Gypsy Switch

Gypsy Switch

BandAmericanaBlues

Acoustic Roots, Soul, and Rock-n-Roll

Biography

When you listen to the foot stompin’ grooves of Gypsy Switch, it is no wonder people are steadily becoming attracted to this down home eclectic group. The music of Gypsy Switch is infused with hints of Blues, Rock, Soul, and Kentucky Grass Roots, deeming them quite a unique Americana band. In the Fall of 2004, Chet Surgener and Daphne Luster formed Gypsy Switch after meeting at Lamont Gillespie’s 100 Proof Blues Jam, featuring renowned guitarist Steve Ferguson of NRBQ. Their first experience together was a recording session, as Chet had composed several songs that were well fit for Daphne’s soulful voice. Recording that afternoon led to late nights and more collaboration. Beginning as a duo, Daphne and Chet composed 19 songs between August and December of 2004. They steadily began sharing their music with their friends, pickin’ tunes on the porch and in their basement, as well as playing acoustic gigs in clubs throughout KY. Today the band consists of four members, which includes, Daphne Luster (lead vocals), Chet Surgener (recording engineer, guitars, percussion, and vocals), Rick Ennis (percussion, viola, and vocals), and Paul Hatchett (guitars, keys, banjo, and mandolin).

Daphne began singing and playing piano as a little girl while living in Darien, GA. Throughout her youth Daphne’s singing led her to attend the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY where she studied musical theater and began composing music on piano and writing lyrics. In 2001, her love of music and Anthropology took her to Ghana in West Africa where she spent 3 months living in a rural village. It was there that she discovered her need to make music the central focus her life. Daphne’s vocal style is frequently compared with the stylings of old soul singers. People are usually dumbfounded that a woman 5’2 can wail with such confidence and emotion
Raised in Harlan, KY, Chet began playing music at an early age and has been playing, engineering, and recording music for more than 20 years with numerous bands in the South. In addition to playing with Gypsy Switch, he frequently records bands in his studio, and plays drums with at least three or more bands on an ongoing basis. Gypsy Switch is the first project in which Chet has co-written, produced, and played multiple instruments on all of the works in entirety. Paul Hatchett and Chet have been playing music together for nearly ten years. Paul is also a native Kentuckian and resides in Glasgow where he enjoys composing and playing music, as well as tending to his farm in the hills. He too is a busy multi-instrumentalist, classically educated, with an eccentric talent for accuracy, patience, and grace. Paul is a visionary artist and shares his abundant flexibility in Gypsy Switch, not only playing with them, but also arranging and composing on several of their original works. Rick Ennis began playing gigs with Gypsy Switch by sitting in with the band on the djembe. Rick’s stage presence attracts most listeners as he captures them with homemade percussion instruments and contagious playful energy. Together, with their wide range of experience and limitless talent, there is not much that this band can’t get away with.

Lyrics

Franics

Written By: Daphne Luster

Looking from an airplane
At a hurricane
Just a piece of time
Second light to shine

It takes its space
To make a place
The end of fear
As it moves near
As it lands here
Watching from a far
Watching from a far

Foreign footsteps walk
As the sleepers talk
The rain falls below
Broken glass open window

It takes its space
To make a place
The end of fear
As it moves near
As it lands here
Watching from a far
Watching from a far

Hurricane white as a dove
As we’re below its above
Like peace with pace moves
Like solid solace grooves

It takes its space
To make a place
The end of fear
As it moves near
As it lands here
Watching from a far
Watching from a far

Tell Me Tell You

Written By: Daphne Luster

It’s funny
But it seems so strange
Every time I call your name
I think of times unknown
I think I’m not alone

It’s just a name with a simple sound
I say it at the lost and found
It brings me back to you
It moves me through and through, to you

Tell me, tell me to say it again
Baby won’t you tell me
I want you to tell me to tell you
Tell me, tell me to say it again
Baby won’t you tell me
I want you to tell me to tell you

I’m winning, but I’m losing more
I’m grounded on the second floor
Won’t somebody bring me down
Won’t you turn this direction around

Cause I’m spinning, can’t change my ways
I’m lost in between the days
Sometimes I just want to stop
Sometimes I just want to stop
Sometimes it isn’t enough

Tell me, tell me to say it again
Baby won’t you tell me
I want you to tell me to tell you
Tell me, tell me to say it again
Baby won’t you tell me

I want you to tell me to tell you

It's No Secret

Written By: Daphne Luster

It’s No Secret

She said, it’s no secret
Just wanna help him out
Like she told me yesterday
Her eyes were heavy
Heavy with doubt

And when the day is over
And she’s driving home alone
Her secret feels like punishment
For sharing what was known

