The Lost Cartographers

The Lost Cartographers

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Led by three singer-songwriters, the Lost Cartographers tell tales of train tracks, setbacks, leaving, love, and loss. Sultry lead vocals and haunting harmonies light the way as the group travels through a landscape filled with the sounds of Americana.

Biography

Led by three singer-songwriters, the Lost Cartographers tell tales of train tracks, setbacks, leaving, love, and loss. Sultry lead vocals and haunting harmonies light the way as the group travels through a landscape filled with the sounds of Americana.

Their debut album opens with the gritty garage rock of title track "Walk On," then hitchhikes to classic country territory with "Killing Time in Nashville." After a dark American-gothic episode in "Hudson River Teenage Blues," the band stops by the roadside for the hillbilly stomp of "Goodbye Ohio." The album journeys through a land of longing and loneliness, and ends at the edge of the universe with the feedback-soaked psychedelia of "Golden Record."

Recorded at Delmark/Riverside Studios in Chicago, the album was made using vintage equipment from the legendary Chess Records. The Lost Cartographers revel in the romantic nostalgia of a time gone by, but push forward into new territories, hell-bent on never standing still.

Lyrics

Killing Time in Nashville

Written By: Gabrielle Schafer

CHORUS:
Killing time in Nashville
Thinking about you
Wondering if you feel the same
Are you thinking bout me too

Filling up some empty hours
Sitting at a bar
Theres a man up on stage
Playing his guitar
I’ll admit he’s looking good
Too good to be true
But all I see in his blue eyes
Are pieces of you
CHORUS
Here in this fluorescent town
Booze and loud guitars
Want to catch a northbound train
One to take me far
Wondering when I’ll see your eyes staring back at me
In this old town all I got is my misery
[bridge]
In my mind I think of all the words I should have said
When I had you by my side
I love you so
Please don’t let go
My memories are all I have
To carry me across
The Mason Dixon line
Life is never sweeter
Then when I’m with you
Packing up my suitcase
And coming home to you

Southern smiles try their best
To keep me company
I need to travel back to you
Despite uncertainty
A thousand miles between us now can’t keep me away
I miss you so that’s all I know at the end of the day

CHORUS

Walk On

Written By: Aaron Rester

the days are getting longer, and the air it starts to sing / but the song she had in her eyes sounds flat on your heart-strings / the city's heart is melting in a dirty swirling stream / carrying cliches and cola cans down a deserted Division Street / chorus: walk on, walk on, walk on, I'm gone/ the day breaks into a thousand pieces in the rustbelt of your mind / tumbledown ruins and broken glass and cheab Catawba wine / just put one foot in front of the next until you fall down / maybe you'll walk in circles, wind up in your home town / chorus / smokestack six-pack cellophane stuck to the rubber of your sole / friday skyway exact change on the shoulder by the toll / there's a fifth of rum in your coat pocket, three-fourths of it is gone / and you're twice as bright at midnight as you've ever been at dawn chorus

Restless Heart

Written By: Gabrielle Schafer

You taught me how to drive when I was way too young
Bought me my first guitar when I could barely strum
In the basement dusty sawdust in your hair
Mama's calling from upstairs

As a boy you dreamt of running away
Big city's just a distant dream
Hours praying for a sweet escape
Seems only yesterday

Your restless heart
Brought you this far
Your restless soul
Has finally found a home

You let me stay up late and taught me to play cards
Blackjack and rummy from those days on the farm
Those open skies in some distant memory
You were so young and free

Your restless heart
brought you this far
your restless soul
has finally found a home

Looking out across the plains
at that unbroken sky
A farm boy from Kansas
I think you're doing alright
But there goes that train again
It's passing you by
Don't miss your chance
To hitch a ride...

Your restless heart
Your restless soul
your restless heart
brought you this far
your restless soul
has finally found a home.

Discography

"Walk On" (Imaginary Chicago Records), 2009 (listen at http://www.last.fm/music/The+Lost+Cartographers/Walk+On)

Set List

Walk On
Jolene (by Dolly Parton)
Love Will Be the Lightning
Proposal
Killing Time in Nashville
Wayside (Gillian Welch)
Butterflies Fall
Big Old House
Goodbye Ohio
Saturday Matinee Western
The Gambler (Kenny Rogers--rockabilly style)

Sets usually last about one hour. We have about 20 original songs that we can play and lots of covers as well.