Tennessee Jed

Tennessee Jed

BandAmericanaBluegrass

Start with a strong dose of lyrical singer-songwriter acoustic folk. Add a helping of catchy hooks mixed with modern rock arrangements and searing, soulful vocals. Then package everything in a hot-rod Americana string band format featuring the Southeasts hottest pickers and rockers.

Biography

Start with a strong dose of lyrical singer-songwriter acoustic folk. Add a helping of catchy hooks mixed with modern rock arrangements and searing, soulful vocals. Then package everything in a hot-rod Americana string band format featuring some of the Southeast’s finest bluegrass pickers and rockers. The finished product is Tennessee Jed.

Drawing on the strengths of his debut studio recording, Tennessee Jed brings his show to the stage as a solo, duo, trio, or full band act. On the CD, Jed’s raw and emotional vocal delivery and guitar playing are backed by a veritable who’s who list of established and up-and-coming stars in the rock, Americana, country, and bluegrass world, including, but not limited to: Andy Thorn (Emmitt Nershi Band, Big Fat Gap, Larry Keel’s Natural Bridge) on banjo, Nicky Sanders (Steep Canyon Rangers) on fiddle, Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) on bass and acoustic guitar, Walt Hensey (Barefoot Manner) on bass, Nick Campbell (Jam Pain Society) on drums, and John T. Boulding (The Shady Grove Band) on banjo and Dobro. The recording was engineered and co-produced by former Doc Watson producer Jerry Brown at the legendary Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC. It includes two songs co-written with hot new Arista Nashville recording artist and former bandmate Jason Michael Carroll of “Alyssa Lies” fame, whose recent album debuted at #1 on the Billboard country charts.

Born in Athens, TN, Jed spent most of his childhood moving throughout the South, finally settling in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. During this time he was exposed to many different styles of music, picking up the guitar at age 10 and winning vocal competitions by age 14. Over the years he played with several well-known regional North Carolina acts in drastically differing genres, including jamband One Point Five, industrial metal funk act Jam Pain Society, and future country sensation Jason Michael Carroll. Realizing that none of these genres or projects satisfied his passion for a completely integrated musical experience, he moved to Nashville, TN to sharpen his songwriting skills and create a vision that would embrace the many styles he had incorporated into his own. Eventually he returned to NC to recruit the best players he had encountered throughout his career for an all-inclusive, all-star recording project focusing on his new original material.

Jed has given his life to his music, and his songs reveal the passion of his experience. In a world where popular music is often lacking in musical depth, tone, and complexity, traditional folk music remains largely overlooked due to its lack of emphasis on strong vocal hooks and modern lyrics and arrangements. Tennessee Jed strives to build a bridge between these extremes, exposing the public to the richness of acoustic music, while also presenting a pop mentality that makes the music more accessible to the mainstream public.

Lyrics

The Ballad of Sam and Molly

Written By: John Fisher (Tennessee Jed)

Sam and Molly kept a still
Back in the Appalachian hills
Sometimes Molly walked alone Along the trails behind their home
‘Til one day upon the sheriff’s son, She stumbled and she tried to run
To warn her Sam of trouble on its way

Enis was the sheriff’s boy,
He knew they brewed that soldier’s joy
When Molly fair bespelled his heart, He sought to drive the pair apart
And steal fair Molly for his own, Through threat to Sam of whistle blown
He stole upon her that day in the woods

Who knows what a woman might do in her position
Don’t mess with an old moonshiner,
High on love and strong on ammunition

Molly swore the next day there, She’d answer his proposed affair
Knowing she’d betray Sam not, She’d keep him from the secret spot
Beneath her dress, ‘tween bosoms bare,
Where Enis would be unaware
She held a Colt revolver to her breast

Sam chance to drift the next day there,
Near Enis and sweet Molly fair
Where Molly stood with pistol drawn,
Her back against the morning dawn
In shadow, Sam misjudged the pair,
He missed her barrel’s steely glare
And drew a Colt revolver of his own

Who knows what a man might do in his position
Don’t mess with an old moonshiner,
High on love and strong on ammunition

Molly now lies cold and still Beneath the Appalachian hills
Tears fall from the sheriff’s face, They’re for a son he can’t replace
And there upon the gallows high, Sam waits upon his turn to die…

Wayward Pilgrim

Written By: John Fisher (Tennessee Jed)

