Paso Fino

Paso Fino

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Diana Andersen and Shane Lamphier are the backbone of Paso Fino, from Ithaca, NY. Bringing together soundscapes of South America and East Genoa, NY, Paso Fino's music is a swirling mix of Latin, folk, blues, rock, and whatever else it drinks in from the surrounding waters...

Biography

Shane Lamphier got his start as a teenager playing mandolin in the Bubba George String Band with friends Jeb Puryear, Jordan Puryear, and Richie Stearns (also of The Horse Flies). You can still catch them opening the Fingerlakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance in Trumansburg, NY every year! From there, they all went on to help form Donna the Buffalo. Shane was the original drummer for the band, where he recorded and toured for 7 years. He can also be found on Donna the Buffalo lead singer Tara Nevins’ “Mule to Ride,” playing electric guitar.

In 1993, Shane and Diana first played together in the band Boojum Twist, an electric outfit. From there, the two went on to tour and record with Good Dog Bad Dog. While in this band, the duo opted to branch out and record “Mystified,” an acoustic side project that truly served as the birth of Paso Fino.

For their I-Town Records debut, “Should’ve Bought a Pony,” Diana and Shane relied on the Ithaca-area music community to put the finishing touches on the songs. There are special guest performances scattered throughout, including: Tara Nevins (Donna the Buffalo) on electric fiddle; Bill King (Jennie Stearns Band) on drums; June Drucker (The Horse Flies) on bass and ashiko drum; and Peter Dodge (formerly of The Horse Flies) on trumpet.

Since then, Paso Fino has been playing around the Northeast, with Kristin Sharkey on harmony vocals, and Nick Papador and Jim Armstrong on percussion. Jim Armstrong has recorded and toured with Five Horse Johnson (DMP Albany). He’s the author of “Vodou Drumset: Traditional Afro-Haitian Rhythms Applied to Drums” (Carl Fischer, 2002). Paso Fino performs annually at GrassRoots, where last year they shared the stage with Los Lobos, Jim Lauderdale, and The Johnny Dowd Band, among others.

Now, Paso Fino has recently released their much-anticipated second album on I-Town Records, “Into the Cactus Plain.” Honing the knife’s edge balance between clarity and complexity of sound, intensely rhythmic, with evocative lyrics, soulful guitar work, and powerful voices, this album will take you on a journey to plumb the depths of your heart’s desire.

Lyrics

Long Way Home

Written By: Diana Andersen

Shadows deep
On fragile faces
Pass through these days
In twilight’s keep
And darker places

Words come hard
Rain dropping slowly
Fresh tears fall down
And drench the ground
Where love was growing

Be still my heart
Will show us the way to
Follow our path
Will show us the way home
What there we’ll find
Well I hardly know too
But we can survive
The long way home

Sometime we rise
To softened glances
Relived in touch
And muffled cries
And mingled dances

Shadows deep
On fragile faces
Pass through these days
In twilight’s keep
And darker places

But our bonds won’t break
Don’t need replacement
And cracks and wear
Can be repaired
And healed with patience

Be still my heart
Will show us the way to
Follow our path
Will show us the way home
What there we’ll find
Well I hardly know too
But we can survive
The long way home
Yes, we will survive
Yes, we will survive
The long way home

Fiery Ride

Written By: Diana Andersen

When you stand on your own two feet
The world is cruel, the world is sweet
It shifts so fast, turns on a dime
You blink your eyes, you’re out of time
So enjoy the day
There’s no better way

Good times, bad, you’ll know them all
And if you could see in a crystal ball
The future, you might change your mind
Your plans, before you’re out of time
But since you can’t
You might as well dance

At times you’ll think it doesn’t pay
To get out of bed, to face the day
But you do it, there’re no other plans
And who knows how you’ll play your hand
You might really fly
You might bruise your pride

When you stand on your own two feet
The world is cruel, the world is sweet
It shifts so fast, turns on a dime
You blink your eyes, you’re out of time
So enjoy the day
There’s no better way
Not much else to do or say

At times you think you can’t get up
Get out of bed, you’re really stuck
But you do it, there’re no other plans
And who knows how you’ll play your hand
You might really fly
Lose your pride
Crash and burn in a fiery ride

Mercy Wine

Written By: Diana Andersen

I have a girl in my pocket
She was so fine
But after they took her and broke her
Oh, she could tell you a story
It’s time to sit down for a story
It’s time to get drunk on mercy wine

I have a boy in my pocket
Like all, divine
But after he saw what he shouldn’t
Oh, he could tell you a story
How life can go wrong in a hurry
It’s time to get drunk on mercy wine
On mercy wine

