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...because We Are

by The Battleaxe Band

All-female old-time band playing hard-driving old-time tunes and songs with powerful vocal harmonies, as well as folk, gospel, Americana, blues and original songs
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skillet Good and Greasy
2:45 $0.99
2. Valley Forge
3:25 $0.99
3. One Voice
2:35 $0.99
4. Holloway
3:04 $0.99
5. Grub Springs
3:22 $0.99
6. The Cuckoo
4:02 $0.99
7. Boys, My Money’s All Gone
2:51 $0.99
8. I’ve Endured
2:52 $0.99
9. Hommage a Edmond Pariseau
2:36 $0.99
10. Little Bird of Heaven
2:59 $0.99
11. North Carolina Breakdown
2:36 $0.99
12. Angelina Baker
4:43 $0.99
13. Fall On My Knees
3:09 $0.99
14. Railroading Through the Rockies
2:51 $0.99
15. I’m Your Dog Blues
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Skillet Good and Greasy, trad. Brooke brought this to the band and C is a great key for it. It really growls! Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: gCGCD

Valley Forge, trad. One of several tunes we learned in jams at Clifftop. Also, one of our D tunes that have a C chord in them, which for some reason, really catch our fancy. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aDADE

One Voice, Ruth Moody. Brooke heard this song from the Wailin’ Jennys. Moody wrote it to inspire peace and change. We love to promote peace!

Grub Springs, trad. Amy learned this tune from the WPA recording of W.E. Claunch recording. It drew her in, so she listened to it several hundred times and brought it to the band. Fiddle: AEAE Banjo: aEAC#E

Holloway, Hilary Dirlam. One year during a rainy Clifftop Lucy and Amy learned this tune while jamming in a tent with Hilary and friends. a place in our hearts. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aDADE

The Cuckoo, trad. Our version is inspired by playing of Doc Watson and Clarence Tom Ashley. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aEADE

Boys, My Money's All Gone, trad. Where does it all go? This one is a variation of the tune of the same name in the key of A, credited to Charlie Bowman, 1929. Another D tune with a C chord. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aDADE

I’ve Endured, Ola Belle Reed. Nancy liked this song and claimed it as her own! It reminds her of how we endure what comes our way in life. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: gDGBD

Hommage a Edmond Pariseau, French Canadian reel. A tune by accordion player Marcel Messervier in honor of Québec fiddler Edmond Parizeau. Amy learned this tune from Todd Clewell and Barb Schmid. Fiddle: AEAE Banjo: aEAC#E

Little Bird of Heaven, Martha Scanlan. The lyrics of this song grabbed Amy the first time she heard it. If you pay attention, most of the time you really do have a little bird of heaven right here in your hand. Banjo: gCGCD

North Carolina Breakdown, Tennessee’s Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, c 1937. Mary Gordon and Hilary Dirlam mentioned that Arthur Smith’s guitar player played an E major chord in the B part, not an Em. A little awkward the first time you hear it, but then it grows on you. We like it. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: gDGBD

Angelina Baker, Stephen Foster (public domain). Lucy heard a version of this with Foster’s verses and found it more interesting than the tune most old-time players learn early on. We end with the “common” tune. Fiddle: AEAE Banjo: aEAC#E

Fall on My Knees, trad. Round Peak song. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aDADE

Railroading Through the Rockies, trad. "Railroad Through The Rocky Mountains" is the official name of the tune. Jim Bowles, from Kentucky, is the source. He played it with the V chord, Amy's ear heard the VII, hence, yet another tune in D with a C chord. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aDADE

I’m Your Dog Blues, Brooke Lauer. Brooke sang this song to the rest of the band shortly after she wrote it, and we all fell in love with it. Amy does a fine job adding the blues guitar with Lucy on washboard. And we made an exception of all –female personnel on this tune to add Bob Buckingham on blues harmonica.

Lyrics for the songs can be found on our website

Amy - 2011 Kain fiddle, 2008 Anderson 000 guitar.
Brooke - 2001 Cedar Mountain banjo
Lucy - 1999 Henderson 000-28 guitar.
Nancy - 1940 Kay bass

Engineered and mixed by Tim Gardner at Coyote Ridge Audio, Mills River NC. Mastered by Michael Hynes at Nomatic, Asheville NC



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