Terlingua Taproot

by Joey McGee

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The fourth independent release, this album is the Texas-based songwriter's deeper dive into an Americana sound that is seasoned with classic country cadence, gritty rock, high-up-on-the-hill bluegrass, spicy zydeco, and the good ole gospel.

The spark of inspiration for Terlingua Taproot stems from conversations I had with a friend – a brassy artist-rancher type - who owns a place on the outskirts of Austin named Terlingua. He challenged some of my writing (something like “this sucks” was said), and that became the splash of cold water I needed at the time. We should all be so blessed to have such an honest friend!

The themes of Terlingua are laden with the paradoxical stuff of life, and I' convinced that one of our purposes is learning to navigate its contradictions - the joy of finding a lover; the disappointments of that same lover; the heat of rage that pushes us to losing control; the guttural laughter experienced in good company. It's a constant task that requires grit, compassion, good friends. . . . and a nice cigar every now and then (wink). As you take in these songs, I hope that you will find resonance and peace on this journey of life as you go. Thank you for listening.

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released January 8, 2017

JOEY MCGEE | vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, drums and percussion
STEVE CARR | bass, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, organ
MICHAEL HOLLEMAN | drums
KARL REHN | rhodes piano and organ
ROBBY SPRINGFIELD | pedal steel, electric guitars
ALAN GREEN, JR. | drums
TIM "DR. E" ELLIOTT | mandolin, slide guitar and gibson j45 loaner
TIM CROUCH | fiddle, mandolin, upright bass
AUBRIE LYNN | vocals

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY JOEY MCGEE except:
*I’M GONE by John Eric McNeil and Joey McGee
**I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR by Victor Reina, Larry Mullen, Paul David Hewson: Universal Music Publishing Group
 
Recorded, Mixed & Produced by STEVE CARR and JOEY MCGEE at HARRY O’S STUDIO, WHEELOCK, TX and RIGHTEOUS RAIN PRODUCTIONS, COLLEGE STATION, TX
Mastered by NICK LANDIS of TERRA NOVA
Photograph by GARZA PHOTO AND DESIGN
Design & Layout by TEAM 23 MEDIA, INC

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Joey McGee Bryan, Texas

Joey McGee is a Texas-based songwriter currently  living in the Brazos Valley. A New Orleans native, his music is infused with a unique blend of soul, country, rock, blues - and a good dose Creole-Cajun spice!

The songwriter performs both solo and with his band. Currently, he is planning to hit the road with his latest album - Terlingua Taproot - which was released at the top of 2017.
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Track Name: Honeybee
On the day that my old man was born
He couldn't realize his world was torn
A Great Depression lay up 'round the bend
His dad worked all night just to make amends
Worked himself to the bone just to make amends

On the day that my old man turned three
He learned a bitter lesson of the honeybee
It was a wound he’d carry just like a stone
Looking for sweetness coming from the honeycomb
Looking for sweetness coming from the honeycomb

On the day my old man turned 16
He'd come to know that he was thought unclean
Had to drink is water from a different well
Some folks cursed his young bitter soul to hell
Some folks cursed his young bitter soul

And when I think of my old man
I know I failed to understand
Anything of his heavens or his hells
‘Cause me I was a rebel son
A wicked wit a wild tongue
It’d sure be nice if I could speak to him right now
Maybe work it out somehow

On the day my old man first held me
He had a nervous smile and a tear-stained cheek
Prayed to God that maybe he could make things right
Bring some sweetness here to this newborn life
Bring some sweetness here to this newborn life

Well I'm older now I think I understand
The bitterness that ate at my old man
Seems the wound he got was handed down to me
Got that same old lesson from the honeybee
Got that same old sting from the honeybee
Seems that my old man was a lot like me
Track Name: Not The Best
My old mom, she was a good old mom
Did the best that she could do
Raising two boys all by herself
In the world that can be cruel
What's a lady to do
Circumstance didn't make her plans
She told it what to do
Touched this world with her healing hands
Painting sunshine on the blues
She could make your smile come through
Well me I'm not the best at all in making old things new
But I can take this here guitar and share a little sunshine with you

My old man he was a good old man
Cooked a mean red bean and rice
Stirred up things in the kitchen
Sure knew how to use that spice
Yeah it's true . . . he sure knew a thing or two
Now me I'm not the best at all when it comes to making stew
But I can take this here guitar and cook up a little tune for you

We all got our blessings
In spite of circumstances
We all got that thing that we can do
No sense in comparing
It's better if we're sharing
I'll be me and you be you

Now my brother I think he got it all
It's enough to make you swear
Good looks, good at sports, good car, nice job
I don't think it's fair . . .yes it's true
He could share his charm with you
Now me I'm not the best when it comes to playing ball
I hope you can find some kind of healing in these songs
It might be best to go out to grab a bite or two
But I think it's best I must confess
If I simply played a song for you
Track Name: It's Alright
If I was a smarter man
I would‘ve made a better plan
One that I could understand - but hey
I prob’ly wouldn’t be here
With all this goodness so near
So I look around, smile remove my frown
And say it’s alright, yeah it’s alright

If I was a braver then
I probly woulda took a stand
Even though he was a big ole boy . . but hey
We all reap what we sow
Karma come around knockin’ at your door
So I look around, see what’s goin’ down
And say it’s alright, yeah it’s alright

The sun is shining on these shades of gray
And I can see blue skies even when it rains
Healing comes when you been through pain
And circumstance always gonna change

Don’t have a lotta money
Don’t want a lotta fame
Man, I met me some good friends
Travelin’ on the way
I’m mindin’ my Ps & Qs
Crack a smile even with the blues
And I look around, even in this town
And say that it’s alright, yeah it’s alright
Track Name: Across The Jordan
Son, come a little closer
A little closer by my side
Boy my time has come
Son, we all gonna die
And if you call yourself a wise man
Listen to my advice
Just go ahead on and do what I say
There’s no need to think twice - don't think twice

