Wally Lawder and Brandie Thornburg

Wally Lawder and Brandie Thornburg

 Silver City, New Mexico, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Wally Lawder and Brandie Thornburg live in, and draw inspiration from, southern New Mexico. Their unique, vocally driven acoustic sound could best be described as “folk fusion." Imagine Richard Shindell and Dar Williams as a duo, or the vocal interplay of Dave Carter/Tracy Grammer.

Biography

Wally Lawder and Brandie Thornburg live in, and draw inspiration from, southern New Mexico. While seasoned musicians individually, Wally and Brandie began performing as a duo in late 2008 to enthusiastic reviews. Their “folk fusion" style integrates many genres and influences into a unique, vocally driven acoustic sound. Wally has 3 CD's of original music to his credit and is an award-winning songwriter; Brandie brings an eclectlic and well trained vocal background that includes jazz, classical and musical theater.

A musician for many years, Wally was strongly influenced by the singer-songwriters who emerged in the1990's. These included John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Dave Carter, Susan Werner and Shawn Colvin. Earlier influences include The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Thelonius Monk and Beethoven. Brandie’s influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Sutherland (in opera), Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlin, Tracy Chapman and Blossom Dearie.

Wally’s performing career has included a lot of solo work and several acoustically oriented bands, as well as his current duo with Brandie. He wass a finalist in the 2009 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and winner of the 2008 Gila River Songwriting Competition. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn states that "Wally Lawder is both a romantic and a social critic, and his quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist gives me great pleasure." Brandie was a voice major at NMSU where she studied and performed vocal repertoire in many genres (and languages too): opera, musical theatre, art songs, jazz and choral. She has performed with an eclectic range of ensembles, including world music, jazz, folk, pop and opera, and played the lead role of Evita Peron in the musical production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita. In addition to performing, she also teaches voice.

Wally and Brandie bring a unique and powerful performing synergy, building on Wally’s genre-jumping songwriting with their creative and bodacious vocals and harmonies.

Lyrics

Revelation

Written By: Wally Lawder

Joe's not going to work today
He packed a bag and climbed onboard a train
He had a revelation
He looks at mountains, plains and trees
His eyes are filled with a bigger kind of sky
He had a revelation
Could it be... so simple...
Jill picks up the telephone
Calls a friend she hasn't seen in years
She had a revelation
Long ago they had a riff
But that doesn't mean a thing right now
She had a revelation
Could it be... so simple...
Isn't it the only day that dawns is the one to which we are awake?
George sits in his favorite chair
Picks up this cat and holds her to his heart
He had a revelation
Could it be... so simple...
Isn't it the only day that dawns is the one to which we are awake?
I saw her sleeping there
She had a faint smile on her pretty face
I had a revelation
I had a revelation
I had a revelation
I had a revelation
Revelation...

Looking at the Moon

Written By: Wally Lawder

There's a wolf out on the range
Looking at the moon
Trying to find some space
Running out of room

It's busy downtown tonight
It's been a long day
I'm walking with my thoughts
I need to get away

Just a little... I could use just a little
Just a little... time...

Just a little... I could use just a little
Just a little... time...

There's a wolf out on the range
Running out of room
It's been a long day
I'm looking at the moon

Gauguin

Written By: Wally Lawder

There's a ship on the open sea
and it's sailing for Tahiti
On board is a man
Gauguin, Gauguin, Gauguin

He likes colors expressive
everything changes perspective
And he's leaving behind his land
Gauguin, Gauguin, Gauguin

Il y des temps que je veux naviguer avec vous
Beaucoup fois j'ai demande pareil
Where do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?

His wife in Paris wore an evening dress
Layers and ruffles so fair
A cup of china in her hand
An early canvas by Gauguin
Tahitians lay naked on the beach
Jet black is their hair
Women with mangoes in their hands
Gauguin, Gauguin, Gauguin

There are times I want to sail with you
Many times I've asked the same things

Il y des temps que je veux naviguer avec vous
Beaucoup fois j'ai demande pareil
Where do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?

There's a ship on the open sea...

Tom and Sally

Written By: Wally Lawder

Thomas Jefferson comes home
to Monticello and its rolling lawns
A face in a window
A smile and a nod

Sally Hemings was her name
He was a widower, she was a slave
It started in Paris,
1788

Do not tell please look the other way
There are things its better not to say
Some things are not to be spoken of
But what if Tom and Sally were in love?

Sally Hemings by Paris law was free
She could have stayed behind, kept her liberty
But she sailed with him
Back into slavery

Do not tell please look the other way
There are things its better not to say
Some things are not to be spoken of
But what if Tom and Sally were in love?

Early America, a white couldn't love a black
Unless she was a slave and he loved her behind their backs
Maybe that explains the historical fact:
--He never freed her--

Do not tell please look the other way...

Wake Up Crying

Written By: Wally Lawder

You're gonna wake up crying
You're gonna wake up to bright and lonely sun
The sun will be shining but you'll be in the dark
You're gonna wake up crying.... when I'm gone

You're smug--you shouldn't be
You could use a little doubt
You don't know what you've got
Maybe you'll find out
You're taking things for granted
The sun always shines on you
You might feel more frantic
If you only knew...