Sometimes you weep
Sometimes you fall
Sometimes I think I can feel it
But I don’t understand
At all
At all

Survivors of blood in my pocket
Pearls before swine
They know the weakness of people
They’ve felt the close breath of evil
They’ve passed through the fires of hell’s glory
And oh, they could tell you a story
It’s time to sit down
It’s time to get drunk on mercy wine
On mercy wine

Sometimes you weep
Sometimes you fall
Sometimes I think I can feel it
But I don’t understand
Sometimes you weep
Sometimes you fall
Sometimes I think I can feel it
But I don’t understand
At all
At all

Drunk on mercy wine
Drunk on mercy
Drunk on
Mercy wine
Mercy
Mercy

Are You Ready

Written By: Diana Andersen

Every day feels about the same
Off to work and home again
Our house is neat, our plants are green
We take responsibility
And I can’t stand it

We have friends out as our excuse
To fire up the barbecue
We drink too much and feel too full
And talk about nothing at all
Are you ready

You and I could pack our bags
And they would never know
Where you and I were heading
Where we were bound to go

You and I could take the high road
And at times the low road too
Follow the taste of freedom
Set it up where we choose

You say it’s really not so bad
More damning words have not been said
Once around is all I know
Good enough has got to go
Are you, ‘cause I am ready

You and I could pack our bags
And they would never know
Where you and I were heading
Where we were bound to go

You and I could take the high road
And at times the low road too
Follow the taste of freedom
Set it up where we choose

Back in My Arms

Written By: Diana Andersen

Though the sun will rise
And light the darkened sky
Here at night it seems
So very far from me

When you go away
Though you’ll come back someday
Now the sky is ebony
And you’re so far from me
Again

Though the sun will rise
And light the darkened sky
Here at night it seems
So very far from me

And what of journey’s end
Where will this hard road send you
Winding around the bend
Back where you started from
Back in my arms again

Sweet creatures in the night
Will sing their lullabies
And though I long to weep
I dream untroubled sleep

When you go away
You’ll come back someday
Now this night’s at peace
I feel you close to me
Again

And what of journey’s end
Where will this hard road send you
Winding around the bend
Back where you started from
Back in my arms again

Boy Next Door

Written By: Diana Andersen

Long ago before I knew him
Long ago before I grew
Lived a girl without a heartache
Lived a girl whose loves were few
They were few

But in moved a boy
In moved a boy
In moved a boy next door

Had no doubts, she had fallen
Had no doubts her heart would ache
Thought that he could make it better
But with him, her heart would break
It would break

Why don’t you know your touch, it moved me
To a place I’d never been before
I wouldn’t trade the pain I have felt
For a world without your knowing eyes

Then a girl becomes a woman
Lives a life of outward calm
Loves a man who loves her truly
But at times her mind will roam
It will roam

She sees a boy
She sees a boy
She sees the boy next door

Passion he could awaken
She felt more than she could before
He left this gift, she uses it
Turns to the man her love
Turns to the man her love

Why don’t you know your touch, it moves me
To a place I’ve never been before
I wouldn’t trade the pain I have felt
For a world without your knowing eyes

Why don’t you know your touch, it moves me
To a place I’ve never been before
I wouldn’t trade the pain I have felt
For a world without your knowing eyes

He left this gift, she uses it / Turns to the man her love
He left this gift, she uses it / Turns to the man her love
Turns to the man her love

Discography

"Should've Bought a Pony" (I-Town Records 2002)

With this album, Paso Fino garnered a bevy of solid airplay across the country at streaming, college, community, and AAA stations that report to CMJ and FMQB, such as WNCW, WUMB, and WFHB. The band also hit #25 on the Folk Music Chart in the Roots Music Report.

The opening song of “Should’ve Bought a Pony,” “Fiery Ride,” was featured in three episodes of Knock First, a reality TV show for teens on the ABC Family Channel. The closing song of “Should’ve Bought a Pony,” “On the Outside,” appeared in the motion picture “The Year That Trembled,” released in 2003.

"Into the Cactus Plain" (I-Town Records 2004)

With their latest release, Paso Fino continues to get streaming and radio airplay across the country.

Set List

Paso Fino can easily play 2 and a half to 3 hours. The preference is 2 long sets with 1 break, no covers, all originals.

Typical Set List:
Set 1
Where I’m Going
On a Cloudy Day
Fiery Ride
Are You Ready
Mercy Wine
Prisoner
Wide Red Road
The Stars Do Shine
Crazy Heart
Unbroken Wings
Home on the Range

Set 2
Blue
Quietly as Lust
Gold Coins
Long Way Home
Stone Cold Bone
This Pearl
Boy Next Door
In Your Dreams
Back in My Arms
Solitude
Jemma’s Song