When Odysseus Wept (LP, 2019)

by Stark Folk Band

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Our conception of this album was that of a classic ten song rock album, like those of 1970's, which take the listener on a journey. The songs were developed over multiple years and much care was put into the sequencing of the album, thus the vinyl format is the ideal way to "experience it"

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released September 15, 2019

Recorded/Produced by R. Shaffer & Stark Folk Band
Written by Brady Lee Burkett & the band
Mixed by Ryan Shaffer
Mastered by Adam Smith at Audiomatic Mastering

THE BAND:
Brady Lee Burkett - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (T3)
Ryan d Shaffer - Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Davey Jurcsisn - Bass, Backing Vocals
Jeremy Malchow - Drums, Percussion

SUPPORT:
David Diamond - Trumpet (T10)
Modjeska Hannah - Vocals (T4)
Robbie Marion - Fiddle (T4)
Nathaniel Reed - Keyboard (T4)
Amy Rebecca - Crystal Bowl (T4)

Band Photography by Glenna Jennings
Art & Design by Lee and Douglas

EQUIPMENT:
1-car garage
I-mac 3.2ghz computer
Garageband 10.3.2
Tascam US16x08 audio interface
Shure SM-57 dynamic mic
AKG C214 & P220 condenser mics
CAD 7-piece drum mic kit
Electro-voice D868 bass mic
Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar
Fender CG-7 classical guitar
Squire Jagmaster electric guitar
Fender P-Bass guitar
Peavey Delta Blues 210 guitar amp
Bugera V22 guitar amp
Acoustic B450 bass amp
Nord Electro 6D 73 keyboard
Technics vintage electronic organ
Digital Mellotron
Pearl 5-piece drum set
Bongos
Slap Rattle
Shakers
Tambourine
Fiddle
Trumpet
Crystal Bowl
The human voice

BIG THANKS
to the following folks that contributed to the pre-order fund:

Eli Alban
Chad Burkett
Kelsey Chance
Carla Diamond
Mary Fecher
Jason Lambright
Rachel Lemberg
Bill L'Heureux
Casey Myers
Paul Nini
Kathy & Tony Shaffer
Mandy Shaffer
Hsuan Tsen
Krys Wieczerzak

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"Handmade rock for the people”

Brady Lee Burkett
Ryan Shaffer
Dave Jurcsisn
Jeremy Malchow

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Track Name: The Perfect Solution
You tell me how to live
You tell me how to die
You tell me not to worry
Or wonder why
You tell me not to ask questions
You tell me to behave
You tell me everything is
Going to put me in the grave
And I don’t ask for much
I don’t ask much from you
You tell me everything will
Work out that is true
And I don’t really mind
You know you never can tell
You tell me everything I think
Will lead me to hell.
But I have the perfect solution
I have the perfect solution………………
Track Name: Words Guns People Die
There are many things you’d like to try
There are many places you’d like to go
There are many things you’d like to see
There are many things you’d like to do
Separate yourself out from the lies
Take yourself out for a long ride tonight
And then maybe you will start to see
That it’s sometimes you and
Sometimes it’s me
But its words, guns, people die
Yeah its words, guns, don’t know why
There are many places you’d like to go
Everything around you starts to turn
Because its words, guns. People die…….
Now you find yourself back in the cold
Trying to make your way back to your home
Then suddenly you realize
Everything inside you starts to die
‘Cuz its words guns people die
Yeah its words, guns, don’t know why
There are many things you’d like to know
Everything inside of you starts to burn
Because its words, guns, people, die…
Track Name: Not Leaving You Behind
Your eyes are looking kind of heavy
Your eyes are looking kind of tired
And although you feel all alone tonight
I’m not leaving you behind
The road you take is often rocky
The rooms you paint they never dry
And although you might not make it out tonight
I’m not leaving you behind
This is love for all who need
Know you’re not alone
This is love for all who need some
Stand up and be tall
And know you’re not alone………..
Your eyes are looking kind of heavy
Your eyes are looking very tired
And although you might not make it out alive
I’m not leaving you behind…
Track Name: Welcome to the Fire
Welcome to the fire
And have a seat right there
Welcome to the night
And have a drink on me
Welcome to your life
The future has arrived
And no one knows where they are
Welcome to this space
It’s such a sacred place
What will happen next
Without a clear exit
Welcome to this mess
It took centuries for this
And no one knows where they are

