Junior League Band

Junior League Band

BandPopAlternative

Where Alison Krauss meets the Band. Where Bluegrass meets Rilo Kiley.

Biography

Junior League Band, a new group out of Washington, D.C. came together by a chance meeting from the DC party scene. Lissy Rosemont, (the band's leader and cofounder) was known about town as the banjo playing girl in the Rosemont Family Reunion and the Delta Blues Project she played alongside her father titled, �Hal Beaver and Blackgrass�. When Lissy met Devin McGaughey (Junior League�s first drummer) and Dale Manning (Fiddle) everything just felt right and came together. Rosemont hails as a direct descendant to fiddle history, being the great grandchild to the Van Hoy brothers� creators of the momentous �Fiddlers Grove.� (An event she participated in since childhood) The family influence of Rosemont does not end there, her brother who goes under the alias �RedTag�, has given the band a few songs which were used on their first release in 2007; titled, �Oh Dear.� Lissy Rosemont and Devin McGaughey produced this first record with audio engineers Rob Byers and Johnny Vince Evans (of All Songs Considered 9:30 Club Broadcasts) at NPR�s Studio 4A under an extramural clause, the studio manager�s allotted for a non-broadcast related recording. The name, �Oh Dear� came about when �Red tag� came down to the studio to guest vocal on the song �Same As You,� and at the end of the track you can hear him anxiously, exhaustedly say �Oh Dear.� This collection of music was warmly received, as well as their follow-up EP, "The Potomac 2-step". With their second full-length scheduled for fall, the group is anxious for its release. This yet to be titled album promises to feature more male harmonies, a little more slide blues guitar and slide on the banjo as well keeping the familiar flow that makes Junior League so unique. Junior League Band has seen different incarnations of members, but the current lineup is as follows: Eli Cohn- guitar and backup vocals-grew up on Doc Watson and works part-time with a group called Housing Counseling Service where he helps poor folks out of predatory lending practices and criminal landlords. Will Waikart- drums/ percussion- Will sought out fame and was chosen for the reality show �Americas Next Top Band� by playing drums for the group �Politiks.� Today he is currently an audio engineer in DC and also gives drum lessons. Lissy Rosemont has remained a solid fixture in the band with her banjo, harmonica and lead vocal style. Special guests that appear on the band�s recordings as well as performances include: Kailin Young on fiddle (of Carnegie Hall, Boulder Acoustic Society), Martin Thomas on harmonica, as well as Nate Leath (of the Old School Freight Train) on fiddle, Sam Wiesenberg on Lap Steel (Brooklyn musician),Alex Platt plays upright bass/electric bass, backup vocals and Rurik Newnan (or Vortex Park) on fiddle and more. Junior League Band�s music is as familiar as it is fresh. Combining the old-time/bluegrass tradition with an indie-pop sensibility, the group crafts songs that are in the words of D.C.'s leading music/'scene' blog "Brightest Young Things", "A walk in the Appalachian Mountains crossed with a breeze in the middle of the sweltering city heat." Just over a year old, Junior League Band has already brought capacity crowds to hear their "delightfully breezy" (as the Washington Post puts it) brand of Americana at many of D.C.'s top venues. They've also shared the stage with the likes of Carrie Rodriguez, Blueground Undergrass, Jason Isbell, Bishop Allen, Drew Emmitt, Hoots and Hellmouth and many others on their extensive tours up and down the East Coast (from Boston to Atlanta), in the Midwest (from Cleveland to Madison) and the West Coast (from LA to Seattle). This summer, Junior League Band's high-energy performances will be featured on the emerging artist stage at Virginia's Floydfest, and will also be featured at the largest music festival in the country--Milwaukee�s

Lyrics

Chess Records

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

?Some say he's tempting fate, driving east on the one-way?Get back to the waiting band, you're reading over my shoulder again?I overheard temptation say that party is on its way?Took off his jacket hung his hat?"Darling you can expect delays."??Vie for the soul of a janitor at Chess Records??Leanin on the bricks, just watching the night crawl by?Listen to the television who drone out the babies cry?I'm feeling way too good for him not to show?But the curfew's coming on, this is me love, being strong??Jackson's sitting on the stoop, he's kissing May goodbye, cause the night shift starts in 5??Scratches on the bedpost, too heavy for its frame?These stripes are not a test of your local programming?The water is getting cold and the suds are turning brown?The heart it warmed is finally slowing down??Jackson’s kissing May goodbye, she’s biding his time cause the night shift starts in fiveSome say he's tempting fate but I've come to learn to expect delays?And all of the day falls way when you showed up late, and I missed that play?The water is getting cold and the night is slowing down?The children are finally sleeping, "goodnight ya'll!?My laundry's finally done!"??Vie for the soul of a janitor at Chess Records.??

