Horizon

by One Grass Two Grass

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    One Grass + Two Grass = Bluegrass + Newgrass. There are certainly plenty more sums, factors, outcomes and equivalents in the equation, but one thing is certain, almost scientific: One Grass Two Grass’ style of reinvented and revived modern bluegrass sounds usually equate to a hip- swayin, barn-stormin’ rip roarin’ good time! The SF Bay band has steadily gained an active fan base since its inception, largely as a result of active touring, festival appearances and down-home word-of-mouth generosity. Now, having been back in the studio after performing far and wide, the band has released its 2nd album, “Horizon”, a (mostly) fast-paced 10-track joyride of down-home, feel- good, let-loose, legitimate bluegrass - with a modern twist.

    On the heels of the band’s 2015 self-titled debut, the youthful band are part of a growing genre of artists shaking up the status quo and formula of traditional American bluegrass music, while at the same time maintaining respect and dedication to its initial, uniquely enchanting form. More specifically, OGTG’s music holds close to the roots of the genre and makes it shine even brighter by infusing funk and sprinkling blues rhythms atop its earlier manifestations.

    On this sophomore effort, listeners will find these skillful string slayers further pushing their innovative brand of modern, fresh bluegrass interpretations to a new level. Dynamic and diverse song arrangements are apparent throughout the album, showcasing a bold step forward in band’s evolution. The LP epically captures the various festival sets and opening and closing acts that have influenced the band on the road - and at home. In other words, the new material has been previewed and finessed, giving new fans just the right toolset to ride the flow of an eclectic, electric funky-rhythm bluegrass dance set.

    Produced by Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum and engineered by Jacob Winik (Tiny Telephone Studios), the tracks were laid to live tape rather than the more commonly-used contemporary digital recording techniques. The live tape quality is strikingly apparent on the record, as one feels as if in the room with the band picking their hearts out on various stringed instruments.

    The album kicks off strong with the festive “Long Time Comin’”, announcing the kick-off of this hoedown’. Next up, is perhaps the one OGTG track that could serve as a mantra/theme song for the band. On “Why We’ve Come”, the band is found festively chorusing in unison, “We try to always aim for, what we care for, what we’re there for. WHY WE’VE COME!!” While OGTG’s first album consisted primarily of a mix of covers, originals and jams strongly grounded in old school bluegrass, “Horizon” contains all- original music written by various band members (with the exception of the unexpected cover of “Praise You”, the obscure 70s track made popular by Fatboy Slim (not necessarily a bluegrass classic!). The infectious track turns the 90s dancefloor hit into a stomping bluegrass delight.

    The OGTG interpretation even pays homage to the Fatboy rendition with a stuttering vocalized build up to the first big chorus (where FBS had used electronic effects). It’s a definite live show highlight for fans old and new.

    On “Big Trees”, a downwardly slumbering strings and playful lyrics make evident the band’s propensity to “geek out” from time to time, with specifically-scientific lyrics highlighting algae and growth patterns of those darn big trees at the heart of the discussion. The group’s vocal harmonies and arrangements shine on the track. Something Reel” showcases the band’s skilled musicianship and prowess for setting a mood. One can’t help but imagine the song as a perfect soundtrack to a Summer picnic in the mountains. On album stunner “Rings” (written by bassist Sam Trimboli), the band takes things down a notch with a mandolin-spangled love song. “I’m just a man putting some roots down in this small town, with no reason to leave. When I fall down they’ll count my rings,” Trimboli coos.

    Offering a final climactic moment of pure bluegrass joy, the band closes out “Horizon with “Mississippi Queen”, a traditional bluegrass romp that chugs along like the steamboat the song references. Lightning-fast fiddles dance around breakneck-speed vocal monologues as the boys show they know their way up and down a backwoods river.

