The Incorrigible String Band

The Incorrigible String Band

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We like to say that The Incorrigible String Band is similar to Old Crow Medicine Show meets John Prine crossed with Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers mixed with Andrew Bird blended with Johnny Cash and John Hartford jammin’ unplugged with Modest Mouse. Catch our drift?

Biography

On one hand there are bands which
are built from the top down. Some
producer with an idea and dollar signs
flashing in his eyes starts auditioning
musicians and tries to build the entity
he saw in his mind. These kind of
bands are usually not much fun for the
musicians though you might end up
with a pocket full of money and a gig
on a cruise ship.
The other way bands form is the way I
like it to happen. Nobody has a plan. It
all starts with some jamming and a little
audience develops and they start
telling you that you are band before
you even knew that you were. Organic
and spontaneous formation--like those
mushrooms that appear in your front
yard one cool fall day. That’s how the
Incorrigible String Band came to be.
Cory was hanging out on the fringes of
every jam session at every festival,
singing and banging away on his guitar
and I was invited to 15th Street
Pizza to come jam with Cory and his
buddies. I thought it might be cool to
drag my upright bass along.
They had a youthful energy in
everything they did and I brought my
buddy and neighbor, Harps, down to
blow the mildew out of his collection of
harps and get in on some of the fun!
After a few of these weekly jam
sessions I noticed three things.
First, I kept hearing Cory sing these
really cool songs that I’d never heard
before. And the audience liked them.
After some prying he modestly
confessed that he wrote most of them.
Hmmm... I thought. The kid had
something goin’ on upstairs and was
writing old-timey songs with new-timey
themes. Interesting!
Second, Harps and I were having a lot
of fun. I have been performing
professionally for three decades and
there was something very refreshing in
NOT having a mandolin in my hand at
a gig. It was just fun to do something
different and make some new sounds.
Playing bass also allows me to “sit in
the back seat of the school bus” where
I get to screw around and enjoy the
ride more.
Third, I noticed that audience was
“into” what was happening. My wheels
started turning and pretty soon I was
suggesting that perhaps a rehearsal or
two would be a good idea? Maybe we
could figure out how to start and stop
songs at the same time? Maybe a
name for this outfit? Maybe some 1”
buttons? (Actually, that was Cory’s
idea.)
To our delight, Tim Ussery whittled out
some time from his busy giggin’
schedule and the band was on a roll.
Cory and The ISB, incorrigible as ever,
continues evolving.

Lyrics

Text Me

Written By: Cory Chambers

Text me that you love me, show me that you care. Send me a love note right through the air.

Send me an I.M. Let me know what I am. Lover or plutonic electronic friend.

Baby please stroke the keys that let me know I'm your type. I want you to L-U-V me. I L-U-V you goodnite.

So text me that you love me. Show me that you care. Send me a love note right through the air. Send me a love note right through the air.

It's Raining Words (Hallelujah)

Written By: Cory Chambers

I write words that won't stay where I say. They shift and they drift just as soon as my pen hits the page. You know I wrote what I said so that the things in my head would form a wall. But my bricks never stick they just trick me then together they fall.
Oh, what a funny little thing to hear me open my mouth and say nothing everytime that I sing. Look up descending from the skies its my words deconstructing and they're floating in front of your eyes. Apostrophes and Onomatopoeias fall talking like people and they bam into me and you. I mean really what can we say? If it's raining words we should all go out and play.

It's a scary place to be living. Where words fall apart like leaves let go in the wind. Wrestling with words will always leave you stressed. Searching for meaning will leave you still feining unless...

Oh, what a funny little thing to hear me open my mouth and say nothing everytime that I sing. Look up, descending from the skies it's my words deconstructing and they're floating in front of your eyes. Apostrophes and onamanapeias fall talking like people and they bam into me and you. I mean really what can we say? If its raining words we should all go out and play.

Discography

It's Raining Words LP-2008

Set List

We are used to doing 2 hour long sets but have done 3 many times in the past. We can fill two hours with our unique original music, along with unlikely, ear catching cover songs such as 'Single Ladies' by Beyonce and 'No One' by Alicia Keys. Here is a list of some of the songs we play in no particular order.

Myth of Sisyphus
Student Loan Blues
How ‘Bout You?
Folsom Prison Blues
Don’t Let Me Down
Old Ark
Places
Copperhead
Tall Buildings
Rock & Roll Show
King of Carrot Flowers
The Mormon Song
Whiskey Before Float On
Text Me
DMX Mountain Breakdown
Harp’s Blues
Beautiful Girls
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay
It’s Raining Words
No One
Worried Man Blues
Why?
You Are My Sunshine
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Old Joe Clark
Run Johnny Run