Trailhead

Trailhead

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandFolkAcoustic

Born in East Berlin, Songwriter Tobias Panwitz, aka "Trailhead", takes you along Spanish caminos, Swedish islands, Baltic coast lines, Latvian rivers and American scenery with energy laden melodies and off the beaten track roadside imagery-lyrics, echoing the classic folk sound of the 60s & 70s.

Biography

Trailhead is the venture of Berlin songwriter Tobias Panwitz. Drawing from journeys through various parts of the world and musings on relations past and present, his songs are of a quiet restlessness, captured in simple, personal tunes. Combining energy laden melodies and roadside imagery, Trailhead captivates the listener with his moving off the beaten track lyrics in a way that few songwriters do.

Echoing the folky americana sound of the 60s & 70s classics, the songs have the rootsy sound of Trailhead's backing band or strip down, as in his solo sets, to their calmer self of story and melody, accompanied by Panwitz' folky guitar and finger picking, piano, hamonica and ukulele. Together with his warm yet powerful vocal delivery, Trailhed's music relates to the sound of artists like Crowded House, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Jackson Browne.

After years of traveling wide parts of the US, Greece & Sweden and walking the North and South of Spain, Panwitz decides in the 2000s to return to his native home town Berlin. Many a song has been written upon many a path, and, while persuing life in Berlin, singing the stories from the road is what keeps the tales alive. After, on one of his journeys, having spent months of maintaining trails in Northern Californias Redwood National Park, starting out each day at the "trailhead", the point where a trail begins, the word has stuck. Now "Trailhead" feels like the perfect name for the new music venture.

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Between 1998 and 2006 Tobias Panwitz is touring and recording in various line ups, releasing 4 records: "Some things are beyond reason" (1998), "High Tide at the Baltic Sea" (2001), "North by North East" (2002), "Selected Road Songs" (2006)

In 2009 Trailhead releases his debut album „The Road To Salamanca“ on Berlin Folk/Americana Label Cannery Row Records, with rave reviews in the German music press. It features 13 original compositions with various guest contributions by musicians from Germany, Spain, Denmark, England and the US.

Promotional touring with and without band follows in Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and repeatedly throughout Germany.

In 2009 Panwitz is invited to attend the Norwegian songwriter workshop Lille Lungegaards Sång, a networking- and songwriting composium of the Bergen songwriter-scene on the island of Stort, resulting in collaborations with musicians of the Norwegian and Finnish folk music scene.

The same year, in Mragowo, Poland, Trailhead plays a very well received show with his band at Picknick Country, one of the most renowned festivals in the country, broadcast on national television.

The radio campaign for "The Road To Salamanca", initiated in 2009/10, results in airplay on a wide number of public and private radio stations, like Radio 1 Berlin, Radio Bremen, MDR, SR1, Star FM, Antenne Thüringen , various internet stations and public radio in the Netherlands, making Trailhead known to a further growing audience within and outside Germany.

In 2010, the music video for the album's title track "Road To Salamanca" is produced. It combines the lyrics' motive of walking the Spanish Camino de Santiago with spring atmosphere in the sourrounding landscapes of Panwitz' home town.

The same year, Cannery Row Records' Labelsampler "Can Opener" is released, featuring the song „Road To Salamanca“.

In February 2011 Trailhead wins the songslam competition at Moritzbastei / Leipzig.

On May 24, 2011 Trailhead perfoms as one of the representatives of the Berlin music scene at the official "Dylan's Birthday Bash" in honour of Bob Dylans 70th birthday.

In July 2011 Trailhead is being elected among over 100 candidates by acclaimed Berlin public radio station Radio 1 to perform at the exclusive showcase "Casting für die Seele".

In winter 2011/12 Trailhead's second album "Bodies In The Basement" will be released..

