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Chronic Illogical - Masters & Demos & Live Cuts 1992-2017

by Ty Hager

"Gloriously weird...smart and funny" the Tennessean All of the often hilarious, sometimes tragic (sometimes both) original tunes from both of Hager's Winthrop Records releases, plus twenty-five more!
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Cat Dreams
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2. Hit by a Train
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3. Like a Dog
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4. Renee Le Cliche
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5. Shitty Li'l Love Song
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6. Evil Clowns (From Outer Space)
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7. Fugly (feat. The Cowtippers)
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8. Hey Keith
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9. What If John Prine Was Jesus
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10. (Wish I Had A) Buzz
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11. Cake (Live) [feat. The Cowtippers]
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12. Hal the Lecher (Live)
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13. Her Side / His Side
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14. Not Quite Unrequited Love
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15. Pain
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16. Refrigerator Magnet
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17. I Picture You
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18. Never Not
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19. One Pillow
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20. Profound
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21. 17 to 33
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22. Alibi
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23. Foxhole
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24. Freudian Slip (feat. The Cowtippers)
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25. I'll Remember
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26. Ring Line
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27. Tear-Shaped Beer Stain
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28. Another Other Man
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29. On Moral Grounds
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30. Red Panties
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31. Tennessee Valley Girl
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32. Our Boy and Bubba (feat. The Cowtippers)
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33. Like the Girl
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34. Little Angels
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35. When I'm Broke (feat. The Cowtippers)
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36. Speechless
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37. Available
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38. Country Haiku
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39. If Things Were Different
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40. I'm in Texas
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41. Good Love Gone Bad
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42. Seven Shallow Graves
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43. The Wonder
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44. No Habla Spanish Love Song
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45. Carnival Ride
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46. Time (When It Passes)
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47. Sign Language
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48. Seal Pup (Live) [feat. The Wizenheimers]
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49. Rainbows (Live) [feat. The Cowtippers]
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50. Oh, Kay
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Album Notes
These ain't all the songs I've written (not by a country mile), but it's a good percentage of what I've RECORDED. Half of 'em were on my two Winthrop Records CDs, "Funny Ha Ha, Funny Strange" and "Songs About Life and Girls (but mostly girls)" - neither of which ever had much success, both of which lots of folks said nice things about. The other half is made up of demos and a few live recordings, including many songs that I WISH I'd included on the label releases. Oh well. For better or worse, they're out there now.
Going through all this material, puttin' the songs in semi-chronological order (by the years written, not recorded), brought back a lot of memories. I cried a couple of times, I laughed a few more. I thought about all the folks who have played a role in where I am (or where I ain't) - I give 'em full credit for any successes, and take all the blame for the rest.

Steve Goodie, Scott Carter, Chris Jackson, Bill Tennyson, Rob Lifford, J Griffis Smith, Bob Sweet, Keith Zebroski, Ron Sherer, Dave Hassell, Jeff Anderson, Jay Hudson, Eric Teplitz, Carco Clave, Johnny Neel, Fats Kaplan, Dustin Welch, Jelly Roll Johnson, J.D. Madrid, Arnie Reed, J.R. Russell, Chip Woody, Virginia Crowe. HONORABLE MENTION: Phil Kurnit, president, Winthrop Records.

CD Baby tells me that the more I write, the more folks are inclined to buy. So what the hell, let's just take it song-by-song. All years of composition are to the best of my recollection.

1. Cat Dreams (1987) - I wrote this at WCOR in Lebanon, TN. Recorded by Steve Goodie at his Nashville studio in 1992. He played all the instruments. This was the first song I played at my first Sunday night writers show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 1994. And look at me now! This was on my very first EP, "A Fairly Decent Tape, and It's Only Five Bucks," then on 2003's "Funny Ha Ha, Funny Strange."

2. Hit By a Train (1989) - also written at WCOR, sittin' in the lobby. Recorded in Austin TX in 2002, at Jay Hudson's studio. Rob Lifford on mandolin, J. Griffis Smith on dobro, Bob Sweet on bass, Keith Zebroski on drums. Rob and Keith (and maybe Bob) sang harmony. Keith's been playing drums for Miranda Lambert for over a decade now, and says he wouldn't have got that gig if not for me. Which is cool.

3. Like a Dog (1990) - recorded by Steve Goodie at his Nashville studio in 1995. Steve plays bass and drums, Eric Teplitz plays guitar, Carco Clave plays banjo. I think they all sang harmony.

4. Renee Le Cliche (1991) - recorded by Steve Goodie at his Los Angeles studio in 2004, a few months after my third rehab failed.

5. Shitty Li'l Love Song (1991) - written at the kitchen table in Murfreesboro TN. I was drinking and half-watching my baby girls Rachel and Liana. It's been recorded a couple of times, and me and the CowTippers have played it at almost every show we've ever played. This version was on 2006's "Songs About Life and Girls (but mostly girls)," produced in Nashville by Steve Goodie, who also played bass. With Dustin Welch on banjo, Bill Tennyson on guitar, Ron Sherer on steel, Dave Hassell on drums. I don't know who all sang harmonies - I think Steve and Bill at least.

