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On the Front Row with 3 Penny Acre

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3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between four up-and-coming songwriters. Each member is accomplished in their own right, bringing to the band vast experience and successes from prior musical endeavors. 3 Penny Acre is, however, greater than the sum of its parts. Listeners are starting to notice the unique blend of songwriting and vocals that form the foundation of this bands Ozark inspired bluegrass/folk music.

3 Penny Acre won the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas) New Songs in two categories. Two songs, Dig A Little Deeper and Concrete and Clay, from their debut album were selected from more than 680 entries. The exposure that Walnut Valley Festival brought 3 Penny Acre was not the only successes of the bands freshman year. 3 Penny Acre also played the famed Good Folk House (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Little Rock Riverfest, Mulberry Mountain Festival, and the 61st Ozark Folk Festival.

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[APPLAUSE] 

HOWDY, Y'ALL. THIS FIRST SONG WE'RE GOING TO DO IS OFF OF OUR ALBUM, AND THIS FIRST SONG WE'RE GOING TO DO IS OFF OF OUR ALBUM, AND IT'S CALLED COALMINE MOONSHINE. ♪  MY DADDY WAS A COMPANY MAN STRIPPED MINE THE COAL STRAIGHT FROM THE LAND MY BROTHER JOHN, AND MY UNCLE BILL GAVE UP THE COAL FOR AN OLE' WHISKEY STILL. ♪ COAL FOR AN OLE' WHISKEY STILL. ♪ MY MAMA CRIED WHEN THEY BURIED JOHN,  WITHIN THREE DAYS UNCLE BILL WAS GONE. HE HIT THE ROAD NEVER TO BE FOUND. SUSPECT HE'LL BE COMING BACK AROUND. ♪  COALMINE, MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON DOWN THE LINE COALMINE, MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪ MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪ I MARRIED A MAN WHEN I WAS JUST 15.   MY DADDY SAID IT'D BE THE BEST THING FOR ME.  I THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA TAKE ME REAL FAR  BUT HE GOT HIS MONEY FROM AN OLE' WHISKEY JAR. ♪ WHISKEY JAR. ♪ ONE DAY THAT OLD LAWMAN CAME. HE SAID, "HEY LITTLE MRS., CAN YOU TELL US YOUR NAME. WE SHOT A MAN AND WE WATCHED HIM BLEED FOR TENDING LIQUOR UP ON CROOKED  CREEK." COALMINE, MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT OUN DOWN THE LINE. COALMINE MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪ MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪ OH, HOW I CRIED WHEN THEY CARRIED HIM DOWN THE MOUNTAIN SIDE. THOSE TEARS DID WELL UP INSIDE AS I RECALLED THAT MY MAMA WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE COALMINE, MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON DOWN THE LINE.  COALMINE, MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪ MOONSHINE OR MOVING IT ON. ♪  [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 

