Folk Soul Revival

Folk Soul Revival

 Bristol, Virginia, USA
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The Right Mix of Rowdy and Roots!!!

Biography

Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy, rootsy Americana band from the Appalachian mountains.

The band released their second album "Words Off A Tongue" in 2009, which was given favorable praise from 'No Depression' magazine as one of the top 15 albums of 2010. The album features quest appearances from
Fred Eltringham (of the Wallflowers), the famed McCrary Sisters and Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar.

Thanks to a hugely successful KICKSTARTER campaign, work on a follow up album, "Prompting The Dapperness", has already begun.

FSR has successfully toured the southern states for the past three years, and have opened for such high profile acts as Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Cowan, Lonestar, Jason Isbell, Goose Creek Symphony, The Felice Brothers, The David Mayfield Parade, The Black Lillies and the late Mel McDaniel, among others.

FSR was also a featured artist on the acclaimed Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA, were spotlighted at Floydfest, and has been highlighted on Nashville's Music City Roots Syndicated radio program and Sirius/XM's 'Outlaw Country, and recently was awarded the '2011 Virginia Band of the Year' by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.' The band recently was featured in 'Hittin' the Note' magazine alongside The Alabama Shakes as an artist to watch.

Lyrics

Old 13

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Well daddy got up ‘bout 4 every mornin’
He was dressed before dawn, grabbed his boots and his bucket
Drivin’ that truck way back in the holler, sleep in eyes and dirt on his collar

He’d go down in the mine for a 12 hour shift
He’d crawl on his knees through the dark with a pick
Strippin’ that coal with a song in his head, never thought twice long as his family was fed
Hey, Hey

Chorus
He worked for the company where the union was best
Had a bend in his back, black lung in his chest
The ceilings were low, but his spirits were high
Ten miles deep til’ the day that he died, my daddy sold his soul to Ol’ 13

Well mama always said daddy’s work was a gamble
Each day could be his last, he’ll end up disabled
But daddy said "Kids there’s no need to worry...
Keep your heads up high, don’t get discouraged."

The rules got tighter, as years went by
They started talkin’ bout safety and how to save lives
They checked every single bolt, and the load it was bearin’
Started lookin’ for gas, send in them canaries
They say...

Chorus
He worked for the company where the union was best
Had a bend in his back, black lung in his chest
The ceilings were low, but his spirits were high
Ten miles deep til’ the day that he died, my daddy sold his soul to Ol’ 13

Bridge
He always carried out world on his back, but that 2 ton rock was just too much to add
The rescue was off before they every found him, we always knew he belonged to that mountain

My daddy sold his soul, for the work and the dirt to provide us a home
My daddy sold his soul, he signed it in blood when he was 15 years old
My daddy sold his soul to Ol’ 13

She's Mad

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

There’s a pretty little gal standin’ in the next room
She’s tried 14 shirts, 10 pairs of shoes
She’s mad, says "Nothing looks good!"

It’s 7:45 gotta be there at 8,
Got a 30 minute drive and she’s makin’ me wait
I’m mad, we’re gonna be late

She tells me that she’s sorry, when we’re drivin’ in the car
I say, "I love you but love is hard."

Chorus
Well we’re two worlds apart trying to make ends meet
We’re heaven and hell, we’re hands and feet
Right or wrong, get along or cuss and fight
We’ll be makin’ up tonight

Now she’s standin’ in the kitchen in a big cloud of smoke
Tears in her eyes, still I make a bad joke
She’s mad, says "Dinner’s no good!"

She’s layin’ in the bed tryin’ to get her some sleep
Gotta work in the mornin’, I’m watchin’ TV
She’s mad, and she should be

I tell her that I’m sorry, sometimes I go too far
She says, "I love you but love is hard!"

Chorus
Well we’re two worlds apart trying to make ends meet
We’re heaven and hell, we’re hands and feet
Right or wrong, get along or cuss and fight
We’ll be makin’ up tonight


Sweet VA

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

It’s been a long time comin’
Been searchin’ but I ain’t found nothin’
That compares to the kind of lovin’
I got, sittin’ with you down

By the creek at the old worn boat dock
Moon beams, shinin’ on us non-stop
Two hearts skippin’ like a flat rock
One kiss, and time stood still

I just sit back and think about those younger days
How you came and stole my heart and ran away
And I never have moved on, sweet Virginia...
Wont you change that pretty little mind girl and come back home

To the trees with the tall grass blowin’
Dirt roads with the truck tires rollin’
Through the middle of nowhere goin’
To spend a day just walkin’ with you

Through the field with the knee high flowers
On a blanket, layin’ there for hours
First time, for two young lovers
One touch, and time stood still

I just sit back and think about those younger days
How you came and stole my heart and ran away
And I never have moved on, sweet Virginia

Slide Away

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Don’t look in my eyes and please don’t be surprised when I go
‘Cause I’ve been watching you smile for a while now… thought you should know
And I’ve been singing to you for a good while, now it’s time that I go.

