Otter Creek (Peter & Mary Danzig)

Otter Creek (Peter & Mary Danzig)

 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Otter Creek's visionary arrangements, compelling vocal harmonies, and award winning songwriting and instrumentals, have drawn comparisons to Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Tim O'Brien, and Pete & Anne Sibley.

Biography

With 10 instruments between them and 53 strings to tune Otter Creek (www.ottercreekduo.com) burst onto the national Folk scene in 2012 with back to back hit albums on the Folk Charts. In the 4 years since the husband and wife duo began playing together, Otter Creek has won multiple awards for their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.” Their second album Shiver Into Spark (September 2012) has garnered attention as a collection of “songs that appeal to the heart and mind as well as the ear” and a work of “superb musicianship underpinned by stunning technique” (Greg Harness, Rootsworld Magazine).

Performance Dates: Please see our official website (www.ottercreekduo.com) for complete calendar as well as more audio, video, and photos.

What are People Saying?

"Two of the finest musicians America has to offer."
-Gene Bach,Siskiyou Bluegrass Show,KSYC 103.9FM, Yreka, California

"A couple of most mind-blowing musicians you'll likely ever hear in person... I'm still just hearing it in my head, and smiling.
-Joe Charbonneau, Sol Songs Concert Series, solsongs.com

"Full and focused arrangements often make this duo sound larger than two musicians."
- Greg Harness, Raido Boise, Rootsworld Magazine

Recent Awards:

~Folk Music Charts: #25 with back to back hit albums.
~2012 Utah State Banjo Champion
~1st Place, 2011 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase
~2nd Place 2011 National Mandolin Championship, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
~2011 Utah State Fiddle Champion
~2011 Utah State Mandolin Champion
~2011 Official Showcase FAR West Folk Alliance
~2011 Finalist Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
~2011 Favorite Folk Band, IAMA People's Choice Awards
~2011 Favorite Mandolin Player, IAMA People's Choice Awards
~2011 Alternate, NewSongs Showcase Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
~2010 Winner, NewSongs Showcase Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS

Recent and upcoming performances include; Tom May's "River City Folk", The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), 2011 Official Showcase at Folk Alliance FAR-West (Eugene, OR), The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), SLCC TV "Brewin' Bistro", Groovefest, The Tucson Folk Festival, IAMA/Gallivan Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and the IAMA Local Concert Series 2010-11.

Lyrics

Hunter's Moon

Written By: Peter Danzig

You’re like a deer that lingers, daring my approach
You flee when my arms are open wide but fill my heart with hope
The forest where you make your home
Is not so far from my own dark skies
So every night I’ll search for you in the light
Of a hunter’s moon.

We’re like to birds that dart and weave but never touch
Something keeps restraining me and you could say as much
But the firmament in which you lie
Is not so high that I cannot climb
Among these stars to search for you in the light
Of a hunter’s moon.

You are a river that runs twisted round my soul
And I am the summer sun I look on you with hope
If I can reach from my heart of flame
And cross the emptiness that lies between
Then maybe I can see our fingers entwine in the light
Of a hunter’s moon.

I want to hold your hand, I want to walk with you
Want to have you near all my life
Want to see your eyes looking back at me
Telling me that you are mine.

Maybe tonight I’ll find you again upon some mountainside
I’ll chase you through the forest there till I finally reach your side
I won’t stop for the wind or the rain
I won’t yield to this rocky climb
I’ll press on till I meet you under the light
Of a hunter’s moon.

Down To the River

Written By: Peter Danzig

I went down to the river, and on the shore,
I vowed to study war no more,
I’ll live in peace with my fellow man
Oh brothers sisters come and lend a hand
Beat my sword into a plowshare
And I’ll work the soil of peace with care
Gonna keep on marching not for war,
But for the causes that are worth my dying for.

And every dream has a chance to be
The seeds that grow a reality
And so I hope that someday we’ll meet,
Down by the river.

You may think that I’m a fool
Or maybe you’re a dreamer too,
Or you may be too weak to stand
And help us heal the scars upon the land.
Where does the blood go from all we’ve done?
We’ve killed the soil and choked the sun.
But the river’s promised sacred stream
Can never fail to wash what’s sullied clean.

And every dream has a chance to be
The seeds that grow a reality
And so I hope that someday we’ll meet,
Down by the river.

This river runs, wild and free
From the mountain tops down to the sea,
And I think it winds through every soul
Connects the world we live in pole to pole.
And I have a dream that at the shore
We’ll pledge to study war no more
We’ll live in peace with our fellow man
Oh sisters brothers come and lend a hand.

