Title Time

Lyrics

Sample

1 Real Bad
w/ Kelly Willis
2:53

Sort of a Cajun Two-beat. With Jacked -up guitars and Kelly Willis singing harmony. It just had to be the title song. It was written about a quarrel, and that funny feeling when you realize you donít know what youíre fighting about.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Brad Fordham, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Kelly Willis, vocal harmony; Jim Stringer, guitars

2 Lydia
w/ Kelly Willis
4:36

An Appalachian tale of a widowed woman who has lost two of her loved ones to the coal mines of Virginia, and parallels the life of my grandmother Lydia who lived out her latter days in the local looney bin. Kelly Willis adds a beautiful harmony vocal with Jim Stringer and Gurf Morlix adding those acoustic touches that lend themselves so well to the Appalachian theme.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Brad Fordham, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Kelly Willis, vocal harmony; Jim Stringer, guitars, mandolin, 6-string bass

3 Wherever You Are 3:05

The classic country shuffle, with a two-beat twist. This is a song written for all the wistful people who think about past loves and assume the other person could never be happy without them. Also a classic country theme.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar

4

It Only Hurts
for a Little While

2:26

A beautiful waltz that I learned in grade school. It was my Uncle Karlís favorite song and I was encouraged to sing it regularly. At the time I didnít know what it meant, but as time goes by Iíve really come to understand the meaning. An old friend Oliver Steck is featured on accordion.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar; Oliver Steck, accordion
5

Flowered Dresses 
w/ Slaid Cleaves

3:37

An up tempo Americana Anthem. Itís written about two generations of women and their struggle to take on new roles without giving up themselves in the process. We all wear flowered dresses from time to time, usually to gain acceptance, I guess itís a metaphor for that. Slaid Cleaves throws another element in there as the irresistible male voice singing harmony.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Brad Fordham, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Slaid Cleaves, vocal harmony
6

He Makes Me Want You

4:23

A lonely ballad about knowing youíre with the wrong person.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
7

Ride Ride Ride
w/ Roger Wallace

2:52

A rockiní little ride into the age of Go-Go-country. This classic Liz Anderson song was first recorded by her daughter Lynn. This is the millennium approach and a tribute to both the Anderson women. Honky tonk hero, Roger Wallace, sings harmony and this track features all the Crystal Pistols wielding their mighty axes.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Brad Fordham, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lapsteel guitar; Roger Wallace, vocal harmony
8

The Longhorn Song
(Iím going to the Little Longhorn and you can go to Hell)

3:09

A sassy Merle Haggard type two-beat . The girl in the song is just fed up with her manís incessant whining, and has to get away. Luckily, the Longhorn (Austinís infamous watering hole) is just a few blocks down the road. We wouldíve liked to get Merle in the studio to sing the last line, but I guess he wasnít available... darn the luck, but Boomer does a pretty fair Roy Nichols.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

9

You Wish

1:56

Short and sweet Rockabilly toe tapper. It started out bluegrass, but I think it ended up rockabilly. Not that thereís anything wrong with that. I think I was listening to Muleskinner Blues alot about the time I wrote this one. Vance Hazen and I worked it up before we ever had a band, and he added the groovy McCartneyesque bass line. My good buddy Ted Roddy adds his signature ass-kickiní harmonica.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Ted Roddy, harmonica

10 I Could Loan Some Lonesome to You  4:15

A Latin Two-beat ballad. This is the first country hook I ever came up with, the song I wrote wasnít very good, so i kept the line and ditched the song. A few years and a good dose of Roy Orbison later, I wrote this one. which I love, despite the cheesy title.... Plus the rhythm section is so groovy.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

11 Black Ice 4:24

A southern rock Wreck on the Highway. This one is inspired by my many trips North during the winter months. As a child I heard people talk about Black Ice, but as you may know you rarely Ďseeí it. Then one day we had a little run in with it, and I decided to write this song. Itís from the perspective of a trucker on a stretch of Highway 71 near Louisville KY. Kinda my own Kentucky Rain, except colder.

Terry Kirkendall, drums; Vance Hazen, bass; Gurf Morlix, acoustic guitar; Boomer Norman, electric guitar; Bobby Snell, pedal steel guitar; Jim Stringer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin

12

Easy to Stay

3:20

A little waltz recorded live with Jim, Ted, and Jane Gilman. A happy little tribute to being in love, and finally feeling secure. You can almost hear the screen door slam.

Karen Poston, acoustic guitar, lead vocal; Ted Roddy, harmonica; Jane Gillman, harmony vocals; Jim Stringer, mandolin, harmony vocals