John Reischman and The Jaybirds

John Reischman and The Jaybirds

 Chilliwack, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkBluegrass

Years of European and North American tours, four critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Together their seamless ensemble work captivates every audience.

Biography

With a fourth, critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.
Featuring nine new songs and tunes from all five founding band members, Stellar Jays is the latest in a series of CDs to win rave reviews for a trademark, old-time-infused bluegrass sound that respects tradition while advancing the music. The nomination of Stellar Jays for the 2009 “Just Plain Folks” Bluegrass Album of the Year Award, two 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, and a 2007 Juno nomination follows praise such as this from Nashville Public Radio: “A masterpiece — a fascinating and fresh-sounding collection of tunes that incorporate the best elements of bluegrass and old-time into a killer new sound.”

“On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy,” says Billboard.com. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as, “one of the world's undisputed masters” of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums and numerous sessions before forming the Jaybirds in 2001 to release a self-titled debut album, followed by the Canadian Juno-nominated Field Guide, and in 2005, The Road West.

“Though Reischman is the leader and front man, he gives each of them plenty of room to shine, and together they produce music that is seamlessly excellent and rewarding,” Sing Out! magazine says of the superb West Coast ensemble led by John from British Columbia. “The folks he's playing with are neck and neck with him all the way,” Victory Review magazine says of the original line-up: John on mandolin & vocal, Jim Nunally on guitar & vocal, Trisha Gagnon on bass & vocal, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo & vocal, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.

Jim Nunally is a California veteran of several decades as a leading guitarist, songwriter and high, lonesome singer. Jim appeared with John on the Grammy-winning CD True Life Blues, The Songs of Bill Monroe, is a producer and session stalwart, and plays select dates with David Grisman. Audiophile Audition describes Jim as “one of the best bluegrass tenors working today,” with equally impressive speed, clarity and tone as a guitar man.

British Columbia based Trisha Gagnon is portrayed by SingOut! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.”  Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies,” and her superb singing is complemented by her right-on-the-money bass rhythm. Among audience favorites at every show are Trisha’s heart-felt originals such as “The Jaybird Song,” nominated for the 2009 “Just Plain Folks” Bluegrass Song of the Year.

British Columbia based Nick Hornbuckle has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo, a unique sound with a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. “Nick Hornbuckle's banjo can be downright spine-tingling,” wrote the L.A. Daily News. “The resonant yet lively Cleo Belle is just right,” Bluegrass Now says of the prolific instrumental composer's, original Stellar Jays offering, nominated for the 2009  “Just Plain Folks” Roots Instrumental Song of the Year.

Washington based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler Magazine. Another Stellar Jays instrumental composer with the lightning-fast “Bash Bish Falls,” Greg's “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time,” praises Audiophile Audition. His wide-ranging chops have made him a popular West Coast player for years, including stints with the legendary Frank Wakefield, and resophonic guitarist Rob Ickes. The release of his solo CD Fiddler’s Dream won him nominations for the 2009 “Just Plain Folks” Roots Instrumental Album of the Year, as well as Roots Instrumental Song of the Year.

As FolkWax says, John Reischman and the Jaybirds offer “clarity, energy, good ensemble work, classy originals, and an adventurous approach” to the world of bluegrass and folk music — along with engaging stage humour in powerful live shows. They are what SingOut! calls a “ thoroughly professional ensemble with a rare ability to produce music that is simultaneously traditional and contemporary . . . the Jaybirds are a band that continues to hit on all cylinders.”

Lyrics

A DIME IN MY POCKET

Written By: JAMES NUNALLY

A DIME IN MY POCKET

A DIME IN MY POCKET, HOLES IN BOTH OF MY SHOES
AN ACHIN' IN MY HEART DEAR CAUSE I'M NOT OVER YOU
NOW YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN
I USED TO DREAM DEAR ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME
NOW I CAN'T SLEEP AT ALL WITH YOU ON MY MIND
CAUSE YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN

MAYBE I'LL WALK TO ARKANSAS, MAYBE TENNESSEE
ANY WHERE AWAY FROM HERE WOULD BE JUST FINE FOR ME
CAUSE YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN

HEAR THAT PRETTY LITTLE BIRD, SINGING THAT LONESOME TUNE
IT MUST BE THINKING ABOUT ME AND YOU
CAUSE YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN

A DIME IN MY POCKET, HOLES IN BOTH OF MY SHOES
AN ACHIN' IN MY HEART DEAR CAUSE I'M NOT OVER YOU
NOW YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE AND I'M ALONE
AND I'LL NEVER TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

