Gordie Tentrees

Gordie Tentrees

 Whitehorse, Yukon, CAN
BandFolkBlues

International touring award nominated Yukon artist has released 5 albums to critical acclaim, toured and shared the stage with Fred Eaglesmith, Mary Gauthier, Kelly Joe Phelps and Blackie & Rodeo Kings.
"Sounding like a young John Prine" NO DEPRESSION

Biography


"This is the fifth album by a man who really should be a household name, thanks to the excellence of his vocal and writing skills and his ability to create atmospheres and arrangements perfectly suited to his writing, something not all great singer songwriters are able to master"
AMERICANA ROOTS UK 5/5

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised on his family farm in Bancroft, Ontario, Gordie Tentrees has spent the past 15 years working on his craft while hiding out in Whitehorse,Yukon.

After spending most of his young adult years struggling with the effects of being raised in a violent home, Tentrees redirected his energy into sport, theatre, and dance, channeling every negative into a positive, and excelling as an amateur boxer (hes a three-time Golden Glove champion). I realized I was going to carve my own way early on, and the only person deciding where I ended up was going to be me, he says. Honing his determination, Tentrees became a school teacher, youth worker, counselor, coach, and mentor for at risk kids. It never felt like work, and I feel grateful to call these kids my friends.

At age 25, Tentrees wrote his first song and learned his first guitar chord, eventually graduating to dobro and harmonica, touring and recording. His first three albums are narratives that chronicle his difficult past the gritty characters in his life and his relationship with the dark. His music is his own blend of folk, roots and blues sounds, and Tentrees counts Rick Fines and Fred Eaglesmith as heroes and strong influences in his songwriting.

Tentrees earned a Western Canadian Music Award Album of the Year nomination for Mercy or Sin, performed at the Best of Canada Vancouver Olympics concert, and was a finalist in the International Song Competition out of 15,000 entries in the Americana category. Competition judges included Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis. The rave reviews starting pouring in and Tentrees reputation as one of Canadas hardest touring musicians began.

Some highlights from the past 10 years..

- Released 5 albums- 29 Loads of Freight (2004), Bottleneck to Wire (2007), Mercy or Sin ( 2009-WCMA Roots Album of the Year Nominee, ISC "Americana Finalist), Naked in Scandinavia (2011-Record live in Helsinki, Finland),  North Country Heart (2012-Top 20 most played album in Canada)

- Signed to Continental Records,  a European record label

- Secured a US publishing deal with Bluewater

- His songs are featured in the CBC series "Arctic Air" and Space Channels "Ring of Fire"

- Toured and shared the stage with Fred Eaglesmith, Mary Gauthier, Kelly Joe Phelps, Danny Michel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rick Fines, Fred Penner, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and James Cotten.

- Performed over 2000 concerts & festivals  in Canada, USA, England, Ireland,  Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain & Canary Islands. Highlights include performing 144 concerts in 148 days in 11 countries, Fred Eaglesmith Route 66 Tin Can Caravan Tour from Chicago to LA for 21 days, Fred Eaglesmith 25 date Europe Tour, as well as featured concerts on CBC "Saturday Night Blues" w/ Holger Peterson and Vancouver Olympics "Best of Canada" Concert.

These days he is performing solo and with his band, Hill Country News, which features Fabian Brook (fiddle, guitar) and Aiden Tentrees (upright bass), and is gaining a reputation for both his dynamic solo shows and full band concerts, which range from storytelling folk rants to swampy blues high-energy dirges.

"Tentrees is a talent on the move, and moving in good company" PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER

"Tentrees delivery is so relaxed and unpretentious its impossible to not get drawn into his world, sounding like a young John Prine" NO DEPRESSION

"In the rough cut vein of Kelly Joe Phelps or Fred Eaglesmith,Tentrees is giftedTHE GLOBE & MAIL

Lyrics

Holy Moly

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Delicate to me, everytime she comes

Sweet to me when shes done

There’s a reason why I’m going blind

Father death, beats down my door

I’ll search for her leave the rest ashore

Hold her eyes never fun and hide

Dynamite, Toblerone

I cannot lie , there goes my nose

Coloured dreams, endless road

Little Bird its time to be without a cage alone and free

Holy Moly she is gone, to the country her heart belongs

All the girls who sing her song help the men who took her wrong

In the light where they all drown, I’ll be found, I’ll be found

When the wolf is outside her door,

certainly you’ll find me

I take his life and set her free

Wrestle bears in my underwear

Shoot out the lights, I don’t really care

Beyond a dream, Beyond repair

When she’s done, done with me

I ‘m not afraid to believe

In all the love she gave to me

Broken wing, hungry beak, when you land, come back to me

Holy Moly she is gone to the country her heart belongs

All the girls who sing her song, help the men who took her wrong

In the light where they all drown, I ‘ll be found, I’ll be found

Holy Moly

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Delicate to me, everytime she comes

