Comanche Moon

Comanche Moon

 Amarillo, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaRoots

Comanche Moon brings the fresh, untamed flavor of the West Texas prairie lands, blending country, folk and rock influences into a unique, progressive Americana sound. The band focuses on original songwriting, strong melodies, and energetic live performance.

Comanche Moon will release an album, "Country Music Deathstar" in June of 2018. The first single off the album, "The One That You Love," was released in March and is currently moving up the Texas terrestrial radio and Spotify charts.

Biography

"Comanche Moon" is a term that originated on the Texas frontier during the Comanche wars. According to journalist S. C. Gwynne, "So many raids were made by moonlight that in Texas a full, bright spring or summer moon is still known as a Comanche Moon."*  Blending the sounds and influences of their native Texas Panhandle, Comanche Moon has developed a unique sound that the band describes as "Texicana" that is rooted on strong original songwriting, carries influences of country, blues and folk music, with delivers with a rock and roll attitude. 

Sense of place is central to the band's identity. Comanche Moon founders Chandler Sidwell and Mark Erickson each come from a long line of Texas cattle ranchers and wildcatters. Sidwell's family relocated to Texas from West Virginia in the 1930s and founded a cattle ranch in Wheeler County. Erickson, a sixth-generation Texan from frontier stock, was raised a cowboy on a remote cattle ranch in the Canadian River Valley. The band's sound grew up right out of the Panhandle dirt and represents the diversity of native sounds. The Texas panhandle has always been home to a strong tradition of fiddle music. The Scotch-Irish fiddle tradition that became bluegrass in the Appalachians percolated out to the Texas frontier during the great push West in the nineteenth century. Played by cowhands around campfires and chuck wagons, it took on certain folk and story-song characteristics while retaining the strong fiddle-driven melody lines characteristic of bluegrass.

Then Bob Wills changed everything. He and his Texas Playboys took traditional Texas music and turned it on its head with jazz chords and big band arrangements, creating a new sound called Western Swing. (Wills allegedly got angry and cussed anyone who described his music as country music.) Wills, who was raised in the cotton fields of East Texas was well acquainted with the blues and he brought them with him when he made his West Texas home in the town of Turkey. Though by no means the first or the only person to play the blues in West Texas, he is largely responsible for the fusion of white country and fiddle traditions with black blues. Erickson learned the West Texas sound as a kid going to ranch dances featuring Texas Playboys alum, Frankie McWhorter as fiddler and bandleader. 

At some point, both Sidwell and Erickson found rock and roll and fell in love with 60s and 70s bands like Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Sidwell learned the drums, developing his chops on stage in jam and rock bands in Amarillo. Erickson would sneak off after living room bluegrass sessions with his family to pick out Jimmy Page riffs and Hendrix licks. 

Sidwell and Erickson met in Amarillo in 2011 and founded Comanche Moon in 2013 with then bandmate Jake Vernon and Carlos Martinez-Arraras, who continues to play guitar for the band. In 2015, Comanche Moon released its debut self-titled EP. Short on cash and long on content, it wasn't until early 2017 that the band had saved up enough money to book studio time for its first full length album, "Country Music Deathstar." The band paired up with producer Tim Allen (guitar, Shane Smith & the Saints) and began recording at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas with Dave Percefull and Adam Odor in June 2017. They completed production later that December and will release the first single off the album March 23. They will release the full album in late May 2018.

*Gwynne, S.C. Empire of the Summer Moon, Scribner 2010.

Lyrics

Socorro Wind

Written By: Mark H Erickson

I grew up in a little town.
You wouldn't find much if you looked around.
But that town's worn my family name
For a hundred-fifty years since the white folks came.

Yeah, six generations of the ranching man
And a hundred-thousand acres of Texas land.
Daddy told me it would all be mine,
The only one left when my brothers died.

Oh, Socorro Wind, you hurried up my leaving,
Stirring me to leave my home behind.

Well, I couldn't shake the urge to run
Or break the curse of the Prodigal Son.
So I saddled up and left one night,
Didn't leave word, didn't say goodbye.

When I lit out for San Antone
My heart was full and my fear was gone.
Then I made my way down to the sea
Full of fire and feeling free.

Oh, Socorro Wind, you hurried up my leaving,
Stirring me to leave my home behind.

I rambled a while in Mexico
I wanted to stay but they made me go
In Argentina, I learned to dance,
And I learned the way of the Gaucho's hand.

