Steel Audrey

Steel Audrey

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkAmericana

Steel Audrey - A bare-knuckle boxer with a soft side. The folk rock/americana band sings embellished tales of seedy characters set to a gritty and energetic live performance; their blue-collar origins are evident in both their narrative and delivery.

Biography

A bare-knuckle boxer with a soft side - that’s Steel Audrey.

The Vancouver-based americana/folk rock trio (influenced by The Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash and Ryan Adams) can go from powerful and raucous in one moment to melodic and sorrowful the next. Singing embellished tales of seedy characters set to a gritty and energetic live performance; their blue-collar origins are evident in both their narrative and delivery. Whether past or present, their stories give voice to the oppressed, the dark horse, and the downtrodden.

An evolution of Derek Kehler’s self-titled solo work, Steel Audrey expresses a way of life now past; one which is rooted in the Canadian prairies, on a small-town farm where he grew up. The songs on their latest album are a collection of stories that have been crafted over the years through performances and collaborations with other songwriters and troubadours.

2010 was significant for Steel Audrey – it represents the transition from solo folk musician to folk rock trio, when both Derek’s wife, Rachele, and Krista Lehman contributed their uniquely distinct talents to the band: Rachele brought her ethereal soprano voice, penchant for old instruments (accordion and concertina) and the impressive ability to sing, play accordion and stomp a kick drum at the same time; Krista, her sultry alto vocal and propensity for the harmonica and all things bluesy.

Steel Audrey has also been known to include other musicians for live shows whenever the opportunity presents itself, filling out their sound with instruments such as electric guitar, lapsteel, bass and drums.

In late 2011 they began recording with award-winning producer Matthew Rogers of Neighbourhood Productions (C.R. Avery, Mark Berube, Adrian Glynn), and then released their debut self-titled EP on July 3, 2012.

In September 2012, they embarked on the first of three successful western Canadian tours, in support of their recently released album.

Early 2013 will find Steel Audrey back in the studio, writing and recording their first full-length album which is set to be released in later that year.

Lyrics

Sunshine Hill (Summer)

Written By: Derek Kehler

There's skills in these bones
Skills in these bones
But the tendons will not hold
I honed these skills on a park bench on top of Sunshine Hill

There's beauty in these bones
Beauty in these bones
But the interest comes and goes
I've had my chances, plenty of glances
I've lost romances by taking stances

There's tension in these bones
Tension in these bones
Like a mannequin posed to run
I'm in transition, and Lord I've been here for a while
I've been jobless, I've been sidelined for a time

There's dreams in these bones
Dream in these bones
Kept alive but never told
I've chased a feeling, came up short on the dealing
I've let some go, that I could have caught, but I guess we'll never know

There's skills in these bones
Skills in these bones
But the tendons will not hold
I honed these skills on a park bench on top of Sunshine Hill
I lost my will when winter came down on Sunshine Hill

Pocketwatch Patrick

Written By: Derek Kehler

Pocketwatch Patrick, you shifty old fox
Like a thief in the night
I spent my purse on a dream and a girl
At dawn she was nowhere in sight

Patrick, you be the devil
Way down deep in my soul
You're the sun in the desert
Where only death can grow

Pocketwatch Patrick, you dirty old thief
You take the leaves from the trees
I can't see much through these crowfoot eyes
but I see my ghost on the breeze

Patrick, you got something
You got something of mine
You done took all my youth from me
You done took all my time

Patrick, you be the devil
Way down deep in my soul
You're the sun in the desert
Where only death can grow

Beat Up Old Hobo

Written By: Derek Kehler

When I was a young boy some lady thought I was a girl
She asked my younger sister, "who's your younger sister little girl?"
Well I cut my hair that very day, and my daddy taught me how to use a razor blade
I grew myself a beard, and when I was fifteen I had it in a braid

And by 17 I was headed west, just a hobo on a train
I got myself a job pouring concrete on the docks down by the bay

When I was a young man, somebody told me I looked stoned
He asked me for a hit of it, but I told him, "I'm afraid I'm running low"
Well, he didn't like the sound of that, so he grabbed my long blonde hair and he told me so!
Yeah, he kicked my ass so bad that day, that I hopped a train and rode the railroad home

By 25 I was headed East, just a beat up hobo on a train
But I knew my ma would take me back if I cut my long blonde hair and got a shave

Now I am an old man, but I ain't learned that much at all
I got grey hair till my shoulders, and my beard has been the cause of many brawls
Now my momma, she don't like me
And my daddy always said that I was slow
Well, I blame it on the whiskey, and all those crazy pills that got me stoned

I've been sober for a year now, but I've been sober for a year before
I'm just a beat up old hobo, and that whiskey is my only hope
I'm just a beat up old hobo, and that railroad is my only home
I'm just a beat up old hobo

Fears of My Father

Written By: Derek Kehler

Kiss of my lover be soft and be sweet
Taste not of others, but always of me
Be not like the winter, be not like the storm
Kiss of my lover be warm

Faith of my brother rely not on sight
Be not like the day, but more like the night
Give back to others what does not belong
Faith of my brother be strong

Weight of my trespass weigh not on my heart
or the sin in my veins will tear me apart
Just as the darkness evades us at dawn
Weight of my trespass be gone

Fears of my father and the roots of my fate
The dread of the silence and the stains on my blade

Silver City

Written By: Derek Kehler

In the bowels of New York City
On the eve of the Civil War
There was born a Henry McCarty
To an Irish woman of lore
Henry was a mild mannered child
Until the age of fourteen
When he laid his mother down
From the White Plague Disease

[she lies] In Silver City, New Mexico
300 miles south of Santa Fe

As a kid they called him Antrim
He was a slender seventeen
Real quick with a sixgun
A gambler and a horse thief
He killed Frank "Windy" Cahill
A blacksmith by trade
He shot him down in a quarrel
With an old Colt .38

[he fled] to Silver City, New Mexico
300 miles south of Santa Fe

It was winter in Lincoln County
The year 1878
A sheriff named William J. Brady
Was shot down in the Lincoln "debate"
Another notch in a left-handed holster
Of a young beardless kid
An outlaw a left-handed cowboy
Sentenced to be killed

In Silver City, New Mexico
300 miles south of Santa Fe
A notch in a left-handed holster, of one young beardless kid
The Outlaw, The Left-handed Cowboy
Named Billy the Kid

Discography

Steel Audrey (Self-titled EP) - 2012

Set List

ORIGINALS:
Beat up Old Hobo
Sunshine Hill (Summer)
Pocketwatch Patrick
Searching Soul
Fears of My Father
Silver City
Love is All You Need
I Killed A Man
Blood On My Hands
Your Smile Waits For Mine
Sunshine Hill (Winter)
The Troubadour
'Til The World Caves In
Too Busy To Love You
Manitoba Jackfrost Blues
Hope For The World
Meet My Maker

COVERS:
Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash)
Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson)
False Hearted Lover Blues (Ralph Stanley)
Such Great Heights (Iron and Wine)
I'll Fly Away
Ghost Riders In The Sky (Stan Jones)