Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V

Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V

 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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"They should make names for themselves (If not already) among singer-songwriters." Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com

2011 Charlotte Music Awards Folk Artist of the Year
2011 Winner, NC Songwriters Co-op Contest
2011 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist
Indie-Music.net Editor's Pick, January 2011


Biography

It’s been many years since Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V were fatefully forced together as college roommates. From the beginning, there was a certain musical connection and blend that the two were compelled to explore in the form of early attempts at songwriting, open mic nights, and the occasional college bar gig. After a couple years of writing, performing, and developing what would eventually be their sound, “real life” came calling, and they were sent in different directions towards families, careers, and individual musical projects. The two remained friends, and the occasional reunion and collaboration would only reinforce what they both knew – they should be making music together again.

Fast forward to early 2010 – after an email “hello”, and a “see if we’ve still got it” musical meeting, the Raleigh, North Carolina based contemporary folk duo, Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V, were back together. After a few months of writing and rehearsing, the recording sessions for their debut album began in the Spring of 2010. “Walker 904A” (their college dorm room name/number!), was released in August 2010, and includes 13 interesting and thought-provoking songs about the experiences and reflections on everyday life, and the twists and turns of our existence. Produced by the award-winning engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter Chris Rosser at his Hollow Reed Arts Studio in Asheville, North Carolina (some of his producing/engineering credits include folk stalwarts David Wilcox, Beth Wood and JohnSmith), the recording also includes guest appearances by legendary Western North Carolina Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte, as well as Oregon’s own award-winning songwriter, and amazing singer Beth Wood.

In only a little less than a year since the release of “Walker 904A”, the list of awards and acknowledgments has been impressive. The duo was recently named one of the ten finalists in the 2011 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest, one of the premier gatherings of singer/songwriters and folk artists in the country. The contest and festival were held in Richardson, Texas, in the beautiful Bank of America Theater within the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Also performing during this event were folk standouts and headliners Pierce Pettis, Tom Kimmel, Ellis Paul, Sara Hickman, Joe Ely, and many more.

In November 2011, they were named Winner of the North Carolina Co-op Songwriters Contest (former winner, Jonathan Byrd), and were asked to perform at the contest finale, in the Artscenter of Carrboro, North Carolina. They were also named as the Folk Artist of the Year by the Charlotte Music Awards.

In early 2011, the accolades continued with “Walker 904A” being named an Indie-Music.com “Editor’s Pick”, the duo being chosen as a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, and being named alternate/honorable mention in the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Contest. In addition to awards and accolades, many songs from the album have been played on folk radio stations across the country, and even throughout the world.

"They should make names for themselves (If not already) among singer-songwriters." Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com

"If you have a penchant for melodic tunes filled with acoustic guitars, sweet harmonies and keyboards put in all the right places, you will love this album....5 Stars!" MuzikReviews.com, September 2010

"This one was a long time coming, but definitely worth the wait", David LaMotte, Singer/Songwriter/Humanitarian

AWARDS
2011 Charlotte Music Awards Folk Artist of the Year
2011 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op Contest Winner
2011 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist
2010 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist
2010 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op Contest Finalist
2010 Show Me The Music Songwriting Contest Finalist
2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest Finalist
2010 Great American Song Contest Finalist
Indie-Music.net Editor's Pick, January 2011

AFFILIATIONS
Hudson Harding Music (Artist Representative for Folk Radio)
Folk Alliance
North Carolina Songwriter's Co-op
BMI, ASCAP

Lyrics

Can't Tell You Goodbye

Written By: Scott Dameron, Jay Ladd V

Can’t Tell You Goodbye
Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V
©2010 Walker 904A (BMI), Squealyworm Music (ASCAP)

There is a hollow in my bed where your body used to lay
There’s a shiny square-cut nail where your bathrobe used to stay
Weeds are rising through the cracks where your car was always parked
There’s an absence of your breath in the silence of the dark

Like a sentinel I wait, for the physics to reverse
I envision our embrace, just the way I have rehearsed
But the memory fades to sepia, and its flavor tastes so plain
And so I’d rather love your ghost than live the pain

I should be able to cry
I could believe my own lie
I would move on with my life
But I can’t tell you goodbye

