HIGHWAY 49

HIGHWAY 49

BandAmericanaRock

WE ARE TOWER OF POWER MEETS SOUTHERN ROCK AND FLEETWOOD MAC. BETWEEN OUR FOUR PIECE HORN SECTION, FLUTE,MALE AND FEMALE LEAD VOCALS, AND 4 PART HARMONIES, WE BRING BACK THE WAY MUSIC USED TO BE, WITH SOUL AND POWER.

Biography

Highway 49 calls Auburn home and their music Americana fusion. The band plays all original songs with orchestrated sounds of the 1960s and '70s – large horn sections and complex layers of vocal harmonies.

"We've been likened to Tower of Power with the brass sound of Motown," said band founder Jeff Summers. "Our music is a compilation of country rock, southern rock, blues rock, folk and Motown."

The group introduces the flute in many of their songs, hearkening back to Jethro Tull and The Marshall Tucker Band.

"Nowadays, you hear a lot of what I call 'processed' music," he said. "Songs don't have the intense harmonies or the solo parts they used to have. They're canned to fit into specific timeframes that meet corporate and commercial interests. We're trying to change that."

Sandra MacDougall-Nell, co-lead singer says, "Some characterize us as a Chicago-type band, but with a female singer."

MacDougall and Summers write all of the band's lyrics and music. He leans toward blues and southern rock while she writes more folk and some rock.

"What is so interesting about our music," MacDougall noted, "is that people in their 80s all the way down to teens seem to enjoy it."

Drummer Travis Crocker said, "Retro classic rock is back. In our music, we talk about real life."

Crocker also plays congas and percussion in the acoustic five-piece smaller version of Highway 49. In the '90s he toured the country with a band that featured as many as 30 drums on stage at one time.

The acoustic band plays for smaller events, at coffee shops and wineries, while the full band plays at larger venues.

Sax and flute player, Katie Mathew, also an adjunct professor of studio art at Sierra College, recently joined the group and is thoroughly enjoying the experience.

"Our music is based in traditional rhythm and blues, southern rock and folk," she mentioned. "It's good ballad material."

Through their music, these local musicians capture the essence of whom they are and where they live in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Highway 49 consists of individuals who in their day jobs range from music teachers, to truck drivers, grocery produce managers, cabinet makers, high tech purchasing, an art professor, and piano teacher.

"We all have other careers," said Summers. "But we love music and travel around northern California to play at festivals, fairs and private events. We hope our songs touch you the way music used to, by capturing the moments in your life."

Lyrics

RAININ

Written By: JEFF SUMMERS

THERE,S A NEON LIGHT FLASHIN JUST DOWN THE STREET

PEOPLE WALKIN AND TALKIN ALL AROUND ME

CARS GOING BY SPLASHING IN THE RAIN

NO END TO THIS HEART ACHE NO END TO THIS PAIN
(CHORUS)
CAUSE IT’S RAININ IN MY HEART TONIGHT

YES IT’S RAININ NOT AN END IN SIGHT

RAININ ALL OVER TOWN

AND I JUST CAN’T HELP FROM FEELIN DOWN AND BLUE

A SMILE ACROSS THE ROOM FROM A SET OF PRETTY EYES

AND THAT SAME OLD FEELIN’S GOT ME PARALIZED

BUT LIKE A MAGNET TO STEEL I’LL SOON BE DRAWN

TO MEMORIES OF YOU IN MY ARMS
AND IT’S(CHORUS)

I GOT THE WAYS AND MEANS BUT NOT THE DRIVE

A BROKEN HEART WITH NOT THE SENSE TO HIDE

WALKING THESE STREETS WATER IN MY SHOES

SINGING THIS SONG CAUSE I GOT THE BLUES

THE BIG SHOW

Written By: JEFF SUMMERS

SILENCE FALLIN
LIKE A CRASH IN THE NIGHT
AND I JUST STOOD THERE
LIKE A DEER IN THE LIGHT
NO RTHYME OR REASON
FOR WHAT WENT DOWN
I PLAYED THE BIG SHOW
I PLAYED THE CLOWN---------------AND I SAY

THIS SMILE IS SLIDING OFF OF MY FACE
(THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN)
THE TEARS YOU’RE CRYING ARE NOTHIN BUT PAINT
(THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN)
YOU SAID IT WAS LOVE, BUT IT WAS JUST A GAME
(NOW IT’S ALLCOMIN DOWN)
I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU WELL, BUT YOU’VE CHANGED
YOU’VE CHANGED

THIS SMILE I’M WEARING
IS A THIN DISGUISE
AND WHAT I’M FEELING
I’VE BEEN TRYING TO HIDE
WALKING THE HIGH WIRE
SO FAR FROM THE GROUND
I THINK I’M CLOSE NOW
TO FALLING DOWN ---------------AND I SAY


LIGHTS ARE FADING
AS THE TENT COMES DOWN
NO MORE LAUGHFTER
FOR THIS SILLY CLOWN
THE PART I PLAYED
I PLAYED IT WELL
I DANCED THE HIGH WIRE
UNTIL I FELL ----AND I SAY

TURN IT UP

Written By: JEFF SUMMERS

YESTERDAY LIKE THE DAY BEFORE

THE SAME OLD SONGS PLAYING ON THE

RADIO

NOW CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS

GOING ON
DRIVING IN MY CAR I PUT A TAPE IN THE PLAYER
TO HERE MY FAVORITE SONG AND THEN I SAID A LITTLE PRAYER
BUT I MUST HAVE BEEN LATE CAUSE IT ATE MY TAPE.
TURN IT UP TURN IT UP TURN THE MUSIC WAY UP HIGH TURN IT UP TURN IT UP
IF I DON’T GET A SONG SOON I THINK I’M GOING TO DIE

WOKE UP THIS MORNING I PUT A CD ON
BUT MY CD PLAYER WOULD’NT PLAY A SINGLE SONG
NOW CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.TURN IT UP TURN IT UP-------

Discography

THIS YEAR WE RELEASED A CD TITLED LIVE AT CONSTABLE JACKS,AND AN ACOUSTIC CD TITLED HIGHWAY 49 UNPLUGGED. WE ARE CURRENTLY FINISHING A 6 SONG CD, DUE IN DECEMBER.

Set List

WE PLAY 2 SETS-3 HOURS OF ORIGINAL MUSIC

BEAUTIFUL THING—Am# )!!!----9:00PM

TURN IT UP----Gm

I KNOW -----Gm

WAIST SOME TIME-D-

WHISKEY-Am-

MONKEY-Em-

RUNNING AND HIDING----D

SAD SAD STORY

TIME WON’T STOP----Dm

ANONYMOUS-A-

SAVING THE BLUES

GOOD TIMES

I NEED YOU NOW-Em-

SEPTEMBER-Em

RAININ-Am-

UP IN FLAMES----Am
THE VERY MOON-Am-

TAKE IT EASY-A

YOUR WOMENS GOING TO ROAM-Am

SLAMMIN DOORS—Am

THE CHANGE--Am

HOLIDAY---D

MOVIN ON---AM-

THE FOOL---Am

THE BIG SHOW—Dm-

TURN ME AROUND—G

COUNTRY BOY—A-BLUES

LITTLE RED HEAD--A

THE REAL THING-F#

IZZY,S---BLUES IN E

GETTING OVER YOU----C