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1.
I’ve been trying to smell the flowers but I keep getting pricked by the thorns Blood running down my fingers I can’t call you for help anymore I’ve been waiting though the hours and swimming through the storms, my hands keep on filing under the weight of these stones Call me one time Call me Darling Tell me what I can do to help you make it to the morning It’s been a long time coming Been a hard one to shake No matter how you try, it just don’t seem to break It’s a cold wind blowing a blizzard through your brain Trying to make some sense of those thoughts you can’t explain Can’t explain The wind through the pines keeps on whispering me secrets About where to go and who to call but I never seem to keep them I’ve got dust in my eyes and sleep between my toes Going through lifetimes of hell for those lies I’ve been told -Oh Darling can’t you hear my call, I’m tearing down that wall It’s been a long time coming Been a hard one to shake No matter how you try, it just don’t seem to break It’s a cold wind blowing a blizzard through your brain Trying to make some sense of those thoughts you can’t explain Can’t explain
2.
Why We’ve Come One Grass Two Grass Verse 1: Every new horizon comes up on the furthest shore Thought the troubled rains can pour, Early in the dawn If the pavement cracks into a puzzle, right beneath your feet From the waters that have seeped You want to be ready to respond Fore when it comes to the tools of life, you’d rather be, looking at ‘em Than find yourself looking for ‘em When the puddle becomes a pond Pre-chorus: We watch what we worship in the recess of our hearts Don’t let your moral compass spin circles round your poles... Chorus: We don’t know where we’re going, but we know where we’re from Creeping vines just twisting toward the sun We try to always aim for, what we care for, what we’re there for, Why we’ve come. We try to always aim for, what we care for, what we’re there for, Why we’ve come. Verse 2: If you have a desire, to hit the streets to inspire Throw kindling on the fire That affects the outcome Or are you’re standing on a foundation of, motivating inspiration To shake up the divided nation Stick to your guns Time’s are always changing to a progressive rhythm Keep your hand steady As you’re beating on the drum Verse 3: Are you a Teacher or a Preacher or a Giver or a Saint? Looking for who you are while avoiding who you aint. (Or) Are you a Leader or a Seeded or a Feeder without restraint? Fueled by filling mouths though does it leave you feeling faint. Are you working with the best of em’ to lend aid to the rest of ‘em Searching through the hard times for a world without complaints?
3.
Meet me in the mornin , Meet me with the sun tell me what I need to know to get this whole day done Coming down the mountain riding on this line many years behind me , Just in nick of time and I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone it's not where you look , and no one will agree lucky if you're standing there , smack into a tree parting of ways , leads to mending of times forget about things you've done , mesmerized by rhymes and I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone There stands a blind man, so blind he can't see unaware , unconscious , His neck there hangs the key Standing by my window, cold and cloudy and just me I'm a free born man breakdown , black eyed Suzy yes siree and I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone Moonlight fills the hills when I'm gone
4.
It’s one more gas tank for the sun and another old worn out country song The handles are all broken The windows don’t crank but she rolls on V2 It’s one more shot of bourbon strong How long must this go on If it’s happening for a reason, I don’t get the motives of my god. Of my god CH 1 When the mountain air soothes you and the sea breeze helps to put you at ease (medium hold) The smell of sage in the springtime and mile after mile falling under my wheels Under my wheel V3 Campfire smoke is running through your blood One place for too long can’t feel any good If I’m running from the answers well I wish them god’s-speed because I’m running hard I’m running far
5.
I'm on the run the dogs on my trail I've got no money to go my bail if there's time to rest please tell me how, can't stop now won't stop now. I burned all my bridges no friend a call this wall to climb seems awful tall. Haven’t found me yet I’m sure they shall, Can't stop now don't stop now. I didn’t wake up early no I didn’t get to sleep last night. You might say I look worried, well I’d say that you are right. I don’t know where this started, I’m not sure where it’s going I might be broken hearted, but I hope it’s not showing Take me back to the time when I was free Back when I knew, what it was to be me.
6.
Praise You 02:28
7.
Big Trees 04:08
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9.
Rings 03:24
That sound filled my head The music was footsteps as we walked with the rain We spoke of death The words that I wanted I just couldn’t obtain As we walked on though the rain And I – Don’t know what to tell you And I- Ain’t gonna sping you no lies It’s all the same no matter how I look at it so I’m not even gonna try I’m not even gonna try I met this girl and I heard around the campfire that Molly was her name She rocked my world, and she taught me the difference between my joys and pain and we danced on through the rain And I – Don’t know what to tell you And I- Ain’t gonna sping you no lies It’s all the same no matter how I look at it so I’m not even gonna try I’m not a sinner No I’m -not a Saint I’m not what you wanted me to be I’m just a man putting some roots down in this small town with no reason to leave When I fall down they’ll count my rings
10.
Saved for three months just to get a ride She's carrying me away to where I can find my pride Everything I own is on my back My past is going up her smoke stack CH: Give me that muddy water Let me see that steam Give me a ride on that Mississippi Queen Dreaming of her kissing and how she felt in my arms This Mississippi Queen is reminding me of all her charms Headin' down south paddle wheels goin' round Lord oh lord it's such a soothin' sound Glistening of the waters burning through my brain It's been so long since I've felt this sane Been up in the hills for far too long This muddy water starting to sing me a new song

