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On the Front Row with Wildwood and Steve Davison

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Wildwood

Wildwood brings to bluegrass, "old-timey" music and originals. The group has said their music is reminiscent of blues or underground rock, featuring three veteran singer/songwriters – guitarist Jason Payton, bassist Robin Rues and flat-picker Bayard Blain – who specialize in two and three part harmonies.

Payton, a native of rural Indiana, picks the backbeat rhythm, which has helped the band form their original sound. He also plays upright bass and harmonica. Rues, a longtime devotee of bluegrass, plays upright bass, guitar and octave mandolin. Blain is an award-winning musician who recently joined the group. He plays guitar, mandolin and octave mandolin. For more information visit Wildwood's website at wildwoodband.com.

Steve Davison

Steve Davison's musical career began at the age of 12 when he played drums in rock and roll bands, and he began playing guitar at 19 after seeing a solo acoustic guitar performance. His compositions are built on simple melodic structures that focus on the intimacy of the guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternative tunings that give the guitar such extraordinary range. He has appeared at the Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Peace Acoustic Cafe and Riverfest. For more information visit Steve Davison's website at stevedavison.com.

Transcript

   [APPLAUSE.]

WELL, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL BEING OUT HERE. WELCOME TO THE CONCERT IN THE ROUND.  WE ARE WILDWOOD. AND THIS FIRST SONG IS CALLED THE CIVIL WAR SONG. I WROTE THIS ONE -- I GREW UP IN KANSAS CITY WHICH IS RIGHT THERE ON THE KANSAS MISSOURI LINE. AND THERE'S LOTS OF CIVIL WAR MYTHOLOGY THAT I GREW UP IN. AND ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING STORIES OF COURSE IS THINKING ABOUT WHEN BROTHER WAS PITTED AGAINST BROTHER. SO THIS SONG KIND OF CAME OUT OF THAT. IT'S CALLED THE CIVIL WAR SONG.  [MUSIC]   WELL THAT OLD STONE HOUSE IS STANDIN' IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NELL YES THAT OLD STONE HOUSE IS STANDIN' WHERE MY BROTHER USED TO DWELL WELL MY FAMILY'S SPLIT IN TWO BY THAT MASON-DIX'N KNIFE YES MY FAMILY'S SPLIT IN TWO BY THAT MASON-DIXIE KNIFE  [MUSIC]   CHORUS: WELL WE STORMED THE HILL AT POTTER'S POINT, LIKE LIGHTNIN' FROM  THE SKY AND I SHOT MY BROTHER DEAD BEFORE I EVER SAW HIS EYES... AND I SWORE RIGHT THEN AND THERE, NEVER TO AGAIN YES I SWORE RIGHT THEN AND THERE, NEVER TO AGAIN  [MUSIC]   WELL I WALKED A THOUSAND MILES AND MY BOOTS ARE SHOWIN' SKIN AND IF I WALK A THOUSAND MORE I'LL NEVER KILL AGAIN AND YOU CAN CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT, BUT A COWARD'S WHAT I AM YES YOU CAN CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT, BUT A COWARD'S WHAT I AM  [MUSIC]   WELL MY BROTHER TOOK THE NORTH ROAD AND I STAYED AT HOME WITH PA WELL MY BROTHER TOOK THE NORTH ROAD AND I STAYED AT HOME WITH PA  [MUSIC]   WELL THE DAY MY BROTHER DIED I QUIT THE REVOLUTION YES THE DAY MY BROTHER DIED I DROPPED MY GUNS AND RAN  [MUSIC]   CHORUS: WELL WE STORMED THE HILL AT POTTER'S POINT, LIKE LIGHTNIN' FROM  THE SKY AND I SHOT MY BROTHER DEAD BEFORE I EVER SAW HIS EYES... AND I SWORE RIGHT THEN AND THERE, NEVER TO AGAIN YES I SWORE RIGHT THEN AND THERE, NEVER TO AGAIN  [MUSIC]   WELL I WALKED A THOUSAND MILES AND MY BOOTS ARE SHOWIN' SKIN AND IF I WALK A THOUSAND MORE I'LL NEVER KILL AGAIN AND YOU CAN CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT, BUT A COWARD'S WHAT I AM YES YOU CAN CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT, BUT A COWARD'S WHAT I AM  [MUSIC]  [APPLAUSE.] 

