to do what you want to do

Bridge
The wind it blows
While the sun is goin’ down
The moon it glows
On the long hot ride back into town

Got a ten in my pocket and my ole Ford take me for a ride
Put the bottle in the back come on baby get inside
A little money get drunk, little baby get stoned
C’mon little girl lets hit the road…..Ahhh let’s go!

Split

Written By: Aaron McDonnell

You’re here but it’s been awhile…since the last
The old flame that I couldn’t forget
Recent events, split between now & the past
Things I did wrong but still…I don’t regret

CHORUS

Sheath my mind with whiskey & beer
Noise & nonsense best friends of mine
My life’s on four wheels…well I’m trying to steer
One more shot & I’ll be fine….and I’ll be fine

Brown eyes shinin’ from either side of me
One pair closer, yet no more in sight
Memories from before refuse to set me free
Find myself hiding in a bar…a bar tonight

CHORUS

Sheath my mind with whiskey & beer
Noise & nonsense best friends of mine
My life’s on four wheels…well I’m trying to steer
One more shot & I’ll be fine….and I’ll be fine

Piano Break w/ vocals

Sleepless nights and wakin’ up alone
Now she’s taken when I’m…when I’m looking for her
It’s late, I’m drunk…why talk on the phone?
Sleep come find me ‘til then….I lie here & stir

CHORUS

Sheath my mind with whiskey & beer
Noise & nonsense best friends of mine
My life’s on four wheels…well I’m trying to steer
One more shot & I’ll be fine….and I’ll be fine

Outro

One more shot & I’ll…one more shot & I’ll be fine…one more shot & I’ll be fine
repeat

Waited

Written By: Nate Perrone

I waited all my life, traded all my time
Traded in my gold...warm imagine
Two hands some say is all you need to dig a grave
Lost in control, and found in silence

CHORUS
With you I'm tame
Your cloud is always shining...on and on today
Clever as they get a thought is rarely spoken
Riddled by the games we play

I cross the line, misused and undefined
A constant rush...warm imagine
We built this road of hands come creation
On and on believe

BRIDGE
This breath that we're living, together weve been given
Go faster go farther, together make an offer
This world that we live in, start doing one thing different
It's here now, we've waited, together in this instant

CHORUS
With you I'm tame
Your cloud is always shining...on and on today
Clever as they get a thought is rarely spoken
Riddled by the games we play

My Life With You

Written By: Gin Betty!

Verse:
Walkin' through, halfway down
There was you
Pretty much given up
But I had no clue
Some would say that I was lost
I would say the same
Never ever had I heard
Such a beautiful name

Chorus:
Could have missed you in the blink
of an eye
Could have drifted all around
just wonderin' why
But someone looked down and he placed you
right there
Knew it was right for me
to share my life with you

Verse:
Took off pretty fast
caught in a beautiful blur
Flew away to New York
barely knew who you were
All the signs said 'go'
but I threw in a stop
Guess it's gotta be gone
before you know what you got

(repeat chorus)

Verse:
So sweet but complete with
a tequila bite
So beautiful
so easy on my mind
So thank you for bein'
bein' who you are
You're my best friend and I'll never
never be too far

Outro:
Share my life with you
with you

Discography

Love Me Not – 2009

Set List

Song List: (songs with asterisk on album “Love Me Not”)

Anchor Light *
Barglow *
Angel *
Take Me for a Ride *
The Rules *
Split *
Waited *
Bloody Knees *
My Life with You *
Holdup
Trust The Night
It's Gonna Rain Today
Cut The Noose
Come On Home
How 'Bout You
Redemption
Mercy

Covers:
Last Dance with Mary Jane (Tom Petty)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Hard To Handle (Black Crowes)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)

Average set length: 30-60 minutes (up to 90 minutes)