Railbird

Railbird

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

"A great indie band set to break out." - Thom Duffy, Billboard Magazine

Biography

Railbird is an all-original indie folk rock group with eclectic, lyrically driven songs from Saratoga Springs, NY. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinotti who is described by Billboard Magazine as "a talented young singer/songwriter on the rise." In a recent review of "Railbird" Pedinotti’s songs are compared to that of Dylan, The Band and Patti Smith. Pedinotti is a storyteller, who finds inspiration in the fiction and poetry of writers such as George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and W.B. Yeats. Railbird's debut disc was listed as #8 in Billboard's editors' picks for 2008, hailed as "a great indie band set to break out."

Sarah: Finalist in John Lennon Songwriting Contest:
"Julio" off City Bird was recognized as a "fantastic song," under the folk category, by the judges of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Check out the link to see more:
http://www.jlsc.com/winners/2008b/finalists.php

A recent review of Railbird live at Boston's Cafe 939 by Amplifier Magazine:
"Pedinotti and her able supporting cast purveyed a swaggering roots-rock blend, leaving one with the impression of hearing The Band jam with a long-lost female member.."

Check out the complete review here:
http://amplifiermagazine.com/artist_driven/backstage_pass/railbird_sydney_wayser_dave_sm.php

Billboard Editor's Picks for 2008:
"Railbird" Led by inspired singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinott, the debut disc from a great indie band set to break out. - Thom Duffy, Billboard

"Her unique voice, sideways perspective and uncanny originality is something to behold." - David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman

"She’s Sarah Pedinotti and if you haven’t heard of her yet, well, you’re going to! Great songs, fabulous band, dynamic performer -- Pedinotti has got the whole package." - Greg Haymes, Times Union

"Her literate lyrics live in tunes that are more like mini-movies or cinematic short stories than mere songs." - David Malachowski, Chronogram

“The biggest thing to come out of Saratoga County (NY) since the potato chip.” - Ted Reinhart, The Saratogian

“I swear to God, every time I go to The Living Room someone good is playing. And every once in a while, someone great is playing.
[Railbird] played a bluesy brand of folk rock, delivered crisply, competently, and with a we-know-exactly-how-good-we-are swagger. They left me breathless.

Sarah can write, she can sing, and she owns the stage. Her lyrics are whip-crack smart, and she's mesmerizing all the way up and down her dynamic range. The band? These guys can play. Really really play. Throughout the course of the night I caught myself, slack-jawed and breathing through my mouth, in awe at each of them at least once."

- Mike McClenathan, an excerpt from a review of Railbird live at The Living Room in NYC, www.wealsoran.com

Lyrics

Coping Mechanism # 1

Written By: Sarah Pedinotti

Putting up, up, my stable riser
Something I can lean on
Something that can weigh my troubles now
Now I know it’s only Tuesday
And I’m not one to complain
I build my box so I won’t go insane

Take me down, take me down, down, down, take me down

Come, come, I will show you now
In here the sky goes on forever
And you’ll always stand on solid ground

Take me down, take me down, down, down, take me down

Many things that I love are scattered in the sand
I pick them up one by one
I brush them off by hand
I bring home stones and seashells
I bring home leaves in the fall
I framed a picture of you, I put it on my wall
These things I love
O these things I love

I’d hate to leave it all behind
But I just can’t hold on forever when it’s finally time
Time to say goodbye
Just sing a song to the ocean
And count the clouds up in the sky

And take me down, take me down, down, down, take me down

Intangible Age

Written By: Sarah Pedinotti

Reach out to pick a card
I’m calling the ancient bard
longing to feel the words of the open the sky
I felt heaven and hell
just now, held in the air
in our lungs and everywhere under the stars
Sirens red in the night
insects buzzing in flight
I ask, what will be here when the silence comes?

I buried it down in the ground on the banks of the riverside
It’s not that I’m trying to hide
It’s just the only way I knew to pray under my skin
It’s just some place to begin
When you know you can’t win
But you feel you can’t loose
The blues of the sky
Are they remembered in some eye in the back of my mind?
Or does it stay silent in time?
Night sky, please sing! It’s the only thing I ask to hear
And I pray you are clear
I sense the silence is near
And I long to hear every word

Children of this intangible age
We must learn to love

I walked down the road,
Eyes towards the starry dome where I lost my heart
I want a brand new start
There’s a love on this earth that’s brimming from its birth
And it won’t stop
It’s just always here
And it can live with our fear
If we just let it shine, shine, shine on

Children of this intangible age
We must learn to love

Even if we’re all going away
We must learn to love

I buried it down in the ground on the banks of the riverside
It’s not that I’m trying to hide
It’s just the only way I knew to pray under my skin

Julio

Written By: Sarah Pedinotti

My name is Michael.
I come with the thunder.
Every scar here tells a story but this tattoo tear’s for my brother.
It’s frozen on my left eye and it’s never rolling down.
A black tear for Julio since they shot him down.

