American Music

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    "American Music"

    "...for American Music, Brewer and Jatcko strip back both the music and the overall approach, and while the album's name serves as a sleight of hand on the title track, it also defines the folk- and jazz-flecked approach to these acoustic songs.

    "Brewer, perhaps best known as the fiery lead guitarist for the blues/noir bar band Kentucky Knife Fight (to which Jatcko often contributes), shows his deft fingerpicking and dulcet banjo plucks here. On "What It Takes" the music takes the form of a circular folk ballad, laying a simple melodic bed for Brewer's searching lyrics and capable, if somewhat strained, vocals."

    "The twinkling waltz of "Stealing Romance," a Milk Carton Kids cover, borrows some of that duo's style with harmonized vocals and Brewer's pinpoint guitar solo."
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    released 04 July 2014

    Yankee Racers are
    -Curtis Brewer-Vocals/Banjo/Guitar
    -Nathan Jatcko-Keyboards
    -Chris Turnbaugh-Bass Guitar

    Additional Musicians
    Andy Hainz-Double Bass (on track 3)
    Liz Meyers-Cello
    Jerry Mazzuca-Drums
    Mallory Nezam-Vocals

    ••• Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
    Engineered by David Beeman at Native Sound (St. Louis, MO)
    * Additional engineering on track 4 by Curtis Brewer
    at Oceanway Studios (Nashville, TN)
    ••• Track 3
    Engineered by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording (Edwardsville, IL)
    *Additional engineering on track 3 by Brewer
    at Amerigo Studios (St. Louis, MO)
    ••• Track 6
    Engineered by Curtis Brewer at Amerigo Studios (St. Louis, MO)
    *Additional engineering by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording
    ••• Tracks 8, 9
    Engineered by Chris Turnbaugh at Studio CTS (St. Louis, MO)
    *Additional engineering on track 8 by Brewer at Oceanway Studios

    Tracks 1, 2, 4-8 mixed & mastered by David Vandervelde at Vandervelde Sound (Los Angelos, CA)
    Tracks 3 mixed & mastered by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording
    Track 9 mixed & mastered by Kit Hamon at Native Sound
    All songs by Yankee Racers except "Moonlight Mouth" by
    Jacob Edwards, "Stealing Romance" by The Milk Carton Kids,
    and "What It Takes" by Curtis Brewer & David Beeman

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-Yankee Racers-
"American Music"

"...for American Music, Brewer and Jatcko strip back both the music and the overall approach, and while the album's name serves as a sleight of hand on the title track, it also defines the folk- and jazz-flecked approach to these acoustic songs.

"Brewer, perhaps best known as the fiery lead guitarist for the blues/noir bar band Kentucky Knife Fight (to which Jatcko often contributes), shows his deft fingerpicking and dulcet banjo plucks here. On "What It Takes" the music takes the form of a circular folk ballad, laying a simple melodic bed for Brewer's searching lyrics and capable, if somewhat strained, vocals."

"The twinkling waltz of "Stealing Romance," a Milk Carton Kids cover, borrows some of that duo's style with harmonized vocals and Brewer's pinpoint guitar solo."

credits

released July 4, 2014

Yankee Racers are
-Curtis Brewer-Vocals/Banjo/Guitar
-Nathan Jatcko-Keyboards
-Chris Turnbaugh-Bass Guitar

Additional Musicians
Andy Hainz-Double Bass (on track 3)
Liz Meyers-Cello
Jerry Mazzuca-Drums
Mallory Nezam-Vocals

••• Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
Engineered by David Beeman at Native Sound (St. Louis, MO)
* Additional engineering on track 4 by Curtis Brewer
at Oceanway Studios (Nashville, TN)
••• Track 3
Engineered by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording (Edwardsville, IL)
*Additional engineering on track 3 by Brewer
at Amerigo Studios (St. Louis, MO)
••• Track 6
Engineered by Curtis Brewer at Amerigo Studios (St. Louis, MO)
*Additional engineering by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording
••• Tracks 8, 9
Engineered by Chris Turnbaugh at Studio CTS (St. Louis, MO)
*Additional engineering on track 8 by Brewer at Oceanway Studios

