What It Takes

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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

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

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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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