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JEDD Reckoning


Americana Rock played with largely bluegrass instuments, from rock classics to originals with a message, JEDD's sound is modern yet ageless.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Meet in the Middle
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2. Cemetery Ridge
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3:52 album only
3. Who's Perfect
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4:08 album only
4. Smoke on the Water
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3:37 album only
5. Throwing Pennies
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4:01 album only
6. Holiday
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3:28 album only
7. Kaw Valley Days
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3:13 album only
8. Candle in the Wind
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3:42 album only
9. All the Dough (Hey Ho)
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3:19 album only
10. Love
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4:05 album only
11. JEDD
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12. Ramble on
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Album Notes
JEDD is a band so different yet so familiar. Fusing Rock with Country Bluegrass and lyrics that mean something, JEDD touches and inspires people with diverse musical backgrounds. Not politically correct and with a slight edge, JEDD sings of issues that people can relate to from getting along with one’s mate in “Meet in the Middle” to the making it through life one day at a time (Throwing Pennies). The song “All the dough” captures what’s going on with the Middle Class in America. “Cemetery Ridge” explores complicated issues of the American Civil War that still resonate today. “Kaw Valley Days” harkens back to a more simpler time with it’s nostalgic look back on a childhood spent in an apple pie setting. Mixed with originals are classic rock covers, “Smoke on the water”, “Candle in the Wind” and Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble on”.

JEDD formed because of the band member’s love for playing a blend of Country, Rock and Bluegrass using largely acoustic instruments. JEDD’s lead singer/song-writer Erik Mostar first met the fiddler Dennis English at a neighborhood shindig where they found a musical groove that quickly let to more gigs. After a jam session at the English’s home, David Field joined the group as bass player and was soon followed by Dave "Mr. Banjo" Guarente. The “JEDD Sound” was born. On this CD, the band plays songs blending Country, Bluegrass and Rock and a couple with a Brazilian beat and a touch of twang. Playing both with a drummer/percussionist or in the traditional style, JEDD’s music has been described as “...having the voice of ageless roots yet is fresh and meaningful now.” We hope you enjoy the album, JEDD Reckoning!

The following are JEDD reviews and Quotes:

Fusing classic rock with country and bluegrass, JEDD hits upon an energetic style.... California fiddle champion Dennis English teams with 'Mr. Banjo' Dave Guarente, Dave Field on bass, Erik Mostar on guitar and vocals and Jim Hobbs on the skins. From bluegrass tinged rock covers like Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' to bluegrass ballads, these guys shift gears without losing musical focus. Santa Cruz Sentinel March 06

“You know, you write some damn good songs!” Sleepy John, KPIG, Please Stand By show, Oct. 2005

“Erik has a good voice!” Greg Khin, KFOX radio show, June 2006

JEDD Reckoning Lyrics:

1. Meet in the Middle
c. 2006 Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
You’ve been going left, I’ve been going right
We’ve been talking circles, every single night
You Said Potato, I never say Po-ta-to
But differences you know, sometimes we got a lot oh
Sometimes you say it seems I hear nothing that you say
Honey that’s not true, I hear you every single day
You been looking up, I been looking down
Neither of us need’s this crazy round and round

Chorus: Let’s just love and, Meet in the Middle
Love and Learn to, Meet in the Middle
Yearn and Burn to, Meet in the Middle
Laugh and learn to, Meet in the Middle

You say I don’t talk enough, and you might talk too much
You say I spend too much time watching football games and such
It can be said I spend too much time pickin' with the boys
And 12 guitars and 2 banjo’s I count among my toys
But when I’m riding in your car you speed up to slow down
And once a month you’d say I was wrong if I said the world was round
You have every brand been made of moisturizing cream
Late at night you wake me up when you kick me as you dream
But I love you girl and through it all we’ll learn to work it out
Let’s just talk softly now, let’s not yell and shout
You know that I’m in love with you and I love that your with me
So let’s just learn the lesson learned and yearn to let it be

2. Cemetery Ridge
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
On a war torn blue-grey day I kissed my wife goodbye
We were marching off to end the war at least we’s gonna try
Through many year of sabers drawn cuttin’ bone and flesh
We were gonna take it to the Yankee’s home and damn the rest
Trough North Virginia, Pennsylvania country Gettysburg
Became the place that many a man would meet the god he served

Chorus: Forward men raise your banners high We fight for those who live and those who die We said our last goodbyes looks like we burned our bridge We’ll meet our fate on Cemetery Ridge

Word came down from Bobby Lee we gotta take that hill
Picket said he’d make the yankees bow down to his will
But it was just so far we’d have to charge those Union guns
So many children lost their dads before the setting sun
They opened fire and tore us up, men falling left and right
For a lot of years I woke with tears from nightmares of the sight
I’m Just a carolina farmer, I never even owned a slave
A husband and a dad of a daughter, flirtin’ with a rebel grave

We hit their lines with a mighty clash of steel and blood and lead
The smoke rose high above the fighting dying and the dead
For a minute there it looked like we might break through the Union lines
‘Til a fresh new wave of cold blue steel came charging from behind
We lost the cause the cause was wrong, the price we paid was large
Now we live in history, the men of Pickett’s charge

