Lamont Skylark

Lamont Skylark

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Lamont Skylark is an evolution. Taking their roots seriously by focusing on solid songwriting and tight vocal harmonies, they are redefining "Americana" by connecting the dots between country, rock, folk and jazz with music that is as honest as it is free.

Biography

Lamont Skylark, from Wilmington, North Carolina, grew from two bands. the first, Skylark, a grungier rock outfit, and the second, Lamont, a roots-driven country group. Founding members Lincoln Morris and Kevin Rhodes, after several lineup changes, paired the ideas together and pared the group down to a trio to record their first album together, "Love Poems and Fight Songs", as Lamont Skylark, in 2003. All kinds of comparisons followed, from pre-Rubin Johnny Cash to the Velvet Underground. Every listener had a different take on the sound. Critics applauded its depth and diversity. Southern belles loved its singability and lyricism. As they toured the eastern seaboard and midwest they found that no matter how differently people identified with their music, ears and hearts alike were drawn to its warmth. It even won them a "Best Country Band" award in Beat Magazine.

Fast foward to 2006, where after more touring and radio dates, time off for fatherhood (Lincoln) and business building (Kevin), Lamont Skylark found themselves with a lineup stir again as their bassist left North Carolina for Northern California. They had almost completed their first record in three years, to be called "High Wire", and had to begin searching for new blood to flesh out its new direction.

Enter Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Ted's experience playing lead guitar with folksters the Fustics, and his abilities on lap steel and drums made an easy fit with the band and freed Kevin up to focus on piano songwriting. Bill, Kevin's neighbor, had been out of bands for a few years, focusing on electronic and experimental musics. But when asked to help push the boundaries of their sound, he jumped right in and lent the recording some subtle inflections and textures that really hint the boys are going somewhere beyond simply "country rock".

Now a fully gelled quartet of multi-instrumentalists, touring to support "High Wire", all members of the band are writing, singing, and rotating instruments to keep the sound as fresh and vital as it can be. Country crowds, indie rockers, even beach bums are being won over at every stop, and the comparisons are becoming ever more lengthy and hyphenated. "Sounds like Neil Young meets Radiohead meets 'Pet Sounds'", or "eclectic-americana-rock-country-space music". Even up-and-coming Americana giants the Avett Brothers have been singing the band's praises and personally chose them to open their New Year's Eve bash to ring in 2007. That's no slouch, folks.

When you book Lamont Skylark, no matter what the occassion, you get diversity and you get quality; but above all you get honesty and you get the true soul of Americana with an eye to the future.

Lyrics

Grey

Written By: Lincoln Morris

walking up the fire escape wishing i could stop the world from tearing us down/ holding on at the top of the rail wishing bad things only came in pairs/it's hard coming down/ it's hard coming down/ last night when i laid my head everything was black and white/ this morning i woke up and it was grey/ looking across the room at you starring out the window makes me smile/ i wish i could freeze this moment, hold it up, carry it around for awhile/ it's hard coming down/ it's hard coming down/ last night when i laid my head everything was black and white/ this morning i woke up and it was grey/ i guess that i have lost my objective point of view/ i had to run into the wicked side of you/ i can see it clearer now that your not around/ you'll never know how much it hurt to hit the ground/ it's hard coming down/ it's hard coming down/ last night when i laid my head everything was black and white/ this morning i woke up and it was grey/ walking up the fire escape wishing i could stop the world from tearing us down

7 Stills (29)

Written By: Lincoln Morris

i haven't lost my head yet, but it's early still/ i have not forsaken you, but i probably will/ there's a mountain of trouble coming my way/ it's in the trees i can hear it whisper, when i turn my head it's gone away/ i went to find my people way up in the hills/ all that was left in them hollows was 7 burned out stills/ there's a black cloud floating just above my head, teaming with thunder and lightning, enough rain to raise the dead/ i half expected to be buried in the ground long before i turned 29/ i can't explain what i'm still doing here/ baby i'm just biding my time/ oh baby i'm just I'm my biding time/ i have lost my childeren somewhere in these woods/ last thing that i heard spoke from them, was daddy your no good/ see i've had some trouble gambling in the past/ and you know what they say about money you best spend it if you earned it fast/ i half expected to be buried in thr ground long before i turned 29/ i can't explain what i'm still doing here/ baby i'm just biding my time/ oh baby i'm just biding my time -

peices

Written By: Lincoln Morris

pick up the pieces of my life/ wash you off my hand/ and walk into the sunset/ i think that's what i'll do/ if i ever find my way back down/ i'll never go up again/ save myself the years of heartache/ that's how i feel// some days i think i'm strong enough/ the next i feel i can't get up i'm paralized/ and as i watched you walk away/ there's nothing more that i can say/ so what difference would it make anyway now?/ one day i woke up in a dream/ where i'm holding up this building/ and i didn't know how i lifted it/ and that's exactly how i feel//some days i think i'm strong enough/ the next i feel i can't get up i'm paralized/ as i watched you walk away/ there's nothing more that i can say/ and what difference would it make anyway now?/ pick up the pieces of my life/ wash you off my hands/ walk into the sunset/ i think that's what i'll do/ if i ever find my way back down i'll never go up again/ save myself the years of heartache/ and that's exactly how i feel-

Discography

"Love Poems and Fight Songs" (2003), self-released on Broken Home Records

"High Wire" (2006) self-released on No Label Records

The band receives light to moderate airplay on AAA and Americana stations throughout the southeast and midwest.

Streaming music from "Love Poems and Fight Songs" can be heard at

www.lamontskylark.com

To hear tracks from "High Wire", and some exclusive, unreleased material, please visit

www.myspace.com/lamonskylark

Set List

The band can play as long as you need, and has kept rooms full for over three hours. Those sets are peppered with cover songs, ranging from the Band, to Pink Floyd, to Toots and the Maytals, Neil Young, Jimmy Cliff and more.

Lamont Skylark can easily play over 90 minutes of original material as well, from album cuts to songs in progress. For larger events the band sticks to the rockier side with maybe a couple lighter burners. For more intimate settings they get a little moodier and bring a more dynamic set.

Whatever the gig, Lamont Skylark will please any crowd you have.