Billy Gewin | River Of Stone

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River Of Stone

by Billy Gewin

Catchy tunes with clever lyrics, ranging in style from guitar pop to bluegrass.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. These Days
4:05 $0.99
2. The Hand I Hold
4:30 $0.99
3. Can't We All Play Together
3:08 $0.99
4. Song For Mr. Salmon
4:05 $0.99
5. The Other End (of the Telescope)
4:59 $0.99
6. Lost
4:15 $0.99
7. As Hard As We Try
5:02 $0.99
8. River of Stone
4:39 $0.99
9. My Cousin Margaret
3:35 $0.99
10. Pancakes
5:04 $0.99
11. Can't Stand Up
2:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
River Of Stone is comprised of 11 tunes, and they're all kinda different. Some are bluegrass tunes sporting banjo and mandolin, some are guitar pop, others are jazzy, a few are country and some are a mix of all of the above. Lyrically, many of these have to do with pulling things together after devistation, but there are lots of laughs and sunny moments awaiting you as well. This one comes with six pages of lyrics, pictures and liner notes. Below are some lyrical summaries.

1. These Days - A twanger with lots of telecaster and B3 organ. This one's a co-write with Will Smith, and has an interesting sound; instead of drums we just beat the back of an acoustic guitar and threw some reverb on it. You don't notice the difference unless you pay close attention, but the smaller percussion sounds left more room for the guitars than with a drum set, and it's nice to be able to hear all the instruments so clearly. Lyrically this one's about being down and out and finally fighting your way out of it; kind of a theme for the whole CD, really.

2. The Hand I Hold - Inspired by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Twangs nicely with its prominent banjo and mandolin. There's a nice split solo that's half mando and half telecaster, and big harmonies throughout with friends Abe and Bethany Okie singing on the choruses.

3. Can't We All Play Together -- Ben Folds inspired piano by Bruce Gilbert and a really great, swing-rock groove between Jake Reeves on drums and yours truly on bass. All these combine to define the sound of this semi-inappropriate and funny tune abouta Ménage à trois gone awry.

4. Song For Mister Salmon -- A dark rock tune about Suzie Salmon's father from Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Music co-written with Chris Brock and some nice guitar production on this one.

5. Telescope - This is a cover of an Elvis Costello/Amiee Mann tune. I adopted it for coffeehouse shows a long time ago and finally got around to recording it with a full band. Production on this one was a lot of work because it's such a long song with so many complicated ups and downs, but that all made for a lot of really neat sounds on here -- spacey and tremolo guitars, Wurlitzer, B3, some male choir type backing vocals and tons of telecaster.

6. Lost - A really personal and intimate lyric describes the losses of three people I cared deeply about, with some neat percussion sounds, fretless bass and nice guitar work.

7. As Hard As We Try -- A very lyrically dark tune about a child who drowns in his neighbor's swimming pool. The lyrics try to get inside the father's head as he deals with all his guilt over the matter, which really involves the father trying to get inside his son's head while the drowning happened. Interesting production on this one; sorta Pink Floyd sounding in the beginning with lots of B3 and Telecaster later on. Despite the dark subject matter, this one's quite sing-songy and catchy.

8. River Of Stone - This is a jazzy ballad co-written with Kristen Justice, about being stuck in the mud and having to quit things that just aren't working. Tom Wolf plays some brilliant harmonica on this one, and it has some really nice backing vocals that'll take you back to bands like 10cc and ELO.

9. My Cousin Margaret - A fun country tune about rompin' around with Cousin Margaret at Christmas time in Atlanta.

10. Pancakes - More twang, this time with mandolin, pedal steel, and some nice harmonica playing by Tom Wolf. This is a break-up song about breakfast food, with a twist.

11. Can't Stand Up -- A light-hearted and really lyrically sweet song co-written with my old music Partner, Laura Tyler, about being bowled over by a new significant other. Duck played some really nice banjo on this tune and there's lots of ear candy from most every instrument.



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