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coercion street

by Ernie Payne

Accoustic Blues, Roots oriented contemporary folk artist.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. Curse of Hamm
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2. Mother's Uncle
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3. Coercion Street
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4. Listen to the Blues Grow
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5. Pissin' in the Wind
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6. Nothing Wrong With Texas
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7. One More Night
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8. W.i.p.
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9. Family Relations
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10. Ancient Eyes
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11. Joanne's Theme
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Ernie Payne *coercion street* (a review from Australia)

If you haven't made any purchases on line yet then here is a perfect opportunity. Here is a CD that's not likely to see the light of day over here in 'Australia', so reward yourself, defy the mainstream and seek out this obscure treasure that certainly doesn't deserve to be buried! Mind you, this is not your " whiskey and woman" blues but rather your "gospel and family" type. Now don't write this CD off because you're not into Gospel and down-home values! Payne's music is "American roots" at its finest and deserves a listen. There is a duality about his music that I find engaging. Duality? Let me explain. His music continues to grow on me because of its rawness and refinement, its gentleness and anger, its passion and intelligence. How does he do it? Guitars! ...acoustic, electric, dobro, dulcimer, lap steel and the like shine through with rhythms born of the delta and honed through folk. There is nothing too improvisational here, just some strong, honest and commanding playing. Vocals! Payne's vocals remind me of Ted Hawkins'; deep, mournful and soothing. He sings about injustices, woes, memories, mysteries, life and love. " Mother's Uncle" and "Ancient Eyes" are tracks where sentiment gets the better of him. "Pissing in the wind' and "Nothing wrong with Texas ..that leavin' won't fix" will be more to the likings of blues fans. It is in "Coercion Street" and "Listen to the blues grow" where the poetic strength of his song writing really comes to the fore... " I was born on Coercion Street rocks and bottles and fists and feet ruled the path I daily climbed all uphill all the time. Barstool, church pew, a handshake, a clenched fist I made my choices aware of the risk Street muscle, blues shuffle Honed into skills, Came in real handy climbing that hill Each step shortened that climb 'til I found the voice that was mine each man is shaped by his deeds I survived Coercion street." David Stoeckel, South Australian Blues Society

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Ernie is about to be signed to a major label. He will be in Australia, also worldwide, soon. Thank you for your appreciation. Buy this original classic now.

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David Stoeckel

There is a duality about his music that I find engaging.
If you haven't made any purchases on line yet
then here is a perfect opportunity. Here is a CD
that's not likely to see the light of day over here in Australia, so reward yourself, defy the mainstream and seek
out this obscure treasure that certainly doesn't
deserve to be buried! Mind you, this is not your
" whiskey and woman" blues but rather your "gospel
and family" type. Now don't write this CD off
because you're not into Gospel and down-home
values! Payne's music is "American roots" at its
finest and deserves a listen. There is a duality about
his music that I find engaging. Duality? Let me
explain. His music continues to grow on me because
of its rawness and refinement, its gentleness and
anger, its passion and intelligence. How does he do
it?
Guitars! …acoustic, electric, dobro, dulcimer, lap
steel and the like shine through with rhythms born
of the delta and honed through folk. There is nothing
too improvisational here, just some
strong, honest and commanding playing.
Vocals! Payne's vocals remind me of Ted Hawkins';
deep, mournful and soothing. He sings about
injustices, woes, memories, mysteries, life and love.
" Mother's Uncle" and "Ancient Eyes" are tracks
where sentiment gets the better of him. "Pissing in
the wind' and "Nothing wrong with Texas ..that
leavin' won't fix" will be more to the likings of
blues fans. It is in "Coercion Street" and "Listen to
the blues grow" where the poetic strength of his
song writing really comes to the fore...

" I was born on Coercion Street
rocks and bottles and fists and feet
ruled the path I daily climbed
all uphill all the time.
Barstool, church pew, a handshake, a clenched fist
I made my choices aware of the risk
Street muscle, blues shuffle
Honed into skills,
Came in real handy climbing that hill
Each step shortened that climb
'til I found the voice that was mine
each man is shaped by his deeds
I survived Coercion street.”
David Stoeckel,
South Australian Blues Society
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Joe Moric

Excellent ! Great guitar & hard hitting lyrics ............
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Bethany Braley

I have a 6-cd changer in my truck, but this cd is always in a slot!
Love this earthy music! This cd is not over-produced either. It's clean and straight-forward. Great lyrics, great voice. Everyone should know about Ernie Payne and the stellar music he creates.
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Sarah Coleman //Ladytown

The wind was knocked out of me.
Ernie Payne is a quiet man with a wit that takes you by suprise. His songs are haunting and deep. I was lucky enough to share a night performing in a song circle with him a while back. His songs knocked the wind out of me. It was if he was playing what I have been wanting someone to play for years. I sat next to him as he played, trying to hide my tears. A shock and a joy all at once. Thank goodness for Ernie Payne and much success to him!
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steve wells

whens he coming to england he's great
the best singer ive heard for years. this man's cd is certainly the finest debut i have ever heard in any genre. it's official, ernie payne is the canines gonads.
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John Campbell

A new discovery for me
I heard a track of Ernies on Andy Kershaw's world music radio programne on BBC 3 only a few weeks ago. As soon as I heard the track I knew it was an album I must buy. I must admitt I was not aware it was gospel blues music. It was only noticed when I had played the CD. As a non- believer I don't like some of the sentiments of the lyrics . Particularly track one .I don't think many feminists would like these lyrics.
After recovering from the shock of the sentiments , I must say Ernie's singing matched with the guitar backing is some of the best music I have listened to in years .
Please advise me of any UK dates and in particular Glasgow Scotland.
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Harriet Schock


Ernie Payne writes "I was born on Coercion Street/rocks and bottles and fists and feet/ruled the path I daily climbed/all up hill/all of the time." His conclusion is succinct: "Barstool, church pew, handshake, clenched fist/I made my choices, aware of the risks/Street muscle, blue shuffle, honed into skills/came in real handy climbing that hill/and each step shortened the climb/as I found the voice that was mine/each man is shaped by his deeds/I survived Coercion Street." The music is comprised of open Appalachian type fifths in 12/8 time, played on a dulcimer. The effect is amazing. -from BECOMING REMARKABLE, pp. 150-151 Harriet Schock
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Kelly

His acoustic blues/slide guitar style calls up the feeling of the Mississippi de
Ernie Payne @ Hallenbeck's Main St Cafe, North Hollywood, Los Angeles- August 3, 2001 Ernie Payne's lyrical imagery brings to mind visions of country roads,small town churches and spanish moss clinging to ancient trees. His acoustic blues/slide guitar style calls up the feeling of the Mississippi delta and is a wonderful partner for the lyrics. His vocals are powerfully understated with a solid strength behind them. All of these qualities were well represented in his performance at Hallenbeck's. Well-accompanied by Rob Zucca on guitar and backing vocals, his set showcased many tunes from his soon-to-be-released CD. From the childhood memories of "mother's uncle" and "ancient eyes" to the social commentary of "Curse of Ham", Ernie had the audience's attention and appreciation. The unlikely combination of dulcimer (Ernie) and electric guitar (Rob) for the gospel-tinged "coercion street" was exceptional. The blues/rock "nothing wrong with texas" was all fun and the guys obviously enjoyed playing it together. Almost as much as we in the audience enjoyed the whole set.
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