Katie Clarke and the Green River Band

Katie Clarke and the Green River Band

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Put Gillian Welch, Steve Earle and Allison Krauss in a blender...top notch Americana songwriting with crack mandolin and vocal harmonies. Check out the video clips on Katie's myspace site at: http://www.myspace.com/katieclarkeandthegreenriverband

Biography

Katie Clarke (vocal, guitar, banjo) began performing in 2004. In 2006 she added the hot mandolin licks of John Alphin and the bass and harmony vocals of Gail Hegeman to create a dynamic and exciting full band. Heavenly vocal harmonies and the crack mandolin work of her cohorts sets the band apart, as does their repertiore of original material mixed with select covers of fine and often little-known songs of the old-time country and bluegrass genre. They appeal to many audiences from young hipster 20-somethings to older folks who grew up with Patsy Cline, the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Katie and her band have had the pleasure of opening for many nationally and internationally renowned artists. Katie was recently a finalist in the WRSI (local commercial Pioneer Valley radio station) songwriter contest for "Our Mother the Moon".

Katie and her band have been wowing audiences all over New England with their crisp and eclectic mix of American roots music at performance halls, churches, festivals, private events and clubs. Often compared to local artist Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, and nationally renowned singer-songwriters such as Gillian Welch and Kate Wolf, the band has earned a solid reputation as a crowd-pleasing group able to navigate the territories of bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, and old time music without sounding derivative. With what was at the time the Katie Clarke Trio, Katie released a CD of original tunes, “Hard Rain,” recorded and engineered by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds in the Spring of 2006. In November 2007 they were pleased to launch their full length release, “Wrap Me In Green,” also recorded and engineered by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds. More information at www.myspace.com/katieclarkeandthegreenriverband
Photos etc available on this site.

Lyrics

Hard Rain

Written By: Katie Clarke

Hard Rain
Katie Clarke, c. 2005

Hard rain, hard rain, hard rain in this town
Hard rain in this town, it’s a draggin’ me down
Hard rain, hard rain, hard rain in this town
Everywhere I look it’s hard rain all around

Cold wind, cold wind cold wind in this town
Cold wind in this town it’s a draggin’ me down
Cold wind, cold wind cold wind in this town
Everywhere I look it’s cold wind all around

Black dust, black dust, black dust in this town
Black dust in this town it’s a draggin’ me down
Black dust, black dust, black dust in this town
Everywhere I look it’s black dust all around

I’m lookin for a sign that’ll show me the light
I’m looking for the lighthouse shinin’ so bright
And one day I’ll wake up and rise with the sun
No more of that hard rain when the day’s work is done

Repeat first verse

June

Written By: (c) Katie Clarke Music 2006

(Written for June and Johnny)

June, June I’ll write you a tune
I think of you once in a while
The blue moon is comin’ round soon
I’ll see you back then and I’ll smile

Did he fall back, fall back
One more time to darkness
But June, June, you’d walk in that room
And he’d come on back round to his fullness

June, June, you were born to the tune
Of a tour bus and the Wildwood Flower
The man in black, he caught your eye soon
Though he never had a satisfied hour

Did you fall back, fall back
Each time he reached for darkness
Yeah but June, June, when it came to High Noon,
He walked away the survivor

June, June, you’ve both left this world
This burning ring of fire
The flame’s just passing on through
Down, but higher and higher

Did you fall back, together one last time
To darkness
Yeah but June, June, I’ll wait on that moon
See you comin’ back round to your fullness

Because love is a burning thing
It makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
We fall ,,,,,,,,,into a Ring of Fire

Something Dark In Me

Written By: Katie Clarke

Something Dark In Me

(My grandmother Margaret Lorenz and her sister Alma got into a competition over my grandfather, Ralph Waddell in the 1920’s; my grandmother eventually won. This is my version of Alma’s story. )

We grew up together, side by side
She was my sister and my friend
I’d always imagined her right next to me
Sharing our lives to the end

I looked up to her all my childhood years
I always tried to be as good as she
Well I tried and I tried but I could not so be
For there was always something dark inside of me

