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Have Folk, Will Rock

by Raggedy Edge

From soothin' to groovin', acoustic music that keeps you movin'. Upbeat new age, soul and world, alt-folk country rock and more.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. I'm Still in Love with You
4:05 $0.99
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2. Those Lovely Dreams
3:37 $0.99
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3. Tarahumara Run (2019 Remaster)
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4. Watch the Stars
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5. Never Felt Lonely
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6. Postcard
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7. Putting Our Hearts Together
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8. In Texas (2019 Remaster)
2:56 $0.99
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9. Heaven
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10. Samoa (2019 Remaster)
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11. All My Dreams (2019 Remix)
3:59 $0.99
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12. This Town, Chapter 3
3:55 $0.99
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13. One Mic (2019 Remaster)
3:21 $0.99
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14. Before the Fall (2019 Remaster)
4:27 $0.99
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15. Melancholy Days (2019 Remaster)
3:27 $0.99
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16. Pencil, Paper, Poems and Prose
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17. Here We Are (2019 Remaster)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bob Farley and Lynn Perdzock have been working since November 2018 on their latest album, "Have Folk ~ Will Rock," a volume of 17 songs: eight new ones, one re-recording, and eight remastered versions from their 2017 digital EPs "Bring the Mountain Down" and "All My Dreams." From love songs (of course) to cautionary songs about the environment and cultural questions of survival, the new collection more deeply into the subject matter of survival of species--including homo sapiens, political climate, environmental challenges.

The album opens with a blast at the political world, 'I'm Still in Love with You,' noting how controlling politics can be with our lives, but how love overcomes in the end.

Dreams have always played a big part in the Raggedy Edge world, and 'Those Lovely Dreams,' the second song in the set, pays homage to the effect the world of sleep has on us.

'Watch the Stars' takes the band back to the days before the country was filled with so much light that the Milky Way became unnoticeable. If you haven't seen the Milky Way for a while, take a drive into the country or the mountains--somewhere that you can't see any light on the horizons--and look up. Hopefully it will be a clear night!

The television show "Chuck" was the inspiration for 'Never Felt Lonely,' a song about losing love.

'Postcard' takes a poignant look at lost love in the context of the family when a grown daughter decides to go and find her mom who had disappeared many years before.

'Putting Our Hearts Together' gives young lovers a template for making good decisions in their love lives. Never a bad idea that's never too late to start.

'Heaven' is Raggedy Edge's first foray into praise music. It features Lynn on the classical guitar and backup vocals and Bob on synthesizer.

'Pencil, Paper, Poems and Prose' is a song Bob wrote after attending his first Jeffrey Foucault concert. Spare and lean, with haunting background vocals by Lynn, the song's lyrics share some inspiration from the 1960s television comedy "Green Acres." Extra points if you can figure that one out.

The other newly recorded song on the album is Lynn's 2008 song 'This Town (Chapter 3),' which has previously been recorded as 'Chapter Three' and 'This Town.' This 2019 version more closely matches the Raggedy Edge version of the song, along with a few updated lyrics.

Rounding out the set are eight songs from 2017 EPs. The plan that year had been to record another EP, then to bring its songs together with four or five new songs for a larger final album that year. Alas, that didn't happen as the duo found themselves more and more in demand and their time to record grew less and less.

Writing and working on new songs continued, however, and from a list of 20 possible songs, plus five or six remastering possibilities from solo albums, Lynn and Bob decided that 65 minutes was plenty for album, especially in these days when the normal attention span approaches about eight seconds. (That might be an exaggeration, but not by much.)

For those interested in instrumentation, most of the songs were recorded using a Taylor 714CE, with some help from an Aria classical guitar, a Seagull parlor-size guitar, a Romer resonator, an Alvarez acoustic bass, an Eastwood mandolin, a Cordoba tenor ukulele, and an iRig Keys 25 MIDI interface, mostly for bass guitar sounds.

This album features the first use of an amplified guitar on a Raggedy Edge recording. Bob's TravelerGuitar Mark III Escape was used for the lead on Never Felt Lonely, along with a Boss ME-70 effects pedal and a Fishman Loudbox.

And finally, percussion sounds were provided by the loops of Logic Pro and Garageband recording software. With apologies to live drummers everywhere, but it's just not an option to mic a set of drums in the Raggedy Edge home at this point. Unless it was an electric pad drummer, perhaps.

All the instruments and vocal parts were played and recorded by Bob and Lynn, including the programming of the drum parts. That's probably the main reason it's taken over nine months to finish the job, along with frequent bouts of perfectionism. But practice makes perfect, and Have Folk Will Rock feels like it's about as perfect as two aspiring singer-songwriters can make it. You, the listener, will be the judge of that.

If you like songs you can understand the lyrics to, if you like your head filled with positive thoughts, if you think there's hope for the world despite itself, you could do worse than support Raggedy Edge. See them at a company event, house concert, winery or vineyard, or flea market near you!

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