No Sorrow

No Sorrow

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandAmericanaBluegrass

Acoustic rock/backwoods country/swamp folk fusion; palatable to the people but equally enjoyed by the discerning listener.

Biography

Burnt out on the heavy rock scene and down a member, Joe Glaser, Nick Snow, and Aaron Cordell set out to redefine their music and reach out to a new, expanded audience. The result was a fusion of acoustic rock, folk, and backwoods country.

At times, one might call it "swamp folk." Songs tell tales of wrestling alligators and canoe trips gone wrong, all set to an acoustic soundtrack with its roots in banjo and mandolin-driven, country. 

Their previous project was a heavy rock group by the name of HYDRASHOCK.  Under this name they recorded a three-song demo and opened for the bands Days of the New, Sponge, and Taproot along the way.  A full length album was in progress when they lost a lead guitarist to an out-of-town move.  This combined with already mixed feelings on the direction of the group's music was enough to cause the project to collapse.

One of the last tracks recorded happened to be a slower, acoustic track that would ultimately lay the groundwork for the sound that Joe, Nick, and Aaron would cultivate as No Sorrow. Early songs developed were more rock and folk than they were country, Joe and Nick both playing acoustic guitar and Aaron focusing on drums.  

Then one day Aaron bought a banjo, which prompted Joe to purchase a mandolin.  Soon there was a new song being written every other practice, and a new sound was quickly defined and then refined.

And the rest is brief history.  With recording for their debut album soon wrapping up, No Sorrow is working hard to forge new local connections and hopes to hit the ground running onto the scene of what has become a thriving genre in the Cincinnati area and beyond.

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NOTE: Since No Sorrow is a sprout risen from the ashes of HYDRASHOCK, Joe, Nick, and Aaron's shows under that name will continue to be listed in the show history.  HYDRASHOCK's last show was April 16, 2011.

Lyrics

No Sorrow © 2013 Joe Glaser

Written By: Joe Glaser

Come on down to the Outback Crab Shack
Bucket full of crab in a jet black Cadillac
Pour another beer and have another heart attack
Everybody dies so why try to prevent it?

Life aint easy when you’re livin so hard
Pullin' fish all day, slingin' grease in the backyard
Ran outta butter so I used pure lard …
To make your welcome home cake, welcome to the graveyard.

Makes no difference rain or shine
Either we’re livin life
Don’t worry how I spend my time …
Cuz you’re not livin mine

Swamp boat buzzin like a big bee in a crick
Lightin up the night with a bright glowin cancer stick
Take another drag, then let your pa have a hit
Everybody dies inside before their body quits.

Soul rise up to the great divide …
Two crooked paths and you can’t see the other side
Sober can’t sleep but drunk can’t drive.
Waitin on fate, just tryin to catch a free ride.

Makes no difference rain or shine
Either way we’re livin life
Don’t worry how I spend my time …
Cuz you’re not livin mine

Dancin with a crocodile down in the sand …
Death roll dizzy but I still don’t understand
Which is the path of the righteous man,
And which one burns like a fish in a frying pan?

Tight-rope walkin’ cross the great divide.
Flip a tin coin with nothin on either side.
Snakes on the ground and fire in the sky,
Bottle in my hand, no sorrow in my eyes.

Whitewater, White Lightning © 2013 Joe Glaser

Written By: Joe Glaser

We headed out early that day, the sun was beatin' down.
The river was a ramblin’, as we headed out of town.
We drank booze on this hillbilly cruise as the shoreline moved along.
But when I looked back and saw the sky was black,
I knew something was wrong.
Some were concerned, some were just sunburned, still others had no clue
We can ride this out, I heard somebody shout, but better than that I knew
My lovely wife, girlfriend at the time, was starting to look pale
So we paddled like a nun at a catholic school and prayed that it wouldn’t hail.

White water, white lightning
Mix them both together, things get frightening.
Don’t drink whiskey when you drive
If you wanna stay alive
And don’t drink moonshine underneath the sun.

The lightning struck around us, but we weren’t in the mood to dance
The wind insisted that we stop, my mind was in a trance
I saw a capsized canoe, owners lookin’ scared as sin.
A snake’s inside our boat, y’all know much about water moccasins?
Then we wrecked into a mud wall, I had trouble scalin' up
I pulled my girl up by her hands and she stepped deep in some mud
The hail began to come down and I briefly heard her cry
This mud wasn’t mud at all, guess she doesn’t like cow pie

White water, white lightning
Mix them both together, things get frightening.
Don’t drink whiskey when you drive
If you wanna stay alive
And don’t drink moonshine underneath the sun.

We ran along the tree line tryin' our best not to get struck
When up upon the hill I saw an old red Chevy truck
We hopped inside, that might have saved our lives, I knew we’d be safe there
That ol’ flatbed was a blessing, straight outta yesteryear.

White water, white lightning
Mix them both together, things get frightening.
Don’t drink whiskey when you drive
If you wanna stay alive
And don’t drink moonshine underneath the sun.

This songs more about cabrewin then bought stillin alcohol
Or maybe it’s about them both take this wisdom with y'all
The reason it’s called moonshine's cause it’s best left drunk at night
And never hit the river if a storm’s somewhere in sight.

White water, white lightning
Mix them both together, things get frightening.
Don’t drink whiskey when you drive
If you wanna stay alive
And don’t drink moonshine underneath the sun.

Discography

Demos available in the audio section. Album coming soon ...

Set List

  1. River Song
  2. My Sweetness
  3. White Water, White Lightning
  4. Knees Get Weak
  5. You Bug Me
  6. Ode to Roadkill
  7. Fourth of July
  8. Bottle In My Hand
  9. One Plus One
  10. Nuclear Way
  11. Stray Bullet Ghost
  12. Run from Trouble
  13. Breaking Dawn