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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lyrics

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

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from American Music, released July 4, 2014

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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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