THE DEVILS RIVER

by Shawn Nelson

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After the release of five independent albums with various band mates - two under Shawn Nelson, one with Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds and two with Shawn Nelson & The Ramblers, Shawn marks his 6th release with THE DEVILS RIVER - a throw-back country album dipped in some americana sauce.

All of the songs are written by Shawn, except for “Diamonds Don’t Shine In The Dark” and the title track, “The Devils River”. “Diamonds” was written with Shawn’s long time mandolin player and Good Bud, Fletcher Murchinson. “The Devils River” was written with Will Dupuy (South Austin Jug Band) on the way back to Austin from Bandera, Fletcher was asleep in the back seat of the van. Will recorded and released “The Devils River” on his band latest release, La Tampiquena, which was Shawn’s first cut.

Some of the finest musicians in Austin helped Shawn breathe life into these songs. Fellow Good Bud drummer and producer, Patrick Herzfeld, engineered and mixed the record at his new studio outside of Austin, Signal Hill, and also played drums and piano on the record. Long-time Austin guitar hero, Wayne Sutton of Sister 7 added his licks and riffs and Will Dupuy of The South Austin Jug Band popped in to add vocal harmonies and upright bass on a few numbers. The bluesy-two-stepper “Tighten Up” and the bluegrass fueled “My Old Time Gal” features fiddler Noah Jeffries of Milkdrive.

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released 24 February 2015

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Produced by Patrick Herzfeld & Shawn Nelson
Recorded at Signal Hill Studios in Austin, Texas
Mixed by Patrick Herzfeld | Mastered by Ben Blank
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Wayne Sutton - Electric Guitar (Sister 7, Patrice Pike, Brian Keane)
Noah Jeffries - Fiddle (Milkdrive, Jason Boland)
Will Dupuy - Vocals (South Austin Jug Band, La Tampiquena)
Morgan Thompson - Bass (John Evans, Emily Bell, Deadman)
Matt Lara - Accordion (La Tampiquena)
Fletcher Murchison - Acoustic Mandolin (La Tampiquena)
Patrick Herzfeld - Drums (Graham Wilkinson, John Evans, Emily Bell)
Shawn Nelson - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Bill Terry - Steel Guitar
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All Songs Written By Shawn Nelson
Track 1 by Shawn Nelson & Will Dupuy
Track 4 Shawn Nelson & Fletcher Murchsion
© 2015 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
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After the release of five independent albums with various band-mates - two under Shawn Nelson, one with Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds, two with Shawn Nelson & The Ramblers, Shawn marks his 6th release with THE DEVILS RIVER - a throw-back country album dipped in some americana sauce. ... more

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Track Name: The Devils River
THE DEVIL'S RIVER

Rollin’ through Junction just tryin’ to function
Lookin’ for somethin’ to hold him down
Daddies tell your daughters if they ain’t they oughter
Steer clear when he rolls through town

‘Cause that Devil's River runs through the back door of Sonora
But he don’t come around here anymore
There’s chile verde tacos and drunken desperados
Too stoned to find their way home

Out west of Bandera he’s had his share of
Rodeos out to ole Rocksprings
But losin’ ain’t winnin’ in the high canyon livin’
Gonna see what tomorrow brings

‘Cause that Devil's River runs through the back door of Sonora
But he don’t come around here anymore
There’s chile verde tacos and drunken desperados
Too stoned to find their way home

Del Rio Texas is far west as you’ll ever see him go
‘Cause Gary Rivers Country
Ain’t in it for the money
Or the gold down in ole Mexico

‘Cause that Devil's River runs through the back door of Sonora
But he don’t come around here anymore
There’s chile verde tacos and drunken desperados
Too stoned to find their way home
Track Name: Tighten Up
TIGHTEN UP

Tighten Up, Tighten Up
Pour a little whiskey in my coffee cup
Tighten Up, Tighten Up
Pour a little whiskey in my coffee cup

Jack of Diamonds, King of Clubs
Settin’ traps in the name of love
Queen of Hearts, Ace of Spades
Better to die than to fade away

There’s a keg in the closet but I don’t care
Bourbon is better on that I swear
Blood sweat and whiskey on my guitar strings
Makes me wanna holler in harmony

Lazy Susan, Jack and Jim
Old man Weller taught me how to swim
On the ole Knob Creek, I hear the Rebel Yell
Coming out the bottom of Jacob’s Well
Track Name: Medina
MEDINA

I went down to Pasadena to work the rigs for Texaco
It’s a long way from Medina and the life I used to know
But them big city lights shine like dollar signs in the sky
And you should’ve seen Gilley’s on a Saturday Night

I’ll get back to you Medina
One day for sure I know
When that gold is all but gone
Out the Gulf of Mexico

And all them pretty city ladies not a one can keep my heart
‘Cause all they want is money and a fancy foreign car
But I still drive my Chevy up and down Spencer Highway
And try to save my money, it’s getting’ harder every day

And I’ll get back to you Medina
One day for sure I know
When that gold is all but gone
Out the Gulf of Mexico
Track Name: Diamonds Don't Shine In The Dark
DIAMONDS DON’T SHINE IN THE DARK

When I first met you we had a hell of a time
Out honky-tonkin’ damn near every night
But I was the fool who fell in love with you
And thought that a diamond ring could make a lady of you

