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by Wilkinson James

Rootsy, moody tunes from a band one fan described as "the bastard offspring of Townes Van Zandt and June Carter Cash," with dobro, saxophone, and spacey electric guitar wrapping around lead singer Liz Wilkinson's sweet-but-edgy vocals.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lizard Girl
2:32 $0.99
2. Pennsylvania Turnpike
3:43 $0.99
3. No Exit
2:57 $0.99
4. Myrtle Beach, 1985
4:34 $0.99
5. Workin' for the T.V.A.
3:16 $0.99
6. Last Dance of the Night
4:14 $0.99
7. Baby You Ain't No Santa Claus
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
a-ban-don, v. 1. To forsake, desert. 2. To yield (oneself) completely, as in emotion. A complete surrender of inhibition.

For their second record, Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) honky-tonkers Wilkinson James take a different path, turning in a collection of moody, mostly minor-key tunes about lost souls and getting lost in a song.

Recorded at Summer Winter Studios in St. Paul. Produced by AJ Scheiber and Levi Stugelmeyer. Recorded, edited, and mixed by Levi Stugelmeyer.

Liz Wilkinson: vocals
AJ Scheiber: acoustic guitar, vocals
Dan Andreasen: saxophone
Josh Braun: dobro
Dave Strahan: electric guitar
Erik Brandt: keyboards
James Garlick: violin
Phillip Hicks: bass
Jeremy Hanson: drums
Levi Stugelmeyer: drums on "Workin' for the T.V.A."

Here are Liz's notes on the songs from the CD lyric package:

Both AJ and I write Wilkinson James’ songs, but he sweetly asked me to write the liner notes. ~Liz

Lizard Girl (music by Daniel McMillan, lyrics by Liz Wilkinson)

I’ve been in a lot of bars. Bartenders are some of my favorite people. They are there in the quiet end, when all that’s left are beer bottles and spent emotion. Somewhere between that feeling and the snake in the Little Prince, I wrote this song.

Pennsylvania Turnpike (music and lyrics by AJ Scheiber)

AJ may seem like a quiet guy, but he’s had his wild moments. This song is true. A tiny moment of magic at a HoJo’s with a mystical hiker woman. He was the one who liked the Rolling Stones.

No Exit (music and lyrics by AJ Scheiber)

Have I mentioned AJ’s wild past? He was on tour back in the day, playing at the dive-iest of dive bars, behind a cage, no less. You’ll have to ask him for the details, but let’s just say that some shit went down, way down, and he realized no matter how desperately he wanted to get out, he couldn’t. No Exit.

Myrtle Beach, 1985 (music and lyrics by W. Grant Camp)

Grant said, “This is the first song I’ve written in six years” and then he played this. With each verse, I sank more deeply in love with it. “Grant,” I said, “you are playing my childhood.” Then I stole his song. ;)

Workin’ for the T.V.A. (music and lyrics by AJ Scheiber)

AJ writes with his heart. He feels the lives of others, past and present, and unpacks all that love and angst into music and lyrics. T.V.A. is about the government economic reform foisted on farmers via the Tennessee Valley Authority. It enters beautifully into the painful choices families made in the 1930s.

Last Dance of the Night (music and lyrics by AJ Scheiber)

We dream of touring. We love our band. We look forward to falling into a cramped, stinky, sweaty van at the end of a beautiful gig…and heading out, bleary-eyed and blissful, to the next one.



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