Stronger Than Wine

by Achilles Tenderloin

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    Stronger Than Wine features 10 blues tracks performed by Achilles Tenderloin and Aaron Nell, produced by Chris Yakopcic at Street Sounds Recording Studio in Dayton, OH on May 31.
    Blues Bytes, Sept 2014, Graham Clarke (excerpt):
    "It’s interesting to hear these classic pre-war tunes revamped and revitalized in this manner. Augustin’s vocals and the various instrumental flourishes make you look at them in a different way. These interpretations, plus the compelling original songs make Stronger Than Wine a fascinating and innovative interpretation of the blues. File this one under 'Brave New Blues.'"
    http://www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/wn0914.html
    All songs written by Joe Augustin, except:
    Track 3, Can't Keep From Cryin', by Blind Willie Johnson
    Track 8, In The Pine, by Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter
    Track 9, I Come From The Water, by The Toadies
    Track 10, Cool Drink Of Water Blues, by Tommy Johnson
    ... more

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    10-track, signed CD edition, comes in a digipak case featuring cover art by Achilles Tenderloin and Nate Stevens--includes lyrics booklet and photographic print inserts by Jennifer Taylor Clarke.

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"Achilles Tenderloin is Joe Augustin, a folk-blues singer/songwriter/guitarist from Indiana. His music is influenced by pre-war blues artists like Skip James, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Tommy Johnson, but it also reflects jazz sensibilities, especially vocally, best illustrated by vocalists like Billie Holliday and Nina Simone. His own lyrics are highly personal and sometimes emotionally charged.

For his latest CD, Stronger Than Wine, Augustin offers six original songs, along with four diverse covers. “Cold Morning Blues” invokes Skip James with its gentle guitar work and Augustin’s forlorn vocal. “Let The Good Times Roll” is a bit more upbeat, and is complemented by Aaron Nell’s muted trumpet, which also makes an appearance on “Daisy May.”

Nell also adds fiddle on a pair of original tunes, the John Henry tale, “Steel Hammer Blues,” and “Doppler Blues,” and a couple of the cover tunes, which include an intense remake of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Can’t Keep From Cryin’,” Leadbelly’s “In The Pines,” Tommy Johnson’s “Cool Drink of Water,” and an off-the-charts redo of the Toadies’ “I Come From The Water.”

It’s interesting to hear these classic pre-war tunes revamped and revitalized in this manner. Augustin’s vocals and the various instrumental flourishes make you look at them in a different way. These interpretations, plus the compelling original songs make Stronger Than Wine a fascinating and innovative interpretation of the blues. File this one under “Brave New Blues.” To check out Achilles Tenderloin’s music, visit their website at achillestenderloin.bandcamp.com

--- Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, Sept 2014
www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/wn0914.html

credits

released August 30, 2014

Joe Augustin: Guitar, vocals
Aaron Nell: Fiddle, trumpet, percussion
Chris Yakopcic: Producer

All songs written by Joe Augustin, except:
Track 3, Can't Keep From Cryin', by Blind Willie Johnson
Track 8, In The Pine, by Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter
Track 9, I Come From The Water, by Todd Lewis (The Toadies)
Track 10, Cool Drink Of Water Blues, by Tommy Johnson

All tracks recorded May 31, 2014
Street Sounds Recording Studio, Dayton, OH, USA.
www.udayton.edu/artstreet/streetsounds/

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"File this one under brave, new blues."

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Track Name: Cold morning blues
Mornin', cold mornin', sweep the street.
The maple leaves are rustlin' around my feet.
It's a far, far whistle from home for me.
Shove along, a-shufflin' down the street.

Stranger, no stranger to these blocks--
I've often left them, 'long the walk,
and the people. Oh, the people, how they love to talk!
Keep my head down, a-headin' down to the postman's box.

I'm grateful for the gray skies to dull the shame.
Faithless in the Midwest, you've got to pray for rain.

Teachers and preachers from my childhood days,
always with their questions, their hands a-raised,
sayin', "Mornin'! Good Mornin'! We've all got our praise to pay!"
Humbled and a-mumblin', I fade away.

I'm grateful for the gray skies to call the game.
Faithless in the Midwest, you've got to pray for rain.
Track Name: Let the good times roll
Slouch down, slither 'round,
like a cat in heat,
gettin' caught up in a current
of electric beats.

Take your cell phone and your methadone
and clench your teeth
in the low black lit ecstasy,
like it's trick or treat.

Climb up on the cloud of your platform soles.
Life's a dream sweetheart, so let the good times roll.

The people there, they're friendly there,
they're shakin' hands.
It's the leisurely seizure
of the club house dance.

Take your Lortab and your prefab,
reflective pants;
and let the slow strobe light save you,
like an ambulance.

Climb up on the cloud of your platform soles.
Life's a dream sweetheart, so let the good times roll.
Track Name: Can't keep from cryin' - BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON
My mother often told me, "angels bonded your life away."
One day, you will accomplish, but remember god and pray."
So, I'm trustin' in him, everyday,
to bear all my burdens away.

I just can't keep from cryin', sometimes.
I just can't keep from cryin', sometimes.
When my heart is full of sorrow and my eyes are full of tears,
I just can't keep from cryin', sometimes.

My mother's in the glory. Thank god I'm on my way,
'cause father is gone, too, and sister could not stay.
So now, I'm on the king's highway and I'm travelin' everyday,
because I just can't keep from cryin', sometimes.

CHORUS

I remember, when she left, I thought I'd pray for a little while.
Soon, it'd all be over, then I'd carry on with a smile,
but everyday, as I get older, I think of what I told her
and I just can't keep from cryin', anymore.

