The Water Callers

The Water Callers

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The Water Callers write and perform original and traditional songs rooted in Americana, tied together with close vocal harmonies. In addition to creating music for past, present and future film and theater projects, The Water Callers released "The Finest of the Wheat" in December of 2006.

Biography

The Water Callers write and perform original and traditional songs rooted in Americana, tied together with close vocal harmonies.

At a party in the Spring of 2005, Bart & Jason passed a guitar back and forth, recounting old favorite songs from their collective Southern heritage. They both knew many of the same songs, and both instinctively knew how to harmonize and blend with each other's voice. From this affinity The Water Callers were born.

Both members of The Water Callers have similar musical backgrounds. Bart, originally from Atlanta, GA, is a product of a household of professional musicians: his mother played violin in the Atlanta Symphony, and his father is a music minister at a church in Virginia. Bart learned how to sing and play many instruments early on. Jason grew up in a small town near the mountains of NC called Walnut Cove, where from age 5 he studied classical piano and percussion while singing at church.

Bart & Jason met at college in the 1990's, but didn't play music together until a decade later. In the meantime, Jason played and toured with bands such as International Orange, Cody Cods, The Ugglians, The Sleepies, and The Physics of Meaning. Bart focused on theater, performing in many productions including the recent critically acclaimed "Back of the Throat" at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC.

Their first album, "The Finest of the Wheat," was released in December 2006.

In addition, they are part of two movie projects set to come out in early 2007. A live performance of the WC song "Durhamite" is featured in Steven Channing's film "Durham: A Self-Portrait." Bart & Jason also act and sing in Josh Gibson's docu-drama "I & I," set in antebellum North Carolina.

Lyrics

So Far

Written By: The Water Callers: Bart Matthews & Jason Fagg

Here on the road with my eyes getting heavy
And the long weary miles adding up on my car
The heaviest load on this 69 Chevy
Ain't the miles, it's the weight of my heart

I'll muddle through 'till I see you again
And that sweet feeling I'll feel until I get behind the wheel
And drive off feeling so close but oh so far

Many's the night that I've slept on the shoulder
After too much to drink at some cheap roadside bar
For now that's allright, but I hope when we're older
I can sleep every night where you are

I'll muddle through 'till I see you again
And that sweet feeling I'll feel until I get behind the wheel
And drive off feeling so close but oh so far

And the road that I'm on keeps on weaving
Through the night, and I think as the morning begins
That the only good thing about leaving
Is knowing that I get to come back again

Here on the road with my eyes getting heavy
And the long weary miles adding up on my car
The heaviest load on this 69 Chevy
Ain't the miles, it's the weight of my heart

I'll muddle through 'till I see you again
And that sweet feeling I'll feel until I get behind the wheel
And drive off feeling so close but oh so far

Discography

"The Finest of the Wheat" album, released December 2006.

Flim/Theater Projects include tracks for "I & I" and "Durham: A Self-Portrait." Currently the WC's are scoring "A Streetcar Named Desire", a Little Green Pig production scheduled for June 2007 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC

Also 2 tracks appear on compilations:
"Durhamite" is on "Rockin' the Blocks," a Durham compilation released by Downtown Durham, Inc.

"In the Moonlight" is on the "307 Knox Records Certified Diskette."

Set List

The Water Callers play a mixture of originals, covers, and gospel. We can play a 1.5 hour set of originals or play for 2-3 hours when we add in covers and gospel tunes we know.

Originals:
She Was the One
Look Sweet Girl
Time After Time
Oh Boy
Caroline
In the Moonlight
Wish I’d Known
Durhamite
Lorraine
Oh Kitchen
So Far
A Night Like This
Magnolia
How in the World
Overdraft
Hold Out

Covers:
Sweet Love by Hank Williams
A Woman Will Give You the Blues by Hank Williams
Lonesome Whistle by Hank Williams
Chunk of Gold by Bill Withers
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone by Bill Withers
Kissing a Fool by George Michael
Summertime Rolls (Bluegrass Style) by Jane’s Addiction
Lawd You Made the Night Too Long by Louis Armstrong
Goodbye, So Long by Tom Waits
One More Night by Jimbo Mathus
When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt
Moccasin by Cody Cods
Boil Them Cabbage Down, traditional
Hey Porter by Johnny Cash
We Belong by Pat Benatar
What’ll I Do by Irving Berl