Carly Bak

Carly Bak

 Inverness, Florida, USA
SoloFolkAmericana

Singer /Songwriter
Americana blend of county, folk and blues mix...with rich,soulful vocals and a savvy stage presence....

"Carly Bak has a powerful gutsy folk/blues voice and her songwriting skills are just as powerful." ~StarBird~

Biography

"Boil That Sugar Cane Down" (form the album People & Places I've Been) placed  in the song writer's competition at the Will McLean Festival in 2009.

"I have many passions but all stem from my childhood infatuation with nature, music, folklore and people watching. Writing music is my therapy and a way of sorting out life!"

My Grandpa, Louie Krogman was one of the original cowboys that homesteaded along the Rosebud Reservation near White River SD; before there were fences and established rodeos, He always had plenty of rank horses on the Triangle K Ranch as well as spirited hired hands to break them. One of these hired hands, Wes Wagner, went to Madison Square Gardens at the age of 15 to ride bare back and saddle bronc as part of the Pro rodeo circuit and later married a tenacious tough little cowgirl by the name of Dorothy Krogman *. They just happen to be my parents!

I love to be with people who have true grit that comes from working and living in close connection with nature and rooting deep among there own people. I've lived among the Cowboys and Sioux of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, city dudes of Washington DC, fisherman along the Oregon coast, with the Appalachian people of Western North Carolina and the Florida Cracker's. All have created there own unique cultures. Wherever I go, I love to play for small town locals, because this is where you will find colorful down home people and this is where vibrant stories fly, sad songs are sung, underhanded pranks are played and BS runs deep. This is the back bone of good original songs. I love to just observe the energy and dynamics of it all!

Musical influences include:

Cleo Lane
Billie Holiday
Janis Joplin,
Emmylou Harris
Patsy Cline
Big Mama Thornton
Hank Williams Sr
Melanie
Redbone

Lyrics

Boil That Sugar Cane down

Written By: Carla Bak

My daddy talked about the sugar cane fields and how they worked them all by hand
It's back breaking work that cuttin' and a strippin' bloody even a callused man's hands
Stripers wear cool cotton shirts with long sleeves to protect their arms from the cuts of sharp leaves
From top to bottom the stocks are shorn and left standing tall in the early morn

Boil that sugar cane down boys
Boil that sugar cane down
Dole it out in a big iron pot and ya
Boil that sugar cane down

Before the days of harvesting machinery the mule walked round and round
This turned the mill which crushed the juice from the cane and then strained to a kettle on the ground
The first pail of syrup is taken from the fire pit and placed on a nearby table to cool a bit
And all day long the juices flow while the fire in the pit is kept real low

Boil that sugar cane down boys
Boil that sugar cane down
Dole it out in a big iron pot and ya
Boil that sugar cane down

Bundles carried in by the women folk and forks plates and spoons suddenly appear
Its hot biscuits and cornbread for all for it's a bountiful harvest year
The farmers give thanks and all present say amen and those hot biscuits are passed round again
They just don't make cane syrup like they use to but the memories should always be there.

Boil that sugar cane down boys
Boil that sugar cane down
Dole it out in a big iron pot and ya
Boil that sugar cane down

Mama's little baby loves shortnin shortnin
Mama's little baby loves shortnin bread

Mama's little baby loves shortnin shortnin
Mama's little baby loves shortnin bread

Put on the skillet put on the lid
Mama's going to make a little shortin bread
But that ain't all yo Mama's gonna do
She gonna slap a little homemade cane syurp on there too

Boil that sugar cane down boys
Boil that sugar cane down
Dole it out in a big iron pot and ya
Boil that sugar cane down

Man In The Moon

Written By: Carla Bak

Man in the moon won't you tell me your name
I know you don't owe me but just the same
I need someone to talk to
Won't you lend me an ear

Feeling thumbs down to night
I could use your advice
On how to beat these blues

I'm a little bad tempered, unpredictable too
So tickle my ears and make me feel band new
I'm' feeling over the hill
Like a fossil in the ground

Pick me up and dust me off
Deliver me and move me on
My way to loosing these blues

Chorus
Man in the moon take off your mask and uncover your disguise
If you pore out you heart to me, I'll gladly poor out mine

Man in the moon wont you tell me your name
I know you don't owe me but just the same
I need someone to talk to, won't you lend me an ear

Feeling thumbs down to night
I could use your advice
On how to beat these blues

They say I'm crazy just a little deranged
Always in the wrong place and a good one to blame
But that's the story of my life
I'm a little taboo
Pick me up and dust me off
Deliver me and move me on
My way to loosing these blues

Chorus
From Time to Time I'll see your face and want to lay my blues on you
But you just slip behind a cloud like you ain't in the mood
Man in the moon wont you tell me your name
I know you don't owe me but just the same
I need someone to talk to, won't you lend me an ear

Feeling thumbs down to night
I could use your advice
On how to beat these blues

Ode To A Cowboy

Written By: Carla Bak

Chorus
Headed Down that dusty road to nowhere
Honey I've been on this road a time or two
Just when I think I'm getting somewhere
I circle back around and I start heading down
That dirty dusty road to nowhere

A long time ago I should have given up that bottle
Along with my old can a skoal
Taken my gambling money stashed in the cookie jar
And bought me a ticket to somewhere

Chorus

They say this road is always paved with good intentions
Honey I hear to beg that's my case
The truth is that I'm nothing but a broken down cowboy
You can see the life I've lived on my face

Chorus

I've been slammed to the dust, taken a bull by the horns
But never have I ever been so blue
The day that you gave me the old ultimatum
And I chose this rodeo life over you

Discography

People & Places I've Been
Is a composite of original songs. Boil that Sugar Cane Down placed third at Will McLean Festival song writer's contest 2009

I am now working on a new album which will be a composite of original songs about Florida's cultural history. This is taking some time because there is a lot of research involved but..... I love doing research and this is quite fascinating to me!

During the great depression, the government hired surveyors to travel throughout the south and record folk life in the form of folklore, song and stories. These surveyors would pass through with recorders that would be consider enormous today; about the size of a coffee table, and would mingle among workers of saw mills, railroads, turpentine camps, shrimp trawlers, and anywhere folk life could be found. I have stumbled on some pretty remarkable written documents and audios! Through these documented experiences, I try to picture myself stepping back in time and working in various trades, placing myself in a range of circumstances, both as a female and male. Then ask how would I feel, what songs and stories would I generate from these experiences, what lingo would I use to express my perception of the situation? Our use and meaning of words has changed drastically over the year! I think about how the melody will best relate to these experiences and time period. Is it best expressed through the blues or perhaps a work song, children's nursery rhyme, or a ballad? There are so many aspects to think about when producing an album like this.

I want to produce an album that people will enjoy listening to, not only because it's pleasing to the ear but also; to invoke memories of past personal family history and to make learning experiential, enjoyable and fun for adults and children. History is not all about dry facts and dates! It is about personal experiences expressed through folklore, songs, and stories handed down from generation to generation, that is what we remember!

Set List

Oh Susanna
Tuner Camp Waltz
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Jack Of Diamonds
Boil That Sugar Cane Down
Hobo's Lullaby
Moon Shine Mama
Hit The Road Jack
500 Miles
Worried Man Blues
My Bonnie
Hey Good Lookin
Kansas City
Lonely People
Both Sides now
Stormy Monday
Summer Time