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Walker Road Schoolhouse is an Americana album by Alison Harris and The Barn Owls recorded live and analog at the historic Walker Road Schoolhouse building in Two Rock, CA. The goal of this recording was to capture the organic warmth and spontaneity of the band playing music in a beautiful old room together. The Walker Road Schoolhouse building, located in Sonoma County (Northern California) features high ceilings, a fire in the hearth, and views of green fields and mustard flowers through old glass windows. The majority of the music, including all lead vocals band instrumentals, and band solos, was captured live on tape with the band playing in a circle. Overdubs included vintage instruments with lots of character- Wurlitzer, Hammond B-3 organ, Pedal Steel, and Vibraphone. Alison Harris and The Barn Owls are Alison Harris (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Erik Stieg (Mandolin, Electric Guitar), Ben Bolin (Fiddle), Max Ramey (Bass), and Chipley Trombley (Drums, Percussion, Back Up Vocals). Produced by Alison Harris and The Barn Owls. Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Brad Dollar.

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Divisadero

When you walk Divisadero
When you walk down Page and Haight
Think of this wild and lonesome valley
Remember how it feels to wait

When we went walking through the dark
And the dirty night glowed bright around you
When we went walking through the rain
I hoped my heart had gone and found you

I’ll never go to New Orleans now
I’ll never hear that trumpet call
I’ll have to watch you dance alone now
To get the flavor of that place

‘Cause it was lost inside our folly
Our stupid human oversight
Some say it’s Sodom and Gomorrah
Or maybe corporate greed and vice

Sometimes we’re lost in Georgia downpours
Sometimes we run
Sometimes we lose
Sometimes we stand on moonlit rooftops
And look across that Golden Gate

When you walk Divisadero
When you walk down Page and Haight
Think of this wild and lonesome valley
Remember how it feels to wait

credits

from Walker Road, track released December 24, 2014
Alison Harris and The Barn Owls:
Alison Harris: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Wurlitzer
Max Ramey: Electric Bass, Vibraphone on Heartless
Chipley Trombley: Drums, Percussion, Back Up Vocals On Storm’s Comin’ In and Hootenanny Song
Erik Stieg: Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Ben Bolin: Fiddle

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Alison Harris Sebastopol, California

Alison Harris grew up in rural Sonoma County in a musical family. Her father was an elementary school music teacher, her grandfather an eccentric Hollywood composerShe started playing fiddle and singing when she was 6, and went on to pursue piano, voice, and songwriting. She released “Smoke Rings in the Sky” in 2008 (Omega Records). “Walker Road” was recorded with The Barn Owls in Two Rock, CA. ... more

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