Widow Maker

Widow Maker

BandAmericanaBluegrass

Strong Coffee with a shot of Moonshine. Pig Meat & Heartbreak. All original 21st century bluegrass with old-school country, rockabilly, blues, and gospel flavors and an old-time roots finish. Not from Nash Vegas.

Biography

The songs get stuck in your head: “Come a hard frost, hog killin’ time, good sausage, ham and bacon!” Maverick magazine (UK) called Widow Maker “somewhere between the Nashville Bluegrass Band and the Bad Livers… 4 and a half out of 5 stars.” The sounds are surely fresh and new, but the roots run deep in much older traditions. Listen close: you hear hardcore bluegrass, swampy blues, old school country, old time, gospel, and something else that’s hard to put your finger on (rock and roll? tongue-in-cheek irreverence?). Widow Maker proves you can love and pay your respects to the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, Hank, Jimmy Martin, AC/DC, Nancy Griffith and the rest without just imitating; they’re making a sound that’s all their own. No LRB clone band here either. Penguin Eggs magazine (Canada) says it’s “all original but the sound is as old as the hills.” After a coveted official showcase at the 2008 IBMA, this is a band that’s just starting to get noticed on the national (and international) scene. Craig Korth drives the band hard, settin' the woods on fire with picking that Bluegrass Now magazine called "impressive". Native Virginian Will White delivers straight-ahead instrumentals, sharp-edged original songs, and vigorous soulful singing that is the real deal. Byron Myhre is a renowned championship fiddler whose playing is ferocious, tasteful and slippery smooth. Dale Ulan hops the band up with his energetic, rockabilly-heavy bass, and Julie Kerr is an inspired and accomplished singer/songwriter whose enticing voice ranges from high and plaintive to sassy, low and sultry. Powerful songwriting, strong male/female vocal harmonies, tight instrumentation, and rough edges left on ‘cause it sounds better that way. Tap your toes, sing along, and see if you can get that song out of your head after the band stops playing.

Craig Korth is a driving force on the Western Canadian bluegrass scene, probably best known as the front man for Edmonton Alberta's long-running, ever popular Jerusalem Ridge. With JR Craig has achieved heights reached by few bluegrass musicians, performing his original tunes backed by symphony orchestras across Canada. Mostly playing guitar in Widow Maker, Craig is also a certified banjo monster and past Western Canadian Banjo and Guitar Champion. Bluegrass Now magazine called Craig's 2002 solo CD Bankview "a massive undertaking replete with fortitude to challenge and defeat constraints and expectations" (jeepers!) and his playing is "tastefully restrained but can make a jaw drop in flat-out wonderment". Craig first picked up the banjo at age 12 after his mother saw a TV episode of The Beverly Hillbillies and asked him if he'd be interested in learning how to play. He did. Thirty years later, he's still playing. Craig is a much-sought-after session player and producer in and around Alberta. Craig has performed and toured with acts such as his wife, Julie Kerr, The Bills, Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow, Maria Dunn, Billy Cowsill, Ronnie Hayward, David Francey, and numerous other artists across musical styles and genres. With Widow Maker, Craig uses his collection of vintage instruments to showcase his mighty fine picking. Craig co-writes many of Widow Maker's songs and sings the low harmonies. Besides music, Craig made his living for years as a machinist and later as an Edmonton firefighter. He now lives in Nelson, British Columbia with his soulmate Julie Kerr, and their two young daughters, Ella and Amy. These days Craig makes his living through music, writing, performing, producing, trading vintage instruments, and renting out vintage microphones. Craig hosts a weekly bluegrass show, Fire On The Mountain on CKUA radio, and he released a hot new solo CD in 2008, Suspicious Minds, featuring Tim O’Brien, John Reischman, and other luminaries.

Will White was born in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, and raised on bluegrass in eastern North Carolina. He learned to sing and play from a young age at pig-pickin’s and jam sessions in the rich tradition of the region. When Will and Craig met at their daughters’ daycare centre, they discovered a shared passion for the music and pig meat and decided to take it to the world; thus the birth of Widow Maker. Will's banjo is straight-ahead, along with flatpicking and even some National steel slide guitar. He writes many of Widow Maker’s original songs with a sharp edge, and his strong, soulful singing is the real deal. Will made his home in Canada after marrying an Alberta girl in Richmond, Virginia. In his other life, Will is a doctor and teaches at the University of Calgary medical school.