3. Who’s Perfect
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
I’m not 20 but I’m not dead and
I’m feelin' really good and I’ve gotta good head
for facts and figures, it ain’t failed me yet
Some people say I might be living too hard
picking and a singing like a balladeer bard
Taking from life all the good that I can get
I’m playing my songs in a hillbilly band
Taking my shots and I’m taking my stand
But all in all, I recall that that it suits me fine

Chorus: And I like to roam and I‘ve been known to
Smoke those things that I said I wouldn't
Do some other things that I knew I shouldn’t
And drink that whisky till I couldn’t drink it no more
Trying to do the things that I know I should
And doing other things that thought I would
But hoping someday I can say I did the best I could

I do my best to help old people
but I don’t spend enough time under the steeple
And I know I’d be better if I did it but I still don’t
And I should give more to charity
maybe it would bring some parity
‘tween the good and the bad and sad
and the will and the won’t
Nobody's perfect, and neither am I
Sometimes I fall most times I try
to live the life I’m living, living day to day
My best friend died at 25 from nothing he did wrong
I remember looked me in the eye said it didn’t last too long

Well that’s how it is and that’s how it goes
where it all ends nobody knows
It’s a crap shoot hoping for the good times rolling on
Some folks like to sweat and strain
making high dollar bills, feeling no pain
Well I’ve done that before but
I’d just as soon be singing my songs

4. Smoke on the Water
(lyrics available on the internet)

Throwing Pennies
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
The winds of change are blowing now
The ocean waves are crashing over the bow
The ship of life keeps sailing on
From the dark of the night to the light of the dawn
I need something to believe
Before this place I’m gonna leave
There must be something I can say
Before the miles roll away

Everybody needs to find some peace of mind
sometimes to get through another day
When the best laid plans of mice and men
just don’t work out that way
Can be like throwing copper pennies
down a wishing well they say

I see the miles toll up, the hours they melt
It’s hard to recall all the things that I felt
I’ve been a chuggin’ and pluggin' and sluggin’ away
I’ve been a burnin' and churnin' all the time of day
Well I need something to believe
Before this place I’m gonna leave
There must be something I can say
Before the miles roll away
I’ve been a rowin’ a flowin’ all around the bend
And all the while a knowin’ gonna do it all again
To find a line, a sign, a catchy little rhyme
To build something in my life and make it truly mine
I need something to believe
Before this place I’m gonna leave
There must be something I can say
Before the miles roll away

c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
I’ve been working on the railroad all the live long day
Workin’ till I hear the whistle blowin’
Tryin’ to put a little somethin’ away
We come home at night tired and beat
Makin’ money for a roof, good food to eat
A lot a time spent working on the run
It’s time we spent a little time working on a little fun

Chorus: Let’s go far away, far away,
Honey we need a little holiday,
Far away, far away, honey we need a little holiday

The boss man don’t care that I’m getting older
Boss man just hopes I don’t get much bolder
Boss man don’t care that my hair turns gray
Boss man just wants me to work all day
Don’t get me wrong no don’t get me wrong
Please don’t think that I’m complaining in this song
All I’m really saying is the time is now
And we all need a little time off anyhow
The sand is warm and my drink is cold
And there’s Rio De Janeiro just up the road
Your looking really good and it feels all right
And honey later on we’re gonna dance all night
Gonna dance and laugh, gonna sing we’re gonna cheer
Gonna eat shrimp dinners gonna drink cold beer
I know you love me and I love you too
And sometimes a little time away is what to do

Kaw Valley
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)

There’s a lake in a forest
where I spent my younger days
A slice of apple pie
where kids can run and play
There’s a lake in a forest
with a little cove beach of sand
My sweet Momma still lives there
I see here every chance I can

I remember celebrating with my friends
on Independence day
There was baseball, swimmin’
and a tin man race and a 4th of July parade
I’ve been all around this great big world
There’s been many many sights I saw
but my thoughts go back
to the beauty of the lake in a forest....
In the Valley of the Kaw

There’s a lake in a forest
with limestone hills and trails
Built by the mighty railroad
to make ice for the rails
There’s a lake in a forest
where I made life long friends
Through thick and thin, good and bad,
We’ll be there till the end
I hear that train whistle blow, where the time goes
I don’t know.... I just don’t know

Candle in the Wind

All the Dough (Hey Ho)
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
I love my country and I fly the flag
I gotta right to speak when something’s a drag
A rising tide’s supposed to lift every boat
But the rich are getting richer and the middle’s going broke
It takes two hundred grand to send a kid to Yale
Without an education that kid might fail
Get a job in a factory oh please
Everything we used to make is now made overseas
Global trade is going pretty well
I guess we’ll all get rich selling homes to ourselves
Don’t worry ‘bout the price of the food and the gas
If we all go shopping this will pass

Chorus: Hey hey what do you say
What do you think’s going on today
Hey Ho what do you know
There’s a few top people making all the dough

