The Morning Pages

The Morning Pages

BandRockCountry

With prominent influences such as The Band, Gram Parsons, Leon Russell, and Waylon Jennings, The Morning Pages bring a raw, rural passion to the New York scene. Their debut record is being produced by Russell Simins of The Blues Explosion with harmonies sung by sister-duo, The Pierces.

Biography

It began during a downtown Manhattan loft party on New Years Eve of 2008. A somewhat intoxicated Grant Maxwell, lead singer of The Morning Pages, was
approached by an equally intoxicated Russell Simins, drummer and producer for The John Spencer Blues Explosion. He had heard The Morning Pages EP and was impressed with the band's unique blend of country, soul and indie-rock. Simins and the band got to talking and eventually agreed he would produce The Morning Pages' debut album, Rising Rain.

With prominent influences such as The Band and Gram Parsons, The Morning Pages bring a deep, rural passion to the New York City scene. Alongside
contemporaries like The Felice Brothers and Fleet Foxes, the band blends the speed and sophistication of the city with the organic depth of the country.
Their debut EP, The Company You Keep, released in the summer of 2007, perked the ears of critics, with The Tripwire declaring: "The sound that these guys
got onto tape comes from the mighty heavens. It's like American Beauty slept with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris while cheating on The Band's version of 'I Shall Be Released.'"

Although New York City is their home, the four members of The Morning Pages hail from cultural centers across the US. Lead Singer and Songwriter Grant Maxwell spent time in San Francisco, Austin and Nashville. Lead Guitarist Kevin Drost grew up in Chicago and Denver before landing in Brooklyn.
Bassist Matt Stoulil comes from Tulsa and Kansas City while Drummer Ben Arons spent his childhood in rural Massachusetts before relocating to New York City. This geographical diversity lends an authenticity to The Morning Pages as they inject their own sound into New York's burgeoning folk and country influenced music scene.

Simins and The Morning Pages hunkered down in Brooklyn-based CTS studios and began work on the 11 tracks that make up Rising Rain. Surrounded by
walls of vintage gear and faded Al Green and Waylon Jennings album covers, the band tore through material ranging from the raucous stomp of "With The
Lord," the epic beauty of "My Name Is Lion" and the classic country duet of the title track. The Morning Pages brought in a cast of NYC's brightest up-and-comers to help out on the record, including Alec Higgins (Alberta Cross) on piano, Gillian Rivers (Nicole Atkins) on fiddle, Simins himself on percussion, and sister-duo The Pierces who sing harmonies on over half of the record.

With the help of this illustrious cast of characters, The Morning Pages have created a unique combination of their urban and rural influences. Evident in both their lyrical themes and their musicianship, it is this
productive opposition between City and Country that drives the band to make music that is both unexpectedly fresh and grounded in the deep
musical traditions of America.

Lyrics

With the Lord

Written By: Grant Maxwell and Ginny Edwards

Tell me who’s on the left side?
I can’t tell you
Tell me who’s on the right side?
I can’t tell you
Well, brother won’t you tell me ‘bout the company you keep?
Well, I’d love to tell you brother but I’m fast asleep

Tell me who’s on the inside?
I can’t tell you
Tell me who’s on the outside?
I can’t tell you
Well, I could tell you stories that would make you weep
Well, of course you could my brother if you’ve gone so deep

And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more
And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more

Tell me who’s that above you?
I can’t tell you
Tell me who’s underneath you?
I can’t tell you
Well, who is it that makes you do the things you’ve done?
Well, you know that it’s my father I’m his only son

Tell me who’s that before you?
I can’t tell you
Tell me who’s that behind you?
I can’t tell you
Well, the Devil has supplied me with a loaded gun
But the Lord makes me hesitate to be undone

And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more
And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more

Tell me what’s in your left hand?
I can’t tell you
Tell me what’s in your right hand?
I can’t tell you
Well, they hammered in the nails in the early morn
And they left my broken body out amongst the corn

Tell me what’s on your brow there?
I can’t tell you
Tell me what’s on your brow there?
I can’t tell you
It’s a circle made of thistles in the howling storm
And it’s heavy on my forehead, I was born, rags torn

And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more
And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more
And when we wake, we’ll be with the lord forever more

Discography

The Company You Keep - EP

Set List

With the Lord
Don't Ask Me
It Makes Me Cry
No One By Your Side
Move to the Country
Out in the City
My Name Is Lion
This City Keeps Me Down
All My Friends
Let My Hair Grow Long
Hey Man
Live With You

We usually do 45 to hour sets.

Some covers we do (usually 1 per set):
Slippin' and Slidin' by Little Richard
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues by Bob Dylan
Cheating Heart by Hank Williams
Look Out Cleveland by The Band
etc.