Laura Monk & High Cotton

Laura Monk & High Cotton

BandAmericanaFolk

An acoustic band with a pure acoustic sound centering on original songs with a unique perspective. We blend dynamic, expressive vocals, 3 part harmony and smooth lead guitar with a solid percussion/bass foundation. Styles range from Americana to Folk Rock & old standards with stops in between!

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Biography

In the South the phrase 'High Cotton' recalls a time when your fortune was determined by the success of your crops. If you grew cotton and things went well and the cotton grew 'high' you were guaranteed a good crop and life was good. You were literally in "High Cotton"....we're betting on success!

We love performing live. It's amazing when you are performing and you can tell that the audience gets what you are trying to convey in your music!!! We try to pull the listener in whether it's with trivia that rewards with extremely tacky prizes or a song that pulls at the heart strings.

We are well seasoned performers whose musical experience ranges from Pop, Jazz, Celtic, Rock and Country. Our influences include; Roget and Webster, John Hiatt, Dolly Parton, Ogden Nash, Carol King, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Shane McGowan, Tom Rush, John Sebastian, Paul Simon, Willie Dixon, Traditional Ballads, Lucinda Williams.

High Cotton started as a duo with Laura and John Monk in 2003, PJ (percussion)found Laura & John and joined to make a trio in the Fall of 2005. And in 2007, with the addition of Dan, on lead guitar their sound was complete.

We are equally at home at a large venue, festival or in an intimate house-concert. You can bet that every performance delivers a full bale of entertainment!

Lyrics

"Song For The Big Easy"

Written By: PJ Engeman

SONG FOR THE BIG EASY patrick Engeman
I
There’s jazz and the voodoo in the gumbo
Its' a magic mix of who you are
Like stumblin' home at 5:00 in the morning
Dreamin ‘bout one more Mardi Gra

Chorus:

March with the saints big easy
I know what's yours is mine
March with the saints big easy
No matter what they say
We know know there Ain't no closin' time

II
The Dixieland brass is still ringin'
That wild girl can't blow it all away
The water is risin up on St. Charles Avenue
We’re throwin' beads in that old 'Vo-Car-Ay'

Chorus:

March with the saints big easy
A Jax and Benoit ‘ll do me fine
March with the saints big easy
No matter what they say
We all know there Ain't no closin' time


Bridge:
A Zydeco laugh and Gospel cry
That cookin’s like heaven every where you go
That levie is holdin’, finally keeping us dry
Sip a mint julip // watch that water go....



III
Crawfish and music down on Basin Street
Ponchatrane ghosts fly everywhere
Sacha 'mo riffs at the Pearly gates
'Bon Temp' Dance again at Jackson Square

Chorus:
March with the saints big easy
Floats and masks in a hazy line
March with the saints big easy
No matter what they say
We all know there Ain't no closin' time


IV (Repeat 1st verse)
There’s jazz and the voodoo in the gumbo
Its' a magic mix of who you are
Like stumblin' home at 5:00 in the morning
Dreamin ‘bout one more Mardi Gra

Chorus
March with the saints big easy
I know what's yours is mine
March with the saints big easy
No matter what they say
We know know there Ain't no closin' time
Aint' no closin time..

Composer: Patrick Engeman
// 678-410-7800
2006

SOUTHERN BELLE BLUES

Written By: LAURA MONK

WELL, I’M SOUTHERN BORN AND SOUTHERN BRED
MY MAMA TAUGHT ME TO HOLD MY HEAD
UP SO HIGH AND BE SO RIGHT
THE PROPER GIRL IN MARY JANES AND TIGHTS
I LEARNED MY LESSONS AND LEARNED THEM WELL
I WAS ON MY WAY TO SOUTHERN BELLE

I GREW UP AND I MOVED AWAY
WAY UP NORTH WHERE THOSE CARPETS LAY
THE BAGGERS THERE SO DEBONAIR
I FELL INTO A WICKED SPELL
AND NOW I’VE FALLEN OUT OF GRACE WITH
JUNIOR LEAGUE AND TATTED LACE

I CAME BACK HOME AND I DO DECLARE
I’VE NOTICED THINGS HAVE CHANGED DOWN HERE
AND LESSONS LEARNED ARE SOON FORGOT
WHAT THINGS SEEM THEY JUST MAY NOT
BE THE WAY THEY USED TO BE
CAUSE DARLIN’ TAKE A LOOK AT ME

WOOO……..YEAH I DO BELIEVE IT’S A BETTER LIFE FOR ME

BRIDGE
WELL I’M RIGHT AT HOME MOST ANYWHERE
I DON’T NEED PERMISSION CAUSE I’M NOT SCARED
OF LOVING YOU BOTH DAY AND NIGHT
NO MORE DEBUTANTES IN PRISTINE WHITE

I’LL BE YOUR HONEY SUGAR SPICE
CAUSE BEING NAUGHTY’S AWFUL NICE
I DO DECLARE MY HONEYCHILD
YOU ARE THE BEST YOU DRIVE ME WILD
SO HOLD ME TIGHT AND LOVE ME LONG
AND LET ME SIGH A DIXIE SONG

WOOOOOO……..

Discography

"Laura Monk & High Cotton Live @ The Balzer Theater" 2010
'PICTURES', In Focus Records, 2007
ROCKIN' AT THE BARN #5, Dusty Records, Sweden,
Americana comp features 2 High Cotton songs!
2006
'HIGH COTTON' (SELF TITLED) 2004
HIGH COTTON 'HANGING BY A THREAD' (RECORDED
LIVE AT THE CRIMSON MOON) 2006
All songs SESAC

Set List

HIGH COTTON sets vary depending on venue and length of performance. We typically mix originals with unique 'covers' with a high 'ah-ha' factor, such as 'Fever". Our audience appeal ranges from teens to seniors!
BUT we do love and savor the Original Music venue and have plenty of quality tunes to fill an evening or event.
In addition to providing what we think is some darn good material we are an interactive band if the venue lends itself to that. We have trivia questions that relate to our songs and award appropriately "tacky" prizes for the correct or closest answer! We also have sing-a- long numbers as well.

Some cover tunes we throw into the mix:

THE LETTER (The Boxtops)

STILL I LONG For Your Kiss (Lucinda Willaims)

RING OF FIRE (JOHNNY CASH)

POOR POOR PITIFUL ME (LINDA RONDSTADT)

BIG RED SUN (Lucinda Williams)

ESSENCE (Lucinda Williams)

ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY (John Prine)

PASSIONATE KISSES (MARY
CHAPIN CARPENTER)

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