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Cigarettes 'n Gasoline

by Colin Ward

A gritty story about a pawn shop and a tribute to the Florida Keys. Guitars, fiddle, keys and backup singers bring Colin's experiences to life. Rock, country, beach & blues blended into a musical cocktail. Story songs that stick in your head.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hand Upon Your Shoulder
4:15 $0.99
2. Cigarettes and Gasoline
3:12 $0.99
3. Back to Texas
4:31 $0.99
4. Warmed My Soul
3:49 $0.99
5. Chasing Seagulls
3:12 $0.99
6. Hey There Dad
3:16 $0.99
7. You'll Regret It
2:59 $0.99
8. Just Dreaming
1:37 $0.99
9. The Florida Keys
3:05 $0.99
10. The Water Runs Over the Dam
3:16 $0.99
11. Say Goodbye Again
3:12 $0.99
12. Standing Tall
3:44 $0.99
13. Fotheringays
3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cigarettes 'n Gasoline features a gritty song about a pawn shop. There are also songs about relationships, girls, a house of ill repute, a father, an artist, more girls, Texas and the Florida Keys. You will hear mellow acoustic guitars, hot Telecasters and Les Pauls, piano, fiddle, organ and beautiful female voices singing harmonies. Colin states that there is no rap, hip hop or heavy metal on the CD. It is a CD for people who like melodies, hooks and harmonies. You will be singing along with most of the songs after one or two listens. Colin's fans say that his songs keep going around in their head.

Colin has been wanting to record a solo CD after appearing on several band CDs in recent years. This CD is designed to showcase a variety of his own songs from different genres and time periods.

Colin has been a guitar player since he was 12 years old when his grandfather loaned him an ancient acoustic guitar of unknown origin. He has become a prolific songwriter in the last ten years. Colin's song Wish I'd Never was used as background music for a FOX TV show called The Good Guys. He has also placed songs in independent films and in radio advertisements. Colin, who hails from England, brings us great tunes in the Folk, Folk Rock, Country, Blues, and Tropical genres. he has been a resident of western Florida for the past ten years.

Colin has traveled the world and has cruised extensively on his sailboat. His songs reflect his lifetime of experiences from corporate executive to pawn shop client, from vagabond sailor to world traveler. He has lived in England, Ohio, West Virginia, Chicago, Texas, Washington State, the Bahamas and now Florida. He has visited all the countries in North America, most states, most Caribbean islands, most European countries, China, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong. He states that songwriters have one thing in common with politicians in that there is an element of truth in everything they say, but poetic license is often used to make their finished products sound better.

Colin lists many great classic rock, folk and country artists as his influences. The Beatles, The Byrds, The Ventures, The Shadows, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, Alison Krauss, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, Valerie Carter, The Eagles, Albert King, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He listens to Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Guy Clark, and many top local artists from the West Coast of Florida like John Kelly, Rebekah Pulley and Jayne Kelli. Colin appreciates young talented artists like Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Delta Rae.

An avid performer, Colin is a member of the Blue Island Beer Club acoustic duo, and the Trop Rock Junkies tropical band. He has played at the Englewood Music Festival, the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival, the Gulfport Geckofest, the Tampa Songs Music Festival, and has even opened for the legendary Jimmy Buffett at the Ford Amphitheater. Colin appears on two Blue Island Beer Club CDs and one CD from the Trop Rock Junkies with another one on the way.



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There's a lyrical honesty that makes this CD a must have. There's a story-telling element that captivated me---and drew me into the songs. I had nearly forgotten how much this is missing from the current "scene". The instrumentation is brilliant as well. There is a real craft and artistry to each one of the songs. This album is marked by very intentional, mature placement and development. In light of the current state of music, Colin Ward is needed. I wholly recommend adding this album to your collection to get a good dose of quality musicianship, solid harmonies, and intriguing story-telling. There's a song for every moment in life. Put this on in the car. Put it on at home...enjoy!

Scott Campbell

A real musical treat!
Cigarettes and Gasoline, a music CD by Florida-based songwriter and performer Colin Ward, is just what the doc ordered for me on this labor day weekend. From the folky-rock feel of a song like “Hand Upon Your Shoulder”, to the bluesy-rock vibe of the title track to the country rock sounds of a song like “Back to Texas”, it is a delightful, easy-going collection of tunes tied together by Colin’s vocals and fantastic guitar playing. There is a guitar sound here for everyone, from the finger-picking of “Hey There Dad”, to the many cool acoustic leads (in fact, too many to single one track out) to the great steel guitar sounds in “You’ll Regret it”.

The subject matter varies from introspective (songs like “Warmed my Soul” and, my personal favorite, “The Water Runs Over the Dam”) to songs about former lovers (“Say Goodbye Again”), artist friends (“Standing Tall”), cool places (“The Florida Keys”) and family (the previously mentioned “Hey There Dad”). I would not describe any of the songs as story songs but they are most definitely songs with stories in them. And they (with the exception of a couple of autobiographical songs) are stories that we have all lived a version of so we can relate to them instantly.

The CD sounds great with a good stereo mix and a nice mastering. The main vocals (clear as a bell), backing vocals (wonderful) and guitars (exquisite) complement each other without stepping on each other and percussion is used appropriately. Also, the sequencing of the songs on the CD is superb with each song easing nicely into the next. From the mix of genres to the mix of subject matter to the mix of sounds, from the production to the arrangements, from the mixing to the mastering, this CD is a real musical treat.

Bruce Kula

New sounds from an old friend
With a single exception (the intentionally and effectively plain “Hey There Dad”) Colin has taken full advantage of the leisurely sound explorations possible in the studio.

For example, when Colin plays it solo, “Cigarettes and Gasoline” is a sparse, bluesy number with phrases suggestive of Stephen Stills’ “Black Queen”. In its form as the title track here, with the addition of Mike Kosacek’s insistent drumming and the ethereal vocals of (the surnameless) Jennifer and Joice Marie, the down and out musician narrating the song now seems to have more and stranger things floating around in his head than the state of his tip jar.

Colin makes plenty of use of his multi-instrumental skills here. Melodic bass guitar lines and a variety of keyboards wind throughout. A pedal steel guitar makes its first appearance on a Colin Ward record, I believe, and it helps place songs such as “Back to Texas” and “You’ll Regret It” outside the folksinger-songwriter realm and deep into the heart of Country. The twin electric guitars of the radio-ready “The Florida Keys” are as catchy as anything the king of trop-rock hooks, Jimmy Buffett, ever dreamed up. As for “Fotheringay’s”— the hidden track on the CD version of the album— that sounds like no instrumentation Colin’s used before, and it’s a gas.

That doesn’t mean Colin has abandoned what is to my mind his signature. He’s an adept and inventive flatpicker, and lucky is the song that has one of his acoustic guitar solos in it, as many of these do.

Full disclosure: Colin’s my partner in the Blue Island Beer Club, and I already know and like some of these songs from our Blue Island Beer Club version of them. But I didn’t have to like this record— and I do.

Joice Marie

I can smell the pawn shop !
Colin Ward's new CD, Cigarettes and Gasoline, from the very first note of -Hand Upon Your Shoulder -commands your attention. His fine picking and arrangements shine with highly polished musicianship throughout. He traces personal stories and creates portraits with his words, surrounded by intricate guitar work and gentle harmonies. There's not a dull moment on this cd because you are either caught up in his musical masterful melodies and guitar runs, or following an intriguing storyline throughout. The work is thoughtful and totally entertaining. You will enjoy it fully every listen.