Mustered Courage

Mustered Courage

 Northcote, Victoria, AUS
BandCountryBluegrass

Bluegrass, newgrass, rock-grass, glam-grass, modern-grass, alternate-grass... whatever- grass. This Aussie string band are taking their brand of Americana to another dimension at high speed. Thought provoking songs married with 4 part harmonies, virtuosic string picking and a rock and roll mentality

Biography


Mixing old-school bluegrass with modern roots music, Mustered Courage rose to the top of Australia’s folk scene in 2011, thanks to a self-titled debut album that won the band a string of warm reviews, plenty of radio support and a trophy at the 2012 Music Oz Awards.

After playing every major Australian festival in 2012, these down-home pickers are in the middle of their biggest year to date- - a year that recently saw the release of their second album, Powerlines. Produced by Aria Award-winning producer Jimi Maroudas (The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Kimbra), ‘Powerlines’ finds the band fine-tuning a diverse sound that one publication recently described as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons.

Like the Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the crusty old bluegrass scene. Bluegrass used to be a kind of sit down scene, not anymore!

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"This new album from Mustered Courage has taken Australian Bluegrass where it has not ventured before. This is one great album. "
- Greg McGrath, Australian Bluegrass Blog on their forthcoming album ‘Powerlines’

‘The music may have a bluegrassy charm, but it is unfailingly relevant. With its string heavy, bluesy instrumental line and its pure and charming vocal harmonies, it’s difficult not to love these guys - Four stars’
– The Herald Sun

‘In the dangerous search for middle ground, Mustered Courage manage to find the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons, with just the right mix of mirth and mournful. If Mustered Courage are this good a year after formation, I can’t wait for album two.’
- Music Australia Guide

‘Mustered Courage are seriously one of the tightest groups in Australia and even in the face of adversity are able to put on one of the most professional shows of the entire festival’
- Timber and Steel, Jan 2013

‘Absolutely Awesome!!!’
– Seal on the band’s cover of ‘Kiss From A Rose’

Lyrics

On The Run

Written By: Munro Melano

Loneliness,
I've been your support, I've been your edge
I push you over, now we're breaking bread
I should come over, I went out instead..

Ch:
We're on the run, my love,
and I have time and faith,
All I ever hear, is everybodies good advice,
when it's not their place...

Walk the streets,
Trying hard to lose this cavalry
I don't know why it is you'd follow me
When I will always dissapoint you...

Twists and turns,
I take you through road works and carpet burns,
and it seems that I will never learn,
how to hit the spot but miss the nerve...

Ch:
We're on the run, my love,
and I have time and faith,
All I ever hear, is everybodies good advice
when it's not their place,
we're on the run...

It's plain to see
We're just reflections lying in the stream,
Still everybodies throwing rocks at me,
You surround me like water

Ch:
We're on the run, my love
and I have time and faith
All I ever hear, is everybodies good advice
when it's not their place,
we're on the run...

Simply Complicated

Written By: Julian Abrahams


VERSE 1
Well I have to admit that you caught me off guard
with that look on your face and fairy on your arm,
I was slightly concerned that you didnt know what she was saying

And I'd like to admit that I'm slightly alarmed,
things we know of each other in the present barely past,
and I think you should know
that I'm feeling like I'm practically swaying

PRE CHORUS
oh - why you make me feel so good,
oh - I wonder if you really should,
oh - the angels got the better and now I am phasing,

oh - I hate the fact I knock on wood
oh - it scares me that I think we could
be something worthwhile for sometime yet I'm hesitating

CHORUS
Where do we go from here,
Where do we go from here,
it's simply complicated, we're moving forward or we're fading
Where do we go from here,
Where do we go from here,
It's simply complicated, I never want to end jaded

VERSE 2
Well I'd like to submit that I'm known to discard
certain things in my life after 12 or so months
so I wonder if this is game I should even be playing?

and I'd like to forgive you for the way that you are
logic verse feelings is what makes it hard
so excuse me if I am concerned over your heart breaking