There’s a pillow with your scent that I press my face into
And your clock still blares each morning at six thirty, right on cue
The shades block out the sun, but for one determined ray
And there’s a lump of words unspoken that I swallow everyday

I should be able to cry
I could believe my own lie
I would move on with my life
But I can’t tell you goodbye

New Year's Day

Written By: Scott Dameron, Jay Ladd V

New Year’s Day
Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V
© 2010 Walker 904A
CGCGCD, CAPO 2ND, Key of D

I guess I should have seen it coming
I guess I should have seen those signs
But sometimes seeing is believing
And believing what you see can take some time

“Waiting around will get you no where”
That’s what they said to spur me on
It just got lost in my translation
I nodded my head and played along

(Chorus)
Well I’m not much on resolutions
And I don’t think I need a sudden change
But there’s something in the air this morning
It feels like New Year’s Day

I’ve been standing at this crossroad
I’ve been trying to ease my mind
I’ve been worried about direction
I’ve been staring at the sun to make it shine

(Bridge)
Looking back and looking through
Looking round for something new
I’ll open every door and walk right through
I’ll walk right through

Now I can’t answer all these questions
And what I say ain’t always true
I guess its better just to move on
I’d rather save my foot and lose my shoe

All I want and all I need to
Right before my very eyes
Something’s calling round the corner
Like an ordinary man that learns to fly

(Chorus)
Well I’m not much on resolutions
And I don’t think I need a sudden change
But there’s something in the air this morning
It feels like New Year’s Day
It feels like New Year’s Day

Singin' Again

Written By: Scott Dameron

Singin’ Again
Scott Dameron
©2010 Walker 904A
CGCGCD, capo 4th, Key of E

You may think your point was made
When you told me off
I sat there and I listened
As if I knew I was wrong
But when you turned to walk away
My frown became a grin
Cause I was right the whole time
I just kept it within
But you better watch out now
Cause I’m singing again

It’s time to get this off my chest
It’s time to let y’all know
A daddy’s girl with moma’s cash
And preppy little clothes
She always seemed to get her way
No one told her no
I guess she’s just a debutante
In her own little world
But she better watch out now
Cause I’m singing again

It might be in a coffeehouse
It might be in some bar
It might be on the radio
If I ever get that far
People all around will know the things you do
And then your words mean nothing
And there’s nothing you can do

The race has run its course
And the dog has had it’s bone
And if my words fail me
I’ll just call you on the phone
I’m sure you’ll say the right things
To piss me off again
And then I’ll have to hang up
And go looking for my pen
And you better watch out then
You better watch out then
You better watch out then
I’ll be singing again

I Do Too

Written By: Scott Dameron

I Do Too
Scott Dameron
© 2010 Walker 904A
Open D, Capo 1st, Key of E flat

Sometimes I like to say your name
When I’m sitting all alone
It seems to kind of ease the pain
It almost seems to bring you home
But images and fantasies won’t do
I guess that all I really need is you

Sometimes I like to look ahead
And dream of what might come to be
A house up in the western hills
A mountain full of scenery
But mountain homes and forest streams won’t do
I guess that all I really need is you

(chorus) So when you start to settle down
I think I want to settle too
And when you want to play around
I’m feeling kind of playful too
And when I see you in your gown
I think I better dress up too
And when you want to say I do
Well I do too

Sometimes my words get in the way
I stumble for some clarity
Writing about what I should say
Leaving just a mystery
But metaphoric melodies won’t do
I guess that all I really need is you

(repeat chorus)

Just Another Song

Written By: Scott Dameron

Just Another Song
Scott Dameron
©2010 Walker 904A
Open D, capo 4th, key of F

I’d like to write a rock song
I’d like to sing about the road
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
And groupies from my shows
But my hair fell out
And my guitar ain’t built for speed
So here’s another song for you
It’s just in a different key

I’d like to write a country song
I’d like to sing about cowboys
Honky tonks and rodeos
Hanging out with good old boys
But my heart ain’t broke
And I’m not crying in my beer
So here’s another song for you
It’s just different to the ear

I’d like to write a folk song
I’d like to sing out for some cause
Protest lines and tie-dyes
Peace signs up on my walls
But I’m an 80’s kid
I don’t have to have my say
So here’s another song for you
It’s just played a different way