THANK YOU.    [APPLAUSE.] 

SO WE'RE GOING TO PLAY FIDDLE DEEDEE.

THIS IS KIND OF A SILLY SONG I WROTE AND IT DIDN'T TURN OUT REALLY SILLY. BUT IT'S A SONG, MY OWN QUEST TO TAKE THINGS LESS SERIOUSLY. ARE YOU GUYS READY 1, 2, 3, 4.  [MUSIC]   RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE WHY DON'T WORDS JUST COME TO  ME? FIDDLE DEE DEE AND RING TING TING THERE'S MORE WORDS THAN YOU CAN  SING.  [MUSIC]   FOR ALL THE WORDS THAT MY MOUTH KNOWS MY SONGS SHOULD COME OUT  SLOW RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE STOP TAKING WORDS SO SERIOUSLY.  [MUSIC]   IT DON'T MEAN A THING.  [MUSIC]   RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE HOW MANY FISHES IN THE SEA HOW  MANY BIRDS YELLOW OF BLACK PERCHED UPON A RHINOS BACK RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE.  WHAT DOES A BLIND MAN CHOOSE  TO SEE? HOW FAR DOES A MONARCH FLY JUST TO MAKE SWEET LOVE AND  DIE?  [MUSIC]   I DON'T MEAN A THING.  [MUSIC]   RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE WHY DON'T WORDS JUST COME TO  ME? FIDDLE DEE DEE AND RING TING TING THERE'S MORE WORDS THAN YOU CAN  SING. THERE'S MORE WORDS THAN YOU CAN SING. THERE'S MORE RHYMES THAN  YOU CAN RING RING TING TING AND FIDDLE DEE DEE STOP TAKING WORDS SO SERIOUSLY  [MUSIC]    [APPLAUSE.] 

THAT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR AVERAGE BLUE GRASS MUSIC. SO WE'RE GOING TO SWITCH SPEEDS HERE A LITTLE BIT.

THIS IS THE BALLAD OF LEADBOY LONG. BRACE YOURSELF.  [MUSIC]   LEADBOY LONG WAS A WICKED MAN. LEFT AS AN ORPHAN HE WONDERED THE LAND TOOK WHAT HE NEEDED AND TOOK WHAT HE WANT WATCH OUT FOR HIS SIX GUN CUZ HE'LL FILL YOU WITH SHOT. TWAS ON THE COACH ROAD THAT HE GAMBLED HIS DAYS RIDIN' AND SHOOTIN' AND STEALIN' HIS PAY FEARED THUS OVER WAS HE AND HIS BAND NONE OF THOSE OUTLAWS WERE SLOW WITH THEIR HANDS  [MUSIC]   WELL I MET HIM MYSELF ON A SUNDAY MORN I COULD TELL BY HIS SWAGGER ALL GRIZZLED WITH SCORN AND HE SPOTTED ME TOO, MY BAG FULL OF JEWELS AND HE WASTED NO TIME, DOIN' WHAT HE DO WERE NEVER A QUESTION MY PACK HE DID WANT LIKE A LION LAY CROUCHING PURSUING HIS HAUNTS THE NUMBERS WERE STACK SO SURE IN HIS FAVOR VICTORY HE SEEKS, DEFEAT HE MUST SAVOR I CAN TELL YOU MORE BUT THERE ISN'T A LOT CUZ LEADBOY DREW FIRST AND THEN HE SHOT AS I LAY THERE WITH MY EYE TOWARD THE SKY THE ONLY QUESTIONS BURNING WERE WHY OH WHY  [MUSIC]   NOW AS HE RIDES APPROACHING MY SIDE I EDGE MY TRUE STEAD THE MILE WIDE THROUGH THE HILLS AND VALLEYS SO LOW I PUSHED MY WHITE LIGHTNING EVERY WHICH WAY BUT SLOW. SO SENSING MY DEATH THE BULLETS DID FLY I REACHED FOR MY PISTOL AND LET OUT A CRY LEDBOY LONG HAS PIERCE MY OWN GUTS MY HORSE TOPPLES OVER BROKE DOWN IN A RUT I CAN TELL YOU MORE BUT THERE ISN'T A LOT CUZ LEADBOY DREW FIRST AND THEN HE SHOT AS I LAY THERE WITH MY EYE TOWARD THE SKY THE ONLY QUESTIONS BURNING WERE WHY OH WHY  [MUSIC]   WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOUR KILLER TO HIS FACE MY BREATH FADES SLOWLY AND TO THE OTHER SPACE ALAS HIS HAN ME THUS ROUND I HEANDS PULL AND GRAB ME THUS ROUND I HEAR THE EARTH TREMBLE GRUMBLE AND SOUND THE LIGHT IT GOES EASY INTO A DARK BLUE BUT WHEN THE EARTH OPENED UP IT SWALLOWED LONGBOY TOO  CAPTOR AND CAPTIVE THEY BOTH GO DOWN INTO THE EARTHS CENTER THAT KNOWS NOT A SOUND  [MUSIC]   I CAN TELL YOU MORE BUT THERE ISN'T A LOT CUZ LEADBOY DREW FIRST AND THEN HE SHOT AS I LAY THERE WITH MY EYE TOWARD THE SKY THE ONLY QUESTIONS BURNING WERE WHY OH WHY  [MUSIC]    [APPLAUSE.] 