BLACKBERRY BRAMBLE

Written By: Trisha Gagnon

CHORUS
Blackberry sitting on a bramble high
I've been reaching into the sky
I'm gonna pick me a bowl to stew
And have some this morning
The thorns are sharp and the berries are sweet
I've been pickin' in my bare feet
I've got a sweetheart down the street
Whose callin' on me Sunday

CHORUS

We first met in a berry patch
Nona sent me pickin' for a brand new batch
We were just kids but quite a match
We'd be together someday

CHORUS

Some taste sour and some are sweet
Love and berries can be a treat
I'll bake you a pie to eat
When you call on me Sunday

CHORUS
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

TRAVELIN' THE ROAD WEST

Written By: JAMES NUNALLY

CHORUS
TRAVELIN' THE ROAD WEST, TRAVELIN' THE ROAD WEST
IT'S A DRY HOT DUSTY ROAD AND YOU AIN'T A GONNA GET NO REST
YOU AIN'T A GONNA GET NO REST BOYS AIN'T A GONNA GET NO REST
VERSE 1
BACK IN 36' WE BOUGHT US A BUCKET OF RUST
SOLD EVERYTHING WE HAD AND LEFT THAT BOWL OF DUST
DAYS WERE HOT AND THE TEMPERS THEY WERE TOO
THE DRONE OF THE TIRES ON THE HOT BLACK TAR
WOULD PUT A SPELL ON YOU

CHORUS

VERSE 2
LEFT ALL WE EVER KNEW TO HEAD FOR THE WESTERN SHORE
SUCH HARD TRAVELING, WE NEVER HAD SEEN BEFORE
4 DAYS ON 66 WE LOST A TIRE AND TUBE
SPENT TWO DAYS IN THE TEXAS SUN WITH NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

CHORUS

VERSE 3
OUT IN CALIFORNIA THEY SANG A DIFFERENT TUNE
TOO MANY HANDS, SO LITTLE WORK, AND NEVER ENOUGH FOOD
MEMORIES COME FLOWING BACK WITH IMAGES OF THE PAST
I PITY THE POOR AND THE HUNGRY
AND PRAY THAT THEY WILL LAST
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

THE JAYBIRD SONG

Written By: Trisha Gagnon


Standing by my window and what did I see
Five Stellar Jays beneath the walnut tree
Gatherin' and a storin' before the snow did fall
Listen can't you hear those little Jaybirds call
Take my hand come walk in the valley
Hold my hand come go along with me
I went out on a mountain top and what did I see
Five Grey Jays looking back at me
Gatherin' and a storin' before the snow did fall
Listen can't you hear those little Jaybirds call
Take my hand come walk in the mountains
Hold my hand come go along with me

Down by the river what did I see
Five Scrub Jays as happy as could be
Gatherin' and a storin' before the snow did fall
Listen can't you hear those little Jaybirds call
Take my hand come walk by the river
Hold my hand come go along with me

While out in the garden what did I see
Five Blue Jays blue as they could be
Gatherin' and a storin' before the snow did fall
Listen can't you hear those little Jaybirds call
Take my hand come walk in the garden
Hold my hand come go along with me

Now underneath the pine trees what did I see
Five Pinyon Jays busy as could be
Gatherin' and a storin' before the snow did fall
Listen can't you hear those little Jaybirds call
Take my hand come walk in the forest
Hold my hand come go along with me
Take my hand come walk in the forest
Hold my hand Love, go along with me
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

IN THE FALL

Written By: John Reischman and Susan Crowe

Green grows the grass
Now that winter's long past
The bloom on the lilac is through
Will you not think of me
By the red sugar tree
My darlin' I still think of you
CHORUS
Will you return to me in the fall
Do you swear that you can't hear me callin'
Say you will keep your heart for me still
And come back to me in the fall

There's a bird on a wing
Like a bright day in spring
She sings all my cares and my woes
It's a song without word
But the promise I heard
Told me you'd be back with the snows

CHORUS

CHORUS
© 2007 thejaybirds.comC
Green grows the grass
Now that winter's long past
The bloom on the lilac is through
Will you not think of me
By the red sugar tree
My darlin' I still think of you
CHORUS
Will you return to me in the fall
Do you swear that you can't hear me callin'
Say you will keep your heart for me still
And come back to me in the fall

There's a bird on a wing
Like a bright day in spring
She sings all my cares and my woes
It's a song without word
But the promise I heard
Told me you'd be back with the snows