There ain’t know rhyme or reason
There ain’t know sing a long surprise
I’m too old to be naïve
I’m too young to be too wise
But I know how I feel
I just don’t know what else to say
So here’s another song for you
It’s just played a different way

Something Real

Written By: Scott Dameron

Something Real
Scott Dameron
©2010 Walker 904A
Open D, Capo 2nd, key of E

There’s gonna be a lot of searching
There’s gonna be a lot of falling down
There’s gonna be a lot of wondering
I’m wandering all around

I’m gonna keep it in the middle, the middle
I’m gonna paint it up nice and gray
I’m gonna keep these words from leaking
I’m gonna look the other way, careful what you say

(Chorus)
Well you tell me that your faith is strong
And you tell me that I must be doing wrong
But all I know is what I feel
I don’t need to make a deal
I’m gonna look for something real, something real

Well you can’t read it in the papers
And you won’t hear it on the radio
You might just see it in the mirror
You better turn those lights down low

You better keep it in the system
You better keep it in the family
You better pray, pray for redemption
You better lose your misery

(Bridge)
You like to say you can show the way
You’ll take me in and let me stay
You say it’s just for a chosen few
Well that’s okay if it works for you

I’m gonna go up on the mountain, the mountain
I’m gonna climb up in the scenery
I’m gonna try to find some answers
I’m gonna see what’s there for me, for me

(Chorus)
Well you tell me that your faith is strong
You tell me that I must be doing wrong
But all I know is what I feel
I don’t need to make a deal, no deal
I’m gonna look for something real, something real

Was That Me

Written By: Jay Ladd V, Dave Pandolfi

Was That Me
Jay Ladd V, Dave Pandolfi
©2010 Squealyworm Music, Y.I.Auda Music (ASCAP)

Frozen ground, buried love, dig it out, hold it up
Dust it off, take it in, give it what it wants again
There it is, where you left it all that time ago
Hasn’t changed, just as green, smothered in routine
I don’t remember our song, our restaurant is long gone
I think one time I might have said

I breathe you
I’d give it all to need you
I love you, didn’t I say...didn’t I say
I bleed you
My god, I have to have you
Was that me, didn’t I say...didn’t I say

Thunder clouds grumble in, dredging all this up again
Raining down, worms come out, whisper then, now you shout
The words you speak are not as poison as the ones you keep
I read your eyes, I know you care, is there something left in there
This world has changed around me; it’s chopped me up and ground me
Is there some part of me that still can say

I breathe you
I’d give it all to need you
I love you, didn’t I say...didn’t I say
I bleed you
My god, I have to have you
Was that me, didn’t I say...didn’t I say

It’s only you, the one I built my fragile tarot house on
It’s only me, the one who branded his soul
It’s just our life here balanced on a strand of spider’s web
That’s just our love there in that hole

Take me back, timeless sleep, I could choke in love so deep
I see you there, innocent, standing where my reason went
Leave me here, comatose, this is where I lived the most
Reaching out to pull you in, you can meet yourself again
I woke up wanting more, I almost taste the core
I think I found the man who said

I breathe you
I’d give it all to need you
I love you, didn’t I say...didn’t I say
I bleed you
My god, I have to have you
Was that me, didn’t I say...didn’t I say

Easy To Go

Written By: Jay Ladd V, Dave Pandolfi

Easy To Go
Jay Ladd V, Dave Pandolfi
©2010 Squealyworm music, Y.I Auda Music (ASCAP)

Ear to the bone
She’s burning it up in there
I’m hearing tones
It’s gonna get rough I swear
Sidestepping stones
A little bit of drywall in her hair
Flesh to the palm
In the middle of a nostril flare

He’s thinking that he might change...someday
She’s thinking that she might leave…Monday
On a road just like her love…one way
It would be so easy to go

Just one more time
One promise on thirteen stars
She knows her crime
She didn’t think that it would go this far

You call it love
I’m watching it decompose
It’s losing blood
She’s letting a fissure close

He’s thinking that he might change…someday
She’s thinking that she might leave…Monday
On a road just like her love…one way
It would be so easy to go

She could stay, I could go
In a way, he might know
She could go, I would live
Mice are known to forgive
She could leave and return
With a shred of concern
For the sake of the game
She could fabricate shame

She’s going home
She’s giving me vacuum stare
I melt like foam
I’m playing like I could care