Dale Ulan grew up on a farm outside Lloydminster, Alberta, and his energetic, tasteful, rockabilly-heavy style is at the pumpin' heart of the Widow Maker sound. As he tells it, “Like a lot of kids, I took piano lessons. Then I took bassoon in high school. That's where I fell in love with the bottom end (not girls... music).” Early on D

Lyrics

Hog Killin' Time

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

Chorus:
Fatten up pig, fatten up now, don’t you be mistaken
Come a hard frost hog killin' time, good sausage ham and bacon

(Chorus)

November is that time of year, frost is on the vine
Fat ol' sow be ready now come hog killin' time

(Chorus)

Boil that big iron kettle hot, scald and scrape that hide
Big ol’ boar fill up our store come hog killin' time

(Chorus)

Trim the fat and salt that meat, grind that sausage good
Big ol’ swine will taste so fine come hog killin' time

(Chorus)

Stir the lard with a wooden spoon, smell that smokin’ hick'ry
We'll all be fed on cracklin' bread come hog killin' time

(Chorus)

Water's Rising

Written By: Julie Kerr (SOCAN)

It seemed like spring would never come, this winter it was cold
but the cool clear rains came fallin' with the disappearing snow

Chorus:
Water's rising
Water's rising
Water's rising
and the rain keeps fallin' down

The grass it turned a shiny green the flowers they did bloom
and all was well around my town no darkness and gloom

(Chorus)

The sky above would not let up she bowed her head and cried
and the heavy clouds they darkened 'til I felt I'd closed my eyes

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(Repeat chorus)

She rained down on the pitiful, and rained down on the poor
and as I cried forgive me water rushed in through my door

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(Repeat chorus)

We shoveled and we shoveled and we prayed for it to end
but the sandbags they were broken and that water rushed right in

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(Repeat chorus)

Well as I watch my memories go floating down the way
and think of all that's happened on this cold and cloudy day
I guess there ain't no reason and there surely is no rhyme
but I really hope this water just passes by next time

(Chorus)
(Repeat chorus)

The Awful Truth

Written By: Will White & Craig Korth (SOCAN)

Chorus:
The awful truth broke through like pale sunlight harsh and cold
Into the empty place you left within my heart
The awful truth broke through when I saw through those lies you told
And I knew that your love for me had died

I thought I knew that your love for me was real
Solid and true like the love I have for you

(Chorus)

You lied to me when you said I was the one
I couldn’t see, my love for you had blinded me

(Chorus)

She Should Know

Written By: Will White & Craig Korth (SOCAN)

Chorus:
She should know, lord, better than to love me
She should know I would never be true
She should know I would shatter her heart into pieces
She should know 'cause I told her that's what I would do

She said she was on the rebound
From a sordid and cheap love affair
She said she was lonely and please would I hold her
She knew I was trouble and she didn’t care

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Our bodies entangled together
Many nights there I spent in her arms
But I never allowed her the key to my heart
In lust, not in love, I resisted her charms

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As a drunkard returns to his liquor
In love she had fallen once more
She said that she surely would die if I left her
I told her goodbye as I walked out the door

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Day and nighttime her mem’ry did haunt me
I returned for I knew she was the one
Her body I found stained with tears and with blood
In despair she had taken her life with a gun

(Chorus)

Deal Breaker Baby

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

Well hey there woman whatcha doin' to me
You got yourself another feller dontcha think that I can see

Chorus:
That's a deal-breaker baby
That's a deal-breaker baby
That’s a deal-breaker baby an’ I'm breakin' it up with you

Well I told ya honey in your weddin' gown
That I wouldn’t stand for no foolin’ around

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You talk sweet to me to put me in the mood
But I don't want no gum somebody else has chewed

(Chorus)

Now dontcha point that finger dontcha start to shout
'Cause I got proof you been a givin’ it out

(Chorus)

Now dontcha start to cryin’ don't begin to pout
And don’t let the door hit ya on your way out

(Chorus)

Please Don't Say That You Love Me Again

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

Chorus:
Please don't say that you love me again
Lord I’ve tried and tried and tried to be your friend
But now I can see that your hurtin' me will never end
Please don't say that you love me again

The first time that you told me that you loved me
I believed you and I felt so warm inside
But you turned around and gave your love to another
I can't forget that cold, cold feelin', the way you lied

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We worked so hard to heal the damage from your cheatin’
I almost learned to trust the things you said once more
But then you lied and my heart took another beatin’
And now I know I can't believe you anymore

(Chorus)

Each time you try to make it up and say you're sorry
Then you mostly do the right things for a while
I think that in your mind you do believe you love me
It's just your heart that can't resist a pretty smile

(Chorus)

One More Cup Of Coffee

Written By: Julie Kerr (SOCAN)

One more cup of coffee and I'll be on my way
I've been sittin' here all morning making plans about my day
I've been rolling over in my mind the things I'm gonna do
One more cup of coffee, and I swear I'm through

Chorus:
Then I'll be climbing the mountains high
and I'll be sailing the whole world wide
and I'll be rolling all the way back to you

One more cup of coffee and I'll be on my way
Some liquid motivation to help me with my day
I'll be speeding down the highway of the things that I have planned
I think I see my inspiration right around the bend

(Chorus)

One more cup of coffee and I'll be on my way
Half a sugar double cream Colombian to stay
To get me up and moving, I'll need another joe
Another cup of liquid gold and I'll be out the door

(Chorus)

Get Up There Mule

Written By: Will White & Craig Korth (SOCAN)

Chorus:
Get up there mule and pull that plow
I got bills to pay and I don't know how
I wanna lay in the shade but I can’t just now
Get up there mule and pull that plow