Lyrics

Road To Salamanca

Written By: Tobias Panwitz

Road to Salamanca

Chasing moments and sacred places
When we don’t have a word to say
I’m headed north towards another day of solitude
The twinkle of an eye along the way

Dust and boots of leather
Two birds of one feather

Spring just kissed the earth awake
I’ve got all the time there is to take
From the town of Villafranca
On the road to Salamanca
I think I’ll walk a while with you
I think I’ll walk a while with you

I left Sevilla about a week ago today
Because the women there are deadly to the eye
You lose yourself within the black eyes of an andalusian girl
And never get away alive

Love and changing weather
Two birds of one feather

Spring just kissed the earth awake
Bringing all the love there is to make
From the town of Villafranca
On the road to Salamanca
I think I’ll walk a while with you
I think I’ll walk a while with you

Bats On The Wing

Written By: Tobias Panwitz

Bats on the wing

In the early afternoon
Contemplate the fact that there is not an awful lot to do
But think about my thoughtfulness
It turns me quite into a mess

I am basking in the sun
Like a guy I know who feeds on turning life into a song
Showed me how to play a tune
Like a cherry tree in bloom

All around us they just talk talk talk
All we wanna do is walk walk walk
With bats on the wing
And vultures circeling
Pigs in the fields
And dogs on our heels
People on wheels

Come follow me into the trees
Let’s get natural and do what we’re supposed to do in here
Like Echo and Pan
You wanna play, babe, I’m your man

All around us they just talk talk talk
All that we can do is walk walk walk
With bats on the wing
And vultures circeling
Pigs in the fields
And dogs on our heels
People on wheels

Yours And Mine

Written By: Tobias Panwitz

Yours And Mine

Watch the day begin to shine
It’s yours and mine, yours and mine
Watch the song revolve around a rhyme
It’s gonna be yours and mine, yours and mine

And who could tell how it begins
Hell if I know
You watch the birds return in spring
And off you go
You catch a spark it starts to sing
Right in your head

Watch the leafs turn brown in fall
It’s what they do, it’s not up to you
And you hear your mind’s crazy call
It’s gonna get to you if you let it through

And who could tell how it begins
Hell if I know
You watch the birds return in spring
And off you go
You catch a spark it starts to sing
Right in your head

And do you really wanna know
What it all means
You wanna figure this one out
Maybe in your dreams
You write them down to make some sense
Good luck my friend

Watch the day begin to shine
It’s yours and mine, yours and mine
Watch the song evolve around a rhyme
It’s gonna be yours and mine, yours and mine
It’s gonna be yours and mine, yours and mine

From the album “Bodies in the basement”. © Tobias Panwitz, 2012. All rights reserved.

Catch You

Written By: words: Tobias Panwitz, music: Tobias Panwitz & Paul B. Keeves

Catch You

So long, may you follow your own way
And let’s not break our heads
If we meet again someday

Keep that lovely smile upon your face
Your most precious gift
You so freely give away

If you fall
I’d do anything to catch you
From it all
I would never let you down

I know you’ve got something up your sleeve
Just when I feel safe
I lose the ground beneath my feet

And you’re so safe and sound behind those eyes
That I can’t penetrate
The just keep me hypnotized

From the album “Bodies in the basement”. © Tobias Panwitz, 2012. All rights reserved.

Maps And Charts

Written By: Tobias Panwitz

Maps and Charts

River wide
Running out of water
And my boat has run aground
On the sand
Turned into an armchair
With no exit road around

And like the days in my life
Trees are blocking my sight
Used to just pass them by

And all my maps and charts
All the plans I made to follow simply disappeared
And I’m lost waiting for a bus
Waiting for a taxi, something to get me out of here

You and I
We followed every shore line
And conquered every sea
Turned this world
Into a great illusion
Wherever we would be

We kept each other afloat
In the same old boat
Now I meet you down the road

And all our maps and charts ..

Oh and there’s nothing like that river
Flowing below you
Taking you away
And you feel kind of cheated
When it disappears on you
And you find you gotta start walking someday

From the album “Bodies in the basement”. © Tobias Panwitz, 2012. All rights reserved.

Discography

ALBUMS:
"The Road To Salamanca" (2009 - Cannery Row Records)
"Bodies In The Basement" (2012 - Cannery Row Records)

SINGLES:
"Road To Salamanca" (2009)
"Bodies In The Basement" (2012)

Set List

SOLO
set list: differs
set length: 30 - 120 minutes

+BAND
set list: differs
set length: 30 - 90 minutes