THANK YOU. I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE A MINUTE TO INTRODUCE THE BAND TONIGHT. DOWN HERE PLAYING THE GOOD OLE MANDOLIN WITH THE LOVELY BLOND LONG HAIR, THE 1989 HULA-HOOP CHAMPION, YOU OUGHT TO SEE HIM HULA-HOOP, FOLKS, THIS IS MR. BAYARD BLAIN.  [APPLAUSE] OVER HERE TO MY RIGHT,  TO YOUR LEFT, WE HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL BASS PLAYER, MOST WONDERFUL SINGER I'VE EVER MET, AND SHE'S A REALLY GREAT FRIEND OF MINE TOO, MS. BERNICE HEM BRIE. [APPLAUSE] AND OVER HERE TO MY LEFT, WE HAVE THE WORLD'S BEST NAVIGATO NAVIGATOR, TERRIFIC. WE'VE ONLY BEEN LOST A FEW TIMES ON THE ROAD, AND WE'VE BEEN TO A LOT OF STRANGE PLACES, I TELL YOU THAT MUCH. WE HAVE MR. BRYAN HEM BRIE. MY NAME'S SHANNON WURST, AND TOGETHER WE'VE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER ABOUT A YEAR NRV OR A LITTLE LONGER NOW, AND WE'VE JUST BEEN HAVING A REALLY FABULOUS SUMMER, SO THIS IS A NICE WRAP-UP TO THE END OF THE SUMMER, SOME LOVELY PLACES THAT WE'VE GOTTEN TO SEE.  WE'RE GOING TO SING FOR YOU A SONG THAT WAS ACTUALLY COMMISSIONED BY THE STATE OF ARKANSAS OR THE ARKANSAS HERITAGE COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN, AND IT WAS A GRANT THROUGH THE YOUTH OUTDOOR UNLIMITED PROGRA PROGRAM, AND IT'S SOME SINGS I WROTE FOR KIDS TO ENJOY ARKANSAS'S NATURAL HERITAGE, AND THIS SONG IS ABOUT THE ARKANSAS'S NATURAL HERITAGE, AND THIS SONG IS ABOUT THE INFAMOUS IVORY HILL WOODPECKER. ♪   MY NAME IS IVORY BILL I'M A WOODPECKER YOU SEE NOW THAT FRIENDS THE STORY BEGINS JUST CALL MY IVORY I KNEW WHAT THEY WERE THINKING, "ANOTHER YOUNG BIRD WITH DREAMS" AND I HAD TO GET OUT SO I THE SOUTH TO SEEK A BETTER TREE ♪  MY NAME IS IVORY BILL YOU AIN'T SEEN ME IN A LONG TIME TILL YOU SPOTTED ME UP IN THE TALL, TALL TREE MOSQUITO EATING, LARVI SEEKING IN THE SWAMPS OF ARKANSAS SO COME AND SEE ME AND THE FAMILY PECK PECK PECKING IN THE TREES ♪  OH I SPENT SOME TIME IN HOLLYWOOD TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE BIZ BUT NOBODY IS SEEKING A LARVI EATING BIRD THAT SOUNDS LIKE THIS SO I PRACTICED ALL MY CRIES  H AND ROLLED IN SOOT BLACK AS SPADES I'M HEAR TO PLAY A BLACK CROW IVORY BILL IS MY NAME MY NAME IS IVORY BILL YOU AIN'T SEEN ME IN A LONG TIME TILL YOU SPOTTED ME UP IN THE TALL, TALL TREE MOSQUITO EATING, LARVI SEEKING IN THE SWAMPS OF ARKANSAS SO COME AND SEE ME AND THE FAMILY PECK PECK PECKING IN THE TREES ♪ ♪ WELL I WAS WELL RESPECTED THE JOHN WAYNE OF THE BIRDS A DISTINGUISHED FLIGHT AND A LONESOME CRY THAT EVERYBODY HEARD I SHOWED THEM I COULD DO IT I PROVED THE BIRD BRAINS WRONG THEN THE WORD CAME OUT NO IVORY BILL LEFT OH EVERYBODY IS GONE ♪  MY NAME IS IVORY BILL YOU AIN'T SEEN ME IN A LONG TIME TILL YOU SPOTTED ME UP IN THE TALL, TALL TREE MOSQUITO EATING, LARVI SEEKING IN THE SWAMPS OF ARKANSAS SO COME AND SEE ME AND THE FAMILY PECK PECK PECKING IN THE TREES ♪  EXTINCT I THINK THEY ARE SAYING LOGGERS CUT DOWN THAT FAMILY TREE I WASHED OFF THE DISGUISE AND AS THE CROW FLIES I WENT BACK HOME TO SEE AND THERE I FOUND HER WAITING THAT LONELY HILARY OH WHAT'S A BIRD TO DO WE FLEW THE COUP AND HAD A BABY CHELSEA MY NAME IS IVORY BILL YOU AIN'T SEEN ME IN A LONG TIME TILL YOU SPOTTED ME UP IN THE TALL, TALL TREE MOSQUITO EATING, LARVI SEEKING IN THE SWAMPS OF ARKANSAS SO COME AND SEE ME AND THE FAMILY PECK PECK PECKING IN THE TREES SO COME AND SEE ME AND THE FAMILY PECK PECK PECKING IN THE TREES ♪  [APPLAUSE] 

THANK YOU ALL. 

THANK YOU ALL. 

THANK YOU. 

