Ethan and the Ewox

Ethan and the Ewox

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Ethan and the Ewox rocks with southern soul. Their sound? Think Chris Whitley, Pink Floyd, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Shawn Mullins and Patty Griffin. See and hear more at http://www.myspace.com/ethannoise. These guys are the real deal, are a REAL crowd pleaser, and are a lot of fun.

Biography

Ethan and the Ewox

Since forming in 1995, rock band Ethan and the Ewox has played from Colorado to New York City and just about every state in between, finding fans in the crooks of small-town America and on the stages of many major cities. Their new self-released album came out last month and within two weeks of being on the shelves the hit song Stone Cold was playing on Chattanooga radio station 96.5 FM The Mountain and Project 96.1 FM in Atlanta. Stone Cold is just one of the ten memorable songs on the self-titled album that offer listeners a look into the depths of the band’s soul with lyrics like “all this time I’ve been witness to a crime and the criminal at large is me.”

Also among the album tracks are Holy Whispers, a tribute to the late great musician Chris Whitley, and Bourbon Street, a haunting ballad about domestic abuse in a disaster-stricken New Orleans. Ethan and the Ewox’s style of music is a hybrid of southern rock, folk, and fusion. It was no surprise to the multitude of loyal fans who’ve religiously followed the band’s career over the last twelve years that they were chosen by listeners of New Orleans’ WWOZ as the number one Jazz Fest Artist when they debuted at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2003 on the main stage, opening for Los Lobos, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Ben Harper.

Ethan and the Ewox recently moved from the small town of Jacksonville, AL to the big city of Atlanta, GA where they are developing quite a fan base. The band is fronted by the passionate vocals of Ethan Baker. Add to that the distinctive lead and slide techniques of guitarist Rob Bruce. Bassist Lafrandin Minchew’s evocative tenor voice keeps the background vocals dripping with soul. Renaissance-man Gary Chumney fills it out with his incredible drumming and talent for being able to play any instrument he picks up. Deeply influenced by their southern roots, the band has refined an intelligent sound that is quite different from anything out there, yet strangely familiar at the same time. They have opened for such artists as The Dave Matthews Band, Chris Whitley, Days of the New, Shawn Mullins, and Drivin ‘n Cryin.

The new album, which they started recording in 2006 with producer Joseph Castriota (Dixie Chicks, Days of the New, Digby, Nathanial Kunkel, Ron Aniello, Peter Asher, Matt Wallace), is the band’s sixth independent offering. The majority of the music was recorded at Atlanta-based Berkeley Park Studios and Fireside Studios in Nashville, and the vocals were cut at Yadidit Studios in NYC where the record was also mixed. Backed by a full-throttle press tour and numerous live shows, this album proves to be their best endeavor yet.

Like the best of the great southern rock bands, Ethan and the Ewox fill their lyrics with details and imagery that are at once intense and intimate, political and ubiquitous. From blistering rock to fusionistic funk to searing swampy blues to contemplative folk and soul, Ethan and the Ewox occupy a distinctive space in the music world. Like a rock and roll drug, once you get a taste it’s hard to shake the effect. Come get your fix. More info: http://www.ethannoise.com

Discography
Common Element - 1998
brothersofdifferentmothers - 2001

Entropy Boy - 2002
Live @ Brother's Bar - 2003
Acoustic - 2004
Ethan and the Ewox - 2007

"Till Your Love Comes Back Around," from Entropy Boy, 2003, streaming on XM Satellite Radio station "XM Unsigned" Channel 51.

"Time's on My Bad Side," from Entropy Boy, 2003, playing on nationally syndicated radio show "The Rick & Bubba Show (who are big fans of the band)."

Lyrics

Stone Cold

Written By: E. Baker, W. Thompson

What can I find walking this line painted in front of me?
I can’t save face or find my place, pretending to someone be
Stone cold running at a hectic pace and I’m having trouble keeping up
I’m startled every time I see a stranger’s face in the mirror when I take a look

Don’t believe what you see
Don’t believe

It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out
It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out
It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out

Runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’
Runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’

Needle and thread, bullet in my head
A place that I will never see
All this time I’ve been witness to a crime and the criminal at large is me
Stone cold artificial taste in my mouth when I try and make amends
Startled every time I see a stranger’s face and he calls himself my friend

Don’t believe what you see
Don’t believe

It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out
It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out
It’s burning every time I breathe
Don’t sell me out
It’s burning every time I breathe

All this time with a head full of gears, don’t you hear them grind
All I see leaves me burning, burning, burning
Every time I breathe

It’s burning every time I breathe

Runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’
Runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’ and runnin’

Indian Giver

Written By: E. Baker

It was calm
There was a morning chill that made me shiver
I was wrong
I thought I had it all, but I was with an Indian giver

And you say to me that I have such a foolish mind
Reality escapes me, you tell me every time
You can be so unkind

All the time you’re with me and you think I agree
As I smile patiently
Well, I think there’s something you should know

Chorus
You don’t know me like you think you do
I’ll show you once and for all
You don’t know me like you think you do
You don’t know me at all

I saw you driving with a cell phone propped up on your shoulder
I saw you trying to pretend that you were something other than what you are

Well I may not be like your friends who pretend
That’s just fine
Well I may just be like you say, “pretty face, small mind”
You can be so unkind

All the times you’re with me and you think I agree
As I nod patiently
Well I think there’s something you should know

Chorus

Solo

Chorus 2X

Something About the Night

Written By: E. Baker

Naked moon, naked sky, naked you with my naked eye
Hunger storm, hunger siege, hunger for you hungering for me
Catch my breath, catch your gaze
Hear your laugh, now I’m amazed
I’m amazed

Chorus
I’d like to meet you in a place across town
‘Cause if I stay here I will probably drown
I don’t like it, being pushed through time
There’s something about the night

Passing lights, passing cars
Passing time under the passing stars
Open road, open view, an open mind reveals an open wound
I’m moving on, this was just a phase
I see your face, now I’m amazed
I’m amazed

Chorus

Bridge
Restless heart, restless design
I think of you and what I hope to find
The time has come and it came too soon
It’s come to light what we are coming to

Chorus 2X

Nothing is real, nothing is fine
See who I am, push me through time
Nothing is real, nothing is fine
See who I am
There’s something about the night

Discography

Common Element - 1998
brothersofdifferentmothers - 2001
Entropy Boy - 2002
Live @ Brother's Bar - 2003
Acoustic - 2004
Ethan and the Ewox - 2007

"Till Your Love Comes Back Around," from Entropy Boy, 2003, streaming on XM Satellite Radio stations.

"Time's on My Bad Side," from Entropy Boy, 2003, playing on nationally syndicated radio show "The Rick & Bubba Show (who are big fans of the band)."

Set List

The band's sets are between 45 minutes and an hour long for three or more hours. The guys are used to playing four hour shows (how else can you make it on the road for ten years straight?), and the band can definitely do about three to four hours worth of mostly original music. The band obviously does covers, too, but we prefer to play our originals. Just depends on the venue and type of gig.