Crooked Trail Band

Crooked Trail Band

 Saint Catharines, Ontario, CAN
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Niagara Music Awards ‘World Group of the Year” for 2008, Crooked Trail is a fusion of traditional aboriginal music, rock-and-roll, blues and beyond! We are inspired by the creative forces using a contemporary approach where 21st century secular music meets with sacred stylings and sweetgrass.

Biography

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Who writes songs that speak for us and about us as the Original Peoples of this land? This is one question that we, Phil Davis and Rick McLean, asked back in 2002 after getting to know each other better at our weekly community Pow-wow drum circle and came to discover that we were also experienced road musicians and prolific writers. This was the birth of Crooked Trail, which is in part derived from the Mohawk name of the city, St. Catharines (it is a crooked house), where we first began working together. It is also a name that denotes the nature of our lives -- a weaving path as we try to find our way back home. Since recording our first CD in 2006, Crooked Trail has won over audiences from both native and non-native venues alike.

Lyrics

Have Your Say

Written By: McLean

I see you lurking further down the hall you turn
Pretending our eyes did not meet
I’ve left you messages on the phone you hide
Who you really are so deep

When you’re confronted in a public place you smile
You’re so quick on your feet
I said Hey what’d you say ‘bout me?
Cryin and wailin away
T’everyone you see

I’m confused and I don’t understand why youjust
Don’t come talk to me
What is gained, what is fed, what is won
While you dine on this duplicity

Have your say…..

Own what you believe
If I have wronged I will concede
Don’t you want to stop the bleed?
If all you want is to hurt me then
I will reject your medicine
But either way this game will end

That grade 8 girl game took me by surprise
It’s such a powerful tool
‘Cause if I call you on your subtle lines it’s me
Who looks like a big fool
You sit there like a piece of coal slowly
Burning holes in your chair
Tell me Hey…what’d you say ‘bout me?
Crying and wailing away
T’everyone you see

Have your say….
Own what you believe
If I have wronged I will concede
Don’t you want to stop the bleed?
If all you want is to hurt me then
I will reject your medicine
But either way this game will end

Have your say…
Your power is I give a shit
‘bout how I walk and the effects of it
On all of you and my spirit
If you won’t spill it to work it out
I have no choice, there is no doubt
I’ll care less about you the next time

Hear My People Scream

Written By: McLean

Not talking about forest-not talking about plains
I’m speaking about Big Smoke-green is what flows thru their veins

Let’s talk about spreadsheets, ledgers, your face will disappear
If you won’t sell it-you will not find it here
You’re nothing but a number-they can tell you what you cost

Your economic war is wrong-it won’t be long
Accountants hear my people scream

Let’s move it to the courthouse-let’s bring it to the judge
Have a chat with policeman-with redneck badge and club and guns
Upkeeper of a system and values to which we don’t subscribe
But we’re forced daily just to stay alive
Let’s talk about oppression-your weapon is your pen
The challenge to your imposed ways will not delay
Your Honour hear my people scream

Take a look at this blue orb-take a look at mother earth
In every little corner-see how native people hurt
We believe in balance, honour-there’s lots for everyone
You repay our kindness with the barrel of your gun
Let’s talk about avarice-it will spend the end of all days
The streets are filling with all creeds to fight your greeed
World leaders hear my people scream

Sale of the Century

Written By: McLean

Everybody’s going downtown
To the Five and Dime that’s closing down
Been in business since 1944
Poster says he don’t wanna do it anymore

And I lined up just like everybody else just to
Look for bargains that were hiding on the shelf

**at the Sale of the Century

9 am doors open, we’re all filing in
“It’s all free” says the old man with a grin
“Life’s been good to me, I got everything I need
To keep on selling would be nothing short of greed.”
I felt awkward about taking any stuff when I
Noticed a guitar covered in dust

**at the Sale of the Century

I was taught that when you get you return
But what could I give this old man that would earn me
The peace that should come when that guitar starts to play?

I turned around and met the old man’s eyes he said
“Good choice boy and you gotta like the price, you can
Take it home if you promise one thing,
Never let those strings go silent, voice was meant to sing.”
And I swore to him I’d write him a song he said
“Don’t delay my days here won’t be very long after the…”

***Sale of the Century

Sister Away

Written By: McLean/Davis

November 13-Pretty 19
Le Pas on the plains-old familiar pain
How was she to know her blood would stain the snow?
And that young girl marked absent from school
And a cold wind blew back home that was so cruel

Tell me why do we allow this hate?
Tell me why justice, does it come so late?
Tell me how can it be in 97 they just let her killer free?
And I know back home they say “They took another sister away”

Since 1971 over 500 dead and gone
Don’t make the papers, ain’t on the TV
And they don’t even care over at the RCMP

Tell me why do we allow this war?
Tell me why nobody’s keeping score?
Tell me how can it be if the skin is red, go ahead, collect the bounty?
And I know back home they say “They took another sister away”

Vancouver 2002-it was so damned bad that it finally made the news
They were hookers they were junkies they were boozers they weren’t right in the brain
And a blind eye was turned as 50 daughters were slain

Tell me why do we allow this hate?
Tell me why justice, does it come so late?
Tell me how can we stand as the apathy brings shame across this land
And I know back home they say “They took another sister away”

Discography

Crooked Trail 2, 2009 (purchase through CDbaby.com) includes 13 new songs!

Red Road 2006 (purchase through CDbaby.com)
Includes the songs Red Road, Sister Away, Long Time, Feelin' Fine and Good Medicine.

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Set List

90 minutes of original rock, blues and folk. Able to play 120 minutes of covers as well from all genres.