Brad Monk and the Union Band

Brad Monk and the Union Band

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The Union Band is an impressive line up of the who's who in the Canadian country music scene. Monk writes great memorable storytelling songs with intelligent hooks that will have you playing them over again and again.

Biography

Brad Monk is a Toronto born singer/songwriter. While he enjoys writing for other artists, recently Monk has released his second record 'Down To The River' to a sold out show in Toronto. No one sits down when this band is playing. Monk's music gets people standing. The high energy band is really the who's who of Canadian country music. A must see in '07

Influences include:

Lyle Lovett, Bars, Summer, Ry Cooder, Jack Daniels, The Band, Stars, Ricky Skaggs, Gospel Singers, Tom Jones, Twister, Tour Buses, Jeans, Hank Williams, Motorcycles, Beer, Lucinda Williams, Zack Starkey, Steve Gadd, Oscar Wilde, Gene Autry, Kurt Swinghammer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Andy Warhol, Brett Favre, John Cleese, Willy Loman, Emmylou Harris, Harmonica Solos, Fishing, The key of G, Bill Collings, Steve Briggs, Casablanca, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart, Country Highways, Barney Fife, Black Cat Gum, Tim Thorney, Nashville, The Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin, Tom Waits, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Texas, Ron Sexsmith, Martin, Pie, Rodeo, Martin Luther King, Triumph/Ducati, Pedal Steel, Roy Rogers, Jack Palance, Sheryl Crow (without Lance) Niagara Falls, Chris Farley, The Wood Brothers, God, Lucille Ball, Holidays, John Lennon, Ocean Views, Troy Feener, Blake Manning, Old Cars, Sunsets, Banjos, Superbowl Playoffs, Nick Hornby, Alice in Wonderland, Coffee, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sleep, James Dean, Girls who dance, The Killers, Black Eyed Peas, Robert Johnson, Carol Burnett, Ray Ban, Brent Barkman, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Oscar, Janis Joplin, The key of E, Dan Tyminski, Ralph Stanley, The Radio, Black and Decker, Gerry Mosby, Joe and Sam Monk, Fender, Tequila, Bonfires, A Good Suit, Neil Peart, Journey, Blue Rodeo, Carol Pope, AC/DC, Roy Rogers, Steve Earle, Eric Yealland, Willie Nelson, Bare Feet, Going to the 7th, New York, Wyatt Erp, The Tin Man, Leslie Neilson, James Stewart, Speed, Life, Faith, Love

(and Bob Dylan)

Lyrics

Sally

Written By: Brad Monk


It seems a lot is going at home
When he leaves she sits and cries alone
She can’t imagine going on

Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
That train tonight

The problem is she loved another man
Life for her it seems never goes as planned
All because a simple one night stand

Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
That train tonight

But she knows she’ll have to tell him soon
Because that baby is gonna’ be here in June
She’s not even sure who it belongs to

Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
That train tonight

Then it gets too dark for her one night
And nothing she can do can make her feel quite right
Her whole life is slipping out of sight
She reaches for the kitchen knife

Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
Sally will you ride
That train tonight

Down To The River

Written By: Brad Monk


I’m going down to the river
Into the water
Bless My soul I’m going home

Oh sweet Virginia
I know it’s been a long, long time
But in my heart you know I hold you
Like I hold you in my mind
I know it makes no sense at all
But I’m ready for the fall
Can you hear me call?

I’m going down to the river
Into the water
Bless My soul I’m going home

And any man who comes between us
Doesn’t stand a chance
Just like late night conversations
Was it fate or circumstance
I know it makes no sense at all
But I’m ready for the fall
Can you hear me call?

Oh my lord, I won’t ask you
Oh my lord, I won’t ask you
Oh my lord, how’s she doing?

Chorus

Jane

Written By: Brad Monk

JANE

She had a name
It was Jane
She had a one-bedroom apartment
Just below the trains
She had it awesome
She had wings
Until she met a man from Boston
Who helped himself to things

Like her freedom
That came and went
And all the self-respect she had was gone just like the money he spent

He was a gambler
But he’d never won
He said ‘remember who the boss is
And we might just get along’

Time goes by
It slowly passes
When everyday you hide behind a pair
Of dark sunglasses
She had a name
It was Jane
She had a one-bedroom apartment
Just below the trains

It was November
Chilled to the bone
She’s hiding in the closet for whenever
He’d get home
It was late in the evening
He walked in the door
Looking for a fight and just as drunk as the night before

He had a shotgun
He kept in the drawer
But before he even noticed
She dropped him to the floor

Police came by
But she never cried
She said he was a burglar
But they knew it was lie

Then at the station
Things got bad
Fingerprints and questions
And a phone call to her dad

Who said "I love you
I’m not mad
Just remember where you came from
And someday you might come back"

She had a name
It was Jane
She had a one-bedroom apartment
Just below the trains
She had it awesome
She had wings
Until she met a man from Boston
Who helped himself to things
Everything

Discography

1. Monk
Released 2005
Available at CD Baby and on i-tunes

2. Down To the River
Released 2007

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Set List

A typical set list is around 14 songs with a few acoustic numbers in the middle. we go to a three piece band for short 'bluegrass' set of two acoustic guitars and a mandolin