WELL, THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. WE LOVE TO PLAY ORIGINAL MUSIC, AND WE LOVE TO LISTEN TO ORIGINAL MUSIC. WE HAVE A GREAT FRIEND FROM LONGVIEW, TEXAS, AND ALSO OKLAHOMA, HIS NAME IS STEVE FISHER, AND THIS IS A SONG THAT WE'RE GOING TO PUT ON OUR ALBUM WE ARE RECORDING THIS SONG. IT'S A STEVE FISHER TUNE. IT'S CALLED SON KNEE BROWN. IT'S ABOUT THE SAD REALITIES OF LIFE, AND WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG. THIS SONG. RUN AND FETCH THE PREACHER SONNY BROWN IS GOING DOWN IN THE WATER FOR TO WASH HIM CLEAN SONNY IS EIGHTEEN.  HE IS A SINNER. RUN AND GET THE PREACHER AND WE'LL ALL GO DOWN TO THE RIVER ♪  YEAH WE'RE GONNA SAVE A SOUL SAVE THE SOUL OF SONNY BROWN SONNY  IS GONNA TURN HIS LIFE AROUND YEAH WERE GONNA SAVE A SOUL SONNY, HE'LL BE SAVED BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN ♪ THE SUN GOES DOWN ♪ SONNY IS GUILTY SURELY GUILTY OF SIN PEOPLE SAY, "SONNY KILLED A WHITE MAN" THOUGH HE CLAIMED IT SELF-DEFENSE OH BUT NO ONE LISTENED TO WHAT SONNY HAD TO SAY SO TOMORROW SONNY WILL HANG ♪ SO TOMORROW SONNY WILL HANG ♪ SONNY IS GONNA RISE UP FROM THE WATER A BRAND NEW MAN HE'LL COME OUT OF THAT RIVER HOLDING ON THE THE LORD'S HAND THEY'LL SAY, "SONNY WON'T YOU GO YOUR WAY" GO AND NEVER SIN AGAIN. ♪  SONNY IS GUILTY SURELY GUILTY OF SIN PEOPLE SAY, "SONNY KILLED A WHITE MAN" THOUGH HE CLAIMED IT SELF-DEFENSE OH BUT NO ONE LISTENED TO WHAT SONNY HAD TO SAY SO TOMORROW SONNY WILL HANG ♪ SO TOMORROW SONNY WILL HANG ♪ SONNY IS GONNA RISE UP FROM THE WATER A BRAND NEW MAN ♪   [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] ♪   [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. THIS NEXT SONG IS CALLED SWING THAT HAMMER, AND WE JOKE THAT THIS IS A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT IN A SONG. 

THIS IS REALLY FUN. THANKS, GUYS, FOR COMING, COMING TO HAVE FUN WITH US TONIGHT. THIS IS REALLY FUN TO BE HERE. I THINK IT'S GOOD WE'VE KIND OF SHAKEN OFF THE NERVES. I THINK IT'S GOOD WE'VE KIND OF SHAKEN OFF THE NERVES. THEY'RE GONE. ♪  MY BABY'S GONE.  OH, HE LEFT ME.   SAID HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE AROUND. IF HE COMES BACK I'M GONNA RUN HIM RIGHT OUT OF TOWN. ♪  I MIGHT BE HOME ABOUT A HALF PAST EIGHT,  BUT DON'T YOU COMING KNOCKING OR HOPPING MY GATE. YOU LEFT ME ONCE, BOY I DON'T WANT YOU AROUND. NO NO MORE  OH, NO.  ♪  ♪ I WENT A WALKING ALL OVER TOWN. I MET SOME PRETTY BOYS, BUT NONE I'LL KEEP AROUND. DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP, BOY I STILL THINK YOU'RE A CLOWN. ♪  OH, I DO, BUT THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT I MISS YOU.  HEY, WHO KNOWS?   MAYBE I'D EVEN KISS YOU. JUST ONE NIGHT I COULD LET YOU HOLD ME TIGHT. ♪ TIGHT. ♪ NOW THAT YOU'RE BACK WITH YOUR MILK AND HONEY, I'LL LET YOU STAY IF YOU MAKE SOME MONEY. SWING THAT HAMMER BEFORE I CHANGE MY MIND. SWING THAT HAMMER BEFORE I SWING MINE.  ♪   [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]  ♪   [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 

THANK YOU, GUYS. 

