Axton Kincaid

Axton Kincaid

BandCountryBluegrass

Country music for whiskey lovers.

Biography

Two parts Midwestern wedding band veterans, one part Oregon ranch girl, one part Nashville native, and one part Orange County girl, Axton Kincaid is the result of five friends deciding it was time to get back to their roots after a decade of playing indie rock.

Bass player Ryan Waggoner and drummer Jon Fojtik grew up best friends in the cornfields of Michigan, playing everything from classic country to polka in Fojtik's father's wedding band. They continued playing together in San Francisco in Fojimoto, a three-part-harmony-driven band that made inspired forays into Uncle Tupelo-ish twang.

While Fojimoto was touring the country, Kate Howser and Jen Daunt's band, Luster, was ending, after Kate decided she wanted to reconnect with the bluegrass and country music of her childhood. After many nights with her guitar, a six-pack, and a mic, she had a set of stripped-down songs with simple melodies and basic themes: family, love, death, alcohol. Jen added mandolin and harmonies, and the two began playing as an acoustic duo. After one of these shows, Ryan and Jon (post-Fojimoto) suggested rounding out the songs with a full band and three-part harmonies. Mac Martine, who had played pedal steel with Fojimoto and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Frank, joined in soon after.

After releasing a self-titled EP in spring 2006, AK quickly made their mark with their first radio single, "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" and a moody cover of the Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored." The Bay Area's #1 morning show on Alice 97.3 (Sarah and No Name) invited them to be the house band for their "Hayseed 4th of July" live on-air promotion, which the band followed with packed, rowdy shows around the Bay Area and two West Coast tours.

In the first few months of 2007 Kate was profiled in American Songwriter Magazine, NPR showcased the song “Red Lights” for its All Songs Considered Open Mic program, and the band opened for BR549 at the Nugget casino in Reno, Nevada. On May 8, Free Dirt Records released the band's first full-length CD, Songs from the Pine Room, in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. With songs about the loss of a good bartender (“Who’s Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You’re Gone?”) or a favorite relative (“Irene, Goodnight”)and the satisfying descent into bad habits (“The Things That I Do”), Songs from the Pine Room exudes country, folk, and bluegrass sounds. This album tells the stories of people who spent their childhoods crawling on barroom floors and running through wide-open spaces, who learned to ride before they could walk, and learned to drink before they could talk.

Lyrics

Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?

Written By: Kate Howser/Jennifer Daunt/Ryan Waggoner

Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?
Who's gonna sit and listen to my sad, sad songs?
We're not just friends, you know
Have one on me and we'll go home
Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?

We could move to anywhere
Alaska, Idaho
But no place in the world could compare
To this bar where the lights are always low

Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?
Who's gonna pat my head when I am tired and alone?
I spend my evenins sittin' here, hopin' you'll pour another finger, dear
Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?

We could visit anywhere
Take pictures of New York or Rome
Then we could hang them all up in here
For a wood-paneled afterglow

Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?
Who's gonna call my ride when I am stoned and broke?
Who's gonna whisper in my ear, "it's 2 a.m., you're sleepin' in your beer,"
Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?

We could make it anywhere
Tulsa, Chicago, Frisco
As sure as your name's Marilyn
Or maybe was it Marigold?

Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?
Who's gonna sit and listen to my sad, sad songs?
We're not just friends, you know
Have one on me and we'll go home
Who's gonna pour my whiskey when you're gone?

The Things That I Do

Written By: Kate Howser

Just started smokin' again
I was just as bad at it back then
Tina Levine taught me when I was 14
And I just started smokin' again

Just started lookin' again
I was just as bad about it back then
You can ask anyone who's trusted me some
And I just started lookin' again

These things that I do
Don't mean I'm not true
They just mean I haven't won yet
These things that I do
I'm sorry they hurt you
Cause I'm back doin' the things that I do

I just started drinkin' again
It feels like I found my first best friend
I was good at it then, I'll be good till I'm dead
And I just started drinkin' again

These things that I do
Don't mean more than you
Though sometimes it must seem that way
These things that I do
They hurt me more than you
I know that sounds like a lie, but it's true

Discography

"Songs from the Pine Room": May/07 (Free Dirt Records)
"Axton Kincaid" (EP): March/06 (Self-released)