Darling Too

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

Insatiable addictions, boil over on the curb?And bleed into the traffic lights?All patience can endure??I can't go home the driveways gone?Nor dress in dad's guitars?So I'll sit right here and distill my fears?Extract them one by one??It's more than just a pregnant pause?She's only gently used?Rally the band, let's tour again?And she could be your darling too??All the steam blew out of the city?His affection, walls, and me?And there's no one to blame if you take you leave?What's a life with no memory?????

Puppeteers

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

We’re all chasing the clowns and the puppeteers. Ideations of true love linger near and while we’re waiting, which road will she take to come near, because the closer you come love the furthest I’ll hold most dear. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but I have here all of your dreams. Please leave me alone cause I feel like wallowing. Dig deep in your pockets, unleash the Libertine!!! When you cast on your headlights you’ll find your way home to me. You couldn’t have known and there was no reason to care. The repitition is beyond repair. A seemless transaction and all of these rare findings; it’s all over Brooklyn, you’re raining irreverency. We’re all chasing the clowns and the puppeteers. Ideations of true love linger near and while we’re waiting, which road will she take to come near, because the closer you come love the furthest I’ll hold most dear.

GIN

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

Soaked thru with Gin you want me You want me in the middle You want me to close my eyes Make love to years of freedom I’m sleeping in the needles Hold tight the things you move My secrets guard themselves like this cast of characters Oh how I lost my pretty head Contented obscurity I would have let you sleep It’s got the only thing we lose I like to hear my name again and again and you lose your breath beneath my chin A cut above your company Your capable of things Excuse my boarding house reach Collective Lonliness Your secret Closed mouth kiss Oh the impending doom Utmost sincerity this series of robberies You still deserve to be alone My secrets guard themselves like this cast of characters Oh how I lost my pretty head Utmost sincerity this series of robberies You still deserve to be alone

The Imposter

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

The sweetness of her breath is the perfume for his fears, and the jealousy of old, she’ll kiss back behind his ears. Empty bedrooms, with that weakness for pretty girls, she’ll be lonely too form a childhood draped in pearls “All the lights in DC shine for me tonight! Someone in this city wants me for the rest of his life!!! “ In case your confidence fails you and whispers behind your back Growth delayed and love impostered, you don’t want to be last. Delete your voicemail, that’s where you’ll find relief, and I’ll lie for a living if you promise to play for keeps. Please be seated while I use my girls affection if you promise not to tell in part as a weapon and the lonliness from afterschool subsides when you hold my knee Confidence is overrated love, if you never leave “All the lights in DC shine for me tonight! Someone in this city wants me for the rest of his life!!! “

WSM

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

If you have the time to be denied, try it on for size, it ain't so bad?But you'll compensate when he negates, all the laughter you once had??Still I look for wonder, still I hope for you, to return to your absence ?And to say I have grace in you??At the halfway home, late night on the phone, as the only ones who got caught?And I tried to shun premonitions, but my knees so easily knock??Still….??The city sex, and your cigarettes, in abundance I miss him?Rain upon my skin, my baptism, show me how to live again??Still….?

Candidate

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

Fill the map of where you live?Unglue the brass fittings?Blossom back into the dirt?Your time, its ending??Throw your textbooks off the bridge?We're love theology?Attend the university?Of my restless memories??Fevers burned all love disowned,?children moved away?john moved on, I wrote this?(i said) please don't ask me to stay??With no plans or papers due, our first blush of fame?DON'T FORGET!!! to pull me down my love?And then we'll call it a day??It's up to him entirely?Your turn is drawing near?Put on display discrepancy?This comedy of errors??The candidate's calling on the line?Insisting, promising the speeches BE CIVILIZED!!!!??Don't they play so nicely??I knew that you belonged!?In those throws of poverty, rest quiet and strong.?

Pennies

Written By: Lissy Rosemont

If I could lounge, all around in your pocket?Would you concede to carry me around all day??Smell your sweat, hear your sighs when no one's looking?Rest my head on a penny and hide away??The drying leaves whisper please at the rainfall?And invite the candlelight of the eve?Hear the love coming from the quilt and firewood?And embrace Manhatten far beneath??If you decide to rest your eyes on my shoulder?Investigate all the places memories go?Watch the lines, avoid the cracks of my footstep?Swing the hammock of my collar bone??I can't explain, the tears that rain when the sunsets?And toss the peace within me to the side?Gestures fade, I can't relate to your affection?I'd drive all night to apologize to the wind??If I could lounge, all around in your pocket?Would you concede to carry me around all day??Smell your sweat, hear your sighs when no one's looking?Rest my head on a penny and hide away

Discography

Oh Dear (2007) NPR Studios, Washington, DC
The Potomac Two-Step (2008) Washington, DC

Set List

10-20 Original Pop Old Time influenced catchy tunes

2-3 fiddle/instrumental songs

23- covers from Hank Williams, Gillian Welch, Mississippi John Hurt and Aretha Franklin