You know that 30 years ago a CEO
made 40 times as much as the average Joe
But that last year whoa
A CEO made 500 times the bennies and the dough
Of the average guy bustin’ his tail
Tryin’ to pay the doctor, tryin’ not to fail
Spendin’ every dollar, spendin’ every dime
While the rich folks laughs cause they're doing just fine
They got way more now than they did before
And every year goes by they get way more
While the middle class family is loosing ground
And the poorest of the poor are being pounded down
I’m not a commie and I’m not a flake
But there’s only so much that I can take
While the trickle down tax law takes from the middle
And gives it to the top, why it ain’t a big riddle
For those who say it’s the American way
The income gap is even bigger today
We got congress and Presidents and chairman of the fed
Putting us in debt, we’ll be paying till we’re dead
And even when we die, our kids are gonna pay
For the money that we borrowed to live today
It’s a crime it’s a comedy, a crying shame
The level playing field has gone down the drain

c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
Love can make you cry, love can make you sigh
Love can make you feel like you just want to die
Feel the pain, tears fall like rain
Caught in a whirlpool, flowing down the drain

I once knew a love and it made me feel whole
Made me feel good from my head down to my toes
Then our love just died and left me so sad
I think it was the toughest stretch of time that I’ve ever had

Chorus: Love can make the world seem right
Keep you warm on a dark December night
Love can make a strong one feel
Love can soothe and love can heal

A blue young man once said, said I’ll never love again
My sorrows I will drown in whisky and in gin
And that’s just what he did, his shattered feelings hid
And the memories of her from his mind he tried to rid

Then one lucky day before the pain had gone away
He met another love and he’s loving her today
The love is going strong, the love is lasting long
Love can be the best of things when other things go wrong
There’s a man upon the hill who in life has had made a killin’
And counting up his money is bringing him his biggest thrillin’
He has piles of gold from things he bought and sold
But he never took the time to love and now he’s growing old
Love can make you cry, love can make you sigh
Love can make you feel like you just want to die
Feel the pain, tears fall like rain
Caught in a whirlpool, flowing down the drain
c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP)
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved Rock’n’roll
It hasn’t been long since I did the stroll
I sing it, I play it, every single night
When the band comes together it feels all right
It’s OK we don’t play like every other band
We do it very different in this thrillbilly band
Got a fiddle, a bass, a banjo too
Ain’t too many tunes the band can’t do

Chorus: JEDD’s the name, Rock’s the game
You might’ve heard it before but not quite the same
We play it soft and loud, some country proud
And the only thing that matters is to rock the crowd
The name is JEDD we’ll play some Zeppelin Led
Stones are gonna roll when we play some Dead
We’ll play our own songs too, just for you
And we hope you’ll be a rockin’ and a rollin’ too

We have it our way like Burger King
Nobody’s gonna tell us what to play and sing
If we want to do some Sabbath with a banjo twang
I’m gonna sing a little different than Ozzie sang
Gonna rock to a fiddle playin’ nice and strong
To a heavy metal, hard rock, head bang song
Play some motor city rap from the corest of the core
And when the rap song’s done we’re gonna rock a little more
Gonna sing about the top making all the dough
Gonna call bull (beep) while we’re singing Hey Ho
We might sing a ballad, might take a little long
Then we’ll bust into a rock and roll song
For the purest wine they ain’t playin’ bluegrass
Take your GCD’s and stick’em
Cause we’re playin’ what we’re playin’ on acoustic wood
And we play it like we mean it and we play it like we should


Ramble On
c. Led Zeppelin (Page, Plant)

JEDD Reckoning CD:
Produced by Erik Mostar
Recording and mixing engineer: Chris Fletcher, assisted by Jake Krausz
Mixed by Chris Fletcher at Star Studio, Santa Cruz, CA and East Bay sound Oakland, CA
Mastered by Mike Romanowski at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA
Recording engineer, tracks 6 & 10: Victor Pozas

Recorded at:
Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA
East Bay Sound, Oakland, CA
Star Studio, Santa Cruz, CA
Vital Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

Photography by Adelia Mostar Photography c. 2006
Sunset photo by Crystal English
CD design by

JEDD (in new font) is:
Dennis English: Fiddle, Violin
Dave Field: Bass, Background Vocals
Dave Guarante: Banjo, Background Vocals
Erik Mostar: Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica, Percussion, Mandolin (track 12)

Special guest musicians
Carlos Martinez: Drums
Victor Pozas: Guitars and Keyboards tracks 6 & 10
Jakare: Percussion tracks 6 & 10



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Dan G.

I like the mix of rock and bluegrass here
I like the sound, it's cool mixing rock and bluegrass and country too. The song "JEDD"s cool, liked the cover's too.

Eddie D.

JEDD Rocks! Bluegrass Country Rock at it's best!
I saw them live in Santa Cruz. Love their show. The CD is fantastic. Songs are great, cool band, Love "All the Dough" and "Cemetery ridge"!

Pete Hamm

Funny Name/Cool Music
I like the CD. It's good. I'm trying to figure out who JEDD is. Great Fiddle playing. Strong songs. JEDD's alright!