Border Radio

Border Radio

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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Border Radio is an original stew of American music that blasts across the borders of roots, dustbowl swing, bluegrass, and country folk. Tight string band arrangements, the heartbreak vocals of Kelly McCune, and great songwriting (Kerrville New Folk Finalist).

Biography

Border Radio doesn't hold back their passion for the very deep roots of American music -- they play it and write it and perform it with energy and reverence. They move with assurance from hard-driving bluegrass to lonesome folk to prairie swing, giving audiences of all ages a joyful and memorable experience.

Border Radio came together in 2000, the inspiration of singer/songwriter Kelly McCune and dobro/guitar player Mike Stromberg. They set out to write and collect wonderful old tunes, criss-crossing genres from folk to bluegrass to Western swing, and flavor them with their own sound. They took the name of the band from the early outlaw radio blasters who blanketed the country with music for just folks -- artists like Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and Bob Wills.

Kelly's songs tell stories that echo the past, her music is sincere and wry, soulful and sweet, and she delivers it straight to the heart with range and beauty. Kelly has been compared to both Patsy Cline and Iris Dement, and their music dubbed "an Americana fantasy where cowboys dance with pretty girls and couples get dressed up to break up..." (Music Connection).

Mike Stromberg’s dobro and resonator guitar blow in with power and poignancy -- his song High Plains sounds like it was written half a century ago. John Lambdin on fiddle and mandolin weaves a heartfelt voice throughout when he isn’t swingin’ it. And Robert Staron on bass moves easily from laid back to slappin’ up-tempo. With a packhorse of original tunes and tastefully selected covers, serious string and swing arrangements from talented players along and tight harmonies, Border Radio has carved its own Americana niche.

Kelly’s original songs have gotten her to Kerrville, Texas, as a New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. The band has also played at SxSW in Austin and has been featured on bluegrass, folk, and Americana stations across the country.

Some of Border Radio's past performances:
Kerrville Folk Festival, New Folk Competition, TX
SxSW, Austin, TX
Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Tres Pinos, CA
Fiddlin' Cricket Concert Series in Santa Clara, CA
Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita, CA
Los Angeles Zoo
Peter Strauss Ranch, Los Angeles County, CA
Descanso Gardens, Glendale, CA
San Diego Folk Heritage, Escondido, CA
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Festival, Los Angeles County, CA
Colorado Street Bridge Party, Pasadena, CA
Caltech Folk Music Society, Pasadena, CA
Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA
Boulevard Music, Culver City, CA
Calico Festival, Moultrie, CA
Americana Concert Series, Fallbrook, CA
Nobel House Concert Series, Van Nuys, CA

Booking & Management:
Shawna Rinehart
norfun3@yahoo.com

Find them on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/borderradiomusic

Lyrics

Golden State

Written By: Kelly McCune

Here is a map of a golden state
I see a road to a tiny place
Over these miles and mountains too
See right here, it's someplace new

Read these words it says our life
Will be as sweet as cherry pie
So we'll go though we'll blue
'Cause if it's written it must be true

Hope is painful, hope is true
Hope is a road under a sky of blue

Leavin's hard but stayin's worse
The road ahead, yeah, it could be cursed
But get our things, pack up our life
You are my husband and I'm your wife

What we'll leave it won't be weighed
It'll blow to dust and black the day
Heavy the heart but rest inside
Bitter and sweet like that cherry pie

Hope is painful, hope is true
Hope is a road under a sky of blue

Here is a map of a golden state
I see a road to a tiny place
Over these miles and mountains too
See right here, it's someplace new
See right here, it's someplace

Orphan Train

Written By: Kelly McCune

From city's gloom to country's bloom
Like birds of summer you'll fly

Got a little paper suitcase
Things a bird don't need
Got meat and potato
I'm scrubbed to my feet
I'd still take a hunger
Feel your calloused hand
Than to take this little suitcase
Into their land

Mama this ain't no train to glory
Daddy no Wabash cannonball
Sister this train makes you an orphan
Brother this is what they told us all

From city's gloom to country's bloom
Like birds of summer you'll fly

With wings I will fly
Straight back to you
Use the rails and the river
Use my bird's eye view
Too small to run
Too big to lose
At every stop I'm askin'
Am I the one they'll choose

CHORUS

Mommy don't forget me
I'll find you when I'm grown
Might be ol' Missouri
When this bird has flown
Might be North Dakota
I'm tied to this track
If I ever have a child
I'll strap her to my back

CHORUS

Take a little bird
Hold it in your hand
You may want to cage it
Or let it land
Tryin' to think what's best
Tryin' to do what's right
That's why we're riding
This orphan train tonight

