RainPace

RainPace

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAmericanaAdult Contemporary

Finally, music you can use. In Los Angeles. Americana roots rock that's funky and fun, jazzy and juiced, sneaking into your heart when you least expect it.

Biography

"An explosive package of songs that you simply can't ignore. The musicianship and vocals are flawless ... with harmonies to die for ... quirky with a wicked sense of humor ... imagine if Shakespeare were still writing his farces in today's vernacular."

"Very rarely do you hear vocal styles that even come close ... unparalleled harmonies ... full of emotion, fabulous instrumentation and, above all, lyrics that are completely unexpected ... off the wall and completely original ... sure to leave you quite entertained."

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Click the "Audio" tab to hear samples from the RainPace CD, "EASY LABOR".

In Los Angeles, RainPace has played the Orange County Fair, UCLA, Gary Mandell's Boulevard Music, McCabe's, the UnUrban, C&D's Welcome Cafe, Karma Coffeehouse, Synergy, the Talking Stick and Club Fais Do-Do. Previously, as Vocal Affair, they regularly appeared at LA's Jazz Bakery as well as Palm Springs venues. As Changing Lanes, they played numerous NYC venues including The Manhattan Punch Line and the New York City Center and toured internationally for 18 months.

KERRY PHILLIPS - Songwriter, Guitars, Keyboards, Harmonica and Vocals
Kerry has performed internationally as an actor and musician. In New York City, Los Angeles, on tour and at sea, Kerry performed with the comedy and bluegrass trio Changing Lanes.

The Village Voice and the Manhattan Punch Line selected Changing Lanes as one of New York City's "Top Ten" acts and presented them off-Broadway at the New York City Center, launching an 18-month tour of the United States and Canada, before they relocated to Los Angeles.

In LA, Kerry continued to write music and began to act on television and in the occasional movie, as well, and was nominated for the "Best Comedy Special" ACE award (the cable Emmys) for his work on Deep Fried TV, presented on Showtime. He also frequently appeared as a featured vocalist at the Jazz Bakery before co-founding RainPace.

For more details, see http://www.rainpace.com/BioKerry.html

ROBERT BRISCOE EVANS - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Bob is the newest addition to RainPace, but has made music with us for years. He started playing piano as soon as he could reach the keys, and soon added guitar, vocals, and songwriting to his resume.

Bob has also acted in theatre and film. He appeared with Mel Gibson (as Lauren Holly's husband) in "What Women Want", and with Dom DeLuise in "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". His TV work includes "Who's the Boss?", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Ally McBeal", "Becker", "The Smart Guy", "Ellen", "Caroline in the City", "Police Story", and "Silver Spoons".

He has produced over 20 children's theatre shows, most with The Children's Theatre Company of Southern California. Thus, he's taken great advantage of his Bachelor of Arts degree in JOURNALISM from the University of Georgia. ;-)

For more details, see http://www.rainpace.com/BioBob.html

MIKE HUNTER - Bass
Mike has been performing since he was 6 years old, starting as a commercial actor and model for TV. He attended schools of Performing Arts and played gigs with the school's Jazz band, which opened the Playboy Jazz Festival. At 17, he became a session player for A&M Records, playing for a long list of well-known artists over the next 3 years.

He took off on a 2-year US tour with a punk band before returning to the occupation of professional session player. He became a member of the Neo
Jazz/Jazz fusion group SLOWPLAYED, where he met drummer Michael Salas.

Mike was on week 16 of playing solo Bass, when RainPace wound up on the same stage one night. The mutual admiration society expanded exponentially when Hunter brought Salas into the mix.

For more details, see http://www.rainpace.com/BioMikeyH.html

MIKE SALAS - Drums
Mike's first band was Grupo America, playing a mix of Mexican dance music: Oldies, R&B and contemporary Rock. They recorded 3 albums under the "Discos Puerto Vallarta" record label and their singles received airplay on Spanish radio stations throughout California, Washington and Arizona. The 2nd album was released south of the border, which led to a tour of Mexico.

Mike later joined On The Side, and also played gigs with Sabor Latino and Los Sencillos. In the 90s, he joined The Tri Angels and did several studio recordings with songwriter Jesus Hernandez. He then divided his time between Mexican Banda, Grupo Trebol, 818 and The Pirates.