Well, I learned women and I learned about guns,
And I spared no cares to have my fun.
But my heart grew tired of being alone
And my thoughts began to turn back home.

Oh, Socorro Wind, you hurried up my leaving,
Stirring me to leave my home behind.

Got no excuses or explanations
No tragedies or broken dreams or ghosts from the past.
But that wind stirs a young man's need for freedom
And I couldn't see I had it all the time.

One day I got word from home
My Ma was sick and my Pa was gone.
And when I got back nothing was the same,
No, the fence was down and the name had changed.

Now the Southwest wind blows hot and dry,
And there ain't a cloud in the desert sky.
Nothing left but the open road,
But now I got nowhere to go.

Oh, Socorro Wind, you hurried up my leaving,
Stirring me to leave my home.
Oh, Socorro Wind, you hurried up my leaving,
Stirring me to leave my home
Stirring me to leave my home
Stirring me to leave my home behind.

Runnin' From A Man

Written By: Mark H Erickson

I came up from Missouri twenty years ago
Just me and my pack horse and the ghost of Charlie Rhoades.
Well, Charlie was my brother, yes Charlie was my twin
And I never knew another half as fine as him.

He was set to marry a girl he met back east,
And though I loved my brother, I could not leave her be
One night she came to me when Charlie wasn't home,
But the sweetest wine of darkness turns bitter with the dawn.

Now I'm runnin' from a man who's not made of flesh and bone,
And he follows me around like my shadow.

I wish't I'd kept a secret, yeah, I wish that I had lied,
But I had to tell my brother the truth I hid inside.
Well, Charlie, he came at me with a shovel in his hand.
I hit him with a hatchet 'til he fell dead in the sand.

Now I'm runnin' from a man who's not made of flesh and bone,
And he follows me around like my shadow.

He chased me 'cross the mountains, he drove me to the sea,
And I guess I'm doomed to wander, but I never will be free.
Now every day I see him, he comes to me each night.
I can see him staring at me from just beyond the light.

Now I'm runnin' from a man who's not made of flesh and bone,
And he follows me around like my shadow.
Like my shadow,
Like my shadow,
Oh yeah.

Together In This

Written By: Mark H Erickson

When you come back home to a burned-out house
You're shuffling through the ashes feeling broke and turned out;
When you don't know where you're gonna go when the night comes
You've got your friends and your family standing by your side,
and we'll be

The ones you hold onto
The ones you know are always there
We'll be the melody you're humming that goes,
"I am not alone, no we're gonna be together in this."

When you're growing old and the lights are getting dim;
And you have to go to funerals just to see a friend
Feels like you're tilting at windmills every time you open your mouth
Well, it's not too late to dream a dream for what you love
It's not too late to find someone who'll be there when you need

Someone that you can hold onto
Someone you know is always there
Who'll be the melody you're humming that goes,
"I am not alone, no we're gonna be together in this."

People say that we die alone
But we don't have to live that way
Cause in the soul of everyone
Is the need to believe and to give

So when you're sitting at your table
With the ones that you love
Remember the ones who've gone before you
And the ones who are alone

Try to give a hand for one who needs it. Say a word for one who cannot speak.
Give a thought for the ones who are forgotten. Doesn't matter if they're living right. Don't wait for them to reach out if they need...

Someone that they can hold onto
Someone they know is always there
You can be the melody they're humming that goes
I am not alone, no we're gonna be together in this.

Discography

New Album Summer 2018.  Comanche Moon is set to release a new, twelve-track album called "Country Music Deathstar" summer 2018. The album was produced by Tim Allen (Shane Smith & the Saints) and was recorded at the acclaimed yellow DOG studios in Wimberley, Texas. The first single off the album, "The One That You Love," released in March, is finding early success on Texas terrestrial and Spotify radio. 

The band released a self-titled EP in late 2015 featuring seven original tracks. 

Set List

Rescue Blues

Get Outa This Town

Talkin' to the Machine

Ain't No Grave

Cape Town

Miss My Friends

Colorado Bound

Rake

Walls Come Down

The One That You Love

Oilfield Blues

The Storm

Middle of You

It's All Over

I Got Your Letter

The Way You Move

Beast of Burden

Socorro Wind

Carrhae (Nex Crassi)

Singin' to the Moon

Together in This

Runnin' From a Man

So It Goes