WELL, WE CALL ARKANSAS HOM HOME. EVEN BAYARD, WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM -- I AM ORIGINALLY FROM OKLAHOMA. I WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT. THIS IS CALLED OLD LIMESTONE. I WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT. THIS IS CALLED OLD LIMESTONE. ALL RIGHT. ♪  MY LIFE IS JUST A MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE MARKED WITH SAMPSON'S BLOOD AND SHARDS OF BONE I'M LIKE AN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND TURNED UP IN THE NIGHT I'VE BEEN STRIPPED CLEAN AND LOOTED BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT ♪  THIS DAY IS JUST A RED HAWK SWIRLING IN THE SKY MAKING LAZY EIGHTS IN THE REFLECTION OF MY EYE ALL MY YEARS SPENT BAREFOOT IN THE OKLAHOMA MUD I WILL NEVER GO BACK THERE THOUGH I GUESS I SHOULD I WILL NEVER GO BACK THERE THOUGH I GUESS I COULD ♪  I KEEP SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO LET YOU KNOW MY LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST SOME PROMISSORY NOTE I'LL WRITE IT IN A LETTER AND SEND IT IN THE POST SAYING, "MY LIFE IS JUST A MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE" ♪ MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE" ♪ I WENT DOWN TO WHERE THE LAND LIES LOW FROM THE PANHANDLE YOU CAN SEE NEW MEXICO ALL THE OLD TIMERS SITTING JUST PRAYING FOR RAIN SAYING, "THIS LAND IS AN OCEAN OF PLEASURE AND PAIN" THEY SAY, "THIS LAND IS AN OCEAN OF PLEASURE AND PAIN" ♪  NOW, I KEEP SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO LET YOU KNOW MY LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST SOME PROMISSORY NOTE I'LL WRITE IT IN A LETTER AND SEND IT IN THE POST SAYING, "MY LIFE IS JUST A MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE" ♪ MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE" ♪ MY LIFE IS JUST A MOUND OF OLD LIMESTONE MARKED WITH SAMPSON'S BLOOD AND SHARDS OF BONE I'M LIKE AN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND TURNED UP IN THE NIGHT I'VE BEEN STRIPPED CLEAN AND LOOTED BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT ♪ BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT ♪   [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 

AND THIS SONG HERE WAS A SONG I WROTE A FEW MONTHS BACK. 

AND THIS SONG HERE WAS A SONG I WROTE A FEW MONTHS BACK. IT'S CALLED "HARD TO SAVE." READY, FREDDY, OR WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS? NAME IS?  A ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR. ♪  YOU CALL ME UP INVITE ME OUT. YOU'RE BROKE I KNOW I HAVE NO DOUBT. WELL, MAYBE BABY YOU'RE JUST A LITTLE CHEAP. YOU HAVE NO GAS, YOU NEED A RIDE, OR BABY YOU'RE JUST TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE. IT'S HARD TO SAVE DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU.  IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU. YOU THINK I'VE GOT SOME ETERNAL REVENUE. YOU GOT THE GALL, YOU GOT THE NERVE SQUANDERING ALL I CAN SAVE, THOUGH IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU. ♪  YOU GOT MAD WHEN THEY DIDN'T ALLOW US TO SPLIT THE ALL YOU EAT AT THE GOLDEN  CORRAL. YOU'RE STUFFIN' BLUEBERRY MUFFINS IN MY SHIRT. FORGOT YOUR WALLET, IT AIN'T YOUR FAULT.   IT MUST HAVE FALLEN OUT WHEN YOU WERE DOING SUMMERSAULTS. IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU. IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU.  YEAH, YOU THINK I'VE GOT SOME ETERNAL REVENUE. YOU GOT THE GALL, YOU GOT THE NERVE SQUANDERING ALL I CAN SAVE, OH, IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU. WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO, WITH YOUR TAKAMINE GUITAR AND YOUR FADED TATTOO? YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS ON ITS WAY AND YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING GUITAR HERO ALL DAY. ♪  YOU GOT THE GALL; YOU'VE GOT THE NERVE SQUANDERING ALL I CAN SERVE. IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME; YEAH IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME. IT'S HARD TO SAVE A DIME SPENDING TIME ON YOU.  [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] TIME ON YOU.  [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 

THANK YOU. 

YOU'RE A FORGIVING AUDIENC AUDIENCE. MAYBE WE'LL GO BACK AND DO THAT SONG AGAIN AT THE END. 

JUST ONE WORD. 

IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE STUFFING BLUEBERRY MUFFINS IN MY PURSE. 

WHAT DID YOU SAY? 

SHIRT WAS IN MY MIND. 

STUFFING BLUEBERRY MUFFINS IN YOUR SHIRT. 

IF YOU'RE STUFFING MUFFINS, DOESN'T MATTER WHERE. COMIC RELIEF, FOLKS. COMIC RELIEF. 

KIND OF THROUGH ME OFF THERE FOR A SECOND. 

IT WAS GOOD. I LIKE IT. I'M THINKING ABOUT CHANGING THE WHOLE LYRIC AROUND. 

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PURSE, GO FOR THE SHIRT. THAT'S A LESSON WE ALL LEARN THERE.   [LAUGHTER] 

BAYARD WROTE THIS GREAT LITTLE MELODY, AND HE SAID I THINK I'VE GOT A DUST BOWL TUNE, AND I SAID WELL, MY GRAN GRANDFATHER GREW UP IN THE PAN HANDLE OF OKLAHOMA DURING THE DUST BOWL, AND HE WAS THERE DURING SOME PRETTY DESOLATE TIMES IN THE 20s, AND THEY MOVED THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO ALPINA, ARKANSAS, WHEN HE WAS JUST EIGHT YEARS OLD AND SAID THAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF GROWING FRUIT IN HIS LIFE. THAT'S THE INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG, CALLED DIG A LITTLE DEE DEEPER, AND THIS IS A SPIRITUAL TUNE. TUNE. ♪  WHEN YOUR WELL AIN'T  PULLING WATER DIG A LITTLE DEEPER ONE MORE SHOVEL FULL OF MUD MIGHT TURN TO SOMETHING SWEET WHEN YOUR GARDEN'S TURNED TO DUST AND HUNGRY GOES WITH POOR YOUR PLOW LAID DOWN TO RUST YOUR CHILDREN CRY FOR MORE DIG A LITTLE DEEPER LET THE SUN WASH YOU CLEAN. YOUR PRAYERS WON'T TURN TO WATER AND YOUR FIELDS WON'T TURN TO GREEN THE DUST WILL RISE INTO CLOUD HIGH ABOVE THE TREES. WHEN IT FALLS IT LEAVES YOU CHOKING DOWN UPON YOUR KNEES BUT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT THE RED SUN WON'T RISE UNTIL THE LIGHT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT LAY YOUR WEARY HEAD TO SLEEP TOO TIRED TO DREAM OF LEAVING IT'S ALRIGHT ♪  WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE UPROOTED JUST UP AND DROVE AWAY GONE TO SEEK THEIR FORTUNE OUT IN CALIFORN I A YOU KNOW YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT ONE HUNDRED TIMES OR MORE TO TAKE THAT BIBLE IN YOUR ARMS AND THROW IT OUT YOUR DOOR DIG A LITTLE DEEPER LET THE SUN WASH YOU CLEAN. YOUR PRAYERS WON'T TURN TO WATER AND YOUR FIELDS WON'T TURN TO GREEN THE DUST WILL RISE INTO CLOUD HIGH ABOVE THE TREES. WHEN IT FALLS IT LEAVES YOU CHOKING DOWN UPON YOUR KNEES BUT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT THE RED SUN WON'T RISE UNTIL THE LIGHT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT LAY YOUR WEARY HEAD TO SLEEP TOO TIRED TO DREAM OF LEAVING IT'S ALRIGHT ♪  WHEN YOUR WELL AIN'T  PULLING WATER DIG A LITTLE DEEPER ONE MORE SHOVEL FULL OF MUD MIGHT LEAD TO SOMETHING SWEET. DIG A LITTLE DEEPER LET THE SUN WAY YOU CLEAN YOUR PRAYERS WON'T TURN TO WATER AND YOUR FIELDS WON'T TURN TO GREEN THE DUST WILL RISE INTO CLOUD HIGH ABOVE THE TREES  WHEN IT FALLS IT LEAVES YOU CHOKING DOWN UPON YOUR KNEES BUT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT THE RED SUN WON'T RISE UNTIL THE LIGHT IT'S ALRIGHT TONIGHT LAY YOUR WEARY HEAD TO SLEEP TOO TIRED TO DREAM OF LEAVING IT'S ALRIGHT ♪  ♪ ♪  ♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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