IndianSummerJars

IndianSummerJars

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Earthy Indie folk with blues undertones, songwriting that is storytelling like your favorite folk songs but with driving guitarwork reminiscent of Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, or David Gray.

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Biography

Indian Summer Jars is energetic and authentic. “Stirring and earnest without ever straying into the melodramatic,” says Jeff Royer, chief editor of Fly Magazine. Their original music is folksinger/songwriter driven lyrically, but has its roots in blues, bluegrass, and pop rock. A duo formed in 2006, the two Sarah’s “… set off a fireworks display of harmonies over-top of rootsy, often Celtic, undertones.” Since they formed, the duo has recorded two full length albums. The first was an independent release in 2008, “Similar,” and the second project called “Catalyst,” released in 2011, under the label Radio Vibe Records. ISJ has done countless interviews with local and distant press. Worth noting is a radio interview spotlight with Virginia Tech’s ‘Buffalo Bill’ and local podcast with renowned Lancaster promoter and musician, Jason Mundock. Opening up for the Irish band, Altan, at the Carlisle Theatre was a highlight of their 2011 schedule. These women hold their own on a large stage working with a full band as well as in the corner of a local bar. The song “Runaway Train” from Similar received recognition from the Susquehanna Folk Society for the 2008 Singer/Songwriter Showcase.

Lyrics

Houdini

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

Every single string that rings heals me, and everything you threw at the wall broke in two
And every piece of trash blew into the neighbor’s yard
and every single problem that was mine is now yours
CHORUS:
Tied to me, tied to me I wanted you
Tied to me, tied to me I’m in love with the
Tied to me, tied to me I wanted you
Tied to me, tied to me
I’m in love w/ the great Houdini, the great Houdini
Every single word you say is hopeless now
You’re crying into your bowl of cereal
I can’t change the way you feel and I can’t make you stay
Every single day, single day, single day
every single day
CHORUS
Every single day, single day, single day
every single day
CHORUS

Storybook

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

Empty breakfast table,
Singing little sparrow
Sittin outside my window
Helping the morning along
It’s the foggy morning after
We closed another chapter
Cause I’m watching you pull away in your car
And I’m writing your name in the dirt
CHORUS:
Would you offer words when there are none
Cause I am reading you wrong
And it’s loud and it’s bright, but I’m deaf and I’m blind
Would you offer words? there are none this time
Would you offer words when there are none?
Verse:
Some forget your handsome
But I don’t agree w/ them
Cause I see your face every day, and I hope that you never change
And I know it ain’t simple, cause you know so many people
And the brightest love fades in the dark
And the strongest hope gave me a broken heart

The River Catcher

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

Two old flames reunite
and I watch them burn in your eyes tonight
does our love stand up to time
and make good friends with our enemies tonight

cause your body fits my body
better than anybody, don’t you want somebody
cause your body fits my body better than anybody, don’t you want somebody to love

when our paths cross on a two way street
with your head held high you say hello to me
nothing’s changed except everything
and I wonder now what this all means

cause your body fits my body
better than anybody, don’t you want somebody
cause your body fits my body better than anybody, don’t you want somebody to love

Running Down The Sun

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

two men crossed paths, on a sunny afternoon
the air was sweet and warm, it was spring but tasted just like June
he said how strange it is for me to run into you
words they echoed like a bomb
this i didn't choose

fourteen hours ago, i was sitting on a plane
the air was still and stale, and no one knew my name
to any other man, we look one in the same
if anybody gets too close, just push him far away

(chorus)
the-li, the-li, the li-li-light
the light will come to you my love
in hope and fear, in black and white, in unwavering compassion
and i am gonna be there when it does. yes i'm gonna be there when it does

(verse 2)
two people crossed paths, they never met before
but you look so god damned familiar
you won't remember me at all, but let's play a little game
you spin the bottle in my heart, and carry me away

the summer air is sweet perfume, and it's filling up my lungs
we bottle fireflies in June, with the setting of the sun
and memories of childhood echo like a bomb
the heat will break soon, we are running down the sun
(chorus)
the-li, the-li, the li-li-light
the light will come to you my love
in hope and fear, in green and red, in unwavering compassion
and i am gonna be there when it does. yes i'm gonna be there when it does

