Waterline

Waterline

 Surf City, North Carolina, USA
BandRockAmericana

Waterline’s pop rock sound is upbeat yet relaxing...Jackson Browne meets Train, with a Jimmy Buffett "change in latitude." No matter where you are, Waterline will put you in a coastal state of mind.

Biography

Chris Pappalardo and Jim Ellis formed the band Waterline after a weekend trip to the Carolina coast. Having toured the world with slide guitar legends Sonny Landreth and Lee Roy Parnell, Chris was ready to settle down and call North Carolina his home. Jim had been performing and recording with Virginia area bands since the late 80's, but had always been drawn to the sea. The two of them had been playing music off and on since 1992 in various bands, but that weekend, they knew they had found their home…and Waterline was born.

A loyal following of "Waterheads" grew as Waterline performed at clubs, festivals and house concerts from the Carolinas to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Waterline’s sound is described as Jackson Browne meets train, with a Jimmy Buffett "change in latitude."

During live shows, Waterline delivers a mix of both original material and eclectic covers from some of the duo’s favorite artists, including Lyle Lovett and Barenaked Ladies. Chris switches between acoustic, electric and slide guitars, serving up a variety of moods to audiences, always perfectly complemented by Jim’s “New Orleans Bruce Hornsby” piano style and smooth harmonies.

When a full band format is called for, they add a drummer and bassist and create a sound similar to their high-energy recordings.

Waterline’s latest studio release, Long Goners, features an impressive rhythm section, including Sugar Hill recording artist Sonny Landreth and his band. This group has backed up John Hiatt as "The Goners" since the late 1980’s, and Sonny’s slide guitar can be heard on recordings from Jimmy Buffett to Dolly Parton.

"It's familiar and comfortable, upbeat yet relaxing." - B.J. Cothran, Topsail Magazine

"An elegant collection of heartfelt songs" - Zach Hanner, Currents Magazine

"Sound is crisp and sincere" - Cristina Williams-Fontanez, Encore Magazine

"Seeing Waterline perform live is quite an experience...they are serious, talented musicians with a terrific sense of fun, and a dynamic between them that engages the audience in the poignancy of their lyrics." - Kristin Gibson, Capturing the Spirit of the Carolinas Magazine

Lyrics

Smoke and Mirrors

Written By: Waterline

I never had a clue
You could be so cruel
You wrapped me up in a smile, girl
Played me for the fool
Each kiss grew a little colder
The flame began to smolder
It was all

Smoke and mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors
You spun me 'round and disappeared

You've come a long way
I hear people say
I made it look like a steady landing anyway
But each step sinks a little lower
Each breath draws a little slower
Cause it's all

Smoke and mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors
You spun me 'round and disappeared

I hear you laughing now
Waving your wand around
Wonder who's under your spell
They can't tell
Cause it's all

Smoke and mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors
You spun me 'round and disappeared

Long Goners

Written By: Waterline

Tee shirt on the lamp shade
Fire in the bed
Time’s running out babe
Don’t rest your pretty head
When the pillow talk is over
And that tender kiss runs dry
He’s gonna slip out like a jewel thief
Leavin’ the scene of the crime
He’s one of those...

Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye
Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye

Small town born Ohio
Big time in his sights
Beg, steal or borrow
On a tumbleweed ride
Don’t you stand there on the doorstep
Don’t will that phone to ring
When the highway wind comes howlin’
You can shiver or spread your wings
And he’s one of those...

Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye
Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye

Note taped to the lampshade
Waiting to be found
4 lines tell the story
4 lines crash it down
“It’s been too long for tryin’ harder
And too late to ask me why
Honey I can’t fight the battle
But I still got strength to fly”
She’s one of those...

Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye
Long Goners
Baby don’t you blink an eye
Long Goners
Gone before you say goodbye
Bye Bye

Here on an Island

Written By: Ellis

Calling all weekend warriors
Summer Tom Sawyers
Adventuring down to the sea
This here’s a special place
I’ll give you a taste
But take this advice from me
Forget your rooftop rack
With all the bags you packed
You’ve got to simplify your act
You need a lesson in a state of mind

CHORUS:
Here on an island
You can’t help smilin’
It’s a feeling you get
When you cross that bridge
And leave the world behind
Here on an island
You lose track of time
It’s therapy for your mind
On an island

I’m counting my blessings daily
I was slowly fading
When I saw it all so clear
I clocked my 9 to 5
Fought rush hour drives
For a 2 week vacation each year
But it took that salt in my skin
And that ocean wind
To breathe some life into me again
Now it’s holiday all of the time

CHORUS

Bridge:
You can shake your head and make your bed on the mainland
Yeah that’s a perfectly civilized game plan
But what a shame man

CHORUS

Discography

Long Goners - released May 2005
includes AAA radio airplay for single "Smoke & Mirrors"
Stranded - released May 1999
includes AAA radio airplay for single "I Got Used to It"

Set List

Performances consist of 70% originals and 30% covers. Eclectic covers include the following:
- Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel)
- Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn)
- $1,000,000 (Barenaked Ladies)
- I've Been to Memphis (Lyle Lovett)
- Peanut Butter Conspiracy (Jimmy Buffett)

Show lengths are flexible depending on the type of performance.

Over 7 hours of ready-to-perform material in both a duo and full band format. Please contact us for a complete song list.