Hamp and Janet

Hamp and Janet

 Beeville, Texas, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

From country blues and folk to Texas swing and jazz, Hamp and Janet offer a healthy helping of delicious harmony and hot lead breaks that’ll make you glad you came. A well developed acoustic duo, both are singer/songwriters and formally trained guitarist, but Hamp’s chops are superior. Even the best lead players turn their heads when Hamp takes his ride on guitar or mandolin.

Biography

Janet Drew and Hamp Brockman’s original songs make the world a better place if only by making it a more comfortable place to be. Having been raised by folks who went to the cellar for food instead of the store, Janet’s songs offer a reminder of how unencumbered life can be. Together, they stroke the deep longings of our collective unconscious and confront such monsters as addiction and mental illness with brave simplicity. Janet and Hamp are both formally trained, accomplished musicians, but Hamp’s chops are superior. Even the best players turn their heads and notice when he takes his ride. Hamp Brockman and Janet Drew posses more than 40 years of combined performing experience. They display a heartwarming synergy that gladdens the heart and offer the delicious sound of two voices that blend like tea and honey.
Hamp is an excellent side man, having appeared on Kerrville’s main stage with Tom Prasada Rao, and on recordings with Jim Keaveny, Mike Cooper, and Janet Drew. He is also a frequent “sit in” with San Antonio’s Circle Band (Celebration Circle).
Janet is a seasoned folk singer, having played Texas folk venues for 20 years. She has opened for Steve Seskin, Christine Albert, and Michael McNevin and performed with the new thought band, The Light Travelers. Hamp and Janet have opened together for Shake Russell and appeared with Jack Motley and Friends on Kerrville’s Threadgill stage during the 2011 work weekend.
Their favorite collaboration by far both in music and in life is each other.

Lyrics

Froggie

Written By: Hamp Brockman and Janet Drew

The Only Time He Knows is Now (Froggie) copyright Janet Drew and Hamp Brockman 2011

Spider plants and ivy and the redbird too
His favorite place under the wandering jew
Feeling safe and gaurded by the leaves above
Hearing falling water and a cooing dove
Ceramic garden, camouflage to gaurd him
Day after day he waits and he waits

And he doesn’t know yesterday or tomorrow
He’ll never know that kind of sorrow
He doesn’t worry, he never hurries
The only time he know is now

You may not see him if you stop and stare
But if he blinks his eyes, you’ll know he’s there
Quiet contentment ‘till the day is done
Snatching puny passers by with his long pink tongue
Beside the fountain, shades all around him
Of green on his skin and leaves in the wind

And he doesn’t know yesterday or tomorrow
He’ll never know that kind of sorrow
He doesn’t worry, he never hurries
The only time he know is now

All is yours

Written By: Janet Drew and Hamp Brockman

All is yours copyright Janet Drew and Hamp Brockman 2011

All that is all that is past
All that will come life or death
All that will fade all that will last
All is yours all is yours

Every mountain every stream
All that you hope for everything you need
Every song every dream
All is yours all is yours

High or low near or far
Earth and sea sun moon and stars
Where you’ve been right where you are
All is yours all is yours

All that is all that is past
All that will come life or death
All that will fade all that will last
All is yours all is yours

Dust Bowl Ditty

Written By: Janet Drew

Dust Bowl Diddie copyright Janet Drew 2011

I’m wakin’ up an starin’ at the settin’ sun
And thinkin’ that our time a livin’ here is done
The stars are growing dimmer and the moon’s gone down
And your the only thing that’s beautiful for miles around

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

There ain’t a drop a milk in that damned old cow
And I never cared for milking Bessie anyhow
The chicken’s ain’t a layin’ and the well’s gone dry
If we try to make a livin’ here, were gonna die

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

And when I go to bed I can’t hear a sound
But the beatin’ of the gentlest heart around
I wanna wrap my arms around you and hold you tight
Show you how I love you ‘till the dark is light

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

I can’t imagine why we’d ever want to stay
When all that’s left of farmin’ is to kneel and pray
So we’re pickin’ up an headin’ for the settin’ sun
Find a land of milk and honey when our travlin’s done

An if I ain’t a gotta nickle
And I ain’t a gotta penney
And all I got is you that’s all I need

Please Don't Go

Written By: Janet Drew


Please Don't Go copyright Janet Drew 2011

Go to the Mountains Go to the river
Guadalupe, Colorado, Rio Grande
Go to the country Go to the Ocean
Watch the waves flow Through your castles In the sand

But please don’t go Please don’t go
Back to the streets of San Antone
Please don’t go Please don’t go
To the streets of San Antonio
Just keep on goin‘ You’re goin’ to find your home

Go to a palace Go to a shack
Be a wanderer Join a gypsy caravan
Go to the forest Go to your knees
Ride with Hunta Let your future Take your hand

But please don’t go Please don’t go
Back to the streets of San Antone
Please don’t go Please don’t go
To the streets of San Antonio
Just keep on goin‘ You’re goin’ to find your home

Home is not somethin’ you find by trying to go back in time
It’s in your soul
Home is how you live and who you love and how you give
It’s not a place you go Patricio
If home is not right where you are your home is in the house of tomorrow

Go to the highway Go to the trail
Take your dreams Take your schemes Take your songs
Go to the mornin‘ Go to the night
Trust in grace Find the place You belong

But please don’t go Please don’t go
Back to the streets of San Antone
Please don’t go Please don’t go
To the streets of San Antonio
Just keep on goin‘ You’re goin’ to find your home

Dust Bowl Dittie

Written By: Janet Drew

Dust Bowl Dittie copyright Janet Drew

I’m wakin’ up an starin’ at the settin’ sun
And thinkin’ that our time a livin’ here is done
The stars are growing dimmer and the moon’s gone down
And your the only thing that’s beautiful for miles around

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

There ain’t a drop a milk in that damned old cow
And I never cared for milking Bessie anyhow
The chicken’s ain’t a layin’ and the well’s gone dry
If we try to make a livin’ here, were gonna die

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

And when I go to bed I can’t hear a sound
But the beatin’ of the gentlest heart around
I wanna wrap my arms around you and hold you tight
Show you how I love you ‘till the dark is light

An I ain’t a gotta nickle
I ain’t a gotta penney
All I got is you holdin’ me

I can’t imagine why we’d ever want to stay
When all that’s left of farmin’ is to kneel and pray
So we’re pickin’ up an headin’ for the settin’ sun
Find a land of milk and honey when our travlin’s done

An if I ain’t a gotta nickle
And I ain’t a gotta penney
And all I got is you that’s all I need

Discography

Janet's albums: Someone Else Knows and Strawberries. Both on Acorn Records

Hamp's back up work:
Jim Keaveny's "Music Man"
Mike Cooper's "Snappy Little Tunes"
Janet Drew's "Strawberries"