Runaway Planet

Runaway Planet

BandAmericanaBluegrass

The only way to describe what happened here is long time friendships ran into a big dose of fate.

Biography

About the Band . . .

Runaway Planet, having evolved out of a long-time friendship between members and a mutual love of string band music. was founded in 2001 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The band is: Greg Alexander on guitar, Steve Brauer on banjo, Ben Ellis on mandolin and Michael Proveaux on bass. Drawing from traditional influences like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, they are also inspired by more progressive bluegrass bands like the Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene and New Grass Revival. Their self-produced debut CD of original material, entitled "No Part Of Nothin'" was released on September 14, 2004. Their music is currently receiving airplay throughout the United States and several different countries through the support of community and public radio programming. The music of Runaway Planet is a mix of hard-driving bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and original songs written by members of the band. With an ever-growing schedule, Runaway Planet is winning over new fans, from traditional bluegrass lovers to younger fans new to the genre.

The members of Runaway Planet, both individually and collectively, harbor a wealth of talent, experience and credits including having shared the stage with such great as Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, The Del McCoury Band, Charlie Robison, The Derek Trucks Band, Iris Dement and Acoustic Syndicate. Runaway Planet has been featured on radio and television programs including "Spotlight On", an hour-long documentary featuring songwriters and musicians. The band is especially proud of their work with the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in helping to produce a documentary film about the First Annual Arkansas Acoustic Festival.

In February of 2002, Runaway Planet was named winner of the 2002 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. In April of that year, the band won second place in the Arkansas Acoustic Festival held at the UCA campus in Conway, featuring Nickel Creek. In 2003 the band was selected to be a member of the Arkansas Arts on Tour, a program of the Arkansas Arts Council and continues to be on their roster of artists. In April of 2003 Runaway Planet played at the Arkansongs Music Festival, a tribute to Robert Palmer, featuring Arkansas roots music. The band has played several other festivals throughout Arkansas including the 2002 and 2004 annual Riverfest Music and Arts Festival - Arkansas' largest festival. In January 2005 the band was honored to perform during the official opening of the Clinton Presidential Center held in Little Rock, Arkansas. In February 2005, Runaway Planet was invited to perform at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference held in Austin, TX.

Known for their musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and entertaining live shows, the members of Runaway Planet are well-versed in many genres of music, but the love of traditional American string band music gives the band the energy that has earned it a reputation for delivering a hard-driving, danceable show. Runaway Planet has established quite a following since their formation in 2001. Drawing from traditional favorites and their own foot-stompin' originals, Runaway Planet promises even more great music in the future.

Lyrics

Red Barn

Written By: Greg Alexander

I’m gonna burn that red barn down,
Get on my horse get out of this town
I got no worries; I left them there in the hay
And by morning there will be a price on my head.

Well I saw you there in the moonlight
You and Billy just getting so tight
On your moonshine liquor, lust, and stars in the night
But that's no reason to tell me all then lies.

I’m gonna burn that red barn down,
Get on my horse get out of this town
I got no worries; I left them there in the hay
And by morning there will be a price on my head.

Then you told me you were carrying my child
I ask for your hand and you gave me a smile,
A wink, and a wooden nickel and you told me when you mind would be made.
Then you laughed and you said you never loved me any way.

So I follow her down to Johnson’s farm
And I watch as you both walked in the barn
And dark was my soul, cold were my thoughts,
And as I stood there crying, that lantern dropped to the ground

Screaming and crying but there was know way out
The sky filled with fire and believing no doubt
That there would be judgment equal for me I have to pay
But don’t you here me when I tell you it was coming anyway.

I’m gonna burn that red barn down,
Get on my horse get out of this town
I got no worries; I left them there in the hay
And by morning there will be a price on my head.
And by morning there will be a price on my head.

Burn the clutch out

Written By: Greg Alexander

I’ll burn the clutch out, trying to get out,
Of this rut I’ve been spinning in so long
I’ll burn the clutch out and when I get out,
I’ll hit the road man and I’ll be travelin on.

Grandpa taught me how to drive, and his taught him to survive,
And its all past down, in my father’s eyes
Every thing he showed me, and everything he told me
He kept his chin up till the day he died

I’ll burn the clutch out, trying to get out,
Of this rut I’ve been spinning in so long
I’ll burn the clutch out and when I get out,
I’ll hit the road man and I’ll be travelin on.

Don’t you know life is risky, and you better not trust the whiskey,
When it comes to decisions, you cannot make yourself.
Don’t trust in no lawyers, preachers or there daughters,
And don’t put your trust in a God you keep and a shelf.

I’ll burn the clutch out, trying to get out,
Of this rut I’ve been spinning in so long
I’ll burn the clutch out and when I get out,
I’ll hit the road man and I’ll be travelin on.

Well it’s been some time since dad went home and I guess you see I’m carrying on,
With those memories that mean so much to me.
And someday when it’s over with that weight up off my shoulders
I’ll pass on what those men gave to me.

I’ll burn the clutch out, trying to get out,
Of this rut I’ve been spinning in so long
I’ll burn the clutch out and when I get out,
I’ll hit the road man and I’ll be travelin on.
I said I’ll hit the road man and I’ll be travelin on

Lonely Drifer

Written By: Greg Alexander

I’m a lonely drifter; I’ve been drifting all alone.
And I’ve got nobody, no one to call my own.
And it’s been so long since I’ve been home,
And I’m bound to drift down this lonely road,
Drifting all alone.

Well I cried last night, at the lost of my baby,
And I felt so low, I could hardly breathe.
And I dreamed I saw her, looking like and angel,
This is what she said, as she softly spoke to me.

You’re a lonely drifter, you been drifting all alone.
And you’ve got nobody, no one to call your own.
And it’s been so long since I’ve been home,
And I’m bound to drift down this lonely road,
Drifting all alone.

She called me up, to let me down.
And I didn’t hear that train till it was pullin into town.
Now I got my ticket, Lord I got my bags packed,
I’m getting on that train that won’t be coming back.

Like a lonely drifter, I been drifting all alone
And I’ve got nobody no one to call my own.
And it’s been so long since I’ve been home,
And I’m bound to drift down this lonely road,
Drifting all alone.

Back home on the front porch, I got a tear in my eye.
And I couldn’t talk to my momma cause she hates to see me cry.
And it was just at moment as the sun broke through the clouds,
I knew that I would make it back I’d hit the road somehow.

Like a lonely drifter, I been drifting all alone
And I’ve got nobody no one to call my own.
And it’s been so long since I’ve been home,
And I’m bound to drift down this lonely road,
Drifting all alone.
Drifting all alone.
Drifting all alone.

Discography

No Part of Nothin' released in 2004

Set List

Our sets can range from a 45-minute coffee house gig to an all-night of hour-plus sets until they turn the lights on and tell us to go home. We play to a diverse age group, covering songs from gospel and traditional favorites, to more modern songs in a bluegrass style, to our own fresh originals.