CHORUS
Track Name: Daisy May
When I went down—when I went down—
when I went down, just to see how my lady lay,
she was sittin’ right there, by that that same gray stone
(just where I left her yesterday).

When I laid down—when I laid down—
when I laid me down, in the daisies where my lady lay,
she said, "get off o' my garden, you sad, old man.
Get on out. Don’t come back, 'til you got somethin’ useful to say."

When I wept down—when I wept down—
when I wept down’ my lady, to ask her what did she say,
she just pointed a daisy at yonder gate,
with a look like a stone, till I picked up and walk’ away.

When she went down—when she went down—
when Daisy went down, she was down like a dyin’ day.
When Daisy went down, she was askin’ for me,
sayin’, "play me my song, boy; don’t stop 'til I’m gone’ my way."

She said, "when I go down—when I go down—
when I go down, I want t’ hear my name in tone of A.
When I go down, don’t let me catch you in tears.
Just play me my song, boy, and lay daisies down on my clay."

When I go down—when I go down—
when I lay me down, lay me down where my lady lay.
Carve, “Daisy May’s man,” above the days on my stone.
Leave a space, just in case I find somethin’ else useful to say.
Track Name: Steel hammer blues
John Henry never dropped the hammer he was born to hold.
His back was strong as steel and now his hand is just as cold.

Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, drive those spikes of gray.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, deep down in the clay.
Oh, John henry! Swing that hammer down. Swing away.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, deep down in the clay.

Groanin' like an engine, there's an oven in your chest.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, show 'em who's the best.
Pin that steel giant to the earth and swing your hammer down.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, nail it to the ground.

Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, nail it to the ground.
Pin that steel giant to the earth and swing your hammer down.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, lay your body down.
Oh, John henry! Oh, John Henry, nail it to the ground.
Track Name: Doppler blues
It's been a long time comin',
but it'll go by mighty fast.
Oh, it's been a long time comin',
but it'll go by mighty fast.
Because my lover loves tomorrow, so,
she always leaves me in the past.

I look a little less blue,
each time I get real close to you.
I look a little less blue,
each time I get real close to you,
but I see your hand a wavin'
and I know you're just passin' through.

She says, "I get a little higher,
each time I draw up by your side."
She says, "I get a little higher, Joey,
each time I draw up by your side."
But then, she's chasin' the horizon,
before I can ask her for a ride.

I pull a thumb out of my pocket
and you shake your fingers in the wind.
I pull a thumb out of my pocket.
Shake your little fingers in the wind.
You'll see me in the rear view, honey,
and then, you won't see me again.

It's been a long time comin',
but it'll go by mighty fast.
Oh, it's been a long time comin',
but it'll go by mighty fast.
Because my lover loves tomorrow, so,
she always leaves me in the past.
Track Name: Save my own
I tried and I tried to get God on my side,
but he never did like the way I roll.

Lord, he knows I get down. Oh, and I stay down.
I'm gonna have to save my own.

I grew up in the choir, singin' psalms to inspire
God's lost children and make them feel fine.

I drank blood from a chalice in a big, shiny palace,
but now I crave somethin' stronger than wine.

CHORUS

I tried to get right. I cried trough the night.
I even lied to get beside that dude.

But, he knows how it is. Lord, he knows I'm addicted
to that old fashioned, sweet passion fruit.

CHORUS

So, I traded my lyre for a harp of desire.
My heart is empty, but my glass is half full.

I need brimstone and fire for these old men in the mire,
to make my heartbreakin', hard rock'n'roll.

CHORUS
Track Name: In the pines - LEADBELLY
(Copyright Leadbelly)

My girl, my girl, don't lie to me.
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?
In the pine, in the pine, where the sun don't ever shine,
I will shiver the whole night through.

My girl, my girl, where will you go?
I'm goin' where the cold wind blows.
In the pine, in the pine, where the sun don't ever shine,
I will shiver the whole night through.

Her husband was a hardworkin' man,
just a mile and a half from here.
His head was found in a drivin' wheel,
but his body never was found.

My girl, my girl, don't lie to me.
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?
In the pine, in the pine, where the sun don't ever shine,
I will shiver the whole night through.
Track Name: I come from the water - TODD LEWIS, THE TOADIES
(Copyright Todd Lewis, The Toadies)

I come from the water. I walked up on the shore.
I found my brother there. I got what I came for.
I sucked that water down and rolled up on the sand.
It burns beneath the sun, to be a man.

I come from the water. I come from the water.
I come from the water. I come from the water.

I come from the water. It weren't no easy thing.
It's more than nature. It's like my destiny.
I stood up on these legs and held my head up high.
It burns beneath the sun. I wish I'd never tried.

I come from the water. I come from the water.
I come from the water. I come from the water.

I love to see the sun, in spite of all it's done.
My pulse beats harder, so far from the water.

I come from the water. I come from the water.
I come from the water. I come from the water.
Track Name: Cool drink of water blues - TOMMY JOHNSON
(Copyright Tommy Johnson)

I asked for cool water. She brought me gasoline.
I asked for cool water. She brought me gasoline.
That's the cruelest cold hearted woman I ever seen.

Got to the depot just when the manager said, "all aboard!"
Went to the depot and I was lookin' all across the board.
I said, "hey, friend, how long's that evenin' train been gone?"

I asked the driver, "sir, can a broke man please ride the blinds?"
I asked the driver, "sir, can a broke man please ride the blinds?"
He said, "buy your ticket, Joey. This train here ain;t none of mine."

I asked for cool water. She brought me gasoline.
I asked for cool water. She brought me gasoline.
That's the cruelest cold hearted woman I ever seen.