There’s people born naturally good… and there’s some, you just don’t know
They say “You can’t lie to Jesus, and your drinkin’ has just got to go.”
Whoa, they say that “You can’t lie to Jesus, and your drinkin’ has just got to go.”

Chorus
You know the river only flows one direction,
While it’s a fight upstream for your heart and your affection
Oh and I can’t write the words to make it better
But the fear that comes from losing makes it harder not to let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away

So come to me now while the hours are still left in the day
‘Cause our time goes by quickly and who knows when it goes away
Whoa you know our time goes by quickly and who knows when it goes away

Chorus
You know the river only flows in one direction,
While it’s a fight upstream for your heart and your affection
Oh and I can’t write the words to make it better
But the fear that comes from losing makes it harder not to let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away

I hold on to this bottle like a friend that it is to me now
'Cause we’ve all got our secrets and our weaknesses can be overcome
Hmm mmm, now, we’ve all got our secrets and our weaknesses can be overcome

Chorus
You know the river only flows in one direction,
While it’s a fight upstream for your heart and your affection
Oh and I can’t write the words to make it better
But the fear that comes from losing makes it harder not to let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away
Let her slide away

Sam's Gap

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Maybe I’ll find myself another town that I can live in.
Find me a room downtown with a view…A space that I can breathe in.
Maybe one day soon, I’m gonna wake up and I will see
Maybe one day soon, I’m gonna wake up and I’ll be free

Chorus
‘Cause after the sunshine comes the rain, and I’ll be free, yeah
After the morning comes again, I’ll be free, yeah
And after the laughter and the pain, I’ll be free, yeah
I’m gonna find my way again, I’ll be free, yeah….I’ll be free

Go slow down that back road that leads to my old house in the country
Find me a place by the river…get me high… and then leave me alone.
After all the reasons for leaving, I think I might stay
Just a couple of more hours in this dark smoky bar and play

Chorus
‘Cause after the sunshine comes the rain, and I’ll be free, yeah
After the morning comes again, I’ll be free, yeah
And after the laughter and the pain, I’ll be free, yeah
I’m gonna find my way again, I’ll be free, yeah….I’ll be free

There’s tobacco and there’s cornfields all stretched out beside the new highway
And you know you’re halfway back home when you reach that State line at Sam’s Gap
All the heartbreak from losing just leaves when I look at these mountains
Yeah, heading closer to home and the highway keeps rolling me on, and on, and on

Homesick

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Cars on the highway roll by like the signs in the rearview
And that sun’s beatin’ down on those white lines
Just leadin’ me to each new town that I drive through
I slow down long enough for some gas and a quick bite
A fast paced reminder of what we do, and this life on the road
I can’t wait, I can’t wait

Chorus
To go home, make my way back to places and faces I know
I’ll go home, back to Southwest Virginia and ol’ mountain roads
I’ll go home, to a house with a back porch and neighbors a stone’s throw away
I’m goin’ home

Been gone for so long, seems like life’s just a song that I’m singin’
On stage through the bright lights I can’t see their faces,
But know that they’re cold and they’re starin’
Right at me just searchin’ for answers and meanin’
Maybe one line to relate to, but my life ain’t theirs
I can’t wait, I can’t wait

Chorus
To go home, make my way back to places and faces I know
I’ll go home, back to Southwest Virginia and ol’ mountain roads
I’ll go home, to a house with a back porch and neighbors a stone’s throw away
I’m goin’ home

Bridge
Home’s so much more than 3 squares with a roof and a bed
Home’s not 4 walls or a town, it’s the people within
Where I was born and raised up, my folks taught me enough
No matter where life takes me I’ll always go back again

Chorus
I’m goin’ home, make my way back to places and faces I know
I’m goin’ home, back to Southwest Virginia and ol’ mountain roads
I’ll go home, to a house with a back porch and neighbors a stone’s throw away
I’m goin’ home

Bent

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

You say you want me, but I can’t believe
Your actions speak louder than your words
Why don’t you just show me the things that I can’t see
The truth is still the truth even when it hurts

Chorus
I can’t sink I’m on the bottom
I can’t swim my way out of a bottle
With the odds that I face I know I’m never gonna make it
This ol’ heart it used to bend, but now it seems to be just breakin’

