The Youngers

The Youngers

 Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
BandAmericana

“The Youngers are not just the cutting edge of where music should be right now, they hold to the roots. Their style is both unique and reminiscent of some of the greatest Rock and Roll of our time, timeless and groundbreaking.” - John Carter Cash

Biography

Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, The Youngers were founded in 1999 by Todd Notobartolo (vocals, guitar, lap steel, and mandolin) and Randy Krater (vocals, electric and upright bass). 2016’s Picture of You is the third full-length release by the band, following 2005’s Output and 2008’s critically-acclaimed Heritage.

Heritage was recorded at the Cash Cabin in Tennessee and produced by John Carter Cash, son of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. The Heritage record, which cracked the top 30 on the Americana Chart and is now completely sold out, featured an all-star lineup of guest musicians including Laura Cash on fiddle, Ronnie McCoury of the Del McCoury Band on mandolin and the late pedal-steel legend Ralph Mooney

In support of Heritage, The Youngers embarked on a national tour, sharing stages with the late Levon Helm at one of his famed “Midnight Rambles,” as well as opening for Marty Stuart, Lee Rocker, David Allen Coe and Wayne Hancock.

Their music has been featured on NPR, Sirius Radio, and Cowboy Jack Clement’s Radio Show. Heritage also received glowing reviews by Vintage Guitar Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Brand-new for 2016, their highly anticipated follow-up to Heritage entitled Picture of You was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN and engineered by Grammy®-award winner Chuck Turner.

Thanks to their sizable network of fans, The Youngers raised over $20,000 for the project through an online KickStarter campaign. Joining founders Notobartolo and Krater on Picture of You are bandmates Matt Thren (guitar) and Bruce Kissinger (drums). Nashville-based session ace Tony Harrell added some finishing touches on keys.

Picture of You will be available for purchase beginning September 16, 2016, and is available on CD and digital download from the band’s website: www.theyoungers.com

 

The Youngers are:

Todd Notobartolo - Vocals, Lap Steel, Guitars, Mandolin

Randy Krater - Basses, Vocals

Matt Thren - Guitars

Bruce Kissinger - Drums



Lyrics

Heritage

Written By: Todd Bartolo

I'm a railroad man
I wake up at 3 am
I run engine l0
All the way to Charleston

I save whenever I can
Put half my money towards a pension plan
But there ain't much hope for the working man
When they're shipping our jobs to foreign lands

I'm all American
2 tours of duty in Vietnam
Where's my relief from Uncle Sam
'Cause I've been through hell and back again

One by one they're shutting us down
We're doing are best to turn things around
And they're building on land that’s sacred ground
There ain't much left of the smaller towns

Struggling everyday just to get by
Living on dreams I hope won't die
Trying to keep our heritage alive
Trying to keep our heritage alive

I guess I don’t understand
Is there someone out there with a helping hand?
Someone who leads and commands
Can you hear me down in Washington?

How 'bout some relief for the railroad man
How 'bout some relief for the steel mill man
How 'bout some relief for the farming man
How 'bout some relief for the truck driving man
How 'bout some relief for the working man
How 'bout some relief for the working man

Highway 9

Written By: Todd Bartolo

Words and Music by Todd Bartolo

Highway 9

Tonight I stay in an old hotel and it feels like hell
Lost my money in a gambling, game how much it's hard to tell
I'm a drifter and a drunkard sometimes
I once worked for the state out on highway 9

Lost my job about a year ago, I've got no place to go
My family lives out of state they left me a long time ago
I'm a drifter and a drunkard sometimes
I'm only passing through, don’t pay me no mind

I once had me a woman sweet as can be
I left her waiting in the parlor she's still waiting for me
I'm a drifter and a drunkard sometimes
Don’t try and get to close, love can be so blind

I've heard some roads are paved with gold
I haven't found one yet
I'm just a gambler in life's game, ready to place my bet
I'm a drifter and a drunkard sometimes
You might just meet up with me, somewhere down the line

Heartbreaker

Written By: Todd Bartolo

Heartbreaker

You walk in the room
You can hear a pin drop
You stroll 'cross the floor and the whole damn world stops
Everyone wants to know you
Everyone wants to be your friend
Take my advice she’ll only do you in

She's a Heartbreaker
Can't fall in love with a Heartbreaker
She's a soul chaser
Stay away from a Heartbreaker

What a fool I was to think you’d care about anyone else
Girl I was wrong the only person you care for is yourself
But I got you down
I've seen your kind before
I've already been there and I'm not going back anymore

To a Heartbreaker
Can't fall in love with a Heartbreaker
She's a soul chaser
Stay away from a Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker
Can't fall in love with a Heartbreaker
She's a soul chaser
Stay away from a Heartbreaker

Watch out she's a Heartbreaker
Keep one eye open for a Heartbreaker
Watch out she's a Heartbreaker

Discography

The Youngers - Output 2005
The Youngers - Heritage- Produced by John Carter Cash released September 2008
The Youngers - Picture of You Released September 16th, 2016