During a recording project, Mike met guitarist Mario Quiroga and joined The Q-Band until Persuasion came along. And now ... RainPace.

For more details, see http://www.rainpace.com/BioMikeS.html

VALERIE TULLOUS - Vocals and the occasional Cabasa, whistling, and odd sound effects
Val began her career in musical comedy, appearing in regional theatres and toured internationally for 3 years.

In New York, she shifted her focus to singing and joined Kerry Phillips in Changing Lanes fo

Lyrics

MUSKOGEE STOMP lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

"...Juke 'n' juke 'n' juke,
Oh baby, ah, ah, ah, ah!

...Darlin', that's the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp."

FULL LYRICS

MUSKOGEE STOMP

If you're goin' crazy
and you're losing your mind
Well, then you know for certain
that it's time to unwind

Your feet begin to tappin'
that you can’t seem to stop
Your hands begin a-clappin',
yeah, you're hot, hot, hot

Toes begin to tingle, Got the urge to mingle?
Now's the time for you to do the Muskogee Stomp

Your hinie's mighty tired
of bein' laid in a chair
So you take a bath 'n' brush your teeth
'n' comb your hair

You dress to kill, yeah,
you wear your tight, tight jeans
Chompin' at the bit,
you're feelin' mean, mean, mean

Wanna make the highlights,
wanna see the bright lights
Now's the time for you
to do the Muskogee Stomp

Did-dly bop, did-dly bop-- bop bop.
Did-dly bop, did-dly bop-- oh, yeah
Juke 'n' juke 'n' juke, oh baby, Ah-ah-ah-ah
Poppa ooo-mau-mau, Poppa ooo-mau-mau,
You wanna be so squirrelly
till the dew is pearly-early
Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp

Your friends'll call you up and say,
"You wanna go eat?"
You don' wanna do that.
You don' wanna do that. No.
Somebody calls you up and says,
"A show would be neat."
You don' wanna do that.
You don’ wanna do that. No.

You wanna Muskogee Stomp
and your knees start to quake
Your eyes roll back and your
head starts to shake
You do the mashed potato
and you wiggle all around
You Hully-gully, Ball-the-Jack
and Jerk to the ground
You wanna be so squirrelly
till the dew is pearly-early
Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp

Ba-ba, Ba-ba, Ba-ba, Ba-ba,
Ba-ba, Ba-ba, Ba-ba, Ba-ba,
Ooo, ooo,
Did-dly, did-dly, did-dly, did-dly, Ba-ba-ba-ba.

Your friends'll call you up and say,
"You wanna go walk?"
You don' wanna do that.
You don' wanna do that.
Somebody calls you up,
can they come over and talk?
You don' wanna do that.
You don' wanna do that. No.

You wanna Muskogee Stomp
and your knees start to quake
Your eyes roll back and your
head starts to shake
You do the mashed potato
and you wiggle all around
You Hully-gully, Ball-the-Jack
and Jerk to the ground
You wanna be so squirrelly
till the dew is pearly-early
Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp.

Did-dly bop, did-dly bop-- bop bop.
Did-dly bop, did-dly bop-- oh, yeah
Juke 'n' juke 'n' juke, oh baby, Ah-ah-ah-ah
Poppa ooo-mau-mau, Poppa ooo-mau-mau,
You wanna be so squirrelly
till the dew is pearly-early
Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp

Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp
Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp Stomp, Stomp

Darlin', that’s the way
to do the Muskogee Stomp.

RETRO DANCE CLUB lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

"...The music blending,
Light ascending,
I am ending,
With a song..."

FULL LYRICS

Ah...

VERSE 1 :
In the half-light, you're walking toward me
Floating slowly through the melee
Hallucination? Well, maybe
As you seem to part the faceless crowd

Whispers come from out of nowhere
But instructions are quite clear
"Exercise your sense of judgment,
Weigh decisions, have no fear."

CHORUS 1:
You smile serenely, then you touch me
Press my hand and turn away

BRIDGE 1:
But you won't dance,
(You won't dance, you won't dance)
No, you won't dance with me
(You won't dance, you won't dance)
You won't dance

VERSE 2:
I approach again with good intentions
Take my chances and follow through
Allocating just enough time
To seemingly arrive exactly when you do

My heart a hammer on an anvil,
Perspiration on my brow
I am filled with anticipation,
Can't believe you’re standing here
with me right now

CHORUS 2:
You smile serenely, then you touch me,
Press my hand, and turn away

BRIDGE 2:
And you won't dance,
(Won't you dance? Won't you dance?)
Why won't you dance with me?
(Won't you dance? Won't you dance?)
Won't you dance?
(Won't you dance? Won't you dance?)