And every dream has a chance to be
The seeds that grow a reality
And so I believe that someday we’ll meet,
Down by the river.

East Colorado

Written By: Peter Danzig

Long way home from East Colorado
Long way honey to my home
Long way home from East Colorado
And Lord, I wish I could go.

My Daddy was a steel-drivin’ man,
And Lord that’s all I’ve ever known.
My Daddy was a steel-drivin’ man
Died with the hammer in his hand.

Freight train a’comin’ ‘round the bend
Hear the whistle blow.
Freight train a’comin’ ‘round the bend
Lord I wish that I could go.

This is the hammer that killed my Daddy
And Lord I hope it don’t kill me.
This is the hammer that killed my Daddy
And Lord I hope it don’t kill me.

Can’t you hear my hammer ringin’
Steel it runs like lead
Gonna lay them tracks on down.
Can’t you hear my hammer ringin’
Steel it runs like lead
I’m gonna work on this railroad till I’m dead.

Long way home from East Colorado
Long way honey to my home
Long way home from East Colorado
And Lord, I wish I could go.

Tethered Wings

Written By: Peter Danzig

I had a dream I was an angel with feathered wings
And hands that could heal the world's suffering
But I was afraid to fly so I just hung around
Trapped in my apartment, feet firmly on the ground.

And from my window I saw people on the street,
I knew each one of them even though we didn't meet
Their figures in the evening were like visions in my mind
And each one told a story of dreams they'd left behind

Chorus:
If I gather all the dreams of the children
And let them carry me high
I could take all the raindrops in these tears of mine
And make a rainbow for all of us who cry
Place a rainbow as a promise in the sky.

I met a man who was suffering, he couldn't sleep.
He'd offered up his mind and soul for a vapid tweak,
His eyes were empty with no tears left to fall
He stood alone muttering outside the old town hall.

I met a girl who begged for food at the center of the town
Her mother had disfigured her and carried her around
She was just a ticket to a better chance at life
The violence was practical even though it wasn't right.

Chorus:

Is it any wonder that some say we'll end in fire
When so often there's no choice but to kill or to die?
Children dream but there's no chance that things will turn out right
Their shattered dreams lie scattered in the darkness of the night.

Chorus:

But the children are still dreaming even when there is no hope.
And maybe that's the meaning behind Noah's boat:
To hope against hope and make it float.

God destroyed the world the first time with a flood,
And it seems we'll do the same but this time with blood
If I had the world to run I'd ask us all to cry
And hope that all the tears we shed could be a rainbow in the sky.

Another Day

Written By: Peter Danzig

Another Day

I walk down to the liquor store
Stand outside all day,
Then I work all night at a deadbeat job,
But I get through another day,
Oh I get through another day,
I make it through another day.

Can’t go home to my wife and kids,
She told me to stay,
To stay away from all of them
‘till I’m sober a hundred days,
Sober a hundred days.

Hi diddle die, diddle um day,
Hi diddle diddle um day,
Die diddle dee, diddle um day,
Diddle um diddle um day.

Today’s about day fifty-three
And Lord knows that I pray
To stay away from whisky’s touch
But I always walk home this way,
I always walk home this way.

I love my family, love ‘em dear
And Lord you know I try
To stay away from whisky's fire
But it feels like I’m gonna die
Feels like I’m gonna die
Feels like I’m gonna…

Hi diddle die, diddle um day,
Hi diddle diddle um day,
Die diddle dee, diddle um day,
Diddle um diddle um day.

So I’ll walk down to the liquor store
May stand outside all day,
But I’ll work tonight at my deadbeat job
And make it through another day
Make it through another…

Hi diddle die, diddle um day,
Hi diddle diddle um day,
Die diddle dee, diddle um day,
Diddle um diddle um day.

Tethered Wings

Written By: Peter Danzig

Tethered Wings
Lyrics and Music by Peter Danzig

I had a dream I was an angel with feathered wings
And hands that could heal the world's suffering
But I was afraid to fly so I just hung around
Trapped in my apartment, feet firmly on the ground.

And from my window I saw people on the street,
I knew each one of them even though we didn't meet
Their figures in the evening were like visions in my mind
And each one told a story of dreams they'd left behind

Chorus:
If I gather all the dreams of the children
And let them carry me high
I could take all the raindrops in these tears of mine
And make a rainbow for all of us who cry
Place a rainbow as a promise in the sky.

I met a man who was suffering, he couldn't sleep.
He'd offered up his mind and soul for a vapid tweak,
His eyes were empty with no tears left to fall
He stood alone muttering outside the old town hall.

