Jeff And Benares

Jeff And Benares

BandFolkCountry

The songs written and played by Jeffrey Angeley and Benares Finan-Eshelman conjure a far off spirit that resides in mountain hollers, smoky honky tonk saloons, and on cool, wide front porches. Their renditions of traditional music are exciting and thier original songs are at once timeless and new.

Biography

Jeff and Benares Angeley write and perform acoustic music that is at once steeped in tradition and exciting and new. Their songs sing the human experience with a distinctly American accent. They can be humorous at times and melancholy at others. They are jubilant in places, touching in others, often profound and sometimes silly. Whether playing their own finely crafted original songs or traditional Appalachian music , they are lively, soulful, and captivating. Their harmonies are hauntingly beautiful and their instrumental performance is well rehearsed and impressive.

Currently touring to support their third full length album, the duo is intent on bringing their brand of Americana music to audiences up and down the East Coast, as well as Western North Carolina, where they make their home. Jeff and Benares never fail to impress listeners with their tight vocal harmonies, captivating original music, and their grasp of a multitude of instruments. Jeff and Benares write the songs you want to hear, and their performance takes listeners down the long, dusty road that makes us all human.

Lyrics

There Was A Time

Written By: Jeff Angeley

You promised you'd shave
(I didn't.)
Swore you'd act your age
(I didn't.)
Now I've had enough I'm leaving you.
(Let it be the truth.)
I'm packing my things
(Oh really)
And hocking this ring
(It's plastic.)
I hope that its enough to get me by.
(Here you can have mine.)

Chorus:
Time there was a time there was a time there was a time,
Time there was a time there was a time...
When I could believe you
(When you said that we're through)
Those times are gone now, you lie.

You packed to leave next week
(I didn't.)
Said we'd never speak
(I didn't.)
If you kept your word then things now would be fine.
(Oh that's real nice.)
I gave you some dough
(You didn't.)
When you said you'd go
(You didn't.)
And now I'm broke and damn it you're still here.
(Not for long dear.)

CHORUS

Beg me to stay
(No way.)
Before its too late.
(No need.)
Who'll keep you warm on winter's nights?
(You mean on the couch?)
I told you I'd go.
(Yeah for an hour or so.)
We'll see who's right and who's wrong this time.

CHORUS

Nightshade

Written By: Jeff Angeley

I've been thinking
'Bout this guy I knew
Back in my college days.
He could make you laugh
Or make you cry
With the guitar that he played.
Well they found that man
Where he'd hidden
Swinging from a tree,
And I've been thinking 'bout this guy I knew who was a friend to me.

Nightshade calls names
From her purple bells.
The red fruit that she holds
Whispers, "Fare thee well"
And I've been thinking 'bout this friend of mine who fell under her spell.

I've been thinking
'bout this girl I knew
This pretty little girl.
She had blue eyes
With hints of green
And she sang like a bird.
One day this girl,
This love of mine
Got tired wanted sleep
So she took some little pills
Three bottles for relief.

Nightshade calls names
From her purple bells
The red fruit that she holds
Whispers, "Fare thee well"
And I've been thinking 'bout this love of mine who fell under her spell.

I've been thinking
'Bout this voice I hear
At night when I can't sleep
And it's far off
So I can't tell
If its savage or its sweet.
Odysseus,
tied up to a mast,
Heard that calling from the deep.
Did it sing about
My blue eyed girl
Or my friend who's gone to me?

Nightshade calls names
From her purple bells.
The red fruit that she holds
Whispers, "Fare thee well"
And I've been thinking 'bout this voice I hear when I'm not feeling well.

Discography

Broken Things (2006) Full Length CD
Little Tin of Lard (2006) Full Length CD
The Barley Stompers (2004) Full Length CD*
* as members of The Barley Stompers

Set List

Jeff and Benares offer a number of different shows.
Shows can contain entirely original music, entirely traditional music, or a mixture of both depending upon the venue and band line up desired .

Typical sets are one hour long but any set length within reason can be accomodated. Jeff and Benares are available for performances that include multiple sets.