INSTRUMENTAL
Ah. . .

VERSE 3:
(Come along, son)
Who are these people?
(Now, don't give me any trouble),
Sir, unhand me!
(Stalker Patrol to Base:
We've got the situation under control. Copy?)
Unintelligible mutters on the phone
(We're taking him there right now.)
I am escorted,
(Hey, stay on your feet!)
Rather roughly,
(Out ya go.)
To the door and find myself out all alone.

CHORUS 3:
On the street again, there's your fancy car,
You were so near and now so far.

CHORUS 4:
The music blending, light ascending,
I am ending with a song

TAG:
(Oh someone dance)
Someone dance, someone dance
(Someone dance with me)
Someone dance, someone dance
(Someone dance)
Someone dance, someone dance . . .

WITH YOUR PERMISSION lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

VERSE 1:
I wonder just
how much you love me
I think about that all the time
Anything else is just
a mere distraction
From what I consider to be really prime

If you want to call me up
Say you need a little cup
Of a cold 7-Up
To fix a bad hiccup
I’ll bring it to you

If you want, I will go
To a hoochie-coo show
And dance a little dance
With a feather and a bow
Though I would hate that

CHORUS 1:
But I'll do anything you want me to
If you say I should
Baby,
I'll do anything you want me to
'Cause you said I could
Yeah, you said I could
Yeah, you said I could

VERSE 2:
What I need I guess
is more direction
I've needed that all my life
I need a sense of purpose
more than money
Though your words can cut me
deeper than a knife

If you want to lay claim
To a person so tame
I'm a moth you’re a flame
And you know my name
So just speak it

If you want to charge a fee
I'll pay it with glee
I'm flowers, you're bees
I'm crackers, you're cheese
So let me spread you
Yeah, I'm reaching for a lyric

CHORUS 2:
But I'll do anything you want me to
If you say I should
Baby,
I'll do anything you want me to
'Cause you said I could
Yeah, you said I could
Yeah, you said I could

BRIDGE:
I'll be your sweet possession
Your love is my obsession
Here is my confession:
Pleasing you
is now my new
Profession

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE 3:
What I need I guess
is steady guidance
I learned that back in Sunday school
What I need is just
some reassurance
That it's okay to play the constant fool

You confound me
Try to get around me
Always astound me
Even rebound me
Like a basketball

And I will love you more
Than a Target store
Or a hardwood floor
Or Albert Gore

With Your Permission
With Your Permission
With Your Permission

CHORUS 3
But I'll do anything you want me to
If you say I should
Baby,
I - will - do -
anything you want me to
'Cause you said I could

Yeah, you said I could
Yeah, you said I could
Yeah, you said I could

MOOD WONDERFUL MOOD lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

CHORUS 1:
I'm in a Mood, Wonderful Mood
Ev'rything is as it should be
In this Mood, Wonderful Mood
Can't help bein' so happy

VERSE 1:
Some of the time
I'm feelin' kinda blues-y
Never seem to get past a big frown
But, oh, not today (Not today)
I’m feelin' kinda woozy
From a sunny disposition
And a clarity of vision
Has me reelin'
Got a funny feelin'
That ev'rything's gonna be fine
Yes, I'm believin'
That I'm seein'
The best and it's gonna be mine

Can't put my finger on what it can be
Or try to explain what's happened to me
Don't care about 'tomorrow'
I'm busy with 'now'
Don't really understand it, but even somehow

CHORUS 2:
I'm in a Mood, Wonderful Mood
Ev'rything is as it should be
In this Mood, Wonderful Mood
My fingers are feelin' so snappy

VERSE 2:
So-called friends
Are quick to criticize
And they wanna chastise
Ev'ry little thing I do
But oh, not today (Not today)
They would hardly recognize
That I'm counterclockwise
And it doesn’t matter if they say,