And he went riding across the Jordan
He sailed along the celestial sea
He went right across the water
And sailed into eternity

Son, walk the path of a good man
Don't you be nobody's fool
'Cause what you plant you'll surely harvest
Don't forget them Golden Rules
And if you chance to find true love, Boy
Do your best to hold on tight
Don't fall for the old fable
Of greener grass on the other side

Take care of business while you can
And if you hate another man
My Son, lay down your pride
These lessons learned now that I'm older
Have left this heart a little less colder
Are you listening Boy here by my side

'Cause we all ride across the Jordan
We all sail along the sea
We all ride across the water
And sail into eternity
And everyone that has been born here
Will one day ride along the shore
When we all ride across the Jordan
And give an account for what we've been living for
Track Name: I'm Gone
Did you see it silhouetted in the sky
November moon reflected in your eye
Old dreams come they pull you from inside
Just look at me so scared of falling from your side
Where is that summer train we followed down the tracks
All those years you can’t take back
Now I’m tired of guessing right between wrong
I’ve been here so long I’m gone…I’m gone

In the winds of Oklahoma so I’m told
There are ghosts she said of Indians so very old
Their spirits blow across the Plains you hear them cry
‘Cause if you’ve loved enough they say you will never die
Where is that summer rain that fell and washed us clean
The child’s rainbow we’ve all seen
Don’t know what it is makes love feel so strong
But I’ve been here so long I’m gone…I’m gone
Track Name: Dark Night Of The Soul
Well, I come here with all my worldly possessions
A quest for promises and riches untold
Left my homeland and all I knew
Just to find that precious gold

Along the way, you soon come to discover
Things don't always go as you thought they'd go
Reality comes a running like a flood
On all you thought you knew

Comes a time when you're pressed to a corner
Left alone with devices you've made
Comes a time when you want to run
But you just can’t run away

And the truth is a hard one to swallow
Face to face with all that you know
All you stand on it just fades to gray
On the dark night of the soul

So take advice if you will now children
On this journey of life as you go
All you stand on it just fades away
On the dark night of the soul
Track Name: Stuck (In The Middle)
Well I must confess that I did regress that time
Even though I walk in the truth sometimes my eyes are blind
When I go and pursue the things
I know that pull me further away from the line
Yeah man, just stuck in the middle of my own crime

Lady Luck is a thief and she only comes to rob you blind
She’ll let ya think that you’re the
Chief while she’s steadily stealing your time
I tried so hard, so hard to get home but I didn’t have a dime
Yeah man I was stuck in the middle of my own crime

Stuck in the middle of my own crime
Stuck in the middle of my own crime

Well I knew it was a gem but I knew it just couldn’t be mine
And so I put it right back in the middle of the stack, on the line
And though the choice I made was hard
I’m sure I’ll see the reward in time
Just tired of being stuck in the middle of my own crime
I don’t wanna be stuck in the middle of my own crime
Yeah, don’t wanna be stuck in the middle of my own crime
Track Name: Ain't Meant To Fly
You and me we got ourselves some kind of history
It ain’t hard to see
Can’t be blamed for not giving it an honest try
Somehow the fire died

Kick and spit and swear again
Rave and rant to your best friend
Ain’t no real point trying to pretend
When we both know this is the end
Stick a needle in your eye
Cross your heart and hope to die
Sometimes it don’t matter how you try
Some things just ain’t meant to fly
Some things just ain’t meant to fly

Now I gotta confess
This thing's a bittersweet kinda pill for me
It won’t let me be
And it’s hard sometimes
To know that you’ve gone across that borderline
Does healing come in time

Circle twist and spin around
We threw it up but it come back down
Bitterness can make you frown
Sometimes you feel like you gonna drown
Stick a needle in your eye
Cross your heart and hope to die
Sometimes it don’t matter how you try
Some things just ain’t meant to fly
Some things just ain’t meant to fly

Swim against the Ocean Blue
Sometimes you do what you gotta do
Hurts like hell, but it’s alright
Hard to see when you got no light

Pick it Up and Start again
Up and down but I'm on the mend
Tryin' real hard not to pretend
Could use a talk with an honest friend
Stick a needle in your eye
Pinky swear and hope to die
Sometimes it don’t matter how you try
Some things just ain't meant to fly
Some things just ain’t meant to fly
Track Name: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
I have climbed the highest mountain
I have run through the fields only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run, I have crawled,
I have scaled these city walls, these city walls
Only to be with only to be with you
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire, this burning desire
I have spoke with the tongues of angels
I have held the hand of the devil
It was warm in the night, I was cold as a stone
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come / Where all the colors they will bleed into / bleed into one
And yes I’m still running / You broke the bonds and you loosed my chains / Carried the cross and all my shame / All my shame / you know I believe it / But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
Track Name: Long Road Home
3am, Friday night, too tired for sleep
Whiskeytown playing on my radio
Singing “Inn Town” and “Turn Around” I'm in so deep
Tossing and a turning, thinking on the things that you said

Driving these towns, burning down the highway lines
Counting down the miles, counting just to kill the time
And I can see a ray of hope on the horizon line
Just a few minutes and it's gonna be sunshine

And you, you just keep a calln'
these thoughts, won't leave me alone
And you, yeah you've got me just a wanting / these miles to end / on the long road home

And I know where my treasure lies
It’s found in you
You cleared the fog of all my lies
This heart is yours

Memories flooding in with every mile
You and me taking on the town in style
And we're burning down that dance floor with these two-step moves
Dancing down the night, dancing just to kill the blues
And you . . .