Terry Whitehead

Terry Whitehead

 Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Terry plays originals and covers that are typically classified as Americana Rock, but other genres are usually covered as well. His debut album "Perfect Wave" was released in 2008. He and Tamara Grigsby share lead vocals in their 7 piece band "Red Afternoon."

Biography

Terry Whitehead’s musical roots run deep. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL, USA listening to his father play guitar; his dad was an accomplished guitarist in the style of Chet Atkins and played in bluegrass, country, and gospel groups on live radio shows long before Terry was born. A picture of one such band inspired Terry's bluegrass-tinged song “Happy Valley Folks.”
Terry himself has been singing since he was old enough to talk. His performing history began with singing in church, for weddings, and collaborations with musician friends inspired by groups like Crosby Still, Nash & Young and the Eagles. His style during this period was in the singer-songwriter's tradition in an acoustic, "unplugged" style, but he would soon enjoy being a lead singer in several rock bands. In recent years he has returned his focus to his acoustic roots and songwriting, but he is able to use the experiences as a lead rock vocalist to add some punch to his acoustic performances.
The songs on his debut recording Perfect Wave are indeed acoustic-based, but they are so varied in style that it is hard to label as a whole. This reflects his love of many genres of music.
Songwriting influences: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon.
Check out what Terry is doing now at terrywhiteheadmusic.com
Terry performs solo or with his 7 piece band "Red Afternoon" where he shares lead vocals & amazing harmonies with Tamara Grigsby.

Lyrics

Perfect Wave

Written By: Terry Whitehead

1st verse:
Don’t mind me if I’m out of patience,
Out of synch, out of control and out of my mind
Come catch me later …
I will slip behind my shades; start living life my way
And beckon back my sanity the moment that I reach the sea

Chorus:
I’m not going to worry anymore
When I’m there chillin’ on the ocean shore
I have a wanting, longing need to hear the surf roar
I will be free, one with the sea, riding my board

Up and over the waves I’m riding / Up and over the waves
Up and over the waves I’m riding / Up and over the waves
I’m gonna make a wish on the daystar
I’m gonna make a wish for that perfect wave …

2nd verse:
I spot a sun-kissed lady … radiating
She’s coming out from the waves to lie upon the sand
And she motions to me
She says: “this is the life; time to lay down your strife
Time to summon back your sanity
And find your solace with the sea”


Sleeping Child

Written By: Terry Whitehead

Sleeping Child
Lyrics and music by Terry Whitehead © 2006

I’m going away to a place in my mind
Back across the bridge to a faded and innocent time
Where carefree toddlers played and the rocking chairs swayed
To change the tears to dreams and smiles
Like kissing the cheek of a sleeping child

I’m searching my mind for love uncompromised
No expectations; no agenda in the wings or in disguise
Just calm liquid tones of a stream smoothing stones
Over slow and patient miles
Like kissing the cheek of a sleeping child

In my mind I’ll find a bay
Where inland breezes brush the waves
To calm them down to something mild
Like kissing the cheek of a sleeping child

Rest on a stone, busy garden butterfly
The nectar alone must not dominate your time-constrained life
With a crawl you made your way
To a cocoon and flew away
But now touch down to pause awhile
Like kissing the cheek of a sleeping child

Muscle and Bone

Written By: Terry Whitehead

Muscle and Bone
Music and Lyrics by Terry Whitehead © 2006

Chorus:
So entwined, we are like muscle and bone
Can’t get it right … when on my own
When we unite … it makes us strong
It always turns out better … than doing it alone
It seems we work together … like muscle and bone
Hey, hey … hey, hey, hey

1) Straight and firm between the joint
The bone is an anchor point
When the muscle exerts its force
The two can make a move
With a motion that is smooth
Well it’s just like you and me
Whenever we both meet,
We’re complete

2) Connective tissues will embrace
With a framework as a base
And the function is a motion
Of fine motor control
A virtue to extol
A bond that is harmonic
And simply symbiotic
Well, we’ve got it

It’s just not right, when I’m on my own
I need our muscle and bone
Muscle and bone (repeat)

Happy Valley Folks

Written By: Terry Whitehead

Happy Valley Folks
Words and music by Terry Whitehead © 2006

In the 40s on the live radio
There was a seven member crew playing WPDQ
And they didn’t know any sad songs; they didn’t know the blues
They would only play for joy when they got their cue. They were the ...