"Oh, Bertolt! You've got catsup on your tie!
Oh, Bertolt! You're a messy ol' thing.
On top of the washing machine
Is some spot remover."
I will maneuver
Myself just out of their way
'Cause I'm refrainin'
From complainin'
I'm livin' just for today

So, try to bring me down
with some terrible news
Tell me that, no matter what, I'm gonna lose
Ask me how it's goin'? Hey, it's goin' swell
And nothin' that they say or do
is gonna dispel

CHORUS 3:
This Mood, Wonderful Mood
Planets must be in alignment
In this Mood, Wonderful Mood
Happiness is my assignment

BRIDGE
Oh, can love be the only reason
For what this mood is about?
Oh, yeah, love can cause
A sudden termination
Of all your sorry self-doubt
But love, this time,
Is not the explanation
And it's not 'cause of
Prescription medication

That's keepin’ me
breezin' along with the breeze
Makin' me sing of the birds and the bees
I can't deny it, I won't defy it
It keeps persistin' and
there's simply no resistin'

CHORUS 4:
This Mood, Wonderful Mood
Not talkin' sausage and mustard
Mood, Wonderful Mood
Sweet like cookies and custard

INSTRUMENTAL
Ah . . .
Dit-dit-dit-dit did-dle-dy dah dih da
Dit-dit-dit-dit did-dle-dy dah dih da
Dih-Da-da, Dih-Da-da,
Da-da-da-da-da-da,
Da-da-da-da-da-da,
Da-da-da-da-da-da-DAH
Da-dah, ah, oh, oh
This Mood (this wonderful mood) ooo-oo
This Mood (this wonderful mood), ooo-oo
This Mood

EASY LABOR lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

VERSE 1:
The Boy was born and his mom declared,
"He was an Easy Labor."
Growing up, he was an okay kid
According to a neighbor
Once in school the consensus was
Per a teacher
"The Boy is bright, but won't apply himself.
He’s a middle achiever."

CHORUS 1:
And so on it went
He would present
And exhibit the same behavior
Satisfied pursuing a life of mediocrity
And Easy Labor. Easy Labor.

VERSE 2:
The Boy became a man and fell in love
(i guess)
With a plain little girl out from the Midwest
He asked the plain girl to be his wife
She said, "Sure"
And they began life
In a bland little house on a cul-de-sac
With a small front yard and a tree out back
He took employ with an obscure firm
But the pay was all right and the job long term

CHORUS 2:
He spent much of the day
Piddling away
At an endless stack of paper
But he never complained as he maintained
his position of
Easy Labor. Easy Labor.

BRIDGE 1:
He and the plain wife played at procreation.
Now this is what his children tell:
They didn't know him well
No not very well
But they never heard him yell
He was so easy.
As a father he was Easy Labor.

INSTRUMENTAL
La-da, da da . . .

VERSE 3:
His today was like the day before
His tomorrow the same -- only more
Christmas, New Year's and birthdays
All were spent in the very same way

On and on and blah, blah, blah
Ad nauseam
Nothing ever changed for good or bad
Because of him

CHORUS 3:
Oh so on it went
He would present
And exhibit the same behavior
Satisfied, pursuing a life of mediocrity
And Easy Labor. Easy Labor.

BRIDGE 2:
Now we find our Boy aging with old age
Sleeping in his room most of the day
And then he passed away
What more can I say?
Look ... he's dead, okay?
How easy. Easy.

VERSE 4:
So won't you come to the service?
'Cause no one else will
It won't take long and obviously,
you have time to kill.
There will be food and lots of booze
In addition,
The parking is free
You're all invited and there is no need
To R. S. V. P.

BRIDGE 3:
So as they lower him
into the cool, dark ground
A silence falls most profound. . .

And then we walk away
We're calling it a day
Oh and by the way, did you hear
The undertaker say,

"Ha! He was easy."
He was an Easy Labor.
So easy
Such an Easy Labor
Nothing major
Just Easy Labor
Easy Labor.

That's it.

I D'WANNA DO IT lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

VERSE 1:
I've worked the oil fields way down in Texas
I've worked the state farm up in Tennessee
When I was down on my luck,
I drove an eighteen-wheeler truck
And this comes straight from the heart of me:

CHORUS 1:
I D'Wanna Do It
I just want to sing about it
I d'wanna sweat it
I just want to forget it
I never want to work hard,
Just want to play my guitar
Drink ice-cold beer
And honky-tonk with you.