CHORUS

CHORUS
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

ON MY WAY TO YOU

Written By: Trisha Gagnon

When the swans return to our corn field in winter
And snow caps the mountains that surround
You'll know by this, I'm on my way to you, love
Dearest friend I'm homeward bound
If you see the white lilac bloomin' in springtime
And sweet perfume fills the night air
You'll know by this I'm on my way to you, love
My heart with you I long to share

CHORUS:
From the shores of this distant place
The stars outshine the night
And I wish you were here by my side
As true as the crow flies I'll return to you
'cause in each other’s arms the world feels right And you're always in my thoughts and prayers each night

If the sun never tires from the long hours of summer
And fruit trees are not weary to bear
You'll know by this, I'm on my way to you love
My true companion I'll be there

And when the landscape’s on fire
With the colors of autumn
Morning fog turns to diamonds on grass
You'll know by this, I'm on my way to you love
We'll be together at long last

CHORUS

When the swans return to our corn field in winter
And snow caps the mountains that surround
You'll know by this, I'm on my way to you, love
Dearest friend I'm homeward bound
You'll know by this, I'm on my way to you, love
The truest friend I've ever found
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

HER BRIGHT SMILE HAUNTS ME STILL

Written By: W.T. Wrighton, J.E. Carpenter

It's been a year since last we met
We may never meet again
I have struggled to forget
But the struggle was in vain
For her voice lives on the breeze
And her spirit comes at will
In the midnight on the seas, her bright smile haunts me still
In the midnight on the seas, her bright smile haunts me still
I have sailed a falling sky
And I have chartered hazard's path
I have seen the storm arise
Like a giant in his wrath
Every danger I have known
That a reckless life can fill
Though her presence is now flown, her bright smile haunts me still
Though her presence is now flown, her bright smile haunts me still

At the first sweet dawn of light
When I gaze upon the deep
Her form still greets my sight
While the stars their vigils keep
When I close my aching eyes
Sweet dreams my memory fill
And from sleep when I arise, her bright smile haunts me still
And from sleep when I arise, her bright smile haunts me still
© 2007 thejaybirds.com

Discography

2007 STELLAR JAYS
* Juno Nominated
* Two- Canadian Folk Music
Award Nominations
*Four-Just Plain Folk
Music Award Nominations in 2009

2004 The Road West

2002 Field Guide
* Juno nominated

2000 The Jaybirds

STELLAR JAYS

1.The Jaybird Song
2. Her bright Smile Haunts Me Still
3. A Dime In My Pocket
4. The Drunkard's Lantern
5. Cleo Belle
6.What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
7. The House Carpenter
8. Deception Falls
9. I Am The Man, Thomas
10. Bash Bish Falls
11.On My Way To You
12. Something I Don't Want To Know
13. Fire On The Mountain
14. Mississippi Hoedown

2005 THE ROAD WEST

THE ROAD WEST

1. Roustabout
2. Hop High My Lulu Gal
3. Home Sweet Home
4.Sandy Boys
5. Travelin' The Road West
6. In The Fall
7. Deep Dark Sea
8. Blackberry Bramble
9. Liza Jane
10. Old Reuben No.1
11.Allens Creek
12. You'll Find Her Name
13. Troubles
14.The Home Coming
15. As Time Draws Near
16.Crowberry

2002 FIELD GUIDE
*Juno nominated

FIELD GUIDE

1.Lonesome Dove
2.She Could Have Loved Him
3.Holy JUmped Up
4. Darlin' Nellie
5.Say Darlin' Say
6. In THe Darkest Hour
7. Arrowhead
8. Shackled And Chained
9.Crooked Man
10. Over The Levee
11. The Immigrant's Lament
12. I'm Troubled
13. Hop High Ladies
14.Little Willie
15. Plum Tree
16. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town

2001 THE JAYBIRDS

The JAYBIRDS

1. Salt Spring
2.Winter's Come and Gone
3. My Home Far Away
4. Don't Wake Me Up
5. Come With Me
6. Poisoning The Well
7. Katy Dear
8. Booth Shot Lincoln
9. Bravest Cowboy
10. Medicine Springs
11. Jaybird Ramble
12. Blossoms On The Almond Tree
13. Prairie Girl
14. Hog Eye

All four of The Jaybirds' CDs
receive radio and internet
play.

Set List

The Jaybirds set lists consist of any of the songs from their four albums and can write a set for whatever time frame needed by the venue.