Me and mine been on the road
Since before we left for Ohio
When the simple things that made my day
Had moved along or passed away
This dusty rusted microphone
And wooden box are all I own
I'm gonna find a town along the way
With a pretty girl to make me stay

Cause I'm a wayward pilgrim
I'm a desperate angel
I'm the whisper of a memory
Without a home
I'm the twinkle in your eye
When the tears begin to fall
I'm the lost and lonely soul
Within us all

Now the summertime is almost gone
I'm weathered as a rolling stone
Gonna find some sleepy mountain bed
With a pillow down to lay my head
And a pretty girl to make me smile
And lie with me just a little while
I'll ask her if she'll stay with me
In this mountain-time eternity

I'm a wayward pilgrim
I'm a desperate angel
I'm the whisper of a memory
Without a home
I'm the twinkle in your eye
When the tears begin to fall
I'm the lost and lonely soul
Within us all

But that pretty face could only lead me nowhere
Unless her eyes contain more than most show there

I'm a wayward pilgrim
I'm a desperate angel
I'm the whisper of a melody
Without a song
I'm the twinkle in your eye
When the tears begin to fall
I'm the lost and lonely soul
Within us all

This dusty rusted microphone
And wooden box are all I own
I'm gonna find a town along the way
With a pretty girl to make me stay

Stuck

Written By: John Fisher (Tennessee Jed)

Still learning who I want to be
And growing in a skin that's much too tight
Been seeing what I want to see
It's time I see myself in a new light
It's time I check my head for me
And validate these melodies I write

World keeps spinning
I've been holding on
I've been stuck
Inside my head too long

I've been down this road before
The signs all too familiar in my mind
This lonesome lazy troubadour
Just clung to each excuse that he could find
One day, I'll unlock the door
And leave this torn and broken skin behind

World keeps spinning
I've been holding on
I've been stuck
Inside my head too long

I'll keep hoping
Find my grip and run
And seize the day
Before the setting sun

Go Easy

Written By: John Fisher

I'd climb down from this bar stool
Just like I told you I would
I'd sweat through the DT's,
Not lay down with the fleas if I could
I'd put down this pint glass,
Get off of my ass
Lord knows that you think that I should
Drink light lemonade,
Spend less time in the shade
And trade in my Bud for O'Doul's

It would be easy
If I weren't so lazy
It drives me crazy
Knowing I work even harder
Not doing my part
Maybe someday
I won't need to feel this way
Then when I'm lazy
Baby go easy

I'll get around to that yard work
Just like I told you I might
I'll get up in the day
And I'll try not to stay out all night
I'll clean out the carport
And I'll be a good sport
When you ask me to hang Christmas lights
I'll detail the car
Spend less time at the bar
And I'll try to act less like a jerk

It would be easy
If I weren't so lazy
It drives me crazy
Knowing I work even harder
Not doing my part
Maybe some day
I won't need to feel this way
'Til then when I'm lazy
Baby, go easy

I swear I'll make time for a pic-nic or two
Without all my friends, just the kids, me and you
I swear I'll make up for the time I'm not home
But if I act like a dog, well then, throw me a bone

It would be easy
If I weren't so lazy
I know it sounds crazy
Knowing I work so much later
Not pulling my weight
Maybe someday
I'll think of something more to say
'Til then when I'm lazy
Baby go easy

Your tears are so cheezy
So, girl, don't be a baby...
But baby forgive me
If I take it easy

Discography

Tennessee Jed- Acoustica LP

Set List

Original material:
1. Stuck
2. I Hate to See You Leave
3. You Take Me Higher
4. Anymore
5. Gotta Be Wrong to Be Right
6. Opie's Opus
7. The Ballad of Sam and Molly
8. Starting Today
9. Pruning Shears
10. 8 Second Abs
11. What Some Say
12. Wayward Pilgrim
13. Festival
14. River
15. John Daniel
16. Anything But Broken
17. Bridges
18. Your Heart is Headed Home
19. Go Easy
20. Norwegian Wood (The Beatles)
21. Kiss (Prince)

We can play up to 3 60 minute sets including a wide variety of covers by bands ranging from the Grateful Dead to Prince, The Spin Doctors to The Beatles in certain situations, but we prefer to play shorter sets focusing on original material with only a few select covers.