VERSE 2:
I've heard love grows sweeter day by day
I've heard pure devotion lasts eternally
But there's people split apart
And they pine away with a broken heart
Well, if that's romance,
I got one more thing to say:

CHORUS 2:
I D'Wanna Do It
I just want to sing about it
I d'wanna sweat it
I just want to forget it
I never want to work hard,
Just want to play my guitar
Drink ice-cold beer
And honky-tonk with you.

BRIDGE 1:
I'm not the sort of cowpoke who
Rides the range
I prefer a rowdy bar to the lone prairie
I like my women fast, all right
And the good times to last all night
So if you wanna tie me down,
Y'all just listen to me

INSTRUMENTAL

BRIDGE 2:
I'm not the sort of cowpoke who
Rides the range
I prefer a rowdy bar to the lone prairie
I like my women fast, all right
And the good times to last all night
So if you wanna tie me down,
Y'all just listen to me

CHORUS 3:
I D'Wanna Do It
I don't even wanna sing about it
I d'wanna talk about it
I d'wanna hum about it
I d'wanna shout about it
Or even think about it
Just drink ice-cold beer
And honky-tonk all night
Drink ice-cold beer
And honky-tonk all night

SITTIN' AROUND lyrics

Written By: Kerry Phillips

Wah ha-ha. . .

VERSE 1:
Sittin' on the porch as the sun goes down
Ain't doin' much at all, just Sittin' Around
Sittin' in the mornin', sittin' at night
All this Sittin' Around, it just ain't right.

CHORUS 1:
But I wait for your call,
You told me you'd call
So I'm Sittin’ Around
Sittin' Around doin' nothin'
Absolutely nothin'
Nothin' at all
Wah-wah-wah-wah ...

VERSE 2:
Sittin' on the porch and it's time for bed
Feelin' low-down, my eyes is red.
Don't care to weep, I don't care to cry
Don't wanna do nothin', don't even try

CHORUS 2:
I can't sleep at night,
I just look at the wall
So I'm Sittin' Around,
Sittin' Around doin' nothin'
Absolutely nothin’
Nothin' at all
Wah-wah-wah-wah...

BRIDGE:
I guess I'll make another pot of coffee
(Do you wanna play cards?)
Or maybe play a game of solitaire
(Do you wanna take a walk?)
I guess I'll walk around the kitchen table
What else can I do? What else can I do?

(What’s the point?)
There used to be a point to this existence
(And the motivation?)
There used to be a reason to kind of live
(Here’s the revelation)

There used to be a cookie on this table
Where did it go? Who ate my cookie?
What was I talkin' about?

Wah wah wah wah wah wah, wah-wah ...

VERSE 3:
Sittin' on the Porch and it's almost dawn
Chewin' fingernails, my cigarettes is gone
I feel like a fool, that's all I got to say
'Cause I don't care that much
about you, anyway

CHORUS 3:
But you told me you'd call,
So I wait for your call

And I'll do nothin'
(Wah wah wah-wah)
I'm gonna do nothin'
(Wah-wah-wah-wah)
I won't do nothin',
Absolutely nothin'
Nothin' at
All

MY, MY (IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD)

Written By: Kerry Phillips

For these and more lyrics, please see
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Discography

As RainPace:

"EASY LABOR"

Recorded at Northgate Studios
Mastered by Sound Bites Dog

Tracks:
1. WITH YOUR PERMISSION
2. MOOD WONDERFUL MOOD
3. EASY LABOR
4. I D'WANNA DO IT
5. OLIVER THOM
6. I GOT NEWS
7. MY, MY
8. SITTIN' AROUND
9. RETRO DANCE CLUB
10. AT THE BIG TABLE

Total Playing Time: 53:33

RainPace:
"Knowledgeable Music Affordable Price"

Recorded at Northgate Studios
Mastered by Sound Bites Dog

Tracks:
1. DARK TRAIN
2. ALWAYS AFTERGLOW
3. DIRT ROAD
4. LAZY DAY
5. MISS LUCY NEEDS A BOYFRIEND
6. I WILL GO THERE
7. BOB
8. I'M A GOOD BOY
9. MUSKOGEE STOMP

Total Playing Time: 48:39

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Set List

Two 45 minute sets of original material; more with covers.