Don’t you wish she would show you what she’s looking for
She’s taking care of everything you need
Don’t you wish she was a special kind of someone
Been trying to find a better way to hide her greed

Dealing with forgotten memories
She’s known for so long that he couldn’t hide the lie
Cause the only thing between them was
The seasons and their only babies cry

Don’t you wish she would show you what she’s looking for
She’s taking care of everything you need
Don’t you wish she was a special kind of someone
Been trying to find a better way to hide her greed

And if she shows you
Well, you wouldn’t understand
You don’t have to, you can’t make it happen
And won’t ever understand
There’s no secret to living there beside her
There’s no secret to giving her a helping hand

Don’t you know the years they pass by
And they take their toll in spite
For the hope he will return
Never stops her soul from flight
She knows her gift is given
No matter what she takes
All the promises not delivered
Were just a bad mistake

Don’t you wish she would show you what she’s looking for
She’s taking care of everything you need
Don’t you wish she was a special kind of someone
Been trying to find a better way to hide her greed
Been trying to find a better way to hide her greed

On Another Day

Written By: Daphne Luster


There was a little girl on a plane one day
She was going to visit her Daddy
Now there’s a woman on a plane today
And She’s going to visit her Daddy

Oh you know it’s not the same
But there’s time and space and change
Now this girl has rearranged
In many ways
On another day

Well there’s a man with a gun in his hands
And he’s living a soldier’s lie
There’s a boy with a gun to his head
And he’s living a war inside

Oh you know it’s not the same
But there’s time and space and change
He can fight for years that never end
In many ways
On another day

And they all long for silence
And they all wish for a way
And they all long for silence
In many ways
On another day

There’s a girl sitting reverent in a church
She keeps praying to the Father
Now there’s a woman doing time at the Church
She keeps begging and begging to the Father
Oh you know it’s not the same
There’s no time to change the space
She prays for days and days and days
In many ways
On another day
In many ways
On another day

Wait For Time

Written By: Daphne Luster

Is it cold by the place
Where you wash your face away
And you can’t see nothing
But the distant grace

Only a woman dancing
And a tragic man
Can move the eve of the moment
And help us understand

Wait for a time
When everything unravels
Wait for a time
When it all disappears

I want to see you laughing
Feeling fine
Holding on to tomorrow
Like the finest wine

You’re taking every second
To try and understand
Why every little second’s
Just a glimpse of the plan

Wait for a time
When everything unravels
Wait for a time
When it all disappears

Thirsting for the day
You just keep on, keep on waiting
Wasting your space
You just keep on, keep on waiting
Waiting for time

Song of Sleep

Written By: Daphne Luster

Won’t you shine
Come inside a song of sleep
Be the light
A flame that burns
With the reason of wonder
Live under me

Sometimes rain comes down
Like a soulful cry
Sounds like whispering
Sings a lullaby

Sweet, sweet sound
Don’t fade from me
Sweet, sweet sound
Wait and see it

Sweet, sweet sound
Come play with me
Sweet, sweet sound
Won’t you please, please

Open free
Around and around
Watching reflections
Hear the sounds that surround me

A Lonely Bird
Sings for us all
Clears the way
For the one who feels so small

Won’t you shine
Come inside a song of sleep

Discography

Debut, Sister Moon, released June 9, 2007

"Black Cat Trail," from Sister Moon is receiving air play on 91.9 WFPK-FM, Radio Louisville.

Set List

Gypsy Switch typically plays three to four sets

Originals:
Invisible
Passing
Sister Moon
Walking Sleep
It’s No Secret
Song of Sleep
Francis
On Another Day
Wait For Time
Get Behind Me
Tell Me Tell You
Black Cat Trail
Slower Than the Wheel
Fool
When the Sun Goes Down
Fire Burn
Down South
As Good as the Day I Was Born
Amos Benjamin
Rain is Like a Woman
To Be Free
Let me Be
Running Man
River in the Sky
Wake Up and Drive
One Fine Day

Covers:
House That Jack Built-Aretha Franklin
Baby I Love You -Aretha Franklin
The Weight-The Band (Aretha version)
Miss Pitiful-Etta James
At Last-Etta James
Rollin’ & Tumblin’-Robert Johnson
Walkin’ Blues-Robert Johnson
Crazy ‘Bout You Baby-Ike & Tina Turner
Rock Me Baby-Ike & Tina Version
Big Black Mariah-Tom Waits
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
You Gotta Serve Somebody-Bob Dylan
Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)-Bob Dylan
Angel From Montgomery-John Prine
Can’t Let Go-Lucinda Williams
Bluebird-Stephen