Tracks 1, 2, 4-8 mixed & mastered by David Vandervelde at Vandervelde Sound (Los Angelos, CA)
Tracks 3 mixed & mastered by Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Recording
Track 9 mixed & mastered by Kit Hamon at Native Sound
All songs by Yankee Racers except "Moonlight Mouth" by
Jacob Edwards, "Stealing Romance" by The Milk Carton Kids,
and "What It Takes" by Curtis Brewer & David Beeman

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Yankee Racers St Louis, Missouri

Yankee Racers, the brainchild of St. Louis' Curt Brewer & Nathan Jatcko, is the electric duo founded upon the wave of their tumultuous mid-20's. Formed in 2010, Brewer & Jatkco decided to explore new territory in their writing & recording methods. The resulting aftermath is their first combined effort, Duologue. This album features performances from STL's finest such as Jason Holler & Seth Porter. ... more

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Track Name: Jamie
You don't have to feel so down
when the grey curtain falls
The cold air blowing in
surrounded by your creaking walls

You can't get enough of what you give away
You can't understand what it means to say
All the words that I've held in so long

Slow it down, there's still time
I never thought that you would feel this way, Jamie
Slow it down, why do you cry
Things will never be as they were yesterday

Spring will melt away the snow
gray always turns back to blue
The warm air blowing in
Leave these walls surrounding you
Leave these walls surround you

Slow it down, there's still time
I never thought that you would feel this way, Jamie
Slow it down, why do you cry
Things will never be as they were yesterday

Tonight is all we need to know...

You can't get enough of what you give away
You can't understand what it means to say
All the words that I've held in so long
Track Name: Moonlight Mouth
Burning my brains out, baby
You've been tearing my heart out lately
While your all so terrified
I'm telling you I ain't crazy

I don't want to throw down
But you're so fed up and I'm cashing in

This new year I'm making a bet
That the devil's done waiting yeah I'm sure of that
He's got a double barrel shot, locked and load
He's a real sharp shooter, you ain't coming back

I don't want to go down
Cuase you're so fed up and I'm cashing in

Paper on the table saying "Stay in school"
I got a moonlight mouth, four tires and a spare
Smoking cigarettes till I'm 23
When are all my babies coming back to me

I don't want to go down
Yeah, but Jack's getting busy with the queen of hearts

Buring my brains out, baby
And you've been tearing my heart out lately
Track Name: For Ever
I still believe those first words that came to my mind
You are the first woman I can look straight in the eyes
And in our lives, we silenced time together
We gained years from losing fears of living a life for another

Lay down, this is our moment
Just you and me and forever
I'm yours, your mine together
Nothing to do, nothing to say
But stay drunk on dreams in infinite ways
We can live like this for ever

No sounds can silence what we hear in our hearts
When love like ours is unending, unending from the start
Time's meant less than wounds we've dressed together
Distance now has lost its power of keeping us from each other

Lay down, this is our moment
Just you and me and forever
I'm yours, your mine together
Nothing to say, nothing to do
But stay drunk on dreams of infinite youth
We can live like this for ever
We will live like this for ever

Last night I had the most amazing dream
I listened to your heartbeat as I drifted into sleep
And in this dream, I saw a distant home
Blurred from years of weathering each and every storm
Inside this home, I saw us drinking wine
You silver hair was matching all the whitened strands of mine
We had our salt and our bread throughout the years
We can live this dream for ever, ever, ever

With you, you, you. With you.
Track Name: Youngin'
When we were young, no one knew
Exactly what would happen to you
Like a bend in the stream, just out of sight
Like a highway sign in the dead of the night

I can't plan it
You can't stand it, can you?
That I'm on the outside
And you're dreaming of a life anew

When we were young, they were old
You saw no sense in doing what you were told
Like a distant station on the radio
We went as far as we could go

I can't plan it
You can't stand it, can you?
That I'm on the outside
And you're dreaming of a life anew

Oh, it's not that I'm giving in
We'll fight thoughtless again
Oh, exiles no way to win
You don't want them to get by
You want them to live again

Can't plan it
I can't stand it, can you?
That I'm on the outside
And I'm dreaming of a life
And you're living that life
Dreaming of a life I knew
Track Name: American Music
I'm so far from innocence
It's regrettable looking back
All I failed to do, all the knowledge that I lack

Asking those outside our door
"Would one care for an encore?"
Expecting applause when we messed it up before

All the times I cut you off
Rolled up the windows as I laughed
American music is all I can give back

In older days I'd be a nationalist
For all I know of my country
In modern times, am I a fascist
For not knowing that there could be
Any of the way to live
Is it that our poverty is perspective
Living in the richest country in the world

Drinking coffee in my cup of foam
No knowing where it was grown
If love is blind, isn't what you reap not your own?