Diamonds don’t shine in the dark
I thought they could capture your heart
And lure you out of the bar
But diamonds don’t shine in the dark

I should’ve known that you would never change
And be by my side through good times, sorrow and pain
Hopeless and broken, I went out lookin’ for you
And found you down at the bar in the arms of your next fool

Diamonds don’t shine in the dark
I thought they could capture your heart
And lure you out of the bar
But diamonds don’t shine in the dark
Track Name: P & L's Midway
P & L’s MIDWAY

I come from Houston way down south
Raised in a honky-tonk with a po-boy in my mouth
Momma and Daddy let us boys run free
Them quarters for the jukebox made a junkie out of me

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”

Grandma Loretta drove a gold Pontiac
Her friend had a coon dick tucked in his cowboy hat
There were prison guards and convicts, my brother and me
They gave away bunnies on Easter Sunday

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”

Grandma Loretta lives up in Heaven now
Probably drinkin’ beer and dancin’ to them honky-tonk sounds
Shufflin’ through the saw-dust just like we used to do
Down at P&L’s Midway back in 1982

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”
Track Name: Deliver Me
DELIVER ME

When they lay me down to rest
Oh Deliver Me
'Cause I can’t seem to help myself
Oh Deliver Me

Oh Lord deliver me
Oh Lord deliver me
'Cause I can’t seem to help myself
Oh Deliver Me

When I reach the other side
Oh Deliver Me
'Cause I can’t seem to get it right
Oh Deliver Me

Oh Lord deliver me
Oh Lord deliver me
'Cause I can’t seem to help myself
Oh Deliver Me

When I take my last long breath
Oh Deliver Me
'Cause I can’t live in fear of death
Oh Deliver Me

Oh Lord deliver me
Oh Lord deliver me
'Cause I can’t seem to help myself
Oh Deliver Me
Track Name: My Old Time Gal
MY OLD TIME GAL

You’re still my baby, you’re still my bride
Be here forever by your side
I’m never leavin’ you babe
In your bosom is where I’ll stay

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal

You’re still my lady, I’m still your man
Walkin’ forever hand in hand
I know I’m crazy and so are you
We belong together me and you

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal

When our days here are done
I’ll meet ya baby up above
And if you want to we can be
Oh together in eternity

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal
Track Name: The Honky-Tonk Life
THE HONKY-TONK LIFE

Coffee’s strong and hot
There’s lots of pot
Hippie speed-ballin’ again
Last night we had one hell of a show
You know the party don’t end on the road

Baby don’t leave me I’m lonely
Don’t leave me alone in the night
‘Cause I’m getting older
The nights they are colder
Out livin’ the honky-tonk life

I try to be the man I should be
But some nights I end up on the floor
What the hell would they mean yea the songs I sing
If I never been knocked down before

Baby don’t leave me I’m lonely
Don’t leave me alone in the night
‘Cause I’m getting older
The nights they are colder
Out livin’ the honky-tonk life

No tears do I cry through these blood-shot eyes
Just trying to make it through the night
But the company I keep and the people we meet
Got us out here walkin’ the line

Baby don’t leave me I’m lonely
Don’t leave me alone in the night
‘Cause I’m getting older
The nights they are colder
Out livin’ the honky-tonk life
Track Name: One Foot In The Grave
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE

There’s a big blue sky
In the heavens above
I looked death right in the eye
And killed it with love

I don’t wanna go crazy
Just tryin’ to survive
I got one foot in the grave babe
Ah the hell with time

You’re my mornin’ sunshine
And my evenin’ glow
I thank God that you’re mine
I couldn’t make it alone

I don’t wanna go crazy
Just tryin’ to survive
I got one foot in the grave babe
Ah the hell with time

When I get up to heaven
Gonna see my soul
Yea and all is forgiven
In love and rock n roll

I don’t wanna go crazy
Just tryin’ to survive
I got one foot in the grave babe
Ah the hell with time
Track Name: Your Man
YOUR MAN

I learned to love the mornin’ light
Watchin’ it shine off you babe
And I know that I can be a ball of fire
Spinnin’ in circles of rage

You give me strength when I’m weak with regret
And down on myself again
You are the one got you on my side
And with me until the end

So love me
And lie next to me
And I will always be
Your man

When the darkness come round blindin’ me so
You show me the light I can’t see
You pick me up when I can’t find my way
And lead me home to harmony

So love me
And lie next to me
And I will always be
Your man
Track Name: At Barton Springs
AT BARTON SPRINGS

I poured me a glass of bourbon
In a wine glass with ice
Hopin' I could find the words to write you tonight

It’s been a rough and rocky travelin'
A little hard on us
But we are built on love and trust

When it comes to you and me
There ain't nothin' I would change
I loved you from the moment
That we met at Barton Springs

Forgiveness is the key
Be it big or small
We have it in our hearts to forgive all

It’ll stop the wheel
Of misfortune and sin
But you gotta live it, you gotta put your work in

When it comes to you and me
There ain't nothin' I would change
I loved you from the moment
That we met at Barton Springs

We have come a long way
Down a lonesome road
Where expression battles expectations

But the chances we take
Is the life we make
So c'mon baby let's celebrate

When it comes to you and me
There ain't nothin' I would change
I loved you from the moment
That we met at Barton Springs