I met a girl who begged for food at the center of the town
Her mother had disfigured her and carried her around
She was just a ticket to a better chance at life
The violence was practical even though it wasn't right.

Chorus:

Is it any wonder that some say we'll end in fire
When so often there's no choice but to kill or to die?
Children dream but there's no chance that things will turn out right
Their shattered dreams lie scattered in the darkness of the night.

Chorus:

But the children are still dreaming even when there is no hope.
And maybe that's the meaning behind Noah's boat:
To hope against hope and make it float.

God destroyed the world the first time with a flood,
And it seems we'll do the same but this time with blood
If I had the world to run I'd ask us all to cry
And hope that all the tears we shed could be a rainbow in the sky.

Getting Past the Barking

Written By: Peter Danzig

I used to know a little dog,
Lived down the street from me
I saw her every day
As I walked to the city.
She looked half starved and I wondered once
Why her people didn’t care
Even in the winter time
She was always there

The first time that I met her
We didn’t hit it off
She said she didn’t want me there
And tried to chase me off,
But it happened once that I had some food
And I knew at a glace
She could smell it walking by
Her gaze was so intense.
A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I fed her for a couple months
And pretty soon she knew
If I stepped onto her block
There’d be a little food.
It started out with kitchen scraps
Or things I’d thrown away
But soon I bought food just for her
Sometimes I’d stop and play.

A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I was just a lonely boy far from my home,
She was just a hungry dog in her yard all alone.

A thousand other people
Must have walked that fence each day
The little dog just barked at them
Scared some of them away.
But abuse cannot remove the soul’s
Capacity for love
Nor can the ignorance of those
Who treat their dog so rough.

A little food, a little love
Can tame the wildest heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

The hardest Disposition
Just needs a little shove.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the task of love.

Devil's Boots

Written By: Peter Danzig

I was born with cold feet
Watched others sail while life just passed me by
Always thought that maybe
My chance would come to catch them by and by
But then I think about motion sickness
If I get the move on
I get so worried ‘bout moving right
I never travel at all

I wanna wear the Devil’s boots
And dance through the night
Walk in them for a mile
Wear the Devil’s boots instead of my own
And warm my feet for a while.

Went to church each Sunday
Did the things I should and paid an honest tithe.
All in hopes that someday
God would reward me with eternal life.
But what about the life that I’m here missing
Feels like I can’t catch the ball
I get so scared of misbehaving
That I’m not living at all.

I wanna to wear the Devil’s boots
And dance through the night
Walk in them for a mile
Wear the Devil’s boots instead of my own
And warm my feet for a while.

Spent my life so far from the edge
Afraid of it all.
I just want a way to cut loose
And the courage…
The courage to face a fall.

I was scared that someday
I’d look back and see a lonely man
Then you came and hey
You stole my heart and took me by the hand
I still remember how you loved dancing
And wanted to go to that ball
I was scared but I made advances
I finally risked it all!

I wore the Devil’s boots
And danced through the night
Walked in them for a mile
Wore the Devil’s boots instead of my own
Lived my life with a smile.

Midnight Breeze

Written By: Peter Danzig

Midnight Breeze
Lyrics and Music by Peter Danzig

I've been on the road all night
Headed east to the morning light
with no place else to be
I'm riding on the midnight breeze.

I left my family and friends behind
Goin' on my own this time
And I don't know what I'll do
When I get where I'm headed to.

I've got nothing on my mind
And it feels so fine
To be free from all the drudgery that is mine
And there's nothing left to do
Nothing I'm gonna lose.
Just me and the road...

There's a freedom in the wind
Never knowing where it's been
And the only thing I see
Is the road out in front of me.

The motor's music sings
of all the places I've never been
And my radio plays tunes
Beneath a waxing gibbous moon.

I've got nothing on my mind
And it feels so fine
To be free from all the drudgery that is mine
And there's nothing I can't achieve,
Nothing I can't be.
Just me and the road...

Oh why did it take so long
to find this road I'm driving on?

I'm an hour away from dawn
And a new day is moving on
I left on the midnight breeze,
Coming home, back to me.

Midnight Breeze

Written By: Peter Danzig

Midnight Breeze
Lyrics and Music by Peter Danzig

I've been on the road all night
Headed east to the morning light
with no place else to be
I'm riding on the midnight breeze.

I left my family and friends behind
Goin' on my own this time
And I don't know what I'll do
When I get where I'm headed to.

I've got nothing on my mind
And it feels so fine
To be free from all the drudgery that is mine
And there's nothing left to do
Nothing I'm gonna lose.
Just me and the road...