And I’ve been drinkin bourbon, and you know it ain’t workin’,
No, the cloud that’s in my head just ain’t enough
To forget about you, I know that’s what I need to do
But it’s easier said girl than it’s done

Chorus
I can’t sink I’m on the bottom
I can’t swim my way out of a bottle
With the odds that I face I know I’m never gonna make it
This ol’ heart it used to bend, but now it seems to be just breakin

The Ballad Of Roy Sunday

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Chorus
Lord please forgive me the wrong that I’ve done
Help me see through the sin and the smoke from this gun
This apology’s more than just words off a tongue
Help me march through salvation, to your righteous drum
Keep my eyes facing upward, the chamber unturned
And this anger from welling inside

He walked alone that night, pistol on his side
The barrel warm against his skin
The bar was still in sight, he had nowhere to hide
He played a game he could not win
He knew the stakes were high, the tears welled in his eyes
Roy hit his knees and he screamed

Chorus
Lord please forgive me the wrong that I’ve done
Help me see through the sin and the smoke from this gun
This apology’s more than just words off a tongue
Help me march through salvation, to your righteous drum
Keep my eyes facing upward, the chamber unturned
And this anger from welling inside

Roy bowed his head as the crowd shuffled in
A solemn reminder, the rope ‘neath his chin
With darkness surrounding, the clouds rollin’ in
A man stands before him, Bible in hand
Silence around them, a soft prayer began
And Roy screamed, “I’ll see you in Hell”

China Town

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

Chorus
Me and my baby got the whole thing down
From the Hudson River down to China Town
Laid up in bed ‘til the sun goes down
Me and my baby got the whole thing down

Whoa, I’ve got a shotgun leanin’ on a kitchen chair
Think I might get drunk and shoot it in the air
Drive up to the hills and get lost somewhere
One more last shot and baby I’ll be there

Chorus
Me and my baby got the whole thing down
From the Hudson River down to China Town
Laid up in bed ‘til the sun goes down
Me and my baby got the whole thing down

Oh, I’m gonna make me some money downtown tonight

Chase all them pretty girls through the neon lights
Stumble back to bed right about daylight
But in the back of my mind something don’t feel right. Oh!

Chorus
Me and my baby got the whole thing down
From the Hudson River down to China Town
Laid up in bed ‘til the sun goes down
Me and my baby got the whole thing down

Bridge

Whoa, sweet Virginia
I’ve been gone away too long. Whoa Lord.
Sweet old Dominion
I don’t think I’m ever coming home.

There’s a police chopper come down the hill
If they don’t find my grain, they’re gonna find my still. Oh Lord!
Looks like I’m gonna have a lot of time to kill
Tell my sweet Louise that my love was real. Oh Lord!

Chorus
Oh! Me and my baby got the whole thing down
From the Hudson River down to China Town
Laid up in bed ‘til the sun goes down
Me and my baby got the whole thing down

Deeper Shade Of Blue

Written By: Folk Soul Revival

We've been down this road before
Our hearts are torn and our tears are on the floor
And all these days went by without you in my arms
Well don't you know I didn't mean you any harm

Chorus
So please come back cause I don' t know what to do
When times got hard I could always count on you
But now I'm on my knees and I know this much is true
My heart has turned a deeper shade of blue

Three more days and three more bottles are on the floor
Sometimes I think I see you passing outside my door
And all these days went by without you by my side
And all these tears from my eyes they have ran dry

Chorus
So please come back cause I don' t know what to do
When times got hard I could always count on you
But now I'm on my knees and I know this much is true
My heart has turned a deeper shade of blue

Chorus
So please come back cause I don' t know what to do
When times got hard I could always count on you
But now I'm on my knees and I know this much is true
My heart has turned a deeper shade of blue

Three more days and three more bottles are on the floor
When I hear a knock on the door
And all these days went by and now your back so it seems
But then I awake and realize it was all a dream

Chorus
So please come back cause I don' t know what to do
When times got hard I could always count on you
But now I'm on my knees and I know this much is true
My heart has turned a deeper shade of blue

Discography

Albums:
Good Enough - Released April 4, 2009
Live EP - Released November 1, 2009
Words Off A Tongue - Released August 12, 2010
Prompting The Dapperness- released August 5, 2012

Singles:
Part II from Good Enough featured on King Easy Radio Sampler Vol. 6

Set List

Kirstie Alley Ate My Shoe
Good Enough
Jawbone Blues
Old 13
Sam's Gap
Homesick
Part II
Deeper Shade of Blue
Gun
The Ballad of Roy Sunday
Bent
Ball and Chain
Midnight
Love In Lot 9
Chinatown
Sweet VA