Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp

Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp

BandAmericanaAcoustic

Trent and Jay have a unique ability to ignite the stage with raw, untamed energy then bring it back down and sing the most beautiful ballad you've ever heard.

Biography

Trent was born in Indiana and now lives in Virginia. Jay was born in Virginia and now lives in Indiana. The two have a story, what story you say? "We grew up with gospel and four part harmony singing, and a good dose of religion. We are Mennonites. Funk and rock rounded out our youth. What we sing and play comes from our past and the way we see the future. We are not bluegrass or folk or rock or gospel or any other one word. We respect our heritage and tradition, but pull from the youthful music that flows through us. We have also developed a yearning to write and perform the slow ballad with soft vocal harmonies that will warm even the hardest music lover. Come and listen. Stay awhile.

Lyrics

Corrine

Written By: Trent Wagler


Call me, Corrine, I’ll be your moonlight answer
I don’t wanna run if your gonna track me down
Call me Corrine, I’ll be your late night dancer
I’m not gonna go until I hear that sound

We’ve all go scars to show
We’ve all got songs we know
It’s not the win or lose it’s the come and go

Call me, Corrine, I’ll be your moonlight answer
I don’t wanna run if your gonna track me down
Call me Corrine, I’ll be your late night dancer
I’m not gonna go until I hear that sound

The moon makes softer sounds
Straight lines are all around
Your eyes are talking now

Call me, Corrine, I’ll be your moonlight answer
I don’t wanna run if your gonna track me down
Call me Corrine, I’ll be your late night dancer
I’m not gonna go until I hear that sound

Adrienna Valentine

Written By: Trent Wagler

The lights are all turned down at night in the house upon the hill
The girl I love is all alone and she don’t know me still
The bars all play the rock n roll and the kids all sing along,
But she don’t take the path to town cause she don’t know those songs

But when she walks alone at night my heart begins to moan
Adrienna Valentine the brightest star I’ve known

I had a dream the other night I knocked upon her door
And asked her if she’d dance with me upon the hardwood floors
We turned and turned as records played and sang a song or two
And when I left I held her tight just like lovers do

But when she walks alone at night my heart begins to moan
Adrienna Valentine the brightest star I’ve known

The loneliest I’ve ever been was when the news came down
Adrienne Valentine will wear a wedding gown
Now the lights are up most every night in the house upon the hill
The girl I love is not alone and she don’t know me still

But when she walked alone at night my heart began to moan
Adrienna Valentine, the brightest star I’ve known
Adrienna Valentine, the brightest star I’ve known

Riverside

Written By: Trent Wagler

Take me down to the riverside baby I wanna drink so deep Well Well Well
Take me down to the riverside honey I wanna drink so deep Well Well Well
The nighttime knows when the cold wind blows ain’t no shackles on my feet
Well Well Well

Take me down to the riverside honey where the sun don’t burn no more Well Well Well
Take me down to the riverside honey where the sun don’t burn no more Well Well Well
The river tree done say to me come and lay down by my shore Well Well Well

Dig dig dig deep in that mud let my temperature cool down Well Well Well
Dig dig dig deep in that mud let my temperature cool down Well Well Well
Those roots just keep on spreadin out that’s the only thing I found Well Well Well

Take me down to the riverside baby where the music never rests Well Well Well
Take me down to the riverside honey where the music never rests Well Well Well
I’m gonna let it all wash over me, o that river is the best Well Well Well

River’s gonna take me to heaven honey, I am goin home Well Well Well
River’s gonna take me to heaven honey, I am goin home Well Well Well
Streets of gold don’t sound that bad when I’m feelin all alone Well Well Well

Take me down to the riverside baby, I wanna drink so deep Well Well Well
Take me down to the riverside honey, I wanna drink so deep Well Well Well
Night time knows when the cold wind blows ain’t no shackles on my feet Well Well Well

Strongest Wind Blows

Written By: Trent Wagler

I was a walking man, she was a talking kind of gal
the kind that makes you hurt
The first time I loved her was the first time I saw her love you
I swear I tried so hard

And the walls came close to crashing in the way they do
when the strongest wind blows

She was the poetry, I was the one who paid the bills,
swear it might have worked
She wanted to change me, I wanted her to stay the same,
it never could have worked

Cause the walls came close to crashing in the way they do
when the strongest wind blows

She still visits me when the moon is hanging low
and the harvest comes to town
I find I’m talking, she just walks away from me,
the crops are circled round

And the walls come close to crashing in the way they do
when the strongest wind blows

Spike Driver

Written By: Traditional

Take this hammer and carry it to the captain
Tell him I’m gone, tell him I’m gone, tell I’m gone

This is the hammer that killed John Henry won’t kill me
Won’t kill me won’t kill me

John Henry was a steel driving man, but he went down,
He went down, he went down

I don’t want no cold dark shackles around my leg
Around my leg, around my leg

It’s a long way to East Colorado, to my home, to my home,
To my home

Water's Edge

Written By: Trent Wagler

My mama said I was born to be happy so I grabbed my shoes and a brown bag sack
Went on down to main street town and I don’t know if I’m ever coming back
America sits w/ freedom ringing, the car horns stop the children singing
I ask a question slow and true what my friend does it mean to you?

The preacher glazed me the poet praised me ceo just called me lazy
The judge and jury would not be bothered and the pretty girls all ran and hollered
The beggerman told me to go and gypsy nelly stole the show, she said go on down to the waters edge jump on in with your shoes of lead

Mama o mama it was out by the waters edge

Ran on down to the waters edge and I contemplated what she said
I didn’t have no shoes of lead but I jumped on in to clear my head
I was swimming I was naked I was hungry I was hated
I could go to any town or I could stay right here and drown

Mama o mama it was out by the waters edge

Thank you nelly thank you gypsy you sent me to die but I’m feeling tipsy
All my spirit has woke up with a taste from that holy cup
Not religion not the bottle but a holy woman got my throttle
Open me wide and open me free right there I saw my queen

Mama o mama she was out by the waters edge

Let me tell you loud and clear what I saw when she appeared
A band of scraggled tramps and vagrants singing songs about living in a basement
Holy water like the mother shine be my branches be my vine
Take my body take my soul rock me sweet and let me roll

Mama o mama it was out by the waters edge

My mama told me I was born to be happy so I grabbed my shoes and a brownbag sack.

Today

Written By: Trent Wagler

wanna go back to the days before where the stars were large and our back
was sore and night was long and we shook our feet, the days felt so hot and
sweet, back where I can’t remember back to the days of before

I wanna see the light of tomorrow where the work is done with pain and sorrow, where the days are long and the livin easy with the sad sad songs just singing sweetly, back when I can’t forget back to the light of tomorrow

But Today, Today, Today is lost on me.

I wanna ride like the winds don’t change where the baby’s laughing and we sweat our pain, and I’m holding on and I’m swinging you we’re living life like we wear our shoes back where I don’t change, back where you don’t change, we don’t change, where the winds don’t change

But Today, Today, Today is lost on me.

You take the news like it’s all around you you were flying high before I found you, you take heaven on a holiday I go to hell but I can’t stay, no I can’t go back, I can’t go back to that feeling.

I will love you

Written By: Trent Wagler

I don’t want to tell you stories if there are no happy ends
But I’ll walk this road beside you, I will learn to be a friend

When that black cloud comes to rising,
And the coal is getting low so low
I will love you, I will love you I will yes I will

I will greet you in the morning
with a smile on my face
And when that sun has done its shining
we will find a resting place

When the black cloud comes to rising
And the coal is getting low so low
I will love you, I will love you, I will yes I will

When this road has made you weary,
Too much sorrow too much joy
I’ll be the hope that you can touch dear
I’ll be the laughter you enjoy.

When the black cloud comes to rising
And the coal is getting low so low
I will love you, I will love you, I will yes I will

When the tears have done their crying
And we’ve made our way back home
I will love you, I will love you, I will, yes I will
I will love you, I will love you, I will, yes I will

Discography

(2008) Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp-"Adrienna Valentine"
(2006) Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels-"Blue Heaven"
(2005) Trent Wagler-"Journal of a Barefoot Soldier"

Set List

Sometimes we do one long set....sometimes two 45's, sometimes three 45's....

You might hear:
Darlin' Cory-Trad.
Go up to that Mountain-T. Wagler
Whistle Blows-T. Wagler
Blue Heaven-T. Wagler
Corrine-T. Wagler
Thunderclouds Break-T. Wagler
Wayfaring Stranger-Trad.
Cardinal-T. Wagler
Adrienna Valentine-T. Wagler
Blue Ridge Mountains-T. Wagler
Honey Bear-T. Wagler
GoldRush-Trad.

Millers Hill/Tamlin-T. Wagler/Trad.
I ain't got no home- W. Guthrie
Riverside-T. Wagler
Alaska-T. Wagler
Shady Grove- Trad.
Strongest Wind Blows-T. Wagler
Spider-T. Wagler
Kiss me like a Stranger-T. Wagler
After Yeats-J. Lapp
Mud-G. Clark
Today-T. Wagler
Spike Driver-Trad.
I will love you-T. Wagler
Cold Water-T. Waits
Sugar Babe-Trad.
White Freight liner -T. VanZandt
Pay the Bills-T. Wagler

There's more but these songs are part of a current set that Trent and Jay are playing.