All my features in the mirror
Seem to have lost their first home
American music is all I've ever know

In older days I'd be a nationalist
For all I know of my country
In modern times, am I a fascist
For not knowing that there could be
Any of the way to live
Is it that our poverty is perspective
Living in the richest country in the world

All eyes are on we the people
To rise and live ideally again
Our lives begin at inspection
So we must correct our day
And dissect the ways of all we've ever known

I'm so far from innocence
It's regrettable knowing that
American music is all I can give back

In older days I'd be a nationalist
For all I know of my country
In modern days, I'd be a fascist
for not thinking that there could be
Any of the way to live
Now I see that our poverty is perspective
Living in the richest country
No we're not the richest country
No we're not the richest country...in the world
Track Name: Stealing Romance
I get away stealing romance
From those who have left it behind
I'll be the step in your slow dance
This time

Why feel foolish? we're smiling
A grade school romance with wine
I'll be the tick-tock in your wristwatch
Be mine

A break in the rain that's real
Nothing's the same and still
Like home life

Fall in the park under rain clouds
A shot in the dark for a kiss
A heart to restore to an old life
To miss

I get away stealing romance
I've come by it fairly, it's true
There's grace and a smile and a slow dance
And you
Track Name: What It Takes
Did I start too late on this record breaking endeavor
Would I come off clever if I had never said never
Is that what it takes, is that what it takes?

I've lost all my stock in getting took and being bought
I have plenty to sell, well, as far as I can tell
That's my take, yeah that's my take

What if it just hasn't happenend yet, will I come any nearer
To leaving the mirror, looking into better years

Is my best bet leaving this town?
Push another year or settle down?
I've never been good at letting you down
So save your goodbyes, I will come back around

Dreams do try to fade but I keep them out to late
Keep them close when it's night
chase them off where I think it's right
That's my stake, yeah that's my stake

I won't walk this alone like those big fish tellers
Providence be lost, provenance at a cost
That's what it takes, that's what's at stake

Good and evil were just high school sweethearts
I may have my mother's eyes but I won't live my father's life

Is my best bet leaving this town?
Push another year or settle down?
I've never been good at letting you down
I've never been good at letting you down
So save your goodbyes, I will come back around

Wear my heart, wear my heart right on my sleeve
Cause it means, yeah it means that much to me

Is my best bet leaving this town?
Push another year or settle down?
I've never been good at letting you down
I've never been good at letting you down
So save your goodbyes, I will come back
Save your goodbyes, I will come back...around
Track Name: Moonlight Mouth (reprise)
Burning my brains out, baby
You've been tearing my heart out lately
While your all so terrified
I'm telling you I ain't crazy

I don't want to throw down
But you're so fed up and I'm cashing in

This new year I'm making a bet
That the devil's done waiting yeah I'm sure of that
He's got a double barrel shot, locked and load
He's a real sharp shooter, you ain't coming back

I don't want to go down
Cuase you're so fed up and I'm cashing in

Paper on the table saying "Stay in school"
I got a moonlight mouth, four tires and a spare
Smoking cigarettes till I'm 23
When are all my babies coming back to me

I don't want to go down
Yeah, but Jack's getting busy with the queen of hearts

Buring my brains out, baby
And you've been tearing my heart out lately
Track Name: Jamie (reprise)
You don't have to feel so down
when the grey curtain falls
The cold air blowing in
surrounded by your creaking walls

You can't get enough of what you give away
You can't understand what it means to say
All the words that I've held in so long

Slow it down, there's still time
I never thought that you would feel this way, Jamie
Slow it down, why do you cry
Things will never be as they were yesterday

Spring will melt away the snow
gray always turns back to blue
The warm air blowing in
Leave these walls surrounding you
Leave these walls surround you

Slow it down, there's still time
I never thought that you would feel this way, Jamie
Slow it down, why do you cry
Things will never be as they were yesterday

Tonight is all we need to know...

You can't get enough of what you give away
You can't understand what it means to say
All the words that I've held in so long