Pesky J. Nixon

Pesky J. Nixon

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Bombastic and brilliant, this group from New England exude authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the Coast. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation from zydeco accordion, bluegrass mandolin, tribal percussion, and a myriad of strings instrumentation.

Biography

2012 - "Red Ducks" DJ Chart #30 for 2012
2012 - Falcon Ridge Most Wanted Return Artists
2012 - "Red Ducks" Peaks at #5 on the Folk DJ Charts July
2011 - Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists
2011 - NERFA (New England Regional Folk Alliance) Formal Showcase Artists

"You have an amazing sound that is infectious and puts a smile on peoples faces."
- Cheryl Praskher, President of NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance (Nov 07, 2011)

Bombastic yet brilliant, this quartet from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation.

Jay Moberg of Boston's WUMB says of the group, "These guys represent what I love about music...great playing, thoughtful lyrics, and musicians who actually enjoy playing together!".

Lyrics

Who Will Love You?

Written By: Ethan Scott Baird

(Chorus)
Who Will Love You?
Who Will Love You?
Who Will Love You when I’m gone?

Will he be rich and handsome. Will he get down on one knee?
Will he treat you like the princess you always dreamed you’d be.
Or Will he be just a vagrant, or a man with kinder eyes?
Will he keep your every secret or will he tell you lies?

Chorus

And will he shoulder every burden? Will he wipe away your tears?
Will he be that shining North Star through all your years and years?
And can you take just as you’re given? Will he wrap you up in love?
Or will he leave you at the alter to curse G-d above?

Chorus

Will he love you like I loved you? Will he love enough to stay?
‘Cause if he loves you like I loved you it will be okay.
‘Cause not everybody falters, not everybody falls.
Girl I’ll live with my mistakes and I hope you’ll move on….

Now Who Will Love You?
Who Will Love You?
Who Will Love You when I’m gone? (x2)

Breathe In Autumn

Written By: Ethan Scott Baird,Jake Bush, Jake Bush

When the work that goes forever lies like a crispness on your tongue
and all I know is all I grieve still, in my dreams we will fly on.

And we die a bit each day love when November rains fall through
and like those leaves we try to hang on to a life that we once knew
And when will you snap out of this trance
Remember all the laughter
Remember our last dance

It’s time to Breathe in Autumn
Breathe in the Autumn Love
Autumn Love…

You landed on a Thursday unaccustomed to the chill,
You can’t take what I have to offer, but what I’ve given I’ll give still
Maybe the next time instead of the past
We’ll be thinking about our firsts love
instead of all our lasts

It’s time to Breathe in Autumn
Breathe in the Autumn Love
Autumn Love…

When the rain it leaves a stain
When what’s lost is found again
Have we fallen to far?
We’ve fallen to far…

It’s time to Breathe in Autumn
Breathe in the Autumn Love
Autumn Love…

When Summer's gone and you don't know where you've gone again
Where do you go when you've lost yourself.

Have you lost yourself?
Have you lost yourself?
Why Can’t I Breathe?
Can’t you breathe?
Can we breathe?

Fade

Written By: Jake Bush,Ethan Scott Baird, Ethan Scott Baird

She's a whisper in your head that you just can't tune in clear
Like that song playin’ on the radio as you drive away from here.
Now your empty restless hands can only grip the wheel.
Listen to her voice just fade as the silence makes you reel.

(Chorus)
And she's fading in and out as you move up and down the dial
Maybe you can use the quiet to start to heal
Or let the pain ride shotgun for a while.

Can't help but think if you keep drivin' straight on down this road
It'll take you right back home, so you trust the road to know.
And the miles unwind behind and the quiet settles in
left alone with just your thoughts 'til the barkeep lets you in.

Chorus

Look around through red-wine vision at this near-abandoned room.
The road song's on the jukebox now, the only sound cutting through the gloom.
Her voice is near a memory now, lucidity almost past.
The emptiness is only filled by the bottom of your glass.

Chorus

Day by Day

Written By: Ethan Scott Baird

(Chorus)
Day by Day away we go
In Harmony Small Things Grow
So Goodbye and Good luck my friends
I’m looking forward to seeing you again

Don’t forget what we learned today,
the times we had and the games we played.
Highway to Heaven was the road you trod,
I hope your home in the arms of G-d.

Chorus

Walkin’ along the rock and sand,
remembering all the good times we had.
What could I do on that tragic day?
These kind of memories they just won’t go away.

Chorus

And I know, I know I’m free But I wish it wasn’t me
you left here on his own. Just wish that I wasn’t alone.