PRE CHORUS
oh - why you make me feel so good,
oh - I wonder if you really should,
oh - the angels got the better and now I am phasing,

oh - I hate the fact I knock on wood
oh - it scares me that I think we could
be something worthwhile for sometime yet I'm hesitating

CHORUS
Where do we go from here,
Where do we go from here,
it's simply complicated, we're moving forward or we're fading
Where do we go from here,
Where do we go from here,
It's simply complicated, I never want to end jaded

BRIDGE
I can see it in your eyes all day
wish I could feel you in my arms today
I can see it in your smile and say
wish I could promise everything's ok

Money Mouth

Written By: Julian Abrahams

So come right in and make yourself at home
See i try but I can't find
the room to fit you in my crowded mind

I always wanna be the one to say I told you so
I love it when you fill my lungs and abuse for fun
but big words wont get you nowhere if you got no tongue..

CHORUS
So go on put your money where your mouth is
Lets see what you really do about it
Go on put your money where your mouth is cause your all talk now..

so come right in and say whats on your mind,
avoid the sygar coated lines
cause we;re to old to beat around the bush now

you're always gonna be the one that makes me feel at home,
I love it when you scream and shun,
slam the door and run,
put my umbrella up and wait until the storm has calmed

Take Me There

Written By: Julian Abrahams

“Take Me There”
By Julian Abrahams © 2010

Verse 1
I'm sick and tired of this stupid situation,
Should I let my hair hang down,
I put my brain in the freezer cause its racing,
could you remind me to let it out?

I've known this man a life time,
yet he is a stranger,
I'd kindly swap my shoes for his crown,
So you can walk in the shadow of me later
and drop some acid rain from the clouds…

Chorus
Take me there, take me there,
Your mediums been overgrown,
Take me there ------------- take me there,
so we can over grow these broken bones,
Take me there, take me there,
Your kingdom has been overthrown,
Take me there ------------- take me there
so we can over grow these broken bones …

Verse 2
Stay in your head all day because you're crazy,
I bite my lip just to make a sound,
and then you walk on water just to chase me,
paranoia makes me wanna drown,

don’t want to be a slave to my thoughts and their placement
you come straight in then I’m going right out,
and the enamel I can feel it slowly grating,
so put those words back into my mouth...
Chorus
Julian Abrahams © 2010

Hands are Tied

Written By: Julian Abrahams

Hands are Tied
Words and Music by Julian Abrahams

Verse 1
If you want to be outlandish then go on and be my guest,
though you might have good intentions from what your statements do suggest
my hands are tied, I’m gagged and blind
from the world around you
Don’t change your ways to please me cause I’d only love you less
And when the guns are out an blazing I’m only likely to defend
I don’t wanna fight, my hands are tied
From the world around me

Chorus
Free me from the shackles in my head
I’m dreaming how I can escape them
Bleed my dry from love and hate my friend
I need you now, so lets embrace it.

Verse 2
Love me and then leave me, wont forgive and won’t forget
White lies are so misleading but are cleaner than the mess
We’re gonna find, truth is denied
From the world around you

Honestly deceive me hold the secrets that you kept
Ignorance is blissful keep them lying where they rest
My hands are tied, I ain’t so blind
And your words astound me

© Julian Abrahams 2010

Money Mouth

Written By: Julian Abrahams

VERSE 1:
Well come right in and make yourself at home,
See I try but I can't find
the room to fit you in my crowded mind,
I always wanna the one to say I told you so,
I love it when you fill my lungs and abuse for fun but,
big words won't get you nowhere if you got no tongue,

CHORUS:
Go on put your money where your mouth is,
let's see what you really do about it,
go on put your money where your mouth is
cause you're all talk now

VERSE 2:
Come right in and say what's on your mind,
avoid the sugar coated lines,
cause we're too old to beat around the bush now,
you're always gonna be the one who makes me feel at home,
I love it when you scream and shun
slam the door and run
put my umbrella up and wait until the storm has calmed

CHORUS

Bridge:
You're all talk now...