Chorus:
Happy Valley Folks
You wouldn’t want to miss tuning into this show on Saturday
They were the Happy Valley Folks
Living in the country, they worked hard then they played (and boy could they play!)
Living in the country, they worked hard then they played (they could play)

His hands are hard from working in the steel yard
But at night you’ll find Lamar fingers light on his guitar
And beside him is the fiddler who oversees it all
You see Slim he stands so tall his instrument can look so small. They are the ...

Chorus:
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All ears turn to Marie when she comes in with the lead
It is a voice so sweet and pure with the soul of heart unveiled
And young Jim on mandolin; there is no holding back his grin
As he signals bass-man Dan, “take us back around again! We are the ...”

Chorus:
Happy Valley Folks
You wouldn’t want to miss tuning into this show on Saturday
We are the Happy Valley Folks
Living in the country, we work hard then we play (and boy can we play!)
Living in the country, we work hard then we play (we can play)

Bridge:
When Happy Valley Folks take the studio stage
These seven souls make the working droll fade away
As the radio waves roll in to save the day
The hometown raves with their accolades about the …

Chorus:
Happy Valley Folks
You wouldn’t want to miss tuning into this show on Saturday
They are the Happy Valley Folks
Living in the country, they work hard then they play (and boy can they play!)
Living in the country, they work hard then they play (they can play)

Thunder Clouds

Written By: Terry Whitehead

Thunder Clouds
Words and Music by Terry Whitehead © 2006

Laughter comes from the swimming pool and it’s raining out tonight
Couples will do crazy things when in love
It stirs familiar feelings that send my senses reeling
And now I’m reminiscing for the flight of love unbound

I struggle with the sentiment and push it all away
I pick up my guitar and start to play
Like a chord struck out of tune, the (Gb) lightening strikes too soon
It comes blasting through the dark and jolts awake my sleeping pain

Chorus:
If anyone should come to apartment 21
On this night when skies refuse to settle down
Well you’ll find me all alone, singing heartache songs
To the background of the rainfall and the rumbling thunder clouds

Pushing through a storm like this I know I will survive
I’ll wait it out to catch a glimpse of sun
A faintly colored rainbow, will gently urge my ego
To surface from the deep to make my journey to the shore

2nd Chorus:
If anyone should come to apartment 21
On this night when skies refuse to settle down
Well you’ll find me hanging on singing healing songs
To the background of the rainfall and the rumbling thunder clouds

Someone jumped from the Matthew’s bridge and it’s raining out tonight
People will do crazy things when in love
My brooding now seems small so I’ll rise above it all
I will make my way with hope and search for warmth against my side

3rd Chorus:
If anyone should come to apartment 21
On this night when skies refuse to settle down
Well you’ll find me moving on with a healing song
With the background of the rainfall and the rumbling thunder clouds

Crush

Written By: Terry Whitehead

Crush
© 2004
Seeing you again after all of these years
Remembering the laughter and remembering the tears
Just friends it seemed, but now it seems so clear …
Yes, somehow I’m finally seeing it now

We were so close, but went our different ways
It just goes to show that patience may not have paid
But now that all is long gone, done and said
I guess I’ll let the cat out of the bag

Chorus:
All of that time we were side by side
Day in and day out and now I’m confiding
That I kept my composure so you wouldn’t even know it, but I …
I had a crush on you

It’s safe to say now that you had me falling
But, we didn’t even see that a romance was stalling
So we maintained respect when Cupid was calling
And somehow I see it clearly now


Outro:
I had a crush on you (repeat)

Discography

Debut CD Perfect Wave - released in 2008
"So I Am" is part of the compilation "Songs For The Cure '10" released in 2010.
Next album recording in progress - this one will be more organic in sound.

Set List

All 12 originals from his recording "Perfect Wave" plus more yet to be recorded originals. Also, acoustic-based, "Terry-ized" arrangements of an eclectic mix of covers by songwriter/artists such as: Bob Dylan, Green Day, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Train, David Gray, Paul Simon, Don Henley, Counting Crows, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tony Joe White, The Band, Van Morrison, Creedence, and several Motown. There are hundreds of songs in Terry's repertoire at this time. More of the same with his band Red Afternoon where aside from originals by him and Tamara Grigsby, they cover Americana writers/artists such as Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, and Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson.