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Stone & Fire

by Chappell & Dave Holt

The Jazzy Side of Americana
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2. Bad Girls Blues
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3. The Garden of Ishtar
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4. Slow to Smile
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5. Indian Maiden
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6. The Cats Are Out
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7. Anniversary New Moon
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8. Bohemian Moon
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9. Stone & Fire
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10. A Satisfied Mind
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11. The Yuba River Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chappell & Dave Holt
“The Jazzy Side of Americana”

Singer/songwriters who with piano, guitar & voices offer a musical statement-
a crossroads where jazz, blues, folk & gospel meet creating something both familiar & new, traditional & unconventional

Originally from Canada, Dave studied piano at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. The 60’s brought rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, and a move to Northern California. He toured and recorded with Rosalie Sorrels and Frontier; accompanied blues/jazz singer Pamela Polland, with his mastery of the James P. Johnson piano style; fronted his own band before he and Chappell became partners. He earned an SFSU BA and Master’s in Creative Writing, has become a published award-winning poet, and is often in demand to perform his poetry accompanied by his Indian drum and Chappell on guitar and vocals.

Chappell, daughter of a Navy chaplain, grew up singing folk and gospel music, ending up in San Diego when he retired. She left for Northern California during the 70’s folk music revival with guitar, autoharp & dulcimer, inspired by the new singer/songwriters. She began to explore merging poetry with music in songwriting, performed extensively, wrote and recorded for independent films, including Dewitt Jones’ “The New England of Robert Frost,” and has been an in-demand studio singer. She is an artist, a professional seamstress specializing in restoration of vintage and antique clothing and accessories, as well as paintings, mannequins, figurines, and is a graphics designer. She has taught art classes and demonstrations for many art groups.

Awards:

With the diversity of their talents, awards have come from different directions.

Chappell has won many awards and prizes for her art work in shows in the SF Bay Area.

In 2012 Chappell & Dave Holt’s album “Wings of the Morning” was #1 on the Roots Radio jazz chart.

Dave’s literary awards include:

• 2013 Cultural/Literary Award
• His book, Voyages to Ancestral Islands, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco) in 2013
• Thomas Merton Foundation’s Poetry of the Sacred contest
• The 2011 and 2014 Maggi H. Meyer Memorial Poetry Contests
• Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review 2010

Together they received the high honor of Eagle Feather Awards from the Society of American Indians (Livermore) for their music being featured in the American Indian Music Festival, 2011.

Together or separately they have played, toured and/or shared stages with:

The Bobs
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
John Denver
Mimi Farina
Terry Garthwaite
Tim Hardin
Graham Nash
Bonnie Raitt
Carlos Reyes
Rosalie Sorrels
Kate Wolf

Reviews:

Chappell & Dave Holt played with the energy and professionalism you’d expect to hear at Carnegie Hall.
Anna Boothe, Pacifica Tribune

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“Chappell and Dave Holt are seasoned performers who can move fluidly between all the musical genres - jazz, Native American, old-timey or blues - that their well-honed talents lead them to. Along with their guests they presented a rollicking good time and a wide variety of tunes in "A Celebration of the American Song". What an enjoyable way to get a history lesson in song!"

Andrea Van Dyke, OCA Event Coordinator, Occidental Center for the Arts

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As for the music - whew!! What a journey!!
Of course, I love the songs with the 30ʻs flavor, and all the background vocals are so well done - often charming and fun. But the biggest impression really is of the body of work over all, and how it was written and recorded.

In this day and age of so much "cookie cutter" music, all so digitally perfect, etc - I felt like I was transported back to a time when people only made music for the True Love Of It. Your album has a great "human" quality to it, and the instrumentation supports that all the more. Real people playing real instruments. I also appreciated the careful craftsmanship of your songs.
Clearly, you took no shortcuts, and let each piece evolve to the fullest.

Chappell, your voice is as rich as caramel, and the two of you have finely honed your voices together over all these years.
Bravo!!
Pamela Polland, Grammy Award winning song writer, vocal instructor to the stars, singer extraordinaire

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Congratulations on Stone & Fire. It’s a mature and very musical work that covers a lot of ground, and I’ve been enjoying listening. Jazzy side of Americana indeed!

Particularly impressed with the stacked background vocals, full and rich and harmonically adventurous. There’s a lot to choose from, but I think the two moon songs may be my favorites, although the title song too is very well realized.

Keep up the good work,
Mitch Greenhill, Pres. Folklore Productions, songwriter, recording artist

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Really enjoy listening to a well-crafted, well-produced, full of passion, jazzy side of Americana musical statement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys need to keep putting out good music! WOW! All of the songs, instrumentation, improv breaks, beginnings, endings, Richard and Karen Carpenter lush harmonies, you name it, just knocked it out of the park!!!
Malcolm Hunter, jazz saxophonist
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Another significant challenge, to my ear, was the difficulty of blending an acoustic guitar with a piano -- and yet in this mix down they seem very companionable, to the point where it’s a positive and distinctive feature of your sound on every cut. I give Randy major credit for figuring out how to help your vocal and instrumental flavors blend into a rich and satisfying unity, even when we don’t have the advantage of watching the two of you together as you perform.

I’m pleased with the way my dobro and steel parts sound on the finished album, and I enjoy the variety of other instruments that you used to enrich the different textures of the songs. But more importantly there’s a nice consistency throughout the album -- an instantly recognizable Chappell-and-Dave style that you’ve accomplished in your years of performing together. In a certain respect it reminds me of Robin and Linda Williams in that both of you are perfectly capable of carrying the lead by yourselves, but in combination you’ve reached even greater heights.
Good going, guys!!
Mayne Smith, professional musician, songwriter, recording artist, musicologist
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“To me, it is THE version of ‘A Satisfied Mind’ …”
Longtown Sound, Uncle Shag’s tweet about Chappell & Dave’s new CD
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“Wow... Reminds me of wandering around in Golden Gate Park in the 60's and running into the Grateful Dead. Love the sound!”
Jeff Sullivan, music fan
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Dear Chappell and Dave,
Thank you so much for performing at the Rivertown Art Center. You concerts have been a big hit with the Antioch community! Many folks in the audience tap their toes and sing along to your tasteful interpretations of favorite jazz standards. Your original tunes are a real crowd-pleaser, too, blending humor and storytelling with fresh, creative musical expression. The inventive variety of you program, along with the warmth and energy of your performance make for a thoroughly enjoyable musical evening.
We look forward to having you back soon!
Nancy Roberts
Curator
Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch

Stone & Fire Album Notes

Stone & Fire has been a labor of love involving the talents and visions of many people. We cannot thank the musicians enough for their wonderful contributions: Carlos Reyes, Mayne Smith, John Roy Zat, Tom Ekkens, Karl Hartmann, Markie Sanders, Malcolm and David Hunter more than fulfilled our hopes. Engineer and wizard, Randy Rood, made magic out of our sometimes wild ideas, roping, corralling and taming them.

Song Lyrics for Stone & Fire

1. Toronto Tonto & His Cowboy Guitar

Well I took my Caledonia down to sunny California but she didn’t stay long,
(She’s goin’ to California just to soak up some rays)
Yes, I took my Caledonia down to sunny California but she didn’t stay long,
(She’s goin’ to California but she ain’t gonna stay)
She said the people here they got it all wrong, all laid back and lettin’ it flow,
I’m gonna hitch myself to the next express, I gotta go.

So I rode up to Toronto with my sidekick Tonto and his cowboy guitar,
(Toronto Tonto wants to play his guitar)
Yes, I rode up to Toronto with my sidekick Tonto and his cowboy guitar,
(Toronto Tonto thinks he’s gonna go far)
He sang a song and they made him a star, it broke the ice and melted away,
They said, “ You’re okay,” and they let him back into the place.

Bridge:
It doesn’t matter where you land, as long as you do it in style,
And everybody will smile as you pass by,
You don’t have to be cool, just stay true to yourself,
And get yourself back down from offa that shelf, come on and ride.

Well, I’m goin’ to Mississippi ’cause my blues gal Minnie wants to ride a freight train,
(Blues gal Minnie wants to ride a freight train)
Yes, I’m goin’ to Mississippi ’cause my blues gal Minnie wants to ride a freight train,
(Woo, woo)
“When people wear a ball and chain, it’s gonna make ‘em wanna moan and cry,
I wanna show them how to catch that train and ride.”
Catch that train and ride.

Americana/Jazz/Blues
ISRC ushm21427414
Songwriter - Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI


Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Karl Hartmann - Jazz Bass
Tom Ekkens - Harmonica
Mayne Smith - Resonator Guitar

2. Bad Girls Blues

Peggy taught us all about the fever,
Ella told us ‘bout those satin dolls,
I’m gonna tell you ‘bout my lover man,
When the night time falls.

Sippie warned us not to tell our secrets,
Lest she come and steal away your man.
Loretta said that kind’s a dime a dozen,
And you ain’t woman enough to steal my man.

Bonnie played what it can sound like,
k. d. showed another way, too.
But my man shows me the ins and outs,
With all those good things he really can do.

Julie showed us how to cry a river,
Tammy said to stand by your man.
But thinkin’ how he makes my body quiver,
I’ll lay down with him whenever I can.

He gives me fever in the mornin’
Fever when he holds me tight.
Fever when he kisses,
Fever all through the night.

Americana/Jazz/Blues
ISRC ushm21427415
Songwriter - Chappell Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Karl Hartmann - Jazz Bass
Tom Ekkens - Harmonica

3. Garden of Ishtar - Instrumental

4. Slow To Smile

Cars crowd the streets in town, people rush their feet around in speed.
Boutiques full of “way out” clothes
And catalogues that only show our greed.
Is this what we need?
I ask:
Will you slow to smile with me, it is one thing that is free.
Can we still feel for each other?
Reach out and touch reality.

Dried flowers on window sills,
And crystal prism rainbows fill the room.
Color in a pure light form,
Refracted to a spectrum warm and new,
I’ll share this with you.
You ask:
Will I slow to smile with you?
It is one thing we can do.
Can we still feel for each other?
Reach out and touch reality.

Religions of every kind,
All designed to help us find “The Way.”
Searching for The Truth in beds of righteousness,
Like statues made of clay.
Can this be the way?
We ask:
Will you slow to smile with us
It is something that we must.
Can we still feel for each other?

Reach out and touch reality...

Americana/Folk/Jazz
ISRC ushm21427417
Songwriter - Chappell Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

5. Indian Maiden

He was on his way back to the city when he stopped at a roadhouse to dance,
He met Pocahantas, lovely Indian maid and he had to try his luck at romance.

They were jumpin' to a Bob Will's swing tune the shells and feathers shook in her hair,
'Til she said, "It's late, my papa waits," and with a heavy heart he drove her there.

When I’m stuck behind a truck, old farmer chuggin' up the hill,
I was cursin' at the person who was drivin', tryin' to get himself killed.

That's when she smiled and said, "Hey now, city dude, what's you're hurry, where ya goin' so fast?"
Don't you know we're country people? We learn to make a good thing last."

So when he’s stuck behind a truck on the freeway, chuggin' up the hill,
He just kicks back and thinks back, the way she gave his heart a thrill.

When she smiled and said, "City dude, where do you think you're goin' so fast, goin' so fast?
Don't you know we're country people, we learn to make a good thing last."

Yeah, I’ve been thinkin' when I’m there in the city, what's our hurry?
We ain't gettin' nowhere, nowhere.
This country pace it ain't too hip,
But it feels so good to be so square.

Americana/ Country/Jazz
ISRC ushm21427418
Songwriter - Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Karl Hartmann - Jazz Bass
Mayne Smith - Pedal Steel
Carlos Reyes - Violin

6. The Cats Are Out

This tale I’m gonna tell happened on a hot summer’s eve,
It’s all about Frankie, who’s the hippest Siamese.
Seems he lost some vital parts encountering the Doc,
So there’s not much he can deliver but a lot of jive and sweet talk.
And when he pours it on all the pussies start to purr,
They hiss at one another just to stroke his silver fur.
Yeah, Frankie is as cool as the coolest cat can be,
When he struts the avenue he’s still the hottest Siamese.

Chorus: That cat is out scattin’ tonight,
Yeah, that cat is out struttin’ in the pale moonlight.
That cat is out scattin’ tonight.

That night Frankie stepped out when the moon began to rise,
His hat pulled low and his tail held up high.
He was feelin’ fine, feelin’ cool headin’ for the local scene,
C’mon now, Little Kitties, I think you know what I mean.
Well, the alley was crowded with all the hippest cats,
Tabbies, Persians and Toms, some were skinny, some were fat.
The sound that came down was the sweetest sound around,
And everyone was jumpin’ in that joyful bebop town.

Now, they all took a turn sittin’ on the fence,
And while that hip Siamese was scattin’ the crowd was getting’ dense.
Everyone was diggin’ the scene and just when he started to cook,
The Coppers busted through the crowd wavin’ their book.
Sayin’, “this is the end to all of your beboppin’,
Cause the neighbours want to throw you all into the pen!”
So, they scattered those scattin’ cats from hither to yon,
While the full moon set to let the sun bring in the dawn.

Chorus: Those cats are out scattin’ tonight,
Yeah, those cats are out struttin’ in the full moonlight.
Those cats are out scattin’ tonight.
Scattin’ cats scattin’ till dawn,
Scattin’ cats get you gone!

Americana/Jazz/Blues
ISRC ushm21427419
Songwriter - Chappell Holt & Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Vocals & Finger Snaps
Dave Holt - Piano, Vocals & Finger Snaps
Karl Hartmann - Jazz Bass
Malcolm Hunter - Tenor Sax

7. Anniversary New Moon

Among the bramble bushes grew a rose,
It was a vision of beauty, so I chose,
To leave the darkness I’d refused to leave,
She taught me faith in love and I believed.

And as our strengths combine to make a song,
Let us tune our hearts to beat as one,
Forgiving all the wrongs that have been done,
Entrusting to the Spirit our days to come.

So beneath the slender moon that shares the sky,
With the star of love on our horizon we embrace here.

And I will be true to you always,
Let us be renewed in love this day.

Americana/Jazz
ISRC ushm21427420
Songwriter - Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Carlos Reyes - Violin

8. Bohemian Moon

We lay on the hill awash in evening’s blue light,
Drunk on the magic of those lovely days.
Redwoods silhouetted as the sky glowed bright,
When the Bohemian moon rose full ablaze.

That day was holy when we hiked through the hills,
On Dry Creek through the vineyard past the cows, past the pond.
November’s azure skies, enough to drink your fill,
With the Bohemian moon just beyond.

Grapevines catch the light in living reds and golds,
As the afternoon sun begins to sinkin’ low.
Soon the sky will shed its light and turn to indigo,
When the Bohemian moon starts to glow.

That day began a journey twisting as a vine,
But here we are together now still hand in hand.
Let’s raise a glass and toast this love with sweetest wine,
When the Bohemian moon rises once again.



Americana/Jazz/Blues
ISRC ushm21427421
Songwriter - Chappell Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano
Karl Hartmann - Jazz Bass
Malcolm Hunter - Tenor Sax

9. Stone & Fire

Be true to me in my dark hour
And together we’ll see it through.
My strength may fade but there is a power,
In our belief that a dream comes true.

But if the darkness should fall
And there is no star above,
Let us be brave and we’ll shine the light
We possess with our love.

Oh, I remember days we’ve had,
The hope, the heartache, the good and the bad,
The burning embers of our desire,
We suffered stone, we praised the fire.

Americana/Rock
ISRC ushm21427422
Songwriter - Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Karl Hartmann - Electric Bass
John Roy Zat - Fiddle
Tom Ekkens - Banjo

10. A Satisfied Mind

How many times have you heard someone say,
If I had her money I would do things my way.
But little they know that it’s so hard to find,
One rich gal in a hundred with a satisfied mind.

Once I had money, I had fortune and fame.
I had everything to get a start in life’s game.
Then suddenly it happened, I lost every dime,
Now I’m richer by far with a satisfied mind.

No, money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old,
Or a friend when you’re lonesome or a heart that’s grown cold.
Oh, the wealthiest person is a pauper at times,
Compared to the woman with a satisfied mind.

When my life is over and my time has run out,
My friends and my loved ones, I’ll miss them no doubt.
But one thing’s for certain when it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.

Americana/Country/Blues
ISRC ushm21427423
Songwriter - Jack Rhodes & Red Hayes © 1947
Label – Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - ASCAP/BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – ASCAP/BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Markie Sanders - Bass
John Roy Zat - Fiddle

11. The Yuba River Song

The night the river’s song rose on moonlight through the trees,
We knew where we belonged, we had our answer to the mysteries.
Coyote’s crazy croon had us mooning at the sky,
Had us making leaps and trying to fly.

A question for the moon, a prayer sent to a star,
Will get an answer soon to mend your heart.

Makes you want to roost in the eagle’s nest of a tree,
Like a bear who’s drunk on the honey of the bee.
Breathe the sweet perfume of a garden in full bloom
Feel the spirit presence in the room.

To make a sacred space, where hearts may overflow
With love that will replace the fears we know.

The shadow of the hawk flies up above us down this road,
His spirit comes to guide us, help us lighten up our load.
Hawk, he brings a message, a blessing open minds receive,
The gift that he delivers, a peace all willing souls believe.

What is love?
It is the height of beauty,
The greatest thing in the universe is love.

Americana/Jazz
ISRC ushm21427424
Songwriter - Dave Holt
Label - Bohemian Hwy Music
Artist License - BMI
Songwriter License & Affiliation – BMI

Chappell Holt - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Holt - Piano & Vocals
Malcolm Hunter - Tenor & Soprano Sax
David Hunter - Electric Bass


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