STICK AROUND FOR STEVE.

ON THE WHITE RIVER THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE TOWN CALLED KOL UL  ROCK. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL TOWN ABOVE THE RAILROAD. BIG BEAUTIFUL LIMESTONE BLUFF THERE AND I WAS READING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WHITE. AND I READ ABOUT A STEM COMING UP OUT OF THE MISSISSIPPI ALL THE WAY FROM THE RIVER TO THE MISSOURI WHICH IS AMAZING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE LAST TIME WHEN THE RAILROADS CAME I THINK ABOUT THE LAST TIME THAT THE STEAM BOAT EVER LEFT THE RIVER. THE LAST TIME IT LEFT CALICO ROCK AND IT WAS THEIR LIFE BLOOD TO EVERYTHING THEY DID MUCH AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE LAST TIME THE STEAM BOAT PULLED DOWN ROWEER AND HEADED BY TO THE MISSISSIPPI. AND THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS THE LAST STEAM BOAT TO CALICO ROCE TO  [MUSIC]    [APPLAUSE.] 

NEAR FINE DRAFT THERE'S A BODY OF WATER CALLED BAUS HOLOMEW. AND A BAYOU IS AN INTERESTING CREATURE. IT'S TOO SLOW TO BE A RIVER OR CREEE TO IT'S TOO FAST TO BE A LAKE. I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT IT IS. IT'S PRETTY SWAMPY. SOUS  ONEAMYSTERIOUS SORT OF A PLACE. AND THOSE ARE THE SORT OF PLACES WHERE THEY JUST DISCOVERED THE -- THOUGHT TO BE EXTINCT IVY BELLWOOD PECKER. AND ONCE AGAIN ARKANSAS COMES OUT ON TOP OF THAT. THAT'S A REALLY FABULOUS THING. SO ITOO GOING TO DEDICATE THIS TO THE LORD GOD BIRD AS THEY CALL IT. BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW BLUES.  [MUSIC]    [APPLAUSE.] 

WE'LL END TONIGHT WITH THE TITLE CUT OF MY CD CALLED AWAKING WATER.  IT'S A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ACTUALLY LISTEN. AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH THAT MEANS TO MUSICIANS. SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I DEFINITELY WANT TO THANKS BROOKS. HE'S MY SOUND MAN AND MY HERO. AND THANKS AGAIN ONCE AGAIN TO AETN FOR SUPPORTING ARTIST MONTH. SO. [APPLAUSE.]  [MUSIC]    [APPLAUSE.]

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