Shake

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

It’s hard to see the ocean from my window
Hard to see the rivers in my head
All the concrete here, all the parking lots are forever filtering it

Trading me the freedom for the phrase that starts w/ F and ends w/ you
Trade me the wisdom for all my passing days
for relief before the consequences came
CHORUS:
Somebody oughta wake me now
Somebody oughta wake me now
Cause reality shook the words out of my head
Somebody oughta shake them back in
VERSE 2:
The Odyssey is on TV again
The world is on fire somewhere
You seem less like a used car salesman, than you do a forgettable friend
Playing time, playing cards
Paying bills, breaking hearts
It’s a test of my will, test of your courage,
the best of my worst taking charge
CHORUS

Maker's Mark

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

Maker’s Mark makes really fine whiskey
I bought a bottle and I was hoping you would drink it with me
We’ll take a walk, we’ll circle the lake
And We’ll take two sips for every single step we make
CHORUS:
That cold hard grip ain’t doin you good
You say you wanna let go, and I wish you could
Ain’t no one to blame For your hopes and dreams
That you fumble through while your fast asleep
Time ticks by with a steady speed
Oh, at the steady pace I hear your heart beat
Why don’t you smile for me, and jump on in
And We’ll go somewhere we’ve both never been
Verse 2:
Maker’s mark makes really fine whiskey
Around the corner there’s a bar and it’s sure to be empty
On two stools we’ll sit, we’ll sit and we’ll think
We’ll solve each other’s problems and we’ll drink
We’ll solve everybody’s problems, everybody’s problems
CHORUS:

Monsoon

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

VERSE 1:
Are you going to Russia, maybe California
You might as well see the world if you can
I hear Russia’s like New Jersey
Without all the poverty
CHORUS
In the world we are like rolling wheels
Steady sparks of light of electric battlefields
And mine crashes into yours
But you hold your ground, you’ve got a life to live
And you’re off to another town
When You oughta be, you oughta be home bound
VERSE 2:
Blow a line of cocaine
You vow to never fall asleep
Anything to keep your mind at bay
And since you’re halfway there, you should visit the Chesapeake
You say you want to wear flowers in your hair
CHORUS:
VERSE 3:
You say you were patient
And I swear I wouldn’t change this for the world
Now we’re gonna test it, Your restless ambition
Cause there’s a ladle in the kitchen where there used to be a knife
CHORUS:

Columbus

Written By: Sarah Beth/Indian Summer Jars

Verse 1:
Daddy gave up on a preacher man
when he set his sights on some far off land
Don’t you know that the Earth is flat
He don’t want to hear it, don’t you tell him that

CHORUS:
We are people, and we don’t listen
And if we did, then we would
still be stuck on this same old island

Verse 2:
He got his ships and he got his sailors, but he don’t own a compass. Don’t own an anchor
This poor man don’t even know what a GPS is
Columbus… Columbus

BRIDGE: You are a stupid man, you are a brave man. You’ve got a one track mind going in the wrong direction. You can keep me here. You can pay me up. You got that sailboat. Don’t go blaming us.

CHORUS 2 X

Discography

"Similar" 2008 Full Length album, self release
"Catalyst" Feb 2011, Radio Vibe Records Release

Set List

We typically play 1-3 hour sets of original music.
A Part
Age Old Reason
Astrid
Atlas Shrugged
Autumn
Barracuda Rain
Black Fly Blues
Build it Up
Catapult
Climber
Coast
Columbus
Corduroy Road
Customs
Doors
Earth’s Medicine
Echo
Foxhound
Gingerbread
Globes
Haley’s Comet
Herding Cats
Hesitate
Honest Crime
Houdini
Inside
Jamestown
Jasmine Ladder
Language of a Thought
Last Season
Light of a Different Day
Little Wings
Lovin’ and Leavin’
Maker’s Mark
Map of the World
Monsoon
Neighbor
Neon
Niagara
Nightingale
O’Connor
Peru
Pythagorus
Restless
River Catcher
Runaway Train
Running Down the Sun
Rushed
Say No More
Scarlet
September
Shake
Similar
Situation on my Chin
Six Feet Under
Stiletto
Storybook
Streetwalkin
Such Tall Tales
Sun Dog Fall
Swallow
Swing
Take the Fire
The Bi