broken carousel

broken carousel

BandBluesFunk

...funk blues roots...

Biography

Broken Carousel blends funky rhythms with old school rock n roll guitars around big, harmony-drenched choruses. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Greg Bucking traveled extensively with various musical projects, most notably his former band Mother Freedom, with which he wrote and recorded two albums and the soundtrack for the indie film "My Brother Jack". Broken Carousel's debut CD "...your proven alibi" is available now and showcases the wealth of styles and sounds incorporated into a collection of songs culled from a yearlong cross-country journey. Live, the band establishes a funky groove and builds a syncopated sonic interplay between bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and drummer Joe Beninati on one side, and keyboardist Dan Nachimson and guitarist Greg Bucking on the other. Greg’s vocal melodies lead the listener on a lyrical journey through tales of love, desire, hope, weariness, and blunt acknowledgement of what is and what might be. And accentuating all of these are the soaring soul harmonies and infectious vibes of Pandhora and Charlene, putting the final exclamation point on each line and each song, resulting in a seamless mix of bluesy rock n roll and New Orleans soul funk.


"Broken Carousel know how to set up a groove and ride it... great stuff!"
-Jezebel Music, Brooklyn, NY

Official band website:
http://brokencarousel.com

Broken Carousel on MySpace:
http://myspace.com/brokencarouselmusic

Live in-studio video at:
http://woozyfly.com/brokencarousel

Lyrics

Oh Jesus

Written By: Greg Bucking

Oh Jesus won’t you lend me your name
Cause all the glory in the world can’t make me feel the same
A little bit of ice in my veins
A little bit of wine to soothe my brain
A little pill to my mind
Shed my ills and take time and I’d go
If you get my call please let me know

Won’t you have mercy on this poor forgotten soul
Cause I drove so far away right when I dug myself this hole
A little bit of shame hurt my game
Come a day I found that I was to blame
Free at last got some time
Free at last I’ll make my mind up and I’d go
If you get my call please let me know

Oh Jesus won’t you send me on my way
I been stuck inside this sleepy town please don’t make me stay
A little bit of pain I can take
A little bit of rain for my escape
A bottle of booze in my hand
If I could choose I’d make my plan and I’d go

Suicide Machine

Written By: Greg Bucking

She’s got dirty eyes and a dirty stare
And a filthy mouth to say what you’d never dare
Don’t try to change her cause her conscience ain’t no guide
And her only rule is if you pay the fare you can take a ride

On her suicide machine
Gonna try to keep her motor clean
But it might make you bleed
But will it take your troubles away?
But will it take your troubles away?

She said it’s all a bore, your straight life living clean
If you say the word don’t you know I’ll find a change of scene
And take you away and take your inhibitions down
I’ve got the blood if you want to paint the town

On a suicide machine
Gonna try to keep her motor clean
But it might make you bleed
But will it take your troubles away?
But will it take your troubles away?

Sometimes she feels just like a dirty girl
Cause it’s a big and bad and down and dirty world
She’s gonna make you wait until the sun goes down
Till she lets you take a look at her second hand evening gown

And her suicide machine
She’s gonna try to keep her motor clean
Oh it might make you bleed
But will it take your troubles away?
But will it take your troubles away?

Poor Man

Written By: Greg Bucking

Walked a mile through a dizzy wandering haze
Walked a mile in them shoes
Walked a mile to see if I could find the way
See that the good man sometimes lose

Poor man got to fight while the rich man run and hide
Poor man go and die while the rich man keep alive
Poor man fight the war that the rich man draw
Behind closed doors

Heard the chatter of a gasbag on teevee
Heard him justify some crime
Heard the torn quilt of a broken harmony
Gotta stitch it back in time

Poor man got to fight while the rich man run and hide
Poor man go and die while the rich man keep alive
Poor man fight the war that the rich man draw
Behind closed doors

Saw some people come to take a voice away
Saw some people pushing back
Saw some people come to step beyond the fray
Using wisdom to attack

Poor man got to fight while the rich man run and hide
Poor man go and die while the rich man keep alive
Poor man fight the war that the rich man draw
Behind closed doors
Behind them doors

Discography

-"The Set at JSM" live in-studio video DVD, recorded on July 15, 2008, contains 5 live tracks and is available for viewing at woozyfly.com/brokencarousel

-"...your proven alibi", the band's debut CD, was released in April 2008. Grammy-award winning producer/engineer Gene Paul calls it "a great album!"

-"California Blues" is the first single and has been released initially as part of iLLumina Records' ROCKERS FOR LIFE compilation. The band's full length CD "...your proven alibi" was released in April 2008.

Set List

Sets are usually and hour long, give or take 15 minutes depending on the show. The set list consists mostly of songs from the CD and a few danceable covers like Stories' "Brother Louie" and The Meters' "People Say". There are a few segues between songs, with some extended sections to highlight the band.