Hillfolk Noir

Hillfolk Noir

 Boise, Idaho, USA
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Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.

Biography

Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.

Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, James McMurtry, Deer Tick, Gourds, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Devil Makes Three, Charlie Parr, Dark Dark Dark, Finn Riggins, Gerald Collier, Caleb Klauder, Train, Glen Phillips, Jesse Dayton, Neva Dinova and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of.

Lyrics

Hangin Judge

Written By: Travis Ward

Hanging judge

Well I was standing on a corner in east South Dakota
With an empty pistol in my right hand
I put my ear to the rail I just broke out of jail
Now I’m running from the hanging man

I rode to the sun with a half loaded gun,
And blood dripping from my right ear

Now if you was me tell me what would you do
would you run hide fight or cry
if the hangn judge said to you “ son I
am the man that’s gonna make you die

would you walk by the moonlight to stay out of his sight
and wash the wicked blood from your hands

it’s a calamity…

now if the hanging says that you best not run
you’d better run if you don’t want to die
so you beat feet across the desert at night
to find the widow whose husband that you killed

then you come to a town and find the witch womans gone
because she left with a medicine man

you pick up there trail in the desert hail
and it looks like they’re movin pretty fast
so you steal a horse from a blind girls brother
and you kick it with the dead boys boots

then you come to a tree and that’s when you see
that the hanging judge has beaten you there

it’s calamity…

now this is the mesa where the manhunt ends
and the trial for your life begins
the hanging judge grins and squints his left eye
he says “son my ropes don’t lie”

so pull your gun fast, because this might be the last
time you ever see the sun….

and the manhunt is done.

The Great Grizzly Bear Scare

Written By: Travis Ward

The great grizzly bear scare

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless it’s right outside your house
Unless it’s right outside your door and it’s knocking at your door

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless you don’t have pepper spray
You’re in the woods and you’ve lost your way and you’re have a bad day

Don’t fret about the octopus unless it coming at your ship
And your sails are all ripped and the octopus hates your ship

No need to scream for help unless your troubles turned to chicken
Unless a cougars on your trail and you’re tied to a rail

Only fear the Mormons if they’re knocking on you door
And you’ve got the devil on the floor with a zombie colored whore

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You can start to fear your leader if he controls your mind
If your thoughts are just like his and you start to look like him

Please don’t fear success unless you’re lying on the street
Or in a penthouse hot tub sweet or your lying to yourself

Fear not the hospital unless you’re on you way there
With burnt to crisp black hair from the great BBQ scare

And if when you get there you find they will not fix you hair
Because you cant afford the fair and they give you back your hair

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless it’s right outside your tent
Wants you to pay the rent and you ain’t got but a cent

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Smile at the crocodile like you are in the fog
Of a swampy southern bog and you stink like a frog

Scared be not of your grandmothers fathers son
Unless he’s the only one you can trust when you’re afraid

Do not fear the bus driver’s lack of control
It’s just that she is getting old she is a witch I am told

It might be ok to get a little scared once in a while
If you are on trial for being scared once in a while

(Whole note part)
If you’re standing in the freshness of the Rocky mountain air
And down the trail comes a bear and on end stands you burnt hair

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless it’s right outside your house
Unless it’s right outside your door and it’s knocking at your door

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless you don’t have pepper spray
You’re in the woods and you’ve lost your way and you’re have a bad day

Do not fear the grizzly bear unless it’s right outside your tent
Wants you to pay the rent and you ain’t got but a cent

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The Love I Thought I'd Never Know

Written By: Travis Ward

I grew up on the way side
And she lived down the road
She was the daughter of someone
And I was the son of no one

I would walk by her house every day
Just to see if she would look my way

She wore a dress made of cotton
And I used my boot for a pillow
Now I am a stumbling and staggering
My church is a covered wagon

She was the youngest of three
And I craved to marry with thee
She said thanks for the offer
But my hearts in a bother
From the love I thought I’d never know

So I mosied down the track
Trying not to look back
I came to a bend in the road
A place that I’d never known

I walk by her place today in disgrace
Because she never looked my way

So I just walk on and on
Just like an old folk song
I feel one hundred and three
This is what loves done to me

Pine Box

Written By: Travis Ward

Pine box

I live in a pine box ½ of the time
The other half I’ve got a pine box on my mind

Hey hey have you seen Katrina
She left with a fella she met at the cantina
Oh lord where has she gone to?
I’ sitting alone on this god damned bar stool…

“Singing hey hey hey it’s getting hazy in here
Hey hey hey it’s all becoming unclear”

I live down a dirt road 1/2 of the time
The other 1/2 I’ve got a dirt road on my mind

I ran from my Brother, I ran from my Mother
I found me a girl, she found her a lover
Hey hey have you seen my lover
She came here with me, but she left with another…

Discography

Cobwebs in the Boxcar
Flowers Don't Bloom
Norman Waiting Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Attic Reels, Protests and Nervous Breakdowns
Ibid Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Diggin' Songs
9+1
Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary
Skinny Mammy’s Revenge
Record Store Day Split 7-inch (with Finn Riggins)
Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour
What's That Hat For?
Jump Ups & Jollities

Set List

We don't do any modern covers, but we do a handful of traditional songs. We have about 60-70 songs in rotation, so our sets are determined by the venue and audience.