Sweet to me when shes done

There’s a reason why I’m going blind

Father death, beats down my door

I’ll search for her leave the rest ashore

Hold her eyes never fun and hide

Dynamite, Toblerone

I cannot lie , there goes my nose

Coloured dreams, endless road

Little Bird its time to be without a cage alone and free

Holy Moly she is gone, to the country her heart belongs

All the girls who sing her song help the men who took her wrong

In the light where they all drown, I’ll be found, I’ll be found

When the wolf is outside her door,

certainly you’ll find me

I take his life and set her free

Wrestle bears in my underwear

Shoot out the lights, I don’t really care

Beyond a dream, Beyond repair

When she’s done, done with me

I ‘m not afraid to believe

In all the love she gave to me

Broken wing, hungry beak, when you land, come back to me

Holy Moly she is gone to the country her heart belongs

All the girls who sing her song, help the men who took her wrong

In the light where they all drown, I ‘ll be found, I’ll be found

Black Seeds

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Black Seeds

Your in charge son learn how to stand, the old man cant be there and it was never his plan, go tell the others he’ll come when he can, keep your eyes wide and your heart inside, don’t believe in anger, believe in yourself, never come home dressed like a cop or else, stop cursing her name I raised you better than that treat them all like your mother don’t ever turn your back

Chorus

Rise above that, Rise above your past, don’t let it dictate where you begin or last, rise above that

Pulled you over for throwing them eggs, he boy do you remember me constable Dave, I know who your from wearing all the shame, he beat her with both hands to help her understand, you hid your sister in the promise land, far from the sound that can only be found from a man how breaks a woman down

Chorus

Rise above that, rise above your past, don’t let it dictate where you begin or last rise above that

There’s a pair of little feet in the palm of your hand, within your eye a babe before a man, your never going to hurt them, you can make sure of that, time has blessed with the will, the will to comprehend

Black seeds of doubt, snow and hail, low moments, high tides and broken sails, just turn to her when you get real numb you don’t have to be what your father had become

Chorus

Rise about that, rise above your past, don’t let it dictate where you begin or last, rise above that

North Country Heart

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Drove that dusty road 14 years ago, married and stoned, left the big smoke for the snow, big smoke for the snow

Told your folks we were coming back keep this train on track just gonna eat a little wild meat and taste some night sun heat, night sun heat

Well that was then this is now your long gone and that is how everybody here has a story like me, everybody has a story like me now

Chorus

Blessed and bestowed bitten from the start there nothing out there like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, aching inside hold onto the stars you’ll never outrun a north country heart

Just up for the summer not forever lured by the sun and the smell of mountain weather, smell of mountain weather

Destituted derelicts hiding from the scene I am not alone here Whitehorse set me free, leave me dead in Dawson city

Done locking doors left hungry for more tired of city shite bit fish in a little pond take to life, every body here tends to swap their wife

Chorus

Blessed & bestowed, bitten from the start, there’s nothing out there like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, aching inside, hold on to the stars you’ll never outrun a north country heart

From my cabin in the woods, foxtail breeze outhouse in the back keeps staring down me, time to dig another hole

It aint hard to get a gal if you got all your teeth mind your manners and keep’em real clean, never shave above your knees

I got 14 jobs, 30 dogs and I mostly drink for free this Yukon boy is hooked on midnight sun coffee, wish they’d hurry up and endorse me

Chorus

Blessed & bestowed, bitten from the start, there’s nothing out there like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, like a north country heart, aching inside, hold onto the stars, there’s out there like a north country heart

Sideman Blues

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Sideman Blues

Got a call from a skinny busting out beads folk singing hippie and he wants me to go out the road to help shine up all the sad songs he wrote

For a hundred a day no place to stay and no poster with my name I did, oh I did playing every story he told note for note, like catching them

Chorus

Sideman to a song, sideman to a song, sideman to a songwriter blues, I said sideman to song, sideman to a songwriter blues

Showed up in a pick up truck, bench seat, nowhere to sleep and he asked me to pay for the gas that day, oh I’ll just settle up after the show, okay

Rolling lanes from town to town sang off the mic turned the amp and I learned to play hurry up and wait then go go go before its too late, and catching them

Chorus

Sideman to a song, sideman to a song, sideman to a songwriter blues, I said catching them sideman to a song, sideman to a songwriter blues