There's a freedom in the wind
Never knowing where it's been
And the only thing I see
Is the road out in front of me.

The motor's music sings
of all the places I've never been
And my radio plays tunes
Beneath a waxing gibbous moon.

I've got nothing on my mind
And it feels so fine
To be free from all the drudgery that is mine
And there's nothing I can't achieve,
Nothing I can't be.
Just me and the road...

Oh why did it take so long
to find this road I'm driving on?

I'm an hour away from dawn
And a new day is moving on
I left on the midnight breeze,
Coming home, back to me.

Shiver Into Spark

Written By: Peter Danzig

I’ve been walking many roads
Trying to find myself
I don’t know just how I lost me,
Hope that someone else can tell.
Yes it’s hard
To hear the whisper
Somewhere in the dark
Calling me to let that ember
Shiver into spark.

What’s the meaning, where’s the payback
What do we have to gain?
Why shouldn’t we just lay back
See if we can escape the pain?
Yes it’s hard
To hear the whisper
Somewhere close at hand
Calling us to let our fire
Burst upon the land.

This neediness to know
Is killing us inside,
Until we let it go,
We’ll never realize…

Life is breathing, breathe it deeply
Don’t question it, don’t doubt
Let the questions you can’t answer
Be a joyful shout.
Let it go, drop the burden
Join the cosmic dance.
You don’t need any reason
To seize upon a chance.

Life is breathing breathe it deeply
The universe will show
Answers flutter all around you
Everywhere you go.
Yes it’s hard
This letting go but
Every time you start
You can feel the light around you
Shiver into spark.

Getting Past the Barking

Written By: Peter Danzig

I used to know a little dog,
Lived down the street from me
I saw her every day
As I walked to the city.
She looked half-starved and I wondered once
Why her people didn’t care
Even in the winter time
She was always there.

The first time that I met her
We didn’t hit it off
She said she didn’t want me there
And tried to chase me off,
But it happened once that I had some food
And I knew at a glace
She could smell it walking by
Her gaze was so intense.

A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I fed her for a couple months
And pretty soon she knew
If I stepped onto her block
There’d be a little food.
It started out with kitchen scraps
Or things I’d thrown away
But soon I bought food just for her
Sometimes I’d stop and play.

A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I was just a lonely boy far from my home,
She was just a hungry dog in her yard all alone.

A thousand other people
Must have walked that fence each day
The little dog just barked at them
Scared some of them away.
But abuse cannot remove the soul’s
Capacity for love
Nor can the ignorance of those
Who treat their dog so rough.

A little food, a little love
Can tame the wildest heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.
The hardest disposition
Just needs a little shove.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the task of love.

Getting Past the Barking

Written By: Peter Danzig

I used to know a little dog,
Lived down the street from me
I saw her every day
As I walked to the city.
She looked half-starved and I wondered once
Why her people didn’t care
Even in the winter time
She was always there.

The first time that I met her
We didn’t hit it off
She said she didn’t want me there
And tried to chase me off,
But it happened once that I had some food
And I knew at a glace
She could smell it walking by
Her gaze was so intense.

A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I fed her for a couple months
And pretty soon she knew
If I stepped onto her block
There’d be a little food.
It started out with kitchen scraps
Or things I’d thrown away
But soon I bought food just for her
Sometimes I’d stop and play.

A little food, a little love
Can soften any heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.

I was just a lonely boy far from my home,
She was just a hungry dog in her yard all alone.

A thousand other people
Must have walked that fence each day
The little dog just barked at them
Scared some of them away.
But abuse cannot remove the soul’s
Capacity for love
Nor can the ignorance of those
Who treat their dog so rough.

A little food, a little love
Can tame the wildest heart.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the hardest part.
The hardest disposition
Just needs a little shove.
Getting past the barking,
That’s the task of love.

Discography

Shiver Into Spark: Full length album (14 tracks) Released September 2012

Hunter's Moon: Full length album (13 tracks) released March 2010

Bidder 70: Single included on an Earth Day CD complilation (release date: March 2013)

Set List

Sets are generally about 45-50 minutes in length and we can easily play two or three. Our sets usually consist of about half original songs and half folk/celtic/bluegrass standards along with a few covers of other artists we admire.

Here is a typical setlist:

Hunter's Moon (original)
Fare Thee Well (traditional)
East Colorado (original)
Poor Wayfaring Stranger (traditional)
Porter Rockwell (traditional)
Sally Goodin' (traditional)
Lonesome Roving Wolves (Traditional)
Down to the River (original)
Tethered Wings (original)
Iron Horse (traditional)