CHORUS

From city's gloom to country's bloom
Like birds of summer you'll fly

O, California

Written By: Kelly McCune

Straight from the East
Comin’ in droves
Runnin’ from thirst
Headin’ for hope
Leavin’ what’s gone
Watchin’ for rain
Comin’ on foot
Comin’ on trains

O, California
O, California
Comin’ alone
O, California
O, California
Make me a home

Come for the gold
Dig in the ground
Trade what you brought
Hold what you found
Lay down the road
And dreamers will come
Heavy the load
Born under the sun

Chorus

Love brought me here
But love didn’t stay
I found my feet
In this Midas place
Strange where I’m from
And stranger again
Crossed over the line
To the golden state

Chorus

Orphan Train

Written By: Kelly McCune

From city’s gloom to country’s bloom
Like birds of summer you’ll fly

Got a little paper suitcase
Things a bird don’t need
Got meat and potato
I’m scrubbed to my feet
I’d still take a hunger
Feel your calloused hand
Than to take this train
Into their land

Mommy this ain’t no train to glory
Daddy no Wabash Cannonball
Sister this train makes you an orphan
Brother this is what they told us all

From city’s gloom to country’s bloom
Like birds of summer you’ll fly

With wings I will fly
Straight back to you
Use the rails and the river
Use my birds-eye view
Too small to run
Too big to lose
At every stop I’m askin’
Am I the one they’ll choose

Mommy this ain’t no train to glory
Daddy no Wabash Cannonball
Sister this train makes you an orphan
Brother this is what they told us all

Mommy don’t forget me
I’ll find you when I’m grown
Might be ol’ Missouri
When this bird has flown
Might be North Dakota
I’m tied to this track
If I ever have a child
I’ll strap her to my back

Mommy this ain’t no train to glory
Daddy no Wabash Cannonball
Sister this train makes you an orphan
Brother this is what they told us all

Take a little bird
Hold it in your hand
You may want to cage it
Or let it land
Tryin’ to think what’s best
Tryin’ to do what’s right
That’s why we’re riding
This orphan train tonight

Mommy this ain’t no train to glory
Daddy no Wabash Cannonball
Sister this train makes you an orphan
Brother this is what they told us all

From city’s gloom to country’s bloom
Like birds of summer you’ll fly

Misery Mile

Written By: Kelly McCune

Let me take you down
To the middle of my town
Show you what I found
It's the misery mile

You can get it all there
You can lose it all there too
Depends on what you're bound to do
On the misery mile

You can close your eyes
You can sing pretty lies
But it doesn't go away, go away
The misery mile

I went down there
And I found nothing
I even heard a bullet shot
But it wasn't for me

You can put a man there
But will it give him wisdom
Or break him down piece by piece
On the misery mile

We run from the people
We're afraid we'll become
But it doesn't go away, go away
The misery mile

Can I get out of my car
Can I get out of my skin
Can I get out on a block
Of the misery mile

Who made my feet so lucky
Told them where to go
Was it God or the devil
On the misery mile

You can close your eyes
You can sing pretty lies
But it doesn't go away, go away
The misery mile

Is This the One

Written By: Kelly McCune

The uniform she's wearin' is tight
Her stockings don't fit her height
The door swings and the bell rings
It's him with the big brown eyes

She's been grouchy with the day
But this cowtown falls away
When she sees him, believes in him
The man with the big brown eyes

Is this the one
Who'll whirl her and twirl her and take her away
Is this the one
Can this be him

It's coffee and toast today
She pictures them runnin' away
He flirts with a stare and she touches her hair
For the man with the big brown eyes

Is this the one
Who'll whirl her and twirl her and take her away
Is this the one
Can this be him

He's been in all this week
He must be fixin' to speak
Now he's asking for this evening
Her man with the big brown eyes

Is this the one
Who'll whirl her and twirl her and take her away
Is this the one
Can this be him
Can this be him

Discography

Lil' Songbook 2001
Americana Brand 2002
Border Radio Live 2004
Golden State 2005
O, California (Upcoming)

Set List

Sets are typically 45 to 50 minutes, a usual concert 2 hours (2 sets with an intermission). We play an average of 12 to 14 songs per set.
An example concert set list, this is about 70% original and 30% covers:

SET ONE
Unlucky Love
Wedding Day
Cowboy Dancing
Caroline
Is This the One
Orphan Train
Golden State
High Plains
Prairie Dog Swing
Hickory Wind
Misery Mile
Traffic Stops

SET TWO:
Thirteenth Floor
Moon Over You
Where Is Home
Farm Wife
Sad Sound
Those Memories of You
The Two Marys
San Fernando Valley
Oklahoma Waltz
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
Miss Molly
Long Black Veil
Where Is Home