CHORUS

Karma

Written By: Mustered Courage

The Ghost of Ellen Smith came to me in a dream.
She said the flowers growing on potters field are all dandelions and weeds.
You can blow away your problems but your just spreading seeds.
May you receive your just rewards, LORD have mercy on me.

CH
I'm just waiting for Karma to get you its taking too long.
Finish you off so i can forget you and I can move on.
It's taking too long. Karma come on.

Momma brought me up in this world, daddy weren't around. She taught me when she raised me, your bad deeds go down come back around to haunt you. You deserve what you get got by your own hand. Consider this next time that you do bad by fellow man.

CH

If ignorance is bliss your blissful indeed. Shaking hands and kissing babies ain't what we need. It seems your always filthy rich and the filthy you appease. Whats going around is coming fast, you'd better take heed.

I'm the kind of guy who likes to whistle when he walks. Mind my God Damn business 'til mans common senses fall. I've seen some God damn stupid people do some God damn stupid things. I hope that they're prepared for what the universe gonna bring.

CH

Cruel Alibis

Written By: Julian Abrahams

VERSE 1
Packing all my possessions
Cause I'm leaving here tonight
And the change in my own reflection
I can hardly recognise

CHORUS
I've made my choices
Gotta leave you behind
(Hear) the high lonesome voices
Whisper cruel alibis

VERSE 2
We used to dance together
In the kitchen late at night
And walk in the stormy weather
Soaking wet but didn't mind

VERSE 3
Your skin was as soft as velvet
My heartbeat fast as a train
The ice in my whiskey has melted
Like the burning sugar cane

CHORUS

VERSE 4
There's so many turns for the taking
And such little precious time
To get to our destination
Taking caution to arrive

VERSE 5
As the shadows creep upon us
There's only so much light today
The love we once shared has broken
But our memories remain

Standing By Your Side

Written By: Julian Abrahams

CH.
Let it rain upon me, I don’t mind
If I’m stand’in by your side
Let the storm come floodin’, I’ll be alright
If I’m standin; by your side

Verse

Leavin’ this old town behind me
I packed my Martin box and mandolin
I;’m afraid theirs no such thing as perfect timing
But I thank you for the memories you bring

CH.

Verse
Grieving my old friend reminds me
Of passing time with Polaroids and riffs
But you symphony still echoes in the lounge room
Where you left your cassette tapes and compact disks.

Brigde,

No ones perfect I know its true,
But the closest thing I’ve found to it is you

CH.

Verse

Feelings surely change like the seasons
Flowers grow and pollen floats away
But the ground I walk upon is not the reason
That I’m walking to your door again today.

Bridge.
No ones perfect I know its true,
But the closest thing I’ve found to it is you

CH.

Discography

"Powerlines" LP Released May 10
(Independent)

Single 'Cruel Alibis' released 26th Feb 2013

"Self-titled" LP released September 2011
(Laughing Outlaw Records)
http://www.laughingoutlaw.com.au/

Set List

'ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS'
Holdin' you Responsible
Karma
Power Lines
Bullet
Madeline
Take me there
On the run
Simply complicated
Money mouth
Middle Ground
Safe to go back now
Hands are tied
Good For You
Rug Sale
Cut yo Grass
I Could Never Tell

'POP COVERS'
Kiss from a Rose - Seal
Fat Bottom Girls - Queen
Say my Name - Destiny's Child
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Callin' Baton Rouge - Oak Ridge Boys/Garth Brooks
Crazy - Gnarls Barkly
Beat it – Michael Jackson
Going Down - Freddie King

'TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS TUNES'
Sitting on top of the world
Long gone
Foggy Mountain
Red Haired Boy
Wheel Hoss
Rank Stranger
Cherokee Shuffle
Gold Rush
Train 45
Little Maggie
Nine Pound Hammer