43 shows, 38 shows, 20 hour drives, clearly insane and I oh I began to pray come on you dirty hippie introduce me a different way, well he finally got a van, started calling us a band and the phone began to ring they wanted to hear about all the songs he sings, I took to drinking and I could only hear one

Chorus

Sideman to a song, sideman to a song, sideman to a songwriter blues, I said catching them sideman to a song, sideman to a songwriter

Hill Country News

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Losing time waiting for an end, dead wind coming home again

Sold the boat felt more decline, broke the heart the town went blind, talk done stealing, love in between, ach for healing, guilt to relieve, with your done with that, no time for sleep, fold your fingers and roll up your sleeves,

Chorus

Running home for some hill country news, tired of this road, breaking down way too soon, it never seems to hurt from my cabin view running home for some hill country news, gonna change blood, drop dust and shake off these boots

Enough is taken, given to win, teeth are spitting worried grin, fear is amok, shout doubts of luck, shaking blind sleepy mind, late night scrap border crossing break, rolling tussle its never too late, put to sleep, never take a new, swallow your blood and roll up your sleeves

Chorus

Running home for some hill country news, tired of this road breaking down way too soon, it never seems to hurt from my cabin view, running home for some hill country news, gonna change blood, drop dust and shake off these boots

Slowly burn old money train, back door break, handle your dream, there’s no end to light loves burning up the dice, hoping your load is locked up for size, gimme that, take back, stepping up to bat, withered knee, quick hofe for me, willing to wait, feeling to need, don’t know what that means, gonna roll up my sleeves

Chorus

Running home for some hill country news, tired of this road, breaking down to soon, it never seems to hurt from my cabin view, running home for some hill country news

Wheel & Wrench

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Wheel & Wrench

Wakes and curls reaches in, nothing breathes to the end, motors hum, pipes just spit, what a cruel waste once again, shuffle and slip, check off that list, bad girl born with a conquering fist

Chorus

Riding the devil, cracking the whip, there’s another notch upon her hip, hearts are falling off of those lips, she got the wheel, you got the wrench

Bump & grind, gut drop slide, mountains melting deep inside, there ain’t no water left in that well, rock star love bent for hell, riding shotgun, lonely train, this dark angel takes no names

Chorus

Riding the devil, cracking the whip, there’s another notch upon her hip, hearts are falling off those lips, she got the wheel, you got the wrench

Coffin grinding man eating crawl, there’s another goat kicking in that stall, tighten that knot, crack that head, there’s a lazy bird drunk again, you can’t hold her down, you can’t keep her in, you’re a little dust in her wind

Chorus

Riding the devil, cracking the whip, there’s another notch upon her hip,

Hearts are falling off those lips, she got the wheel you got the

Skinny Trees

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Skinny Trees

Chorus There’s a lot, there’s a lot, there’s a lot of skinny trees where I live you would see Blinding weather, blinding weather, blinding weather that can freeze its might cold so bring a coat

Its okay if you don’t like me, its okay you’ll see

Little puffin gone to seed, decadent beyond relief

Apples swell up your cheek, little puffin gone to seed

Chorus

Where were you, where were you, where were you before me and are you nice or did you kill someone

Riding your train, riding your train, riding your train so free what you running from did you use an axe, come count midnight with me fall asleep, barely breath

I hear you in Texas, shiner and brisket, swimming in the springs, thinking of everything, I hear you’re in Texas

Chorus

What’s going on, what’s going on, what’s going on between you and me, wait don’t tell me now, Daylight dies, daylight dies, daylights dies, you feel good just so you know, dreams I flight, food to eat, that’s what’s going on between you and me

Where were you, where were you, where were you before me and are you nice or did you kill someone

Little Guy

Written By: Gordie Tentrees

Little Guy

Happy Birthday, its come again,

Its morning time, here, at the skyline inn

Today your turning 10 and when all your

Friends ask where he’s been, be sure and

Tell them he’s awake in 210

Chorus

Singing another song about losing when he took

The road less traveled and you began

Smoking on hope that in the end

Your love will be there for him

Your love for him

I hear your learning French

Well it’s not my favorite

I got thank you down in 4

They sound worse every time I say them

There’s a new man in your mama’s be

How I wish I was there when she said

He’s gone, again, but you can call him up in 210

Chorus

Singing another song about losing when he took

The road less traveled and you began

Smoking on hope that in the end

Your love will be there for him

Your love will be there for him

Singing another song about losing when he took

The road less traveled and you began

Smoking on hope that in the end

Your love will be there for him

Your love for him

Happy Birthday