The Hickories

The Hickories

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Early R.E.M. meets The Softies

Biography

Rich with harmonies and rooted in rock, The Hickories offer "warm, inviting songs that [combine] the best of folk and country" -- according to THE WASHINGTON POST.

The Arlington, Virginia-based band forges its signature sound with jangly guitars and lush harmonies, evoking influences like the Byrds, early R.E.M. and the Cranberries.

And people are taking notice: The band has been featured at many festivals and conferences, including NXNE, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Millennium Music Conference and the Six Points Music Festival (which featured Army of Me in 2006). They play to packed houses at DC-area venues such as IOTA Club and Cafe, and open for acts with national audiences like Last Train Home, Lizzie West, Scott Miller and Emmett Swimming. And the Billboard Worldwide Song Contest has awarded the band six Honorable Mentions since 2003.

The Hickories released their debut recording, Lost in Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2005 with former drummer Michael Leger and former bassist Brian Vradenburg. One listen, and you're hooked by the "tuneful songs that are hard to forget" (ON TAP MAGAZINE). Whether on a recording or in live performance, if the gorgeous voices of Michelle Volpe and Meghan Sharp don't pull you in, then Mike Conner's tasteful guitar lines or Dale Hailey's and Phil Dennison's tight rhythm section will.

2006 finds The Hickories busy touring the East Coast to promote Lost in Pennsylvania and working on new material.

Lyrics

Sweet Time After All

Written By: Michelle Volpe

You’re right
I’ve been cold and
Distant for a while now

Sometimes
I get scared of
My desires
And where they’ve led me
And I’m sorry
I’ve been stuck in the world of
My subconscious mind
I’m not sure
What I expect sometimes now

And I know
That it’s a sweet time after all
I was runnin’ away
But I’m gonna stay
Right here

I thought
For a moment
That this is all that
Life would be
But I need you
To put in perspective
All these downtrodden days
I’m not sure
What I expect sometimes now

And I know
That it’s a sweet time after all
I was runnin’ away
But I’m gonna stay
Right here

Killers

Written By: Michelle Volpe

You said you were looking for me
But you were so that you couldn’t see
I tried but did not know what to say
To bring you back to me and make it go away

Oh what do you see?
3 killers of me?
Don’t tell me of your dreams
Just wait until morning

I was stuck there I could not leave
Your sheer presence just paralyzed me
But was it fear or fascination
That led me into your mind’s creation?

Oh what do you see?
3 killers of me?
Don’t tell me of your dreams
Just wait until morning

I think I love you
I think you scare me
Deep into the night
Waiting just for me

Oh what do you see?
6 killers of me?
Don’t tell me of your dreams
Just wait until morning

I think I love you
I think you scare me
Deep into the night
Waiting just for me

Drown

Written By: Michelle Volpe

Well I crave a gray day
With clouds low and white
Old buildings with stories
And iron streetlights

And I’d find a bench
With street-corner charm
Somewhere by the river
And let my thoughts drown

And I’ll remember
Why I loved you
And I’ll remember
Why I left you

La, la, la, la-la, la, la

Well I crave the moon
And a heavy, black night
Streetlights are my candles
The roads are my path

But I don’t know where I’m goin’
So all I can do
Is try to remember
All the scenes of my past

And I’ll remember
Why I loved you
And I’ll remember
Why I left you

La, la, la, la-la, la, la

1965

Written By: Michelle Volpe

In the black and white photo
From not that long ago
Your eyes looking out to
Somewhere that I don’t know

Youth and ideas
Your mischievous mind
A look that says
You’re never gonna die

Oh, you’re what I wanna know

I stare and the photo
And pretend that I am there
I wonder what it would have
Been like to breathe that air

I have a thing
For an era I’ll never know
But one thing I understand
Your words will never die

Oh, you’re what I wanna know

It was 1965
I wasn’t even yet alive
But I heard you on the radio
And on my Daddy’s stereo

Oh, you’re what I wanna know

It was 1965
I wasn’t even yet alive
But I heard you on the radio
And on my Daddy’s stereo

Oh, you’re what I wanna know

Left Behind

Written By: Michelle Volpe

chorus:
You left a river behind
Of sorrow and answers to find
We're slowly floating with time
Heavy with what you left behind

verse:
Hey old friend in the sky
Guess you had to go, well tell me why
Yes, I'd understand, don't you know
Only if you'd known that before

You left a river behind
Of sorrow and answers to find
We're slowly floating with time
Heavy with what you left behind

verse:
Last I saw you was in a dream
Not sure what you said to me
But there were no flowers sun or trees
Like you told us there would be

You left a river behind
Of sorrow and answers to find
We're slowly floating with time
Heavy with what you left behind

bridge:
Those days are gone
When we were 21
Oh, your day in the sun

You left a river behind
Of sorrow and answers to find
We're slowly floating with time
Heavy with what you left behind

Discography

* Lost in Pennsylvania (EP - Fall 2005)
* Theme song to Travesty Films' 48-Hour Film Project Entry, "Den Forgpagter Hus" (Spring 2006)
* Artomatic Compilation CD (Winter 2004)
* Sweet Time After All (Demo - 2002)

Set List

Our sets include 95% originals and we play up to an hour. We cover bands ranging from The Beatles to The Cranberries.

Set List Sample (45 min):

Killers
Under My Sky
Drown
Left Behind
Heather Lane
Lost in Pennsylvania
Watch the Roses
Twilight
I Have to Go Now
At the Fair
Sweet Time After All
Shiver (a cappella)