Jef Chandler

Jef Chandler

 Greenville, South Carolina, USA
SoloAmericanaAlternative

Singer-Songwriter from Greenville, SC

Biography

Drawing inspiration from such disparate artists as Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and The Beatles, Jef Chandler is an eclectic singer/songwriter from Greenville, SC, whom Mike Miller of The State in Columbia, SC describes as a writer who records exquisite stories told with a clarity of insight and a wry sense of humor. He has been writing songs, playing in bands and performing live since he first picked up the guitar at the age of 12. In that time he has released 3 solo albums, 2 albums with the acoustic band Big Brown Bowl, and 2 with his current group, The Bad Popes. His songs have received radio airplay on independent radio programs around the world, with the song Empire of Idle Thoughts cracking European Indie Country charts in March of 2004. When his first solo effort, Talking Out the Fire, came out in 1999, Mike Miller called the record one of the underground best by a South Carolina artist for the year. Since the mid-90s Jef has toured the southeast with a changing roster of talented musicians from the upstate, as well as gigging with the Bad Popes, whose second CD, Town and Country, released in 2012, was voted by fans as one of the 100 best recordings of the year on the popular Americana radio station WNCW based out of Spindale, NC. Currently, Jef is playing club gigs and festivals in the southeast by himself and with The Bad Popes, who are currently in the studio working on their third record.

Lyrics

Smashed Penny Earrings

Written By: Jef Chandler

Betty took some Pennies down
She'll make a fortune
Took them down to the railroad
tracks
She'll make a fortune

Now the great Emancipator's head
Is flattened into nothing
And Betty's father's drilled holes
in all of them --- Train

Betty took those earrings down
She'll make a fortune
Took them down to the jockey lot
She thought she'd hock them

Betty spent a sweaty Sunday
Came home with three dollars
And a lot of gifts for her friends
--- Train

Cottonmouth

Written By: Jef Chandler

Well I can't afford to be here
But I just can't seem to leave
See, I bought some more
at the liquor store
And a bottle of the best cheap
speed

Every time I go back home
Well, the walls say less and less
If you know her whereabouts
You can tell her to kiss my ass

She's a cottonmouth
From the deep south
She's a cannonball
She's gonna wreck your house

Telephone the president
I'm gonna make another move
I'm gonna take a long
dog-earred drive
Right out of this bottle of blues

West, south, north or east
Stations in-between
Let time decide which way to go
I'm out of New Orleans

She's a cottonmouth
From the deep south
She's a cannonball
She's gonna wreck your house

Everything Good is on the Highway

Written By: Jef Chandler

Everything Good is on the Highway
Take what you can from today
Everything Good is on the Highway

The letters that you wrote me
The politics of motion
Goodbye screaming, dissappearing
day

Everything Good is on the Highway
What pain you have will go away
Everything Good is on the Highway

Where the road ends I call you
But the satellites of longing
Are heard less and less the further
we move away

Everything Good is on the Highway
Take what you can from today
Everything Good is on the Highway

Car

Written By: Jef Chandler

Wheel me, Roll me
Turn me where I won't go
Back streets, quiet home
Where I once left you

Knock at your front door
Nobody gonna be home
Knock at your back door
Somebody turn the blind down

Wheel me, roll me
Turn me till I can't see
10,000 stars high
And you're miles apart from me

Empire of Idle Thoughts

Written By: Jef Chandler

Maybe I am a pathetic dancer
And maybe you're a sensitive lush
Take all our faults down
It won't leave us with much
Just like I told you
That smile looks good on you

Sometimes we talk
Sometimes we ride
It won't be the last time tonight
Pack up that suitcase
And hand me the light
I'm gonna ease my window
Open wide tonight

Maybe I should treat myself better
And maybe you could buy some
new clothes
We'd need an empire
To hold our idle thoughts
Yeah, there's a big gap
Between what we've dreamed
and done

Not talking about your patience
Not talking about your looks
If I were in the broken-hearted
circus
Well, I'd walk that tightwire
for all it's worth

Ellie

Written By: Jef Chandler

Ellie says she's happy
I don't believe a word she said
Holds up all her fingers
Got ten days until she's wed

All of her patience is already tried
17 years is all of her life

Big church on the hillside
Tatoo on her old man's arm
Spring is just believing
Smells so good before the storm

All of her patience is already tried
17 years is all of her life

As time closes your fingers
I will watch and wait now
I could be wrong, I could be right
I will watch and wait now

Ellie says she's happy
Stay up all night and sleep on the
floor
Leave without a warning
Lace those shoes and she'll slip
out the door

All of her patience is already tried
17 years is all of her life

Discography

Big Brown Bowl (CD) -- released in 1995. Out of Print.

Just Like You Left Us - Big Brown Bowl (CD) -- released in 1997. Out of Print.

Videos of Big Brown Bowl can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo-agEPr4Ec

and here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWnEo2c5TvU

Talking Out the Fire (CD)-- released in 1999. Available on streaming airplay and for sale at CDBaby.com. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jefchandler)

Everything Good is on the Highway (CD) -- released in 2004. Available on streaming airplay and for sale at CDBaby.com. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jefchandler2)

Account (CD) -- released in 2009. Available on streaming airplay and for sale at CDBaby.com. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jefchandlerband)

The Bad Popes (CD) -- released in 2009. Available on streaming airplay and for sale at CDBaby.com. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/badpopes2) Also available on streaming audio on the band website, www.badpopes.com.

Town and Country - The Bad Popes (CD) -- released in 2012. Available on streaming airplay and for sale at CDBaby.com. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thebadpopes) Also available on streaming audio on the band website, www.badpopes.com.

Set List

In addition to my original material, I play covers from a wide range of artists and styles, from classic artists like The Beatles, Tom Petty, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Tom Waites, Elvis Costello, The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Paul Simon, and CCR to country artists like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams, Sr. I also play tunes by newer artists like The Black Keys and Jack Johnson. Contact me by email and I can provide you a comprehensive covers list.