Blackjack Crossing

Blackjack Crossing

BandAmericanaBluegrass

A Vermont based string band covering American music from Civil War ballads, through bluegrass, to contemporary "Americana," including original songs. Trademarks are vocal arrangements and hot pickin'.

Biography

Formed out ouf weekly bluegrass jams in Brattleboro, Vt., this group of veterans of the local music scenes in three states got together to do something new within the confines of traditional music. Coretta Bliss's soaring vocals and large repertoire of folk music was matched with Ben Yelle's original and bluegrass songs and talent for musical arrangement, Ben Ridgway provides that old time tenor vocal and brings stomping jug-band energy to the mix, while Jane Hamel's skills and versatility on several instruments, but primarily the banjo, gives the band the ability to cover a wide range of styles.

Lyrics

Ghosts in Austin

Written By: Ben Yelle

It's been four years since
I last heard your voice
Still sounds the same
on the telephone wire
You left the northland
with a suitcase and dream
ain't it funny how the world
just ain't what it seems

Chorus:
And the ghosts down in Austin
I think of them often
laughing and singing
til night turns to day
and it's good to know some things
don't ever change
like a blue melody
0r the sound of a train

And i've heard it said often
on the way to the coffin
it's good to have love
to make it worth while
And i hope that you're smiling
cuz you know that i'm dying
but hearing your voice
is like some kind of sign

chorus

Held you close to my heart
every day since we parted
somehow i knew
that i'd see you again
but enough of this gushin
let's go out a-rushing
til the sun is shining
and i'm back on my way

chorus

and it's good to know some things
don't ever change
like a blue melody
or the sound of your name

Copyright yellehaz music

Amy's Blues

Written By: Ben Yelle

Amy's Blues

Well she's a good girl
takin care of her mother
She's raisin' up her sister
and her two little brothers

Yes she's a good girl
got a good heart
and she's got a good plan
just gotta find a good man

Her daddy's up in heaven
he worked in the mines
her momma's got the cancer
she ain't far behind

Yes she's a good girl
she's seen a lotta pain in this world
but she's got a good plan
just gotta find a good man

And sometimes at night she cries herself to sleep
But the morning comes and she's right back on her feet
She's heard all them lines before
She isn't gonna listen anymore

She gets up in the morning
She takes them kids to school
goes to work at the diner
the rent's already overdue

Yes she's a good girl
just trying to make it in this world
and she's got a good plan
just gotta find a good man

And sometimes at night she cries herself to sleep
But the morning comes and she's right back on her feet
She's heard all them lines before
She isn't gonna take it anymore

Yes she's a good girl
livin in a lonely world
only ever wanted one thing
to wear a wedding ring

Yes she's a good girl
got a good heart
and she's got a good plan
guess I'll have to be a good man

Discography

Working on recording our debut, independent record now with a producer in Massachusetts. Demo tracks to be listed soon

Set List

This is a set list for a performance Feb. 6 at EF Lane Hotel in downtown Keene, N.H.

Set One (14 songs)
1. Columbus Stockade Blues (G)
2. $2 bill (G)
3. Red Clay Halo (G)
4. Cripple Creek (A)
5. Sunny Side (A)
6. Walkin Cane (A)
7. Little Cabin Home (A)
8. Wildflowers (A)
9. Time To Move (G)
10. Man of Constant Sorrow (G)
11. I Shot Your Dog (G)
12. Old Joe Clark (A)
13. Mountain Girls (A)
14. Rabbit in a Log (E)


Set Two (14 songs)

1. My Gal (C)
2. Abigail (Bb)
3. Caleb Meyer (Em)
4. Sometimes She Forgets (G)
5. L.A. Break (A)
6. Little Georgia Rose (A)
7. Rocky Road Blues (A)
8. Walls of Time (C)
9. Graveyard Shift (G)
10. Salty Dog (G)
11. Sittin Alone in the Moonlight (key?)
12. Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
13. Miner's Prayer (D)
14. Wagon Wheel (A)


Set 3 (15 songs, 3 encores)

1. Stillhouse (E)
2. If It Hadn't been For Love (Am)
3. Little Sparrow (Bm)
4. Fiddle Medley (A)
5. Texas Eagle (E)
6. Folsom Prison (G)
7. Kentu