man down

man down

BandRockAcoustic

soulful acoustic rock w/ undercurrents of reggae and r&b

Biography

Sometimes getting lost is a good way to get found…and refined. While lost at sea aboard the boat they sometimes called home, brothers Brad and Rick Starkey found a love for songwriting that would get them lost time and time again. While blending their soulful melodies with thoughtful lyrics along their endless Atlantic travels, they discovered that a little saltwater added to a lot of soul can make for a pleasantly well-rounded musical experience.

After refining their songwriting talents at sea, the brothers returned to Maryland's mainland and reunited with long-lost friend and songwriter, Vinnie Garufi to begin a recording project. When Vinnie brought along friends and seasoned musicians Jeff Malcom and Skye Sadowski of the Donegal X-Press to fill out the mix, the brothers knew they had stumbled onto something that might keep them on dry land for quite some time. What resulted was the eclectic and fresh musical experience that became Man Down.

Drawing from such diverse influences as James Taylor, Jack Johnson, and Sublime, Man Down has created a unique blend of folk, rock, and reggae that is making waves on the Maryland music scene. The band recorded their first two releases--Offshore Café (2002) and Lost in the City (2004)--in a two-century old farm house that once served as a rest-stop for important political figures doing business in nearby Washington, D.C. During their recording sessions, Man Down capitalized on the natural acoustics of the old wooden home to create two very soulful and natural sounding albums. Fans are happy to report that their live performances are just like the record —soulful, natural, and energetic.

Man Down is currently playing venues in the Baltimore/Wash. DC area, including such popular spots as the Ram’sHead Tavern and Mick O’Sheas Irish Pub. Members of the band have shared the bill with notable acts like The Saw Doctors, Jah Works, The Graham Colton Band, Black 47, and The Young Dubliners, and have received numerous accolades from Baltimore’s City Paper and New York’s The Irish Voice. Look for Man Down to be mixing it up at one of your favorite spots in the near future.

Lyrics

Beltway

Written By: Vinnie Garufi

Runnin’ away to Steamboat Springs
Well, I can’t say that I’ve lost my mind
But if it was a thing to bring
I think I might leave it behind
‘Cuz money cannot buy those things
That I think I’ll need in time
A rubber ball on a stretchy string
The paddle’s never far behind

Someone kick me so I’ll realize
I’ve got everything I need
And at my feet the world’s unfoldin’
If I just stop and breathe…

But I can’t slow down and I can’t break hold
From these Goddamm cars on this circle road
I can’t see you and you won’t see me
Well, I just need a little room to breathe
I’ve been shot down but I can’t look back
And I can’t get you off my back
I can’t go there and I can’t go home
Well, I just need a little time alone

Someone kick me so I’ll realize
I’ve got everything I need
And at my feet the world’s unfoldin’
If I just stop and breathe…

When you Gonna Find

Written By: Rick Starkey

It's been a while
since I've seen her face
And how she looks
is hard to place
But it don't matter anyway
'cuz the love is gone
that we had that day
we had that day

It was so right
for a little while
And it's hard and it's hard
to remember her
without a smile
She had me goin'
now I feel so blind
The truth will always show
her face in time
Her face in time

When you gonna find that sweet love
that you know that you deserve to find
When you gonna find that one swee love
that will take you through the end of time

Some people's love
seems to come and go
Turn on and off
like it was a show
But some people's love
stands the test of time
Well that's the type of love
that I hope to find
I hope to find

When you gonna find that sweet love
that you know that you deserve to find
When you gonna find that one swee love
that will take you through the end of time

St. Augustine Days

Written By: Brad Starkey, Rick, Starkey, Vinnie Garufi, Joe Vukovich

I don't wanna roll down this road again
'Cuz I finally know where I stand
South Beach, St. Augustine, anywhere in between
I think I've got the upper hand
So I throw it all in my S-10
I headed south on 95 with my best friend
I said, "Man we gotta go where the pace is slow
and I'll be sippin' on a rum and coke"

Two surfboards
and a broken ceiling fan
I got a light to my left
and the TV don't work, man
But that's ok
'Cuz these are St. Augustine Days

Tryin' to count the bottles on the table
I can't even count the days
Just passin' time with my friends that I can count on
Sippin' beer and catchin' waves

Two surfboards
and a broken ceiling fan
I got a light to my left
and the TV don't work, man
But that's ok
'Cuz these are St. Augustine Days

They've got tanks comin' after us
'cuz the cops with the dogs won't do
We've been here before 'til 6 in the morn'
and we're still drinkin' beers on our front stoop
I said, "Officer, it's a mighty good night
We're just trying to sing a lullaby
to those layin' down for the night
so they can sleep tight"
He said, "Well son,
Well the sun's comin' up
and I'm gonna have to lock you up"
And that's when our song turned in to a wake-up call
Wake up
C'mon and let me in
Mull's tryin' to take me downtown again
and he won't let me finish my beer
before we go

Two surfboards
and a broken ceiling fan
I got a light to my left
and the TV don't work, man
But that's ok
'Cuz these are St. Augustine Days

Well these are St. Augustine Days...

Discography

Offshore Café (2002)
Lost in the City (2004)

Set List

3 Full sets of over 40 songs (4 hours of music with 1-2 short breaks), including mostly originals, plus select covers of our musical mentors: Sublime, Jack Johnson, and Jim Croce, among others.

We also do a few "freestyle" songs each night (which venue owners rave about), where we incorporate crowd recommendations into our music and lyrics in real-time, on the spot. These songs always rope in the crowd and increase the energy level.