One Way Station

One Way Station

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Determined to turn any show into a groovetastic dance party, One Way Station weaves roots rock, psychedelia, country folk and disco beats conjuring expansive sounds with influences from the Grateful Dead, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan, all while forging its own unique musical path.

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Biography

Seeing One Way Station live is as thrilling as the first step in an unknown, but strangely familiar, land. Showcasing their uniquely diverse conversations of rock, funk and blues music, you'll immediately want to jump on the train...but don't be surprised where you end up.

Determined to turn any show into a groovetastic dance party, San Francisco's One Way Station weaves roots rock, psychedelia, country folk and disco beats into a seamless live music experience conjuring expansive sounds with influences from the Grateful Dead, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan, all while forging its own unique musical path.

One Way Station formed when Jackson, John, Nick, and Troy (formerly of the Soda Pop Junkies) met with Kenny Crowley and began to practice in late fall of 2010. The former members of the Soda Pop Junkies had been playing with each other since 2009, and played 13 shows in the year they were a working band. In October of 2010 the Soda Pop Junkies decided to move into a new direction, and they joined with Kenny Crowley.

Jackson plays lead guitar and sings lead and background vocals. He is from New York and moved to San Francisco in 2006. John plays bass and sings back ground vocals; he is originally from Kentucky. Nick plays the drummer and is from San Francisco. Troy plays keyboards and is from Berkeley. Kenny plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and background vocals.

Jackson, John, and Nick all met in 2006 and began playing with each other in various projects. Jackson went on to play for two years with his first band The Flip Squad. They broke up in 2008 and Jackson started his second project with John, Nick, and a new singer named Jennica Smith. They called themselves the Soda Pop Junkies, and they played with several keyboardists before landing on Berkeley native, Troy Blanchard.

Jennica and the rest of the band parted ways after a very successful year of shows, two of which were played with a band called The Jolly Good Fellows who had a very talented singer named Kenny Crowley. Jackson, John, Nick, and Troy immediately liked Kenny's rhythm guitar playing and singing. When Kenny found out that the Soda Pop Junkies were going through a transition he offered himself to the group.

Once the five musicians got together for an impromptu jam session, they realized there was something special happening. And they changed their name to One Way Station. After rehearsing for several months the group recorded a demo CD at Different Fur Studios, in San Francisco. They are starting out 2011 with a show at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, and are eagerly looking forward to another successful year.

Lyrics

By The Numbers

Written By: Jackson Haddad

One day he said to himself, "I'm gonna make something of myself."
Two years later when he was old enough he tried to make a name for himself.
Three years around the world in a boat as green as the money he was trying to float.
Four more years it took til' he was free; thin as a rail, skinny as can be.
Five times five is always twenty five. You gotta keep awake if you want to stay alive.
Six to one he needs to get it done. It's been his dream to one day have a son.
And all the world is counting sheep. All the world is counting in their sleep.
Seven and sevens going down all night and you tell her everything will be alright.
Eight more dates and now she's moving in; your hand on the wheel, take her for a spin.
Nine months later she had his baby boy and he grew up to be his pride and joy.
Ten years later the boy was on the road, hitching a ride anywhere he could go.
Eleven thirty-five and time for bed. The hearts not supposed to feel this much dread.
Twelve horsemen ride along the rail. In his dreams he's waiting to set sail.
All the world is counting sheep. All the world is counting in their sleep.
All the world is counting sheep. All the world is counting in their sleep.

What Did I Say?

Written By: Jackson Haddad

What'd we say to Nicky when he hit the street, how he'd cried 'bout his eye and not admit defeat. He went to the hospital looking like a gambler. "Nicky, don't let them get to you."

What did I say?

Nicky left the clinic and on his way home he stopped by a banker to pick up a loan. He walked through his door and saw his wife with another. "Nicky, you shouldn't have loved her."

What did I say?
Come one come all, get inside. Have another slice of life. Hey now did you hear just what I say?

What'd we say to Vinny when he hit the street, how he found a home and got back on his feet. He never told his parents about his run in with the law. I say he can't keep it from them no more.

What did I say?

Vinny grew up and he married a wife. He kept her close and loved her all his life. When he asked if he could be young again I said, "Why you acting like a crazy man?"

What did I say?
Come one come all, get inside. Have another slice of life. Hey now did you hear just what I say?

What'd we say to Danny when he hit the street caught flat foot with a snowy treat. He got two years living like a criminal. He Danny don't let them get to you.

What did I say?

Danny doesn't want to go through with it. He's got a mind to cheat and take a hit. I said, "Danny don't sit here. Get into the kitchen and have another beer."

What did I say?
Come one come all, get inside. Have another slice of life. Hey now, did you hear just what I say?

D String

Written By: Matt Kersner

I just don't know. It makes no sense at all. What if I believe a lie and build on it until I lose all I had right from the palm of my hand?

I just don't know. There's nothing left at all. One time, every time. It takes away my life and I loose all I had right from the palm of my hand.

I just don't know. There nothing else at all. I'm stuck in a rut. I'm sick to my gut. I just can't go. Does anyone know?

Discography

One Way Station EP, recorded at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco January 13-28 2011.

1. By The Numbers
2. What Did I Say?
3. D String
4. The Game

*tracks 1-3 are available streaming on Facebook, Reverb Nation. Tracks 1-4 available on our website, and this EPK.

Set List

Our individual sets typically range from 1 hour to 1.5 hours, depending on the characteristics of the show: if we're opening, headlining, or if it is a multi-act show.

We play original songs with an occasional cover song to spice up our sets which ranges from Wilson Pickett to The Beatles, to Kings of Leon, to CCR, to The Meters and far beyond.

Below you'll find a list of original Songs currently being performed:

By The Numbers
By The Side of The Lake
Cool Alligator
D String
Deaf, Dumb & Blind
Everlasting Melody
Fortunate Ones
Green Boat
I'm Alright
One Way Station
Pharaoh
Rabbit Run
The Game
What Did I Say

ADDITIONAL ORIGINALS:
Bait, Hook & Tackle
Easy Feeling
Establishing the Interface
Fremo
Friends in High Places
Nick The Tick
Nothing Left To Give
Silent Green
Something Cool
This Old Light
Try