Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom

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Nashville, TN based band Foggy Bottom has worked hard to create an original sound based in American-bred tones of grassroots, delta blues, folk, and flat-out rock’n’roll.

Biography

A group of musicians from the hills of Tennessee found a name for themselves at George Washington University; the local train stop, known as Foggy Bottom, became the moniker adopted by Chris Bledsoe, Jason Graumlich, Cliff Graves, and Jeff Clower. A Nashville-based group who initially materialized in nearby Mufreesbroro, Tennesee, Foggy Bottom has worked hard to create an original sound based in American-bred tones of delta blues, folk, and flat-out rock’n’roll. Buoyed by a catalog of self-penned songs, Foggy Bottom has created a scene on their own merit, bringing listeners into the fold by showcasing each member’s talent as writer, musician, and performer squarely in the unyielding spotlight of a live setting, while also sharing bills with other prolific musicians such as Col. Bruce Hampton, Merle Saunders, The Derek Trucks Band, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons, Widespread Panic, among others. Collectively, the band produces high-energy shows that feature a polished blend of electric and acoustical grace. Essentially, Foggy Bottom is a barreling musical train that operates on a dependable schedule of holed-up writing sessions, wood shedding, and intense live shows full of soul; a train that shows no sign of slowing down.

Lyrics

Notion

Written By: Cliff Graves

Its beginning to feel like its time,
Time to start looking into
A winning component of this rhyme,
Yeah my baby's feeling it too
The notions getting stronger than the ocean is longer
I know it don't come easy to ya
So as for your ship set adrift and lean into it
Don't hold back until you're through with it

Lost in that crazy thought of time,
Place your bets I'm bout all through with mine
Aint movin nowhere quickly why?
Thats what I keep on askin myself
Steer to the left and use your right!
Mind the things that you were born with
And dont let your fear make your well run dry,
Cause thats deeper than the sky is high

(Chorus)
It starts at the end of another beginning
I'm dreaming bout the world in which I'm spinning with
Out the door into the sunlight,
It may be bad for me but it feels so right
Trying to awake as I feel the sunrise
On blankets of sleep that weigh the skin over my eyes
Got the notion and the potion to keep me going
But deep inside I feel its my life
Slowing down

So maybe you don't feel so inclined....
... as to partake into
The thought of this missing nursery rhyme,
yeah but that goes both ways to
What if you had no dancing mime,
that leaves the finger pointing at you
I'm just a messanger this time,
soon a fragment of your mind.....

Engine # 8

Written By: Jason Graumlich

Engine #8
© 2002 Jason Graumlich

I rode a freight train, headed for the Southland
Played cards w/ a blind man, w/ the aces in my hand
He said, "I been ridin' these blinds for such a long time, just can't see where I stand.
“So, I just ride on this freight train."

Dropped off at a station, waitin' for a wind of change
Ran into a poor man, w/ a guitar in his hand
He said, "I been payin' my dues by playin' all these blues, and,
Can’t ya see I'm a lonely man?
"So I just play at the station."

When smoke gets in your eyes
Jump in them boxcars and hide from your lies
Don't settle for the caboose ride
It's all your gonna see

I see the sun shinin' over that hilltop
There's a small boy searchin' for his flat coin
Keep on throwin' that coal in, boys
The freight train never ends

We all need a freight train, to take us somewhere
To find our fellow man, wherever they are
So we'll be shakin' their hands and playin' in their bands
Findin' out who we really are
So I just ride on this freight train


Wheels of Fire

Written By: Jason Graumlich

Slow as molasses, coffee getting cold
Don't smoke no cigarettes, but my soul is feeling old
Wind growing restless, the sun is shinin' through
Keep a picture in my truck to remind myself of you

Others will lead you astray, but this time you'll know

I've been living in between the lines
You've been giving like a highway sign
Spirit moves, is my patience strong?
Can my saving grace be in a highway song?

Lightning out of Tennessee, mountains rise again
East coast cities are but a dream when you leave your dearest friends
Northern winds are howlin' through my aching bones
But, a southern sky she smiles on me every time I come home

Others will lead you astray, but this time you'll know

I've been living in between the lines
You've been giving like a highway sign
Spirit moves, is my patience strong?
Can my saving grace be in a highway song?

Bags are packed, the tank is full, wheels will turn once more
The man in the moon plays a solemn tune after shutting your front door
Well, my friends, the time has come for all of us to part
Keep your backbone strong and it won't take long
For music to takes its part

Others will lead you astray, but this times you'll know

I've been living in between the lines
You've been giving like a highway sign
Spirit moves, is my patience strong
Can my saving grace be in a highway song

Discography

Foggy Bottom - July 2003

Singles:
Restless Native, Ball of Confusion & Crazy Horse

Set List

What is your typical set list? Changes Night to Night
List your songs - 50+ Originals
How many and how long are your sets? Usually 2-3 Sets, 8-12 songs per set, 1 1/2 - 2 hour sets

If you do covers, what is your typical repertoire?