1. IT’S GONNA RAIN, IT’S GONNA POUR An atmospheric blues with jazz and gospel overtones. We wanted to capture the feel of a hot summer night in the city. We love Kathy’s saucy harmony on the phrase, “I’m ready for anything.”
2. RAY’S VACATION The title track to the album, this lilting instrumental of Craig’s has become a favorite at our summer concerts. It has an unusual seven beats per measure, and we never tire of performing it.
3. SHADY GROVE / TOMMY’S TARBUKAS This arrangement is typical of a Buskers cover. This time we gave the haunting old Appalachian tune a voodoo rhythm section. Paul sings this one. In one verse Shady Grove has blue eyes and in another she has brown. What’s with that? In traditional Buskers’ style we picked up the tempo and tacked a fiddle tune onto the end. This one is by the great Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser.
4. PUT THE FIDDLES DOWN / PICK THE FIDDLES UP In Craig’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek ballad, a musician ponders the existential questions at the end of a long night. KZ wrote the jig at the end.
5. BONNIE GOOD BRIDE Craig wrote this folk waltz ballad years ago, but tweaked the refrain a little on the way to the studio:
So pinch me and tell me I’m dreaming, I probably am
Then kiss me and tell me you love me, and kiss me again
No drums on this one, so what you hear is pretty much what the band sounds like when we play as a trio, although we took the liberty of overdubbing a mandolin part.
6. MEET ME LATER TONIGHT A reggae flavored, lush pop arrangement, it’s a bittersweet portrait of a restless adolescent’s so-called first love, with beautiful Spanish guitar work throughout the song and a great violin solo.
7. CALL ME A FOOL / FOOL’S REEL It’s sort of a Texas two-step, and Paul added a roller coaster instrumental reel for Kathy that we tossed into the middle.
8. I WISH THIS PARTY WOULD END ‘Cause I just want to be alone…. with you" In this foot-stomper party song Paul’s slide guitar, Craig’s piano, and Kathy’s fiddle all compete for attention.
9. HOME TONIGHT A latin-flavored piece (Craig cites the 1970’s band “War” as an influence on the groove, if not the lyrics), this is, like Put The Fiddles Down, about the musician’s life—in this case longing to get home to be with one’s love.
Feel like a deer caught in the headlights
People talk to me, I try to be polite
But inside I’ve already flown back to you
What else could I do? You shine so bright…
Moths are bound to fly around your porch light
10. WHATEVER YOU WISH Kathy’s other contribution to the album, a beautiful, simple instrumental. Paul added a nice slide guitar verse on this one, too. Kind of Ry Cooder.
11. WILL YOU COME AND MEET ME? As a kind of coda, we included this song of spiritual yearning and worldly regret.
I stand outside your courtyard and tap against your gate
The stars above keep silent, and I am so afraid
The dogs will all start barking, and I’ll be caught here in my shame
But everyone is sleeping, and only you’re awake
Oh, will you come and meet me, or will you make me wait?