6. Evil Clowns From Outer Space (1994) - this one's out of order, but I'd already sent the audio to CD Baby, so f--k it! I wrote it about Shelley, who was my girlfriend at the time. She wasn't as crazy as me, but not for lack of trying. We recorded it at that '95 session at Steve Goodie's Nashville studio (see #3), with the same players.

7. Fugly (1992) - written in Murfreesboro, at the same kitchen table as #5. I wasn't watching my daughters though, 'cause my wife had taken 'em with her when she left me. I played this one at "the Boro" the same night I wrote it. That's only happened a couple of times. This one was recorded with the CowTippers (Scott Carter on guitar, Chris Jackson on bass, Jeff Anderson on drums, Scott and Chris with their trademark harmonies) at their studio M'boro in 2000. We always play this one too! It was the last cut on the Winthrop Records' 2003 release "Funny Ha Ha, Funny Strange."

8. Hey Keith (1992) - Keith Partridge actually DID make me wanna be a rock star. Recorded at that '95 session (#3, #6). I'd been playing this for a couple of years when my buddies Chris and Dave Smith suggested the tag line.

9. What If John Prine was Jesus (1992) - recorded at Steve Goodie's studio about the same time as "Cat Dreams." He played everything on this one too, then stuck a tape of it in John Prine's mailbox. Steve saw John at the airport a couple of years later and asked him about it. John said, "Yeah, I heard that, I liked that." I used that quote on my bio for years afterwards. I should use it now.

10. (Wish I Had a) Buzz (1993) - written at the old farmhouse outside of M'boro, where the CowTippers were formed. A damned house full of musicians, and nobody had any pot. Me an' the Tippers have opened with this song from the git-go, but this was recorded at the 2005 session for "Songs About Life" (see #5).

11. Cake (1993) - this one's pretty popular at the CowTippers' shows as well. I don't recall writing it, but am sure I did. Recorded live at the Bluebird with the Tippers (still Scott Carter and Chris Jackson, but now with Steve Goodie on drums). Karly Driftwood's putting this on her new CD, "Too Mean to Die." That's cool.

12. Hal the Lecher (1993) - I wrote this one in Tulsa, where I stayed between being homeless in Austin and homeless in Nashville. This one's just sick, and I apologize. Recorded in 2004 at Steve Goodie's studio, it was on "A Fairly Decent Tape, and It's Only Five Bucks." Not totally live (it's me and Steve and the aforementioned crazy Shelley playing "the crowd," but you wouldn't know that if I hadn't told ya.

13. Her Side/His Side (1993) - wrote this one drunk in the mornin', leanin' against a mini van at a songwriters' retreat in east Tennessee. Don't know why I recall that so clearly. Recorded at Steve Goodie's Nashville studio the next year, with Steve playing everything except the acoustic guitar. It was on "Funny Ha Ha."

14. Not Quite Unrequited Love (1993) - I have no recollection of writing this, but it was recorded at the 2004 LA session at Steve's.

15. Pain (1993) - written in Nashville, shortly after I was served my divorce papers. I recall it was the first song that REALLY made me feel like a songwriter. It's always killed. It was on "A Fairly Decent Tape" as an acoustic demo, then recorded at that '95 session (#3, #6), and was released on "Funny Ha Ha."

16. Refrigerator Magnet (1993) - this was also a demo on "A Fairly Decent Tape," then recorded in '95 with those others. (see #15)

17. I Picture You (1994) - wrote this one about a girl I was enamored with at a J.C. Penney telephone job I only stayed at a week. Recorded at the 2004 LA session by Steve Goodie.

18. Never Not (1994) - my sextuple-negative song, written at Chris Smith's apartment in Nashville, recorded at the '95 session, the re-recorded in 2005 for "Songs About Life."

19. One Pillow (1994) - total love song, not a hint of funny anywhere in this one. Written at Chris' apartment for Shelley, recorded in LA at the '04 session.

20. Profound (1994) - ditto. Totally ditto.

21. 17 to 33 (1996) - I bought a harmonica, then wrote this song. I felt very Neil Young-ish. Wrote another harmonica song in 2001. Recorded this one at Steve’s studio in LA in '04.

22. Alibi (1996) - written shortly after that last one, in a little room I rented across the street from Belmont University in Nashville. Recorded at my apartment in downtown Nashville a couple of years later by J.D. Madrid, who plays lead and sings back-up. This one's damn near a novella.

23. Foxhole (1996) - this one's dark, with just a hint of humor. Nobody seems to quite know WHERE the hell it was recorded - I think it might-a been with J.D. Madrid.

24. Freudian Slip (1996) - recorded in Louisville KY at Sam Gray's studio, with the CowTippers. We recorded four songs I think, but I was so drunk this was the only keeper.