about

One Grass + Two Grass = Bluegrass + Newgrass. There are certainly plenty more sums, factors, outcomes and equivalents in the equation, but one thing is certain, almost scientific: One Grass Two Grass’ style of reinvented and revived modern bluegrass sounds usually equate to a hip- swayin, barn-stormin’ rip roarin’ good time! The SF Bay band has steadily gained an active fan base since its inception, largely as a result of active touring, festival appearances and down-home word-of-mouth generosity. Now, having been back in the studio after performing far and wide, the band has released its 2nd album, “Horizon”, a (mostly) fast-paced 10-track joyride of down-home, feel- good, let-loose, legitimate bluegrass - with a modern twist.

On the heels of the band’s 2015 self-titled debut, the youthful band are part of a growing genre of artists shaking up the status quo and formula of traditional American bluegrass music, while at the same time maintaining respect and dedication to its initial, uniquely enchanting form. More specifically, OGTG’s music holds close to the roots of the genre and makes it shine even brighter by infusing funk and sprinkling blues rhythms atop its earlier manifestations.

On this sophomore effort, listeners will find these skillful string slayers further pushing their innovative brand of modern, fresh bluegrass interpretations to a new level. Dynamic and diverse song arrangements are apparent throughout the album, showcasing a bold step forward in band’s evolution. The LP epically captures the various festival sets and opening and closing acts that have influenced the band on the road - and at home. In other words, the new material has been previewed and finessed, giving new fans just the right toolset to ride the flow of an eclectic, electric funky-rhythm bluegrass dance set.

Produced by Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum and engineered by Jacob Winik (Tiny Telephone Studios), the tracks were laid to live tape rather than the more commonly-used contemporary digital recording techniques. The live tape quality is strikingly apparent on the record, as one feels as if in the room with the band picking their hearts out on various stringed instruments.

The album kicks off strong with the festive “Long Time Comin’”, announcing the kick-off of this hoedown’. Next up, is perhaps the one OGTG track that could serve as a mantra/theme song for the band. On “Why We’ve Come”, the band is found festively chorusing in unison, “We try to always aim for, what we care for, what we’re there for. WHY WE’VE COME!!” While OGTG’s first album consisted primarily of a mix of covers, originals and jams strongly grounded in old school bluegrass, “Horizon” contains all- original music written by various band members (with the exception of the unexpected cover of “Praise You”, the obscure 70s track made popular by Fatboy Slim (not necessarily a bluegrass classic!). The infectious track turns the 90s dancefloor hit into a stomping bluegrass delight.

The OGTG interpretation even pays homage to the Fatboy rendition with a stuttering vocalized build up to the first big chorus (where FBS had used electronic effects). It’s a definite live show highlight for fans old and new.

On “Big Trees”, a downwardly slumbering strings and playful lyrics make evident the band’s propensity to “geek out” from time to time, with specifically-scientific lyrics highlighting algae and growth patterns of those darn big trees at the heart of the discussion. The group’s vocal harmonies and arrangements shine on the track. Something Reel” showcases the band’s skilled musicianship and prowess for setting a mood. One can’t help but imagine the song as a perfect soundtrack to a Summer picnic in the mountains. On album stunner “Rings” (written by bassist Sam Trimboli), the band takes things down a notch with a mandolin-spangled love song. “I’m just a man putting some roots down in this small town, with no reason to leave. When I fall down they’ll count my rings,” Trimboli coos.

Offering a final climactic moment of pure bluegrass joy, the band closes out “Horizon with “Mississippi Queen”, a traditional bluegrass romp that chugs along like the steamboat the song references. Lightning-fast fiddles dance around breakneck-speed vocal monologues as the boys show they know their way up and down a backwoods river.

credits

released February 15, 2018

Mandolin: Bud Dillard
Bass: Sam Trimboli
Fiddle: Anthony Dente
Banjo: Carson Hunter
Guitar: David Thiessen

Occasional Special Guests:
Lap Steel: Tim Parr
Nashville Tuned Guitar: Nat Keefe

Producer: Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum)
Engineer: Jacob Winik
Studio: Tiny Telephone, San Francisco

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