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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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Hootenanny Song

Well I grew up tall, I grew up thin
That old time music under my skin
Now I’m on the road in the back of a van
Don’t have much money, don’t have a plan

Oh well, what the hell
‘Cause I’m making a living anyhow
In dirty dive bars in people’s yards
In the street with a pan
However I can
That Old Time Music got a hold on me

Now I worked a job, I played my part
Those people really broke my heart
They told me that this music ain’t no good

You can keep your job, your 9 to 5
Me I like 1 4 and 5
and I can sing that Old Time Music all night long

Oh well, what the hell
‘Cause I’m making a living anyhow
In dirty dive bars in people’s yards
In the street with a pan
However I can
That Old Time Music got a hold on me

Now I love hoedowns, and back porch jams
And places where people do what they can
To help each other out in times of need

We lift our voices to the wind
And when times get hard, we do it again
We play that Old Time Music all night long

Oh well, what the hell
‘Cause I’m making a living anyhow
In dirty dive bars in people’s yards
In the street with a pan
However I can
That Old Time Music got a hold on me

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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