And for all of the boys that I’ve known in this town
I always did love you the best I’ll wait on my train til that old whistle blows
But my poor heart will not find its rest

Many years ago we were sweethearts you and I
Til you sore put my heart to the test
We used to walk down by the riverside
Where sweethearts would often take their rest

But her beauty one day it outshone my own
And your heart then to mine proved untrue
Though sisters were we I could not fail to see
How fondly she gazed upon you

I live in the city now, I make my living well
You made your choice back then for all to see
Oh I could not have stayed and watched the vows that you made
For there would always be something dark in me
Oh I could not have stayed and watched my life slip away,
For there would always be something dark in me

Laura Lee

Written By: Katie Clarke

Laura Lee

Long have I haunted these piney wood hollers

Searchin for my lost Laura Lee

Long have I hunted these long lonesome valleys

Singin’ where oh where can she be


We were young and like children the first time we met

At the greening of the first white birch trees

She took my hand and I took her own

And happy together were we

Chorus

We courted that summer and into the autumn
And happier I’ll never be
Until one day my brother said Oh John, your lover
Has taken and gone far away

They said that she’d gone to the city up north
With a travellin’ man who came through
My dreams have been broken, my vows go unspoken
How could my ain love be untrue?

Chorus

Season of My Time

Written By: Katie Clarke

Season of my Time

There’s only one season
The season of life
It comes in many colors
In sweet peace and desperate strife
It’s blowin’ autumn leaves
And the roses of summer so fine
They leave but they return again
In the circles of the season of my time

Once I had a springtime gal
The sweetest bud was ever on the vine
Been my woman now so many years
In the autumn of her life don’t she shine
And her worth cannot be measured
In numbers or in lines
But only in the love she gives
The love she gives in the season of our time

Verse break
Bridge break

I’m walking up this rocky road
Cold wind always been a friend of mine
Full moon shinin’ down upon the fields
The owls softly calling in the pines
And the way it don’t grow shorter
And the darkness falls colder as you climb
But I can always see the many colored jewels
The jewels that make the season of my time.

And the way it don’t grow shorter
And the darkness falls colder as you climb
But I can always see the many colored jewels
The jewels that make the season of my time.

Our Mother the Moon

Written By: Katie Clarke

Our Mother the Moon

I work with young people a lot. This song was written in honor of teenage girls.

I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I just can’t see out of this room
Four walls and a ceiling and the unending color of doom
Well I know that she’s out there and I hope that she’ll come see me soon
I’ll give over my sorrow and worry to our mother the moon

Four in the morning and I’m goin straight out of my head
I can’t feel my fingers and my insides are filled up with lead
Well there’s no one to call up and nothing left that I haven’t ruined
So I dream of the time I’d consort with my mother the moon
Up there in the sky, shinin’ down her sweet light
I could watch her slip by, the in dark sky at night

I’ll lie myself down on the sheets of this old feather bed
Close my eyes and start prayin’ for someplace safe I could be led
I reach up with my good hand and hope that she’ll find me right soon
Wash away all the pain as I talk to our mother the moon

Up there in the sky, shinin’ down her sweet light
I could watch her slip by, the in dark sky at night

So if you’re down and you’re dirty and you’re tired of playin’ the same tune
Just reach up your good hand and talk to our mother the moon

Reach up with your good hand and she’ll come and see you right soon
Wash away all the pain when you talk to our mother the moon
Reach up with your good hand and she’ll come and see you right soon
Wash away all the pain when you talk to our mother the moon

Discography

Hard Rain, 2006, 7 song EP
Wrap Me in Green, 2007, full length CD

Set List

Typical set list includes many originals, covers of old-time country artists such as the Louvin Brothers or Hank Williams, instrumentals, and a smattering of covers of tunes by Americana artists such as Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, some bluegrass and old-time standards. Depending on the venue we may select more covers from a particular genre such as bluegrass or old-time country in order to appeal to the audience (festivals, fairs etc). Sets average 50 minutes and can do two 50-minute sets.