25. I'll Remember (1996) - recorded in 2002 in Austin (see #2), and released on "Funny Ha Ha."

26. Ring Line (1998) - obviously, I don't co-write much. This was co-written with my good buddy Kevin Abernathy, who put it on TWO of his CDs, including 2012's highly-acclaimed "Some Stories." I recorded this version at the '04 LA session with Steve Goodie.

27. Tear-Shaped Beer Stain (1998) - also co-written with Kevin Abernathy. Recorded at the '05 session for "Songs About Life," produced by Steve Goodie, with Johnny Neel (the Allman Brothers) on keyboards and Fats Kaplan on fiddle.

28. Another Other Man (1999) - I wrote this one in about half an hour, and we put it on "Songs About Life." Johnny Neel tearin' up the keyboards, Jelly Roll Johnson playing harmonica.

29. On Moral Grounds (1999) - recorded by J.D. Madrid, who also played lead, bass, and sang harmonies.

30. Red Panties (1999) - I went to a "Dancin' in the District" show on the river in downtown Nashville, got drunk, went home with a woman. The next morning all I remembered was that she had red panties. Fortunately, she's left her phone number. Recorded at the '05 "Songs About Life" sessions, this one's got Johnny Neel and Jelly Roll Johnson on it.

31. Tennessee Valley Girl (1999) - after me an' the "Red Panties" girl broke up, I fell in love with a 17-year old. Because I suck. Got quite a few songs out of it though. On "Songs About Life," with Virginia Crowe doing a wonderful Valley Girl.

32. Our Boy and Bubba (2000) - my biggest "hit," which ain't sayin' a lot. This one's on BOTH Winthrop Records releases, but I'm using the one me and the 'Tippers recorded just a few months after I wrote it.

33. Like the Girl (2000) - I lived with this girl for nine days. She was a bit masculine (but not in a "Crying Game" kinda way). I found out later that she was gay, which was a relief, since she never let me touch her. Recorded this with J.D. Madrid playin' bass and guitar, and with my pal Arnie Reed doin' some killer keyboards.

34. Little Angels (2000) - written on the occasion of the birth of Kevin Abernathy's first child, Roxanne. It made me think of my own girls, whom I never saw, and still rarely see. I can't listen to this one without crying. Recorded at the '04 LA session with Steve Goodie.

35. Speechless (2000) - written for Adeline, the too-young unrequited love mentioned earlier. This has always been one of my faves, but I thought it too serious for either of my label releases. So I stuck it in my opera. Recorded this one in M'boro, at Scott Carter and Chris Jackson's studio.

36. When I'm Broke (2000) - recorded in the same session as the last one. Also inspired by Adeline, but in a more pervy way.

37. Available (2001) - the first song I wrote after moving back to Austin, still pining over Adeline. Recorded the next year at Jay Hudson's Austin studio with Rob Lifford and Bob Sweet and J Griffis Smith and Keith Zebroski. Released on "Funny Ha Ha."

38. Country Haiku (2001) - one of only five songs on this collection written in Oklahoma. This is one of my faves, because the entire song is actually in haiku form. Recorded in Austin at the Jay Hudson session. Also inspired by Adeline.

39. If Things Were Different (2001) - besides the Adeline heartbreak, another reason I left Nashville for Austin was my disgust with country music. I worked at a sandwich joint by Music Row, outside of which was a huge billboard for Billy Gilman's release. I thought he epitomized everything that was wrong with the industry. I mention that in this song, which was also recorded at the Jay Hudson session and released on "Funny Ha Ha."

40. I'm in Texas (2001) - written on Thanksgiving day in Austin, shortly after I'd bought another harmonica. Recorded at the Jay Hudson session, released on "Funny Ha Ha.

41. Good Love Gone Bad (2001) - written in Austin, recorded at the '04 LA session with Steve. I love the "launchin' pad" line.

42. Seven Shallow Graves (2002) - this one ain't right. Written in Austin, recorded in Nashville in '05 for "Songs About Life."

43. The Wonder (2002) - written in Austin, recorded at the '04 LA session.

44. No Habla Spanish Love Song (2003) - written in Austin, as close to a true story as anything on here. Except I didn't get the girl. Recorded in Nashville for "Songs About Life."

45. Carnival Ride (2004) - written in Tulsa, recorded in Nashville for "Songs About Life."

46. Time When It Passes (2004) - ditto.

47. Sign Language (2005) - one of the first songs I wrote when I came back to Nashville for another three years. On "Songs About Life."

48. Seal Pup (2007) - written in Nashville with Jim Blodgett, this was on "Let's Get Good 'n Heimered" by "the Wizenheimers," a comedy trio project me and Steve Goodie worked on with James Bass, then J.R. Russell (who’s on the CD). Recorded at Steve's studio in Nashville.

49. Rainbows (2014) - written in Dewey, Oklahoma, recorded last year (2017) live at the Bluebird, with the CowTippers.

50. Oh, Kay (2015) - written after my girlfriend of three years cheated on me and I kicked her out. It was two days after Christmas that I wrote and recorded this. A few months later, I was back in Nashville. And here I'll stay. I think.



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