Welcome to this dream
It’s such a wild scene
The nightmare of our times
Everyone fall in line
Welcome to the fire
How can it be explained
And no one knows where they are
No one knows where they are…….(repeat)
……..breathe………………………..
Track Name: Tonight We Ride Again
Tonight we ride again
Out to settle scores
Maybe meet new friends
We’ve been this way before
Only to double back
When we get up to the door
Tonight we ride again
Out to conquer time
Leave our fears behind
We’ve been this way before
Only double back
When we get up to the door
Tonight we ride again
Out here to fix
All that we’ve destroyed
We scorched it all before
Only try to plant it better than before
I’m different than you
You’re different than me
The walls we build around us
Are only make believe
The difference in you
Is the difference in me
The lies we spread around us
Don’t mean a thing tonight………
Tonight we ride again
And I swear to god I’m gonna
Make it right my friend
I’ve let you down before
Only try to make better than before
Track Name: People Drive Too Fast
(Chords: G,C,D,E,Am)

I don’t know what I’m doing anymore
when I get behind the wheel of a car
I turn the radio on and there’s nothing going on
and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore

I left my house on time this morning
straight into the big noise of the streets
I left my house on time but I’m still falling behind
and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore

And people drive too fast for me
It’s like they’re racing on a track on tv
I just want to make it home safely

Just look at em’ driving
always flying
how do they get from A to B
Just look at em’ driving
all of those distractions
how do they get from A to Z
I don’t what I’m doing anymore

And people drive too fast for me
It’s like they’re racing on a track on tv
I just want to make it home safely

I don’t know what I’m doing anymore
when I get behind the wheel of a car
I turn the radio on…
and there’s nothing going on

and I…don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know what I’m doing anymore
Track Name: Sick of this Junk
I’m sick of this junk
And everything that we try
And all the crap that we buy
And all the lies fly by
I’m sick of this junk
And all the games that we play
And things left unsaid, all the things
I’m sick of this junk
And the lives that are lost
And all the nonsense that’s spread amongst us
I’m sick of this junks
And all the spin my head
Some things are better left unsaid
And I know we could do better
Yeah I know we could do better
I’m sick of this shit
Where nothing’s delivered
Where truths they sound more like a fiction
I’m sick of this junk
Is it ever enough
Sometimes it seems its all going to bust
And I know we could do better…
Track Name: They're Watching Us
You move around
‘cuz you got nowhere to go
You move away
‘cuz you got nowhere to return
And they’re watching us
Yeah, they’re watching us
You step away
‘cuz you got so much to say
You move away from your self
‘cuz you can’t trust no one else
And you don’t know no one else
And you nothing today
And they’re watching us………..
………….watching us……………..
You settle back
Yet you have so much to prove
You got your hand in this
You got your hand in that
But you can’t find your hat
And you have so much to do
And they’re watching us……..
…………watching us……………..
Track Name: Is This Really Happening?
You’re always saying goodbye
You don’t know where you are tonight
You don’t know what’s wrong,
Wrong or right
You don’t know where you
Put your mind……(Do watcha want….)
You’re always wondering,
Wondering why
You tell yourself it’s not that bad
You start to scramble
All around
When the answers are inside
And you ask yourself
Is this really happening
Is this really happening
Is this really happening
Is this really happening
Tonight……………………..
What is this place
This far, far away place
And what is that sound
That sounds that all around me
The sound captures how I’m feeling
The sound that captures how I feel
Odysseus wept when he said that
And he asked himself
Is this really happening?
Track Name: Never Going Back
Wrapped up in some mystery
About how things are supposed to be
Forever and a year
I am here
A locked and loaded situation
Sometimes lost
Sometimes jaded
I know I got to move
To make it here
Every night I sit and think
About how things are supposed to be
And I know I got to move away from this
Another day
Another night
In another life
There might be another way
But there’s not so I have to make it here
The shadows of the past are gone
And soon we will cast our own
We’ve got so much to rely on
The shadows of the past are gone
And soon we will cast our own
We’ve got so much to depend on
And I’m never going back again
I’ve got to live to see tomorrow………

Now I’ve got my pressure cooked
And I know just what it takes to move
And I know I’ve got move away from here
Another day, another life
In another life
There might be
Another way, but
There’s not
So I’ve got
Make it here
……….and I’m never going back again………….
……………NEVER………………………………….!

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