Chorus (x2)

Atlanta

Written By: Jake Bush,Ethan Scott Baird, Ethan Scott Baird

Ringin phone jars you awake from a dead sleep
Through bleary eyes, you recognize
The number of one of your oldest friends
Seems he's lost track of time again.

And he says "I'm just callin to see how my best friend is doin'
I'm sorry it's been so long.
Always out on the road, tryin to shoulder this load.
But I'll ring you next time I'm in town."

(Chorus)
"'Cuz I've got this thing in Atlanta,
I've got somewhere I need to be.
But you know if you fall, you can always call
Call on me."

You dial his number and it rings and it rings
He's always busy when you call.
But this time he answers and smiles just to hear
The sound of your voice on the line.

You say "I'm just callin to see how my best friend is doin.
I know you're real busy and all.
But next week we celebrate my newborn son
Man, I wish you could come.

Chorus

Talkin' and laughin' over dinner and beers
The years that have passed seem like days.
And he gets a big kick from your runnin' around
To baseball, guitar and ballet.

And he says "It's so good to see how my best friend is doin.
Catchin up over drinks and all.
Hey I'll get the tab, I gotta catch a cab
'Cuz I'm on the redeye again."

Chorus

Years on, your dad's gone and nothing makes sense
And man, could you just use a friend.
The knock at the door echoes 'cross the room.
You're not even sure how he knew.

Wildflower

Written By: Ethan Scott Baird,Jake Bush, Jake Bush

She trips on the sidewalk as you trip over your tongue
the right words just seem to ignore you
She’s up much quicker than you
you forget just what your supposed to do
And she’ll catch your heart in her smile
She’ll catch your heart with a smile

The sky breaks and you wake up
fleeing the grass stains and the smell of her on you
When you run to her door
You’ll find her smiling like before
But she’ll let you in before the rain
Let you in before the…

(Chorus)
And you want to hold her
Protect her from storm and sea
You know she’s a wild flower
And she’ll never belong to me
Never belong to me

When she rises she looks like the moon
And she will leave you in a halo of foxfire
And though you’ve seen her before
You know you must have missed her
In a crowd or in a storm
Was she in a crowd or in a storm?

Chorus

She’ll leave you walking on a wire,
Every word leaves you feeling higher
Time gets lost in that freckled face
When you fall She has left you no trace….

Chorus

Anna Lee

Written By: Ethan Scott Baird

Anna Lee, Anna Lee this place is not for me,
an open window does not make an open road.
Anna Lee I hope you see, in that space without me
that I loved you babe but I needed to be whole.

...and hours turned to days now
those days they turned to more.
I'm just here waiting for you
to walk back through my door.

Anna Lee, Anna Lee this place is not for me,
an open window does not make an open road.
Anna Lee I hope you see, in that space without me
that I loved you babe but I needed to be whole.

Discography

2012 - Red Ducks
2010 - Monkey Business and Mislaid Hopes

Monkey Business by Pesky J. Nixon: "Pesky J Nixon boasts two fine songwriters, Ethan Scott Baird and Jacob Bush. Its surprising enough to find two strong songwriters in the same group, but here their styles are so compatible that the album has a unified narrative voice. These are songs of partings, taken with the best possible grace. " - Darius Rips / Oliver di Place http://oliverdiplace.blogspot.com/2010/07/pesky-j-nixon-monkey-business-mislaid.html

Red Ducks by Pesky J. Nixon: "When they told me that they were recording an album of covers in their living rooms I didn't say anything but thought, "What the hell?" I wished that they would do anything but that. Fast forward to the album coming out.... I gave it one listen and fell in love. It is the best cover album by anybody since Nanci Griffith's Other Voices Other Rooms. They gave exposure to songs that you never heard. They reinvented familiar songs like Wagon Wheel. It is the album that I had the strongest connection to. I listened to it over and over. It has helped me through hard times."
- Gordon Nash / Wise Madness http://horvendile.diaryland.com/albums12.html#.UXlG8YKzx_4


Set List

Original Songs include:
- Day By Day
- Wildflower
- ISOIA
- Fade
- Breathe In Autumn
- Storybook
- Anna Lee
- Atlanta
- Easy
- Who Will Love You
- Growing Old
- Way We Get By

Cover Songs include:
- Hold On
- Tread Light
- Lord Have Mercy
- Wagon Wheel
- Ms. Ohio
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun
- Jesus Gonna Be Here
- Window
- Don't You Be So Mean My Jellybean
- For What Its Worth
- Born Again
- John Brown
- Talk About Heaven
- Easy Chair
- Oklahoma Hills