We were just fourteen and it was dark behind those trees.
Blasting our guns in the shadows, we were claiming the streets.
I looked over and started laughing.
I saw his pants were all wet.
I saw it in the moonlight glistening off his silhouette.
He said, “Michael, no they shot me, it think I’m bleeding see they got me.”
He said “Michael, no they shot me, it think I’m bleeding see they got me.”
He fell down to his knees and he lay softly on the ground, he left me cold behind those trees with a tear that’s never rolling down.

Julio I was born on that night, when you stole the thunder for my soul and you left the lightning in my eyes.
Julio I was born on that night, when you stole the thunder for my soul and you left the lightning in my eyes.

My grandfather said, “Son, I’ll give you a choice between these two guns. This one shoots straight you’ll get ‘em one by one.
And this one blasts so loud they all got to run.
Run, run, run, run, with fear on their skin.” He said, “I think you should take this one I see you now hold the lightning.”

I sped through on my bike each night with my new gun. With vengeance on the trigger making everybody run.

Julio, my best friend I call my brother,
no one dares speak my name back there they just know me as the thunder.
Julio, my best friend I call my brother, no one speaks my name they just know me as the thunder.

My mother said, “ Boy you got to go.
You’re the most wanted kid from here to Mexico.
Go hide your face I don’t want to see you here tomorrow.
And when this city’s sleeping.
Just disappear with the shadows.”

Julio, my invisible prince, you are my shadow in the night and I’ve been the lightning ever since.
Julio, my invisible prince, you are my shadow in the night and I’ve been running with the lightning ever since.

Born on a Railroad

Written By: Chris Kyle

I was born on a railroad got no shoes no clothes clean
Got no mother got no father no lover just me

In the morning I rise with the sunshine
I drink some moonshine and I stomp my feet
I eat them earthworms I eat them butterflies
I'll steal your woman while I look you in the eyes
(chorus)
When I was a young boy about the age of five
I stole whiskey just to stay alive
Now I’m a old man gonna do you wrong
You see me coming you better run!
(chorus)

Ghost

Written By: Sarah Pedinotti

Ghost
(inspired in part by "A Boston Ballad," by Walt Whitman)

I've known you before
You were flying high
On the flag pole
I stood at your door
Reciting old chants
Dressed in foreign lands
All eyes pointing toward you
All dreams dreamt of you

I see you scattered on the shore
The gag removed from your mouth
Words dissolved in a sand dove
Waves drowning out his haunted love

I watch you pass me by in my madness
Raining down, down in your sadness
You call my name

This house is burning down
Across the ocean to the valley
Insanity surrounds
Baring children in your great cities

I bathe my song in you
I bathe my song in what's left of you

Come and see the show-
Young men dressed in old men's clothes,
Coming out of the earth from all the ages!
See them marching in line so neat-
Even the graveyards have come to see
These bloodless phantoms!
Coming over the hills!
With their mothy hats and misty crutches!
And here comes King George far from home-
Glue his ribs up on the throne,
And everyone in town has his crown!

Discography

Self-released albums: Railbird (2008) and City Bird (2007) - in regular rotation on:
WEXT 97.7 Amsterdam, Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY
WEQX 102.7 Manchester, Vermont
104.9 The Edge, Albany, NY
WKZE 98.1, Red Hook, NY- Salisbury, CT
WFUV 90.7, Fordham University, New York, NY
WSPN 91.1, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
WRPI 91.5 RPI, Troy, NY

Railbird and City Bird featured as well as live performances and interviews on:
WAMC 90.3 - Northeast Public Radio
WEXT 97.7 - Amsterdam, Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY
WKZE 98.1 - Red Hook, NY- Salisbury, CT
XM Radio play on "The Loft" - live show recorded at The Living Room in NYC

Set List

Up to 3 hours of Performance Material:
The band performs all original material, with 50 songs in the repertoire. They've played 30 min sets to 3 hours (with set breaks.) Pedinotti is a prolific writer and the repertoire is constantly expanding. The band will occasionally throw in a cover or two, usually obscure songs. Flexible set lengths.