He’s thinking that he might change…someday
She’s thinking that she might leave…one day
On a road just like her love…one way
It should be so easy to go

A Thousand Lullabies

Written By: Scott Dameron, Jay Ladd V

A Thousand Lullabies
Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V
© 2011 WALKER 904A (BMI), SQUEALYWORM MUSIC (ASCAP)

She was the beauty of her time
The years have sweetened her to wine
And like a graceful synonym
She’s still the girl she was back then

She would’ve had some happy kids
I think they tried, but they never did
She’d have the softest mother’s touch
I know she loves, just as much

Chorus
You can’t bleed the color from her eyes
They just glow brighter when she cries
And when she smiles they mesmerize
They sing a thousand lullabies

The guilt lays heavy on her mind
About the love she came to find
She thinks too often of the past
The ones we lost, the ones that last

She thinks that God would waste his time
To punish others for her crime
But God and me, we know the truth
You don’t find love, it finds you

Repeat Chorus

And she’s warm, like home
She could fade, like dawn
And she’s strong, like stone
And she’s almost gone

Repeat Chorus

Slipping Through

Written By: Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V

Slipping Through
Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd V
©2011 Walker 904A (BMI), Squealyworm Music (ASCAP)

I used to search for hidden meaning
I was a diver in the sea
Waiting for the ocean
To show its mystery
Now I’m lost inside the answers
And the things my eyes can see
It’s just a clear reality

(Chorus)
I should be listening for your voice, but I’m not
I could be free from all this doubt, but I’m tied up in knots
I want to call on my faith, but today is all I’ve got
I could be all of this and more, but I’m not

Now you say you still believe
In the miracle of man
You say that all things matter
You talk of greater plans
But I get lost in the moment
And I’m swimming in the sand
I want it out of my hands

(Repeat Chorus)

Give me something to hold on to
Give me something to believe
I can feel you slipping through my fingers
I want to wrap my arms around you
But I’m torn inside myself
I can feel love slipping through my fingers

(Repeat Chorus x2)

Discography

"Walker 904A" (August 2010)

Radio Airplay

Sirius/XM, "The Village"
WYSO 93.1 Dayton, OH
KZSC 88.1 Santa Cruz, CA
WCOM 103.5 Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC
KVMR 89.5, 105.1 Nevada City, CA
WBGU 88.1 Bowling Green, OH
WTBQ 99.1 Warwick, NY
2MAX FM 91.3 Austrailia
WHFR 89.3 Dearborn, MI
WEZU 95.9 Roanoke Rapids, NC
WCVF 88.9 Fredonia, NY
WSPN 91.9 Saratoga Springs, NY
KKUP 91.5 Cupertino, CA
WFCF 88.9 St. Augustine, FL
WJSJ 105.3 Jacksonville, FL
WSLR 95.5 Sarasota, FL
CJTR 91.3 Canada
KACI 97.7 The Dalles, Oregon
WRKF 89.3 Baton Rouge, LA
Kansas Public Radio
Hillbilly Rockhouse, Radio 24 (internet)
Singer Songwriter Network (internet)
Radio Wayne Folk and More (internet)
Internet Folk Festival (internet)
Folk Festival Radio (internet)
Radio Crystal Blue (internet)

Set List

We mostly perform our original songs, which span over the last 15 years or so. However, we do throw in occasional covers from some of our favorite artists/songs. Here is a list of our current list of songs that may or may not make it into the setlist. A perfect "show" for us is 2, 45 minute sets, but we can do 3, 45 minute sets as well.

Originals (The first 13 are from our newly released CD, "Walker 904A"

Easy To Go
New Year's Day
Was That Me
Singin' Again
I Do Too (Wedding Song)
Master of the Air
Inside of Me
Something Real
Relativity
Listen Now
Just Another Song
Grass Won't Grow
Can't Tell You Goodbye
A Thousand Lullabies
Get My Way
Slipping Through
Determined to Fly
Summer in the Sky
Long Time
Set Your Music Free
Too Small For Two
Everything You Do
Going Home
Woman Of Gold
Say You're Sorry
Dream With Open Eyes
Free Himself
Bring Back The Tears

Current Covers

Archeology - Chris Rosser
All I Want Is You - U2
Jim Brown - Pierce Pettis
On and