The Flannel Attractions

The Flannel Attractions

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An indie-folk band playing a songwriter's songs with bluegrass instruments and delicate harmonies.

Biography

Though they met by playing the renowned Jackson Hole Hootenanny – a decades-old Wyoming music tradition that has been graced by folk and bluegrass stalwarts like John Denver and Peter Rowan – The Flannel Attractions' music has a far-reaching appeal that even attracts listeners with the blissful ignorance to call the mandolin a "mini guitar."

Drawing from singer-guitarist Pat Chadwick's experiences entering and leaving the tumult of city life, the band's songwriting depth can be compared to modern folk revival acts, and their instrumentation lies somewhere between the loose folk pop of The Lumineers and the virtuosic and progressive bluegrass of the Punch Brothers. Meanwhile, the captivating harmonies offered by singer-violinist Emily Yarbrough are likely to evoke comparisons to The Civil Wars and The Head and The Heart.

In their first year of existence, The Flannel Attractions have honed that niche sound, walking a fine line between indie folk and bluegrass while steadily developing a fan base in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, opening for acts like The Deep Dark Woods, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and MarchFourth Marching Band. In the dead of winter in Jackson Hole, the band self-produced their debut self-titled EP and celebrated the disc's February 2013 arrival with a sold-out release show at Dornan's: the current location of the Hootenanny.

With recent airplay on Wyoming Public Radio, a stint as Featured Open Mic Artist of the Month at FolkAlley.com and positive press extending from Brooklyn to the Pacific Northwest, The Flannel Attractions are currently growing their grassroots following with tours through Montana, Idaho and Colorado, as well as the pursuit of relevant regional festivals throughout the country.

Lyrics

Kerosene

Written By: Pat Chadwick

In my mind I'm moving right along
Though my feet are standing in the same space
I've had some time to ponder what's gone wrong
But my mistakes are only taken case by case

I've seen weddings now and newborns from my friends
Though their joy and plans I cannot comprehend
I've had women for me and women claiming that I'm for them
But one of us loses interest in the end

I could cover my heart in kerosene
And burn it all to hell
But this faith won't me go
In those I don't yet know
Waiting on me

We were taught so young
That love comes from above
But can someone tell me now
How to get it to come down

I could cover my heart in kerosene
And burn it all to hell
But this faith won't let me go
In those I don't yet know
Waiting on me

Before You Came Along

Written By: Pat Chadwick

I put my hope in empty bars
I got my kicks in the back of my old car
I wandered a straight line but never made it far
Before you came along

I wrote these words that came out wrong
I worked until my nerves we gone
But something told me, it would not be long
Before you came along

Before you came, my love remained untrue
The bitter part of staring up at you

But if it's all the same, these sad remains
Of crazy thoughts inside my brain
Are gone with this sweet refrain
Now that you've come along

I awoke one starry night, to find you laying here to my delight
Now I'm not going to give up, and you'll keep it tight
Now that you've come along

Before you came, my love remained untrue
The bitter part of staring up at you

But if it's all the same, these sad remains
Of crazy thoughts inside my brain
Are gone with this sweet refrain
Now that you've come along

Diana

Written By: Pat Chadwick

Here I am once again, wearing a tie, trying to pretend
That I am cut out for this kind of thing
Deadlines and calls, what good could this bring

When I was younger I felt, that I could do more
Now my mind's filled with doubt
And who knows what life is all about
We're running 'round mad with our heads pointing south

Diana, why I am fooling around?
Is it better I'm lost than I'm found
When this work turns me off
And I dream of good things to come
In the meantime, sing la da da dah, da da dah

Well it's better to know you're around
'Cause there will come a time when I will be gone
I'm leaving my suit, I'm leaving this town
I'm doing no good with my feet on the ground

Diana, why I am fooling around?
Is it better I'm lost than I'm found
When this work turns me off
And I dream of good things to come
In the meantime, sing la da da dah, da da dah

She needs someone to love when I leave
It's not fair at all
She's left an undefined mark on me
I'll know when she's gone

Better Part of Me

Written By: Pat Chadwick

I didn't think much when I first saw you
Then I saw them all adore you
I thought, "you're the better part of me"

Your Southern way has got me stirring
Next to you, I feel so boring
Won't you find the better part of me

Our conversations never make sense
You slur abstractions while I repent
For those words I say too frequently

They say that you're too young
Or too close to the sun
I'm the short end of a spark, but you're a bomb

I skipped town and lost touch with you
What good in my dreams can you do
My recent past has got the best of me

I've kicked the tires of virtue and action
but they can't match your simple country passion
I'm headed west to the better part of me

They say that you're too young
Or too close to the sun
I'm the short end of a spark but you're a bomb

I've searched through every station
Songs bring only frustration
Like you test my patience with love

They say that you're too young
Or too close to the sun
I'm the short end of a spark but you're a bomb

If all I'm left with are the memories
Of mountains, mayhem and journal entries
I thank you for the better part of me

Next September

Written By: Pat Chadwick

Fresh to the town, he steps to the bar
The liquor treats you the same wherever you are
Conversations started, there's no turning back
Clumsy chain reactions will set his new track

Neon lights are shinning, but it's just not the same
Because the women drink whiskey and remember your name
They won't hold it against you if you don't use your degree
Because passion's not petty, it's priority

It's one drink to remember
A second for a good, good time
And knowing by next September
He'll have a woman to ease his mind

The night is over, moonlight on the snow
The sky here doesn't bring questions, it just lets you know
That you've entered a place, where roots can be found
Weekdays bringing you up, not bringing you down

Though this won't be the end of doubt, loss and fear
He's feeling a motion he hasn't for years
And promised himself, as long as he's here
To live in the present, and always say cheers

It's one drink to remember
A second for a good, good time
And knowing by next September
He'll have a woman to ease his mind

Discography

The Flannel Attractions EP -- Released February 2013

Track Listing:
1. Kerosene
2. Before You Came Along
3. Diana
4. Better Part of Me
5. Next September

All songs are streaming on Spotify and can be downloaded on Bandcamp.com, iTunes and Amazon.com. "Before You Came Along" is receiving airplay on Wyoming Public Radio, while "Better Part of Me" has been playing on KMTN 96.9 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The physical CD can be purchased on BigCartel.com and CDBaby.com

Set List

Sets range from 45 to 150 minutes. Festival and touring gigs are 85 to 95 percent originals, with covers featuring unique acoustic takes on anything from Paul Simon and John Prine to The Postal Service and Queens of the Stone Age.