Wendy and the Lost Boys | Roadway Not Improved

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Roadway Not Improved

by Wendy and the Lost Boys

Fine acoustic roots Americana.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Broken Hearted Zydeco
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2. I Want
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3. Singin' in the Engine Room
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4. (Hand Me Down My) Walkin' Cane
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5. Roadway Not Improved
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6. Great God A'mighty
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7. Mama! Snake in House!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acoustic Americana Artists Wendy and the Lost Boys are proud to release their first CD, Roadway Not Improved. “Roadway Not Improved” is a snapshot of what we do, musically,” says vocalist/percussionist Wendy Rover. “We all have a love of American and British folk songs, and we bring our influences and tastes to the songs we write.”

The band has four members: Christian McKee (vocals, mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, and kazoo), Phil Garfinkel (vocals, guitar, and steel guitar), Paul Prato (upright bass), and Wendy Rover (vocals, frottoir [Cajun rub-board], and percussion). “Having three lead vocalists gives us a lot of flexibility in the music we perform,” says Garfinkel. “It also allows us to rotate lead vocals at the shows, which keeps it fresh for us.”

Roadway Not Improved was recorded at Garfinkel’s studio in Portland, with Garfinkel and McKee engineering and producing. The CD was mastered by Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist (Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker) and House of 1000Hz in New Orleans, LA.

“We recorded the basic tracks for Roadway Not Improved over a couple of weeks in June 2011 and did over dubs and mixing through the autumn,” says Garfinkel. “Christian and I shared the mixing and producing. Our goal was to capture the energy of a Wendy and the Lost Boys live show in a studio setting and I’d say we did a good job of it.” Here are some notes on the tracks:

“Broken Hearted Zydeco.” Wendy: “I wrote the lyrics and basic melody of this song once upon a time, celebrating a timely break-up with a bad bad spell charmin’ man. I brought it to the Lost Boys and Phil helped arrange it, added an instrumental bridge, and gave it a real life. It’s a swingin’ little ditty about getting free by dancing all night long.”

“I Want.” Phil: “This tune gets regularly dedicated to folks for whom immediate gratification is not fast enough. We all want something, here I decided to take a humorous approach to a mainstay of the human condition”

“Singin’ in the Engine Room.” Phil- “This song literally came to me in a dream. In my dream the band was playing it and one of the technicians handed me a recording. I woke up, jumped out of bed and wrote down the song. I only changed a few words from the original song in the dream. It’s a blues shuffle with a feel-good feel.”

“(Hand Me Down My) Walkin’ Cane”. Wendy: I started singing this song long ago when I lived in the wooded hills of New York. We were homesteading and had no electricity. In lieu of electronic entertainment we’d sing and play music to the kids. I loved the way the creepy minor key version of this song rang mournfully across the dusky hollers. Wendy and the Lost Boys put our spin on it and made it spookier.”

“Roadway Not Improved.” Phil: “In Portland, there are a lot of blocks where the streets aren’t paved. They are bumpy and pothole ridden and often full of puddles. This little bumpy instrumental is written in their honor.”

“Great God A'Mighty.” Christian: “We sometimes call ourselves "a jug band without a jug," and this song popped out after about a month straight spent listening to the Memphis Jug Band and Cannon's Jug Stompers. On the best nights it takes on a kind of New Orleans second line swing style, and we're pretty happy to let those two great musical traditions mingle.”

“Mama! Snake in House!” Phil: “A few years ago a fellow I played music with told me the story of his daughter and a garter snake. She calmly yelled to her mother, ‘Mama! Snake in House!’ I thought that was charming and wrote this bouncy tune. Christian added the mandolin line and we tried to make it move in a serpentine rhythm.”


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