Well I been up since before the sun
Just to do all the things that's gotta get done
When evenin' comes I'm gonna grab my hon'
Gonna get a little lovin' gonna have a little fun

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I’m a hard workin' man when the day is through
I got a sweet-talkin' woman and her heart is true
I know just what she's gonna do
When mornin' comes I won't be feelin' blue

(Chorus)

You don't have much money no time to play
So you sleep all night and you work all day
You never know when you're gonna be deep in the clay
You better have some fun before you're gone away

(Chorus)

Just One More Drink

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

When I was but a young man my worries and cares were few
With a glass of wine I felt so fine, the world was bright and new
I’d take a drink with all my friends and stop at one or two
But now it's got a hold on me, those simple days are through

Chorus:
Just one more drink and then I'll put it down for good
Just one more drink to get me through
Just one more drink so I won't have to feel the pain
Just one more drink and then I don't know what I'll do

There was a time when life was fine, but that was long ago
A wife and kids who loved me, but then they had to go
I earned my pay and paid my way, then whiskey took that too
Just broken dreams and a bottle it seems, I’m lost, alone and blue

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Dear alcohol has ruined me, my body and mind decay
I can't go on or turn around, can't seem to find my way
With a heavy load I've run out of road, and so to God I'll pray
My soul to take before I wake to face another day

(Chorus)

Believe Me

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

Chorus:
I know I cheated, I know you cried
I know I hurt you, I know I lied
What can I do so you'll believe me just like before?
You know I loved you and I still do
And even though I broke your heart in two
Yes I’ll be true if you'll believe me again once more

I never meant to do you wrong or tell you lies
But temptation was strong, it took me by surprise

(Chorus)

If you should leave I don't know how I'll carry on
There won't be nothin' left for me when you are gone

(Chorus)

I Fear My Brothers Have Forsaken Me

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

I’ve seen a lot in my time
I’ve seen the kind of things would trouble your mind
Mem'ries that won't let me be
And I fear my brothers have forsaken me

Chorus:
I fear my brothers have forsaken me
To drift alone in anguish on this cruel bitter sea
And the end of my suff'rin’ I'll never live to see
And I fear my brothers have forsaken me

My nights are filled with awful dreams
So real, and when I awaken it seems
I'll never in this lifetime be free
And I fear my brothers have forsaken me

(Chorus)

Sometimes I feel so cold inside
The body carries on but within the soul has died
A prison without walls, without a key
And I fear my brothers have forsaken me

(Chorus)

Silver And Gold, Diamonds And Pearls

Written By: Will White (SOCAN)

Chorus:
Silver and gold, diamonds and pearls, I’d trade them all if I could have you near
Give up my home, wander this world, just to hear you say that you would be my dear

You're the sweetest thing I’ve ever noticed, your beauty is a thing so fine and rare
I think about you all the time love, no other can dear in my heart compare

(Chorus)

I’m thinkin' of you in the mornin', I'm dreamin' of you darlin' in the night
If I could be your one and only, I'll love you girl sweetheart with all my might

(Chorus)

I've never had the words to tell you, words cannot say dear what I feel inside
I burn for you and I need you with me, say you will always love be by my side

(Chorus)

You’ve Mistaken Me

Written By: Will White & Craig Korth (SOCAN)

Chorus:
Well I'm sorry, but you've mistaken me for someone who still cares
That you’re alone and hurtin' from your broken love affair
You turned your back on me and now you want me to be there
You’ve mistaken me for someone who still cares

Did you think I'd wait around, you were loving another you were painting the town
I was out of my mind the pain tore me apart
Now your new love has gone away, and you’ve got some nerve to tell me today
That you want me again to ease your achin' heart

(Chorus)

For the thrill of someone new you abandoned the one who had always been true
The hurt you were causing never entered your mind
But I dug down deep inside, you can ruin our love but you can’t take my pride
Now the tables have turned, I'm leaving you behind

(Chorus)

Discography

Widow Maker - The Awful Truth, 2007 Sadiebird Records

Craig Korth - Suspicious Minds, 2008 Sadiebird Records
Julie Kerr - Deeper Still, 2007 Sadiebird Records
Craig Korth - Bankview, 2002 Sadiebird Records
Julie Kerr - Mornings Like These, 2002 Sadiebird Records
Jerusalem Ridge (w/ Craig Korth & Byron Myhre) - Together: With Leroy Mack, 2001 Alberta Music Distribution
Jerusalem Ridge (w/ Craig Korth & Byron Myhre) - Beyond The Ridge, 1999 Alberta Music Distribution
Jerusalem Ridge (w/ Craig Korth & Byron Myhre) - Make A Joyful Noise, 1994 Alberta Music Distribution

Contact Widow Maker:
(403) 804 0004 -or-
(403) 862 5598
info@widowmakerbluegrass.com

Set List

Generally two or three 45-minute to 1-hour sets. Large repertoire of original songs, with usually two or three covers in a show.