The Matchcoats: Live At Sound & Page

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This album was recorded live at our roots show at Sound and Page on January 31, 2014. We were joined by two friends from The Yahoos string band, Carter Laney (fiddle and banjo) and Doug Davis (bass fiddle). Here's what Stephen Collins of The Clay States had to say about it, "Put simply, anyone who cares about the origin of the 60’s folk, rhythm, and blues revival needs to listen to The Matchcoats. While this seems like an irony, given the band’s 2010 beginnings, their music heralds seminal turn-of-the-century blues found in Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano and gorgeously translated through Mississippi John Hurt’s guitar. The Matchcoats’ guitar work, in conversation with harmonious and contemplative lyricism, is a narrative not only of blues history, but also of a marriage, and a patrimonial legacy of roots music. The songs sound beyond originality; it is as if they have always been with us. And somehow, when the show is over, one believes that they have."

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released March 13, 2014

We'd like to thank Corey Scogin for recording and mixing this live album and for his work with sound at Sound and Page.

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The Matchcoats Birmingham, Alabama

The Matchcoats are a country-blues and folk duo. Guitarist Gabriel Akins plays an alternating-bass style blues, inspired by traditional blues artists such as Mississippi John Hurt. Gabriel delivers vocal and guitar melodies, while Sarah Akins provides harmony.

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Track Name: Coming Up
Oh, we move along
In life you learn so many songs
Some are light and some are blue
I could paint a picture singing with you

Coming up, I used to be
A boy climbing on an old oak tree
Out on a limb and skin a cat
Life is good when you live like that

Coming up I used to be
A girl sitting on my daddy’s knee
Ride a little horsey down to town
Ride a little horsey, don’t fall down

Grown up I want to be
A man singing a melody
If I must be growing old
It’ll be with you baby don’t you know

Grown up I want to be
A lady singing harmony
When I am old and grey
I’ll have been with you baby, all my days
Track Name: Young Mouth Blues
I should o' bit my tongue, let the kid go
Just let him be, let him grow old
But now I'm here, I'm here with you
The coffee's black, cup is turning blue

A young man's sin, take it all for granted
Eatin' fruit, I have not planted
Hey, I'm here, I'm here with you
This stone and bar, you know it's all turning blue

Get on the train, we're going down line
Work in the field, stretch my mind
Now I'm here and chained to you
The field is ripe, I'm rotten' here turning blue
Track Name: A Prayer For Growing Up
I made an unholy mess of growing up
I would smear the lines to test the way
I made an unholy mess of growing up
Lord, help me remain not this way

I’d walk right in and out while growing up
I had many careless things to say
I’d walk right in and out while growing up
Lord, help me remain not this way

I’d talk before I thought while growing up
“Hey, my son, you sure bump your gums,” they’d say
I’d talk before I thought while growing up
Lord, help me remain not this way

I made an unholy mess of growing up
I would smear the lines to test the way
I made an unholy mess of growing up
Lord, help me remain not this way
Track Name: Strange Wind
I thought a while since then about how some birds find shelter.
Do they rest their head during a storm?
Are they tossed about in confusion?
Do they want peace to be still,
On a wishful flight to safety, to a tree just over the hill?

Were they through with that day’s labor, when the wind took to blowin’?
Do they miss the calming site of stars, on their flight home?
Will they welcome grey clouds over head,
And strange wind underneath,
When the cracking strike of thunder, shakes their tiny bones?

Some will top the hill and in the holler, find their tree a-waitin’.
The winds cause them to dance about, like old friends they’re a-shakin’.
They’ll find the perfect spot there in the corner of a tree,
Then tuck their head under a wing and soon give way to asleep.
Track Name: Thoughts Of Home
There was a girl fair and young
Had a house build up among
A place where birds live in leaves and limbs
Out the window she could see
Brother’s war and make believe
In this house she thought herself to be at home

In time the wind goes on a prowl
To conform the trees all bow
And loose hold of a world the girl had known
Now joy is mixed with fear
And love let loose a tear
For how a home comes crashing down during a storm

A lady walks a winding dale
And visits ground where soldiers fell
Remembering a home made up in the trees
There near the roots and on it’s own
Was a house unfit for home
But now a heart willing to build upon the ground
Track Name: Tattered and Blue
If I open my home, would you clean off your shoes
Just use the door mat, though it's tattered and blue
Some folks don't know what home is to me
Are you coming to stay, are you just passing through

Sometimes we take turns thrown under the bus
While you're being you, I'm just being me
It's hard guarding home and lettin' some folks in
There's a certain way things always have been

(chorus)

When we're walking along, we pick up the road
Sometimes dust and dirt, sometimes people you know
Words, they can cling and gnaw at your souls
Despising the pain won't loosen their hold

(chorus)
Track Name: Folks We Know
Sometimes my fears go on patrol
And to my father I would go

Calm your limbs and slow your feet
Breath in easy, slow, and deep
Take in voices patiently
When so many things come and go
You gotta' wash ya' feet if you walk this road
All this from the folks we know

Sometimes my fears go on patrol
And to my friends I would go

A coat for ya' back and shoulders close
And shelter from the wind and snow
There's a fire inside, put off the cold
When so many things come and go
You gotta' wash ya' feet if you walk this road
All this from the folks we know

Sometimes my fears go on patrol
And to my wife I will go

We'll share the plow and tend the road
Would ya' let me help ya' bear this load
We'll walk side-by-side you know
When so many things come and go
You gotta' wash ya' feet if you walk this road
And this all from the folks we know
All this from the folks we know
Track Name: Ending Up With You
When it comes to choosing, I choose to walk with you
No clear marked way before us, there’s one left by our shoes
We move away to miss a limb, but fall into a creek
And take turns being pulled up to the bank when we are weak

Oh, the tie that binds.
Patience in-between us, we’ll light a lamp night
And take the day of darkness, remembering the light
Oh, this love is alive

It’s raining now the clouds are out, thunder mumbles near
At first it was refreshing, but now we’re wet with fear
A cave nearby is welcoming, we bid ourselves come in
But find a mother black bear, she’s lost her warming grin

We’re moving up this hillside and babe I’m getting tired
And though we’re pushing forward, each step seems like a mile
Up hill and around the bend, no resting place in view
But when the day is at its end, I’ve ended up with you
Track Name: Little Ginger
Livin' off the heel of Pine Mointain
Eatin' what the land can grow
Been workin' turning till and churnin' grist in the mill
Livin' off the heel of Pine Mountain
Livin' off the heel of Pine Mountain

Dressin' off the heel of Pine Mountain
Spinning off the wheel of the gin
Pick a bail a day, got a dress I'm gonna make
Dressin' off the heel of Pine Mountain
Dressin' off the heel of Pine Mountain

Cuttin' on the heel of Pine Mountain
Storin' for the cold that's gonna come
Workin' like a fool for the hay to feed ma mule
Cuttin' on the heel of Pine Mountain
Cuttin' on the heel of Pine Mountain