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by Grant Peeples

Finger in your eye leftneck
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Searching for a Sign
5:59 $0.99
2. Leaving Her Was Easy
3:30 $0.99
3. There's a Bluebird in My Heart (For Charles Bukoski)
3:05 $0.99
4. I Know Why the Poets Drink and Smoke
3:39 $0.99
5. Real Country
3:50 $0.99
6. The Saddest Thing
3:55 $0.99
7. My Side of the City
4:26 $0.99
8. Pawnshop
3:36 $0.99
9. Better Jobs Down in Richmond
3:47 $0.99
10. The Hanging
4:50 $0.99
11. Jesus Was a Revolutionary
5:45 $0.99
12. Searching for a Sign (Fcc Compliant)
5:59 $0.99
13. Leaving Her Was Easy (Fcc Compliant)
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
An authentic LEFTNECK. A finger-in-your-eye songwriter. Environmental, socio-political themes, but poignant love songs too. At times humorous/satire, at times dark/angry. Compelling, edgy, folky outlaw. Part Guy Clark, part Dylan, part Flannery O'Connor.



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Donna Mavity

Grant Peeples: Pawnshop
We’ve barely had time to shake hands, sit down, and have a drink with Grant Peeples’ 2008 attention-grabbing, award-winning debut album "It’s Later Thank You Think"—and here he comes with something new! A year to the day from the May 2nd release of "Later", Grant’s new record, "Pawnshop", has made its way into the hands of eager fans.

What’s all the rush, Grant?

Maybe it’s those 11 years he spent on a remote Nicaraguan island from 1995-2006 that fuel the urgency that puts Grants pen into motion. “I went down there thinking, among other things, that this would be a great place and time to write songs….Then I went through the biggest dry spell I’ve ever experienced,” he recalls. Grant returned to find his country changed, the climate altered in many ways. He registers his response in song. Whatever was smoldering in that Nicaraguan jungle is coming out now with a vengeance.

“There's stuff I wanna get said. And heard. And that's pretty much what’s at the bottom of this new music career of mine-- that, and this thirst for songs I don't think I'm ever gonna get to hear. Unless I write them myself.”

Grant’s new record is a mosaic of contrasting styles. We hear the gravelly, gritty storyteller’s narrative that we’ve come to expect from Grant---but now he’s doing what many fans have been asking for—“We want to hear you SING some more!” We got a taste of Grant’s softer, more lyrical side from his first album with songs like “I Am Empty Now” and “Tears from Carmen’s Eyes.” We hear much more of that on the Pawnshop album as Grant continues to discover, quite literally, his artistic voice.

The opening number “Searching for a Sign” wafts a South American flavor, with a Latin rhythm and Santana style guitar breaks. Peeples sings with angry passion and guarded hope about our country’s need for change. Then Grant gives a nod to classic country influences with “Leaving Her Was Easy”, a funny/pitiful account of a clueless good ol’ boy’s wrecked relationship. Jesus Was a Revolutionary is a full-blown bluegrass romp, and a challenge to traditional American ideas of God and government. For waltzing, there is the beautiful ballad, The Saddest Thing, based on an eyewitness account of a couple’s sad solution to their troubles, played out in a pawn shop.

Tying this myriad of stories, ballads, rhythms and rhymes together is the inspired and impeccable artistry of Lis and Lon Williamson of Gatorbone Records. Having produced such a marvelous debut album for Grant in “It’s Later Than You Think,” he was wise to call on them once more with “Pawnshop.” “No one can hear just the right fiddle riff, or choose the perfect person to play or sing a part like they can,” Grant says of his longtime friends and co-musicians. The Williamsons also play and sing on the album, along with a host of other Gatorbone regulars.

So, Grant Peeples fans, never fear. You might have been holding your breath, wondering if his sophomore effort can top or even equal the undeniable success of “It’s Later Than You Think.” “Pawnshop” goes beyond. The album brings out the best in the singer and songwriter in Grant. The songs paint scenes you’ll want to hear over and over.

But better buy the CD quick. No doubt his next project is already on his mind. “Song is always in my head, impetuous and immutable. And I write every single day…” he admits. Or, in the words of another track from “Pawnshop”, “There’s a bluebird in my heart, I’m never gonna let him out.”

Donna Mavity
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