BooHoo Ramblers

BooHoo Ramblers

BandAmericana

The BooHoo Ramblers are a 3-5 piece roots-oriented band playing original and cover tunes that blend country, folk, and bluegrass styles. Familiar, unique, heartbreaking, & hilarious but always entertaining. A stomp through the genres.

Biography

The BooHoo Ramblers are a three-piece roots-oriented band from Atlanta, Georgia with over 5 years together playing original &cover tunes that blend country, folk, and bluegrass styles, a.k.a., rockin’foot-stompin’ Americana. With 300+ shows in venues large & small, the group, whose natural chemistry allows for unpredictable tangents and spontaneous arrangements, rarely uses a set list as they hammer through unlikely medleys, experimenting with variations. Clark Ashton employs a hard strumming right hand in conjunction with a tambourine stomping left foot to set the pace for Pete Frisina’s integral driving bass lines while Patrick Mitchell solos on fiddle. Often the band is joined on stage by dobro, mandolin, banjo, drums, or guest vocalists that offer depth and texture to the core groups tight sets. Upbeat and highly stylized versions characterize the interpretation of cover material of familiar tunes by artists ranging from The Carter Family & Johnny Cash to Jethro Tull, Cream to Steve Earle. Original songs are written by Clark who serves as the leader & spirit guide for the group. The BooHoo Ramblers have released 2 full length CDs of original material: the self-titled debut in 2004 & Other Side of Heaven in 2007.

Lyrics

Other Side of Heaven

Written By: Clark Ashton

Takin’ time to find the steps,
Back to where you think you left
Good lovin’ behind
Did you see how it could be, All the world on bended knee
A picture inside

So what’s on the other side
of heaven honey
What’s down there
by the end of the road
I’d like to know

Empty glasses, paper cups, Everywhere more broken luck
How do you describe
Everything so far away,
Can’t remember yesterday
And no alibis

So what’s on the other side
of heaven honey
What’s down there
by the end of the road
I’d like to know

Junk yards and broken cars, Avenues and boulevards
All seem like the same
Torn out pages from the book, Tired eyes to old to look back
And no one to blame

So what’s on the other side
of heaven honey
What’s down there
by the end of the road
What’s on the other side
of heaven honey
What’s down there
by the end of the road
I’d like to know, I’d like to know

Phineas Gage

Written By: Clark Ashton

He’s a workin’ all day
in the sun burnin’ red
He says grace at the table
when it’s time to be fed
Later at night,
as he lay down to bed
Phineas Gage
puts the hammer by his head

Hail fellow well met
always gettin’ along
Swingin’ that sledge
and singin’ a song
Took a hard swing,
came down on the cap
Something went wrong,
something went “snap”
OWWW!!!!!

Boss said:
“Gage, get your hammer and pick”
Gage said:
“HA!” then he got up and he quit
“I’m no Company Man,
I’m Phineas Gage”
And never again did he work
for a wage
OWWWWW!

Phineas Gage was a hellava man
Livin’ his life just a walkin’ the land
Free as the wildlife
out in the woods
And Phineas Gage knew
it was good……
OWWWWWWWWW!!!

Outta Here

Written By: Clark Ashton

Well listen here now baby
what you want me to do
See I been pacin’ all night long here waitin’ on you
I’m wishin’ and a hopin’
on the stars up above
I wonder where you are
now that the suns comin’ up

Well you been gone all night
and I’m bout run outta smoke
The way you treat me honey makes me look like a joke
You got a hold of me now baby what can I do
See I can’t sleep at all
cause girl I worry bout you


You know it takes so long—
for love to get so strong
So why’d you have to go out there and do me so wrong
And now there’s too many tears--- enough to last me years
So goodbye babe its time for me
to get outta here

No I just can’t do anymore forgivin’ these days
No matter how it hurts
I’m headin’ out on my way
And you’ll be sorry baby
just you wait here and see
Cause I’ll be gone and you’ll be left to worry’d bout me

Because it takes so long—
for love to be so strong
So why’d you have to go out there and do me so wrong
And now there’s too many tears--- enough to last me years
So goodbye babe its time for me to get outta here

Uncle Jess

Written By: Clark Ashton

I had a funky old Uncle Jess. Jesse they said,
"he was one of the best."
At my grandma’s house
he’d tell ‘em a tale
‘Bout back in them ‘ol days
workin’ the rails.
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess
Jesse Bragg was his name.

Well I heard stories
bout Uncle Jess.
Jesse he wasn’t like all the rest.
My old uncle Jess
was about half lame.
Had a leg cut short
by the railroad train
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess
Worked on the railroad train

Yea 'ol Jesse Bragg
he was poor comin’ up.
Never had a car
and he never had a truck.
Never had nuthin’
like you and me had.
Had one leg good,
he had one leg bad.

My old Uncle Jess
used to hobble around.
Pour him up a drink
and he’d throw it on down.
Had a leg cut short
by the railroad train.
Now he’s moppin’ up the floor
with his walkin’ cane.
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess
Worked on the railroad train

Well I never met
my Uncle Jess.
All I heard stories,
nuthin’ more nuthin’ less
Back in ’42 he said
“heaven won’t wait”
I wasn’t born til ’58.
My old Uncle Jess used to hobble around.
Get him on the floor and he wouldn’t sit down.
He’s moppin up the floor with his walkin cane.
Had a leg cut short by the railroad train.
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess
Worked on the railroad train.

My old Uncle Jess used to hobble around.
Pour him up a drink and he’d throw it on down.
Had a leg cut short by the railroad train.
Now he’s moppin’ up the floor with his walkin’ cane.
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
Worked on the railroad train.
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
My old Uncle Jess,
Jesse Bragg was his name.

Discography

1. The BooHoo Ramblers,
Self-titled debut released 2004

2."Other Side of Heaven" released Fall 2007

Set List

On an average night the band performs 3 to 4 sets over a period of 4 hours. A set can range from 40 minutes up to 2 hours. Songlist arrangement depends on the gig.
ORIGINALS
PUTTIN’ ME DOWN -Clark Ashton
LOVING CUP -Clark Ashton
BREAK MY HEART AGAIN -Clark Ashton
MERCY ON ME -Clark Ashton
AFTER THE STORM -Clark Ashton
SHE DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE -Clark Ashton
WALKING -Clark Ashton
TALLULAH -Clark Ashton
UNCLE JESS -Clark Ashton
ALL OVER YOU -Clark Ashton
OUTTA HERE -Clark Ashton
MIGHT GET AWAY -Clark Ashton
BLACK SHOES -Clark Ashton
MEMORY LANE -Clark Ashton
MAIN SQUEEZE -Clark Ashton
LONELY TOWN -Clark Ashton
TAP YER TOE -Clark Ashton
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