You're gonna wake up crying
You're gonna wake up to bright and lonely sun
The sun will be shining but you'll be in the dark
You're gonna wake up crying when I'm gone

Every morning the sun will rise
It's a natural fact
I wouldn't be so sure
What comes after that

You're taking things for granted
The sun always shines on you
You might feel more frantic
If you only knew...

You're gonna wake up crying
You're gonna wake up to bright and lonely sun
The sun will be shining but you'll be in the dark
You're gonna wake up crying when I'm gone

You're gonna wake up
You're gonna wake up
You're gonna wake up
When I'm gone...

Perfume

Written By: Wally Lawder

Perfume floating off your skin
Turns my head, draws me in
Perfume, just a little--not too much
Makes me want to be closer
Close enough to touch

I want to know, I want to know...

I first saw you from afar
Your eyes were bright, your dress was dark
You walked by in a crowded room
Close enough to notice your perfume

I want to know, I want to know...

Perfume, floating like sweet sweat
Try as I may, I can't forget
You walked by in a crowded room
Close enough to notice your perfume
Your perfume floating off your skin
Your perfume floating off your skin
Your skin, your skin, your skin
You draw me in

Adobe Cafe

Written By: Wally Lawder

In an adobe cafe, on the dusty side of town
Is a dark haired girl with eyes of brown
He watches the way, the way she moves around
Soft as a butterfly, barely touching the ground

Just a cup of coffee, just a stop along the road
He's fallen in love with someone he doesn't even know

He wonders about her as her soft hips sway
As she runs her hand through her long dark hair in a casual way
Does she have a man?
Does she have kids?
Where does she go when she goes home--he wonders where she lives

Just a cup of coffee, just a stop along the road
He's fallen in love with someone he doesn't even know

Cafes, towns and roads
So the story goes
Another story unfolds

He's driving away, he's got miles to go
But she lingers in his thoughts, driving down that road
Maybe some day when he's back in town
She'll be there with her long dark hair and eyes of brown

Just a cup of coffee, just a stop along the road
He's fallen in love with someone he doesn't even know
He doesn't even know
Doesn't even know

This Road

Written By: Wally Lawder

I'm walking down a road
It's a road that I don't know
And I'm not sure of my way
Who knows what's next?
I can't really say

Many friends I have known
Sometimes I feel alone
In a dark and silent place
Who knows what's next?
I can't really say

I'm walking, I'm looking
I'm walking, I'm looking...

If you asked me where I was going
I'd have said I was going home
But now I'd say that's not my goal
If I don't get there I don't really care
This road's my home
This road's my home

I'm walking, I'm looking
I'm walking, I'm looking...

I'm walking down a road
It's a road that I don't know
And I'm not sure of my way
If I don't get there I don't really care
This road's my home
This road's my home
This road's my home

Buddha and Jesus

Written By: Wally Lawder

I woke up early one morning
Rolled out of bed bleary eyed as can be
Went downstairs and there in my kitchen
Were Buddha and Jesus waiting for me

Buddha and Jesus were there at my table
They were just looking at me
I said "Hello guys--this is quite a surprise
Can I get you some coffee or is it herb tea?"

As you can imagine I was full of questions
What was their take on history?
With all of the preaching 'bout what they were teaching
What did they really mean?

I heard voices in the next room
Went out to see what it could be
Many faces strangely familiar
And Mohammed and Moses were waving at me

Joan of Arc was looking dramatic
Rumi and Kabir were getting ecstatic
Kuan Yin, Mary and some Amazon queen
Were chanting up a reverie

As you can imagine I was full of questions
What was their take on history?
With all of the preaching 'bout what they were teaching
What did they really mean?

Can't say there was a revelation
To transform future generations
But for just one moment
One sweet, sweet moment...

I like to tell this story now and then
It could happen to you if it happened to me
And if Buddha and Jesus are there at your table
Just get them some coffee
Or maybe herb tea

What She's Doing Tonight

Written By: Wally Lawder

I see her everywhere
She's got a magical air
She's got way that is so rare
The way that she walks
she glides like and angel
She could turn the head of many a stranger
I wonder what she's thinking
Wonder what she's feeling
Wonder what she's doing tonight

She's got a shape that is divine
She's got a smile that is so kind
She's got a beautiful mind
The way that she walks
she glides like and angel
She could turn the head of many a stranger
I wonder what she's thinking
Wonder what she's feeling
Wonder what she's doing tonight

I should have better things to do
Than dreaming of her sweet perfume
Now and then throughout the day
I find my thoughts just drift away to her

I see her everywhere
She's got a magical air
She's got a way that is so rare
The way that she walks
she glides like and angel
She could turn the head of many a stranger
I wonder what she's thinking
Wonder what she's feeling
Wonder what she's doing tonight
I wonder what she's thinking
Wonder what she's feeling
Wonder what she's doing tonight
Wonder what she's doing tonight

Discography

LP's:
Leaving Town (2001)
My Place (2004)
Back to the Adobe Cafe (2007)
In Production:
The Opposite of Gravity (2010)
Streaming audio on: www.wallylawder.com
Video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ublSeEK0yrQ

Set List

Wally and Brandie's sets are customized to each show, and they leave a lot of room for spontaneity to account for each unique audience. They currently draw from over 60 original songs and a